Real Gritty Charm

Good Morning!

The Homestake Opera House is one of my favorite places in Lead. I even love that it’s kind of only half way restored. In a strange way, it helps us not take it for granted – and it gives it a dynamic quality that if it were just a big beautiful perfect building we might not really grasp. Plus, like most of Lead, it can be very special but never take itself too seriously, it can never be very pretentious or snobby. It is a real place, full of our town’s raw talent, grit, love and effort. In fact, a part of me kind of hopes that it’s never fully restored – because I love that raw quality so much – it is so much a part of it’s charm and beauty.

I feel lucky to have had the chance to be part of theater there, to attend events, to be a member and luckier still to live in a place where so many people had so much vision to build such a treasure.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill


______ Here’s what’s going on in and around town this week

Friday, 4/16

7pm – “Home Sweet Home: an Original Concert Drama Inspired by Letters of the Civil War” – Written and directed by local artists, Kathryn and Charles Farrugia. For tickets, visit or call 605-584-2067. This show will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm with a matinee at 2pm on Sunday.

Saturday, 4/17

9am-5pm – Gun Show at the Rod & Gun Club Don’t miss the Black Hills Rod & Gun Club Annual Gun Show! Open to the public. Dealers can rent 6′ tables for $20. Lunch will be served by the Boy Scouts.Rod & Gun Clubhouse at 288 Washington St, Lead, SD 57754 – Dealer set up from 6-9am, open to the public 9am-5pm. Contact John Ertman for more info (605)722-7909

9:30-3:30 – Makers Market at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! Don’t miss our monthly event each third Saturday of the month. Vendors will have homemade goods, arts, vintage items and food.

Saturday is Patsy’s Day in honor of William Emery Adams’ beloved terrier, Patsy, and to benefit the Twin City Animal Shelter. Visitors donating any pet product for the shelter will receive free admission to the beautifully restored 1892 Queen Anne-style home.  Tours are given at the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call 605-578-3724.  Photos of cats and dogs available for adoption will be on display. For information about adopting a four-legged friend or to make a monetary contribution, please call the Twin City Animal Shelter at 605-584-2480.

Monday, 4/19

5pm – City Commission meeting at City Hall


______ Save the Dates

Thursday 4/22

12pm – Preservation Thursday: James K. P. Miller: The Savior of Deadwood

5-7pm – FIB Lead-Deadwood Community Foundation Chili Feed & Fundraiser @ Deadwood Mountain Grand

Saturday 4/24, 4-6pm – Explore Fitness & Adventures and the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a FREE Wellness Event at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. If you would like to participate or get more information call Bryan (605)584-3110

5/22 – The Sanford Lab homestake Visitor Center & The Lead Area Chamber of Commerce are having a fundraising Fashion Show, “Hard Rock Golddigger” If you’d like to attend call Leigha for tickets, if you’d like to participate call us Bryan more information! (605)584-3110

_______ News & Notes

The 2021-2022 Lead Magazine came in this week! We’re excited to be both working with a larger Black Hills wide distributor, Road Runner – but also have boxes for local distribution around town. If you’d like Bryan to bring you a box please let us know, or feel free to stop by and grab one for your establishment! We’re always excited to see the new iteration of our favorite publication!

What are some of you favorite places in Lead? I’d love to hear! If you enjoy these emails I’d love to hear from you, just reply to this and it comes straight to me!

With Love from Lead,
Sierra Ward

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