So Many Reasons to Celebrate

ood Morning!

Our offices are closed today, but I know a fair number of you will still check your email. It’s a hard habit to break – so I’m scheduling this to arrive with lots of Thanksgiving well wishes on our normally scheduled Thursday morning “meeting”.

Last week I was listening to a talk from a guy who was moving cross country. He had a 1964 Ford Galaxy and instead of just shipping it on a truck he decided that it would be take a road trip with his siblings. As you might imagine a long road trip with a 1964 anything is a risky venture and sure enough the car started having all kinds of problems. Pretty soon they were clapping and singing with joy every time the brakes worked, every time they were able to start it, every time it didn’t blow up on the side of the road. Every part of driving the car that went right became a reason to celebrate.

So often we take life for granted. What if we took more time to notice the little things? Having two hands to type this with, being able to breathe and walk and not be in constant pain? Hot water and indoor plumbing? Heat at the touch of a button. Getting to live in such a beautiful place! Life is a wondrous gift! Wishing you a day full of reflection and thankfulness for things large and mundane.


Here’s what’s happening in Lead:

Friday 11/29

5:30 – Family Skate @ The Handley Recreation Center!

7pm – Trivia @ Lewie’s Eatery & Saloon, back room – might be a great activity to take your family to if they’re in town all weekend!

Saturday 11/30 – Small Business Saturday

9am – Shop Local Kick-Off Party, They say the snow is coming, but hopefully it won’t be as bad as predicted. Our Shop Local event kicks off at Miner’s & Merchants Trading Post from 9am to close. They’ll have 50 gift bags full of coupons and goodies for this event to give to the first participants. Stop by and then get the map and visit all the participating businesses, getting punches along the way for awesome prizes that we’ll be drawing on 12/19! You can find all the details and the stops by visiting

9am-3pm – Free Babysitting @ First Presbyterian Church so you can shop with no distractions! They’ll be offering childcare with activities to kids 4+.

If the weather turns out to be really bad, Carol will still be in her store, so walking is always an option, or you can go pick up a bag later in the week – since our Shop Local event runs all the way through 12/19.

Sunday & Monday 12/1-2

Dusk – 10pm – Judging will be happening for the LIGHT UP LEAD event so if you entered be sure your lights are ON for judging and then on for the rest of the month so people can visit!!

Monday 12/2

5pm – Lead City Commission Meeting @ City Hall

Tuesday 12/3

5-8pm – Christmas Market @ The Handley Recreation Center. Vendors, prizes, games, food ALL the fun!! And don’t miss the special announcement at 6pm of the winners of Light Up Lead!!

Wednesday 12/4

4-7pm – Festival of Trees, Family Night @ The Historic Homestake Opera House! Kids activities, tree preview night and lots of family fun

Thursday 12/5

4-9pm – Festival of Trees, Lead & Deadwood Chamber Mixer & Auction Night @ The Historic Homestake Opera House! Come for drinks, food, silent auction and lots of fun for one of the biggest events at the HHOH! Stay for the live auction that is always tons of fun!

Friday 12/6

5pm – Santa Visits Lead in his sleigh to read Christmas stories, hand out candy and books! Don’t miss seeing him! 5pm: Lynn’s Dakotamart parking lot, 5:40: Boys & Girls Club, 6:30pm: Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center parking lot (times subject to change).

5pm – Deadwood’s Outlaw Square Grand Opening

5:30pm – Family Skate Night @ The Handley Recreation Center

7pm – Tree Lighting ceremony and carols with the Builders & Key Clubs along with a Santa stop @ The Tree next to Bob’s Silver Star in front of the Post Office. Hot Cocoa will be for sale by the cub scouts and lots of fun will be had by all!

7pm – Trivia at Lewie’s!

December is a busy month – I feel out of breath just writing all the stuff this week! Be sure to check out the entire calendar here: to see everything that’s coming up!

I hope you have a SPLENDID Thanksgiving holiday!!

Sierra Ward

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