The Chocolate Didn’t Melt

Howdy Doody!

After the parade on Monday morning I was bemoaning the weather – because while beautiful it was also a tough day to get people to sit on the street to watch a parade… a precocious kid responded cheerfully, “But it was great weather, because the chocolate they threw didn’t melt!” THIS! This is the kind of attitude we need more of – that I need more of. I really found it encouraging and have been thinking about this attitude all week.

We’ve wrapped up another huge Chamber event weekend of celebrating our mining heritage at Gold Camp Jubilee. It was a lot of work and we were goofed up by the record breaking temperature drop and snowfall but who can control the weather? I guess that’s why our big celebration is in July – the weather is slightly less unpredictable… But we’re already looking forward to 2021 and figuring out all the fun things we want to plan for the upcoming season! Stay tuned!

Another big thank you to our event and annual sponsors for Gold Camp Jubilee (in no particular order): Kiewit/Alberici, the City of Lead, First National Bank, Deadwood Chamber, the City of Deadwood, Black Hills Energy, Coeur Wharf, Whitetail Creek Resort, Exit Realty, Black Hills Title, Jerry & MartyAnn Apa, Interstate Engineering, Ainsworth Benning, Taco Johns of Deadwood, Agnico Eagle, VFW post #5969, Lynn’s Dakotamart, Homestake Mining Company, Deadwood Lead Economic Development, First Interstate Bank, KEVN, Monument Health, as well as all our members! Thank you for all that you do for Lead and our community, we really truly wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing without your help!!

________Here’s what going on in Lead this week!

Friday, 9/11

4-7pm – Diaper Drive, St. Vincent de Paul and the Lord’s Cupboard are hosting a diaper drive in order to start a diaper bank for our community. As a new mom I can say that this was probably one of the most helpful things people got for us! The ladies will be at Lynn’s Dakotamart accepting diaper donations or money towards purchasing diapers on Saturday morning from 8am-noon if you can’t make it Friday.

Saturday, 9/12 – wow, a crazy busy day!! Look at all the fun stuff going on!

All Day – Treasures Trash for Cash garage sale day! Look for the map of events in the Black Hills Pioneer this week. The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is having a sidewalk that day, and we’ve added several new items to our inventory! So if you haven’t been in lately come check us out this weekend!

8am – Hidden Valley Hare Scramble – Northern Hills Recreation Association is hosting a dirt bike race at Steel Wheel Trading post, 21399 Highway 385. See their website for all details. (Registration starts at 6-8pm on Friday evening and at 6:30am on Saturday moring).

8:30am – Summit 5k, run from the bottom to the top of Terry Peak! Hosted by Explore Fitness & Adventures. Call Katrina at (605)389-3551 for more information.

9am-5pm – Sidewalk Sale @ The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Help us prepare for the new year as we clear out our sale items and make space for new inventory (some of it already in stock!)

10am – Deadwood History is having a Family Day Workshop at the Days of ‘76 museum. Make a succulent garden, pet toys and a picture holder. Light refreshments provided. This is a special FREE event but reservations are required so they can prepare the materials. Call Amanda (605)578-1657

4pm-finish – Sled Haus’s annual Oktoberfest celebration! Featuring the Happy Wanderers with their amazing German polka music from 4-7pm. Sled Haus will be serving schnitzel and other special German foods they only make for this event! Also featuring a dance contest – and the winner gets an apple strudel! Don’t miss this event with beer, food and friends!

Wednesday, 9/16

2pm – Public planning Meetings – We want to have our community involved with upcoming events! If you’d like to know what we’re planning, or want to be involved or have ideas we would like to welcome you to our monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm. We realize that not everyone can make that time but feel free to email us for the agenda or call in to the meeting. We welcome everyone’s input! Our job at the chamber is to support our town and our businesses so we want to make sure we’re on the right track! Our next meeting will cover our fall and holiday events.

_________News & Notes

Esther Lux died last Friday. She was a huge part of our volunteer organization, The Golden Gang, and she will be much missed not only on our end but everywhere around town! She was a lady who could never just sit around and was always on the go, even when she wasn’t able to drive. We were honored that she made sure we got all the candy she collected for the parades as that was one of her very favorite parts of the year – riding in the Golden Gang float and throwing candy to kids. We’ll have plenty for next year and we’ll continue to remember her with so much fondness! Lead won’t be quite the same without her.

We were sad to see Stampmill close for the season. Amy, Kevin and their crew are such a big part of our community and they’ll be missed! We’re wishing them a great winter and look forward to seeing them again next spring.

We’re starting a once a month email for the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. We’re expanding our offerings and programming through the Visitor Center and we’d love for you to join up! I can add you if you’d like to be added but stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Ideas? Comments? Just want to shoot the breeze? I love to hear from each of you! Reply right here – I read every response!

With love from Lead,

Sierra Ward
ED, Lead Chamber

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