We Be Weedy

Good Morning!

The other day I was bemoaning a fellow Lead resident’s crustiness to a friend.

“They’re so stubborn and hard to get along with sometimes,” I said.

“Oh, you mean, like you?” the friend replied.

Hmmm…. She makes a good point. And this got me thinking. It’s true, I’m incredibly obstinate and can be difficult. I’m independent and yes, also true – I’m sometimes hard to get along with. Then I looked around. And I noticed that Lead seems to self select this same type of person. We’re tough. And it takes a certain kind of toughness to live up here in the mountains with all the steep streets and 400 inches of snow! I would argue that it takes a certain kind of person to love living in the Western States – someone more independent in general. There are lots fewer people out here, so you have to do your own thing and be okay with less support.

Husband and I have been trying to keep up with the weeds in our yard – it’s an ongoing process, but here’s the thing about weeds – they just never give up. You can weed and weed and weed and you’ll just have to keep at it, because weeds are never … going… to… quit. They have a mind of their own. They’re not afraid to grow on their own in a patch of otherwise perfect grass. Hack them down and they’ll still keep on truckin’.

Lead is full of weedy people – which I say with a deep love for our kind. I think it takes a certain “weedy” quality to have your own business – which is terrifying, challenging and requires loads of toughness. Here’s to us tough mountain people, who not only put up with but enjoy our big weather, start and run businesses, have outspoken opinions but also make Lead the strong well knit community it is. #StayToughLead

____Here’s what’s going on this week in Lead_____

Today, Thursday 7/16
5-7pm – Pie Social and July Chamber Mixer! We’re having our July event at the Ray Davis Ring patio tonight! Pie by the slice by donation, refreshments, beer, wine and also MUSIC by Chris Huisenga. Music sponsored by Golden Ridge Senior Living.  If you have a lawn chair feel free to bring it. We have lots of space on the patio just outside the Visitor Center.

Friday, 7/17
12pm – History on the Lawn: Deadwood’s Historic Adams House: The Rest of the Story Come hear a talk from Author and historian, Paul Higbee, who rewrote the tour of the Adams House Museum. He’ll describe the script-writing process and what visitors can expect when they take the new tour of the Adams House. Please come and share your stories of the Adams House and its occupants. Bring a lunch and enjoy the Historic Adams House lawn; 12:00 noon; free for members and $5 for non-members. Following Higbee’s presentation, Deadwood History will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Historic Adams House opening to the public by offering mini cupcakes and lemonade. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).

5:30-7:30pm Guys & Dolls Auditions (concert version). Back door of the Historic Homestake Opera House off Julius. Rehearsals will be held virtually until the week of on-site pre show rehearsals October 19-24. Performances will be October 23rd at 7pm & October 24th at 2pm & 7pm. Please see the Facebook event for all requirements and details.

Saturday, 7/18

Northern Hills Recreation Association is having their annual Mile High Challenge Mountain Bike Race or Ride on the Homestake Trail. There will be two courses set up. The easy course will be 15 miles and the advanced course will be 23 miles. Registration starts at Lotus Up Espresso and Deli from 7-8:30am. Cost is $35 which includes a t-shirt. See all details and pre-register here: http:// NorthernHills Rec.org/MileHigh

8am – Group Hike with Explore Fitness & Adventures. From the event website: “Join us for a short hike to spend time reflecting and meditating outdoors. We encourage you to bring a journal! We will hike and take some time to think about our goals and reflect on our life!” Contact Katrina for all details (605) 389-3551

Sunday, 7/19

The Black Hills Volkssport Association Walk in association with Northern Hills Recreation Association is having a walk on the Homestake Trail in Lead this Sunday. Meet and register at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center from 7-11am before heading to the trailhead. Call (605)593-3504 for more information.

Monday, 7/20

5pm, City Commission Meeting @ City Hall. City Hall is still currently closed but this meeting is open to the public. You should bring a mask just in case there isn’t enough room to physically distance.

Tuesday, 9/21- Saturday, 9/25 – Days of ‘76 is happening in Deadwood. Events include native American dancing in Outlaw Square, many nights of rodeo and an historic parade. Check out the schedule online for full details. https://daysof76.com/ The Opera House is still looking for volunteers to help sell drinks at this event. If you’re available to help email Thomas Golden [email protected]

Wednesday, 9/22 – 2pm, Public Planning meeting for Gold Camp Jubilee. We’ll have this meeting here in our classroom, or available to call in via conference call. Everyone is welcome to bring their input and ideas for how to pull off an awesome event over Labor Day Weekend! Please reply and let me know if you’d like to call in so we can include you.

____Other News & Notes____

Monument Health is offering free sports physicals at all locations, including the Lead-Deadwood clinic. Call (605) 717-6000 to schedule.

Did you also know that Monument Health in Lead-Deadwood also offers Urgent Care services? A lot of people still think you have to go all the way to Spearfish for this, but you can get help much closer!

Speaking of Monument Health we also want to thank them for their donation of hand sanitizer to the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. They are an awesome part of our community and we’re so honored to have their sponsorship and assistance during this crazy year!

JOB at Whitetail Creek Resort – still looking for housekeeping and cleaning help!

The Treasures Trash to Cash twin city garage sale will be Saturday September 12 from 7am-1pm. This will be announced in the Pioneer. If you’d like to hold a garage sale you can get it listed in the master event by contacting Denese Emanuel at the Neighborhood Works office (605)578-1401, [email protected]. This event is sponsored by the Lead Chamber and several other businesses and organization in Lead and Deadwood so there is no charge for individuals to participate.

A big welcome to our newest member – Dakota Territory Resource Corp! We find it fascinating that there’s still enough gold in these hills for people to start mining companies, and we are excited by the new technology they’re using to find it. Wishing DTRC all the best in their future endeavors!


Thanks for reading and all your support for our awesome town!!

With Love from Lead,

-Sierra Ward


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