Monday, November 28, 2011

Festival of Trees

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging!

At least that’s the motto this week as the Zonta Club of Spearfish prepares for the annual Festival of Trees.

Every year dozens of trees are decorated and displayed at the Spearfish City Park Pavilion and later auctioned off. There are some traditionally decorated trees, some themed trees, some gift certificate trees and many holiday wreaths. Hundreds of community members pass in and out of the pavilion from Thursday to Saturday to view the trees and other displays. There are several events that take place throughout the festival including school tours, senior tea, a music concert, a social, an auction, a dance and Saturday with Santa.

The Festival of Trees is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Zonta Club of Spearfish. The money raised goes right back into the community to support the advancement of women and children. So make sure you add this event to your holiday calendar. For a detailed list of events and times visit the Zonta website.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Taste and Scent of the Holidays

With Thanksgiving only a few days away and Christmas soon to follow, my mind is full of pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies and warm apple cider. There are so many great treats that only come out this time of year and they all smell and taste fantastic!

I normally try to make my own coffee in the morning rather than buy it, but who can resist the holiday flavors? Right now there are so many delicious options available, like pumpkin spice lattes, caramel apple frappuccinos and good old holiday blend coffees. And these are just the drinks. You can also invigorate your taste buds with gingerbread snaps, cranberry bagels and cinnamon crumb cake.

The scents associated with this time of year bring a little extra delight to my day, as well. All I need to do is walk past some of the stores downtown for a whiff of apple, pumpkin and cinnamon spiced candles.

Now is definitely the right time to do some shopping in downtown Spearfish and stop by one of the local coffee shops or bakeries. Treat yourself with the taste and scent of the holidays.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Snowshoeing Around Spearfish

Snow flurries spot the sky around Spearfish and it brings excitement for the winter recreation soon to come. One simple winter activity that not everyone takes the time to try is snowshoeing. It’s a lot of fun, good exercise and a nice way to sight-see in the winter wonderland surrounding Spearfish.

Last winter was the first time I tried out snowshoeing. While there are many great places to go around Spearfish—Big Hill Trails, Eagle Cliff Trails, Roughlock Trail—I tested my skills on Iron Creek Trail. It took me a few minutes to get used to the shoes, but I quickly realized it was just like walking with over-sized flip-flops.

My friend and I stuck mostly to the trail—so it was more like hiking—but we did venture off a few times to get the whole experience. The snow was a bit wet and it stuck to our shoes, forming ice high-heels. It was still a ton of fun and a very peaceful outing. I would recommend trying it out when the snow is dry and fluffy.

Anyone can snowshoe and it’s a great sport to do alone, with friends or as a family outing. There isn’t a set amount of snow needed for snowshoeing, but experts recommend 6-12 inches. You can rent snowshoes at Ski Cross Country in Spearfish or check some out from the Black Hills Trails Office in Lead. Don’t let this winter season pass you by without trying this easy and fun sport.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Neil Diamond to Perform on Mount Rushmore’s American Pride Float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Float design image courtesy of Macy's Parade Studio - New York

Grammy winning artist Neil Diamond, recent inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2011 Kennedy Center Honorre, with more than 125 million albums sold worldwide, will be performing on Mount Rushmores American Pride float in the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. 

Neil Diamond and the American Pride float will make its national appearance on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 24, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., in all time zones.

The float is the second state float in history to be accepted into this world famous parade. Highlighted on the float will be Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills National Forest, Badlands National Park, and natural beauty depicting South Dakota’s infinite variety.

“We’re thrilled that we’ll be able to show off South Dakota as a unique destination to millions of people again this year in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “We couldn’t be more pleased that Neil Diamond will be performing on the float this year. He has world-wide appeal and is a great match for our state.”

This is the Department of Tourism and partners’ second year in a three year campaign with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The goal of the campaign is to drive new and repeat visitors to the state in addition to creating brand awareness. It is estimated that more than 3.5 million spectators on the streets of New York and over 50 million television viewers nationwide will watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Department of Tourism will continue to release information regarding marketing efforts associated with the parade including information about a vacation giveaway promotion.

Organizations that helped make the South Dakota float in the big parade possible include: the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Tourism Association, Custer Chamber of Commerce, Deadwood Chamber and Visitors Bureau, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society, Rapid City CVB, South Dakota Office of Tourism and Visit Spearfish, Inc. 

-Press Release from South Dakota Tourism

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Inspiration to Artists

The scenic landscape and rich history of the Black Hills inspire both local and traveling artists alike. This area has a reputation for being a center of art. So it’s no wonder that a New York artist was motivated to put paint to canvas during his short visit to the Black Hills.

Carlos Delgado came to Spearfish, Lead and Deadwood during a recent Black Hills vacation and was quickly motivated to make art. Delgado created an oil and acrylic canvas painting of the hills in Deadwood which was donated to Neighbor Works Dakota Home Resources for use as an auction item in their upcoming fundraising event Casino Royal.

Delgado is one of many artists to be moved by the Black Hills. Many local Spearfish artists who are inspired on a daily basis display their artwork at the Spearfish Arts Center in downtown Spearfish. Indulge yourself with a visit to the Black Hills and feel inspired, whether you create your own art or enjoy the works of others.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.