Volume XXIII No. 1 - Jan. 8, 1999

Other News

January is...

Autism Awareness Month - A month to focus on the needs of, research of, and treatment of those with autism, as well as to raise awareness of the disease.

Fat Free Living Month - The holidays are over. Now it's time to focus on healthy eating and living. Take a month to cut back on the amount of fat in your diet.

International "Get Over it" Month - Let go of the past and get over whatever is bugging you about anyone or anything.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month - Heighten awareness of birth defects and how they can be prevented.

National Eye Care Month - Pay attention to the care of your eyes to prevent injuries and diseases like glaucoma.

National High-Tech Month - Recognize the advantages that technology brings to home and work, as well as the need for continuing education and training.

National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month - Learn practical ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, and property.

Daily events in January:

Jan.13, Wednesday
Stephen Foster Memorial Day (Presidential Proclamation)
A day to remember one of America's most famous songwriters, who penned such tunes as "Camptown Races," "Swanee River," and "Oh! Susanna."

January 16, Saturday
Religious Freedom Day
On this day in 1786, Virginia adopted religious freedom statutes that later served as the model for the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Jan. 18, Monday
Martin Luther King Day (Federal holiday)
Commemorate the revolutionary who untied the strings of institutional racism through nonviolent means.

Jan. 21, Thursday
Get to Know Your Customer Day
Take one out to lunch. Talk to one on the phone. Meet them personally. Customers are businesses' lifeblood.

Jan. 27, Wednesday
National Compliment Day
Connect in a positive way. Say something good to at least five people today, whether it's a coworker, family member, or stranger.

Jan. 29, Friday
Fun at Work Day
Plan an activity that will put fun into the workday.

Matthews Opera House will hold director's workshop

Anyone interested in theater arts and especially those interested in directing productions, may attend a full-day directors' workshop Saturday, Jan. 16 at Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.

There is no fee for this workshop. Participants must be high school age or older. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a break for lunch.

Leaders will discuss rehearsals and scheduling, blocking, technical support, learning lines, helping inexperienced actors and more. For more information contact David Whitlock at 642-7973.

Entries sought for Spearfish Winter Art Show

Cash awards will go to top-rated artists exhibiting work at Spearfish's Winter Art Show, Feb. 20 and 21 at the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Entry forms, available from the center, must be returned by Feb. 11. Information about submissions is available by phoning the Center at 642-7973 or Jenny Braig at 642-8078.

Last year's show drew 280 entries.

There is no jury process for entering the show. Entry fees are $8 per piece for adult professionals and amateurs, or $20 for three pieces. Teenagers may enter up to two pieces at $2 per piece and children may enter one piece at $1.

Works will be accepted in the mediums of oil and acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, photography, calligraphy, and heritage (painted hide, quillwork, bead, quilts, etc.).

All works should have been completed since January 1994 and not exhibited at a previous Spearfish show.

Merit ribbons with an award of $50 will go to one work in each of four categories -- professional, amateur, teen and child. The judge will chose a "Best of Show" and the visiting public will vote for a "People's Choice," and those two winning artists will be awarded $100 each. Ribbons will go to other outstanding works, as well.

This year's judge will be David Whitlock, a painter whose work is exhibited in galleries in South Dakota, Wyoming and California and in private collections in 29 states, Canada, Europe and Japan. Whitlock was the 1998 Winter Art Show's "Best of Show" winner.

Hours for the show will be selected for display in the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities/Matthews Opera House gallery Feb. 22-March 20.

1999 Special exhibits and events announced at Adams Museum

Begninning April 1, the Adams Museum, in conjunction with the Wet Edge Gallery in Lead, will host a number of art shows every six weeks displaying the work of Black Hills and South Dakota artists. The new gallery will be located in the northeastern mezzanine area of the Adams Museum.

In addition to the current exhibits describing the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills, there are three new exhibits opening this year. "Fred Borsch's Tootsie: South Dakota's Coyote" opens April 15. The exhibit will focus on how Deadwood pioneer businessman Fred Borsch's coyote became the state animal and will include audio from Tootsie's record album, photos and her collar. "Deadwood's Jewish Community" opens May 1, telling the story of the Jewish pioneers who helped settle Deadwood. A recreated Sabbath scene of pioneer businessman Harris Franklin's home, artifacts belonging to many of Deadwood's Jewish citizens, hands-on activites, a gallery guide, and audio will be included. "Estelline Bennett's Deadwood" opens June. 1. The pages of EstellineBennett's Old Deadwood Days come to life in the museum's Pioneer Room. The exhibit will feature 1880s scenes from the Gem Theater, Judge Bennett's Courtroom and Deadwood Main Street.

Also slated for 1999 are several special events and programs:

  • "I Remember When..." - Long time Deadwod residents will gather to discuss in a public forum such topics as Deadwood's brothels, Deadwood You Bet!, Growing Up in Deadwood, and Deadwood characters. Four forums are scheduled: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 18 and Aprill 22. The forums will be held at the Deadwood City Hall from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • "Caring for Your Furniture, Feathers, and Leathers Workshop" - Conservator Helen Alten will present a daylong workshop that focuses on the care, storage and display of antique furniture, feathers and leather. Deadwood City Hall, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • "A Walk Through Deadwood's Jewish Community" - Synagogue of the Hills historian Ann Stanton will bring to life the history of Deadwood's Jewish Community by giving a walking tour of Main Street Deadwood and Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Date to be announced.
  • "An American Couple in Stalin's Russia: A Lecture" - Black Hills State University European history professor Dr. George Earley will discuss life in the Soviet Union during the 1930s when Black Hills residents Maurice and Opal Haas acquired the Russian Collectin now displayed at the Adams Museum. Deadwood City Hall, June 10 at 7 p.m.
  • "Wild Bill and Calamity Jane Days" - The month of activities will include weekly riddle contests and special exhbits on "Wild Bill" and "Calamity Jane" Aug. 1-31 at the Adams Museum.
  • "Tall Tales and Other Stories" - Black Hills State University professor Dr. Timothy Steckline will spin yarns and weave tales for the young and the young-at-heart. Sept. 25 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Adams Museum.
  • "An Adams Family Halloween" - Morticia and Gomez meet W.E. Adams and Alice? Victorian Halloween traditions as they were celebrated in the Black Hills during the late 19th century will be featured. Oct. 30 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Adams Museum.
  • "The Adams Family Victorian Christmas and Franklin Family Chanukah Open House" - Victorian Christmas and Chanukah traditions, decorations, and music will be highlighted. Dec. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Adams Museum.

All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.