Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat by Vermilliion Area Chamber/Development Company Events

* Chautauqua � Friday, July 16 through Tuesday July 20. This summer, Vermillion will host eight scholars for a week folks will long remember. Led by energetic humanities scholars speaking in characters ranging from Dolley Madison to York, the slave of William Clark, six professors have taken on the challenge of interpreting American voices from the period of 1790-1850, when our culture changed dramatically as American expanded "From Sea to Shining Sea."

William Clark, Sacagawea, York, John Jacob Astor, and Tecumseh will be speaking on five different evenings in Vermillion. In a program introduced and moderated by the Chief Chautauquan, folks of all ages will be invited to listen to a brief presentation in preparation for asking the five historical figures questions and challenging their ideas.

You will time-travel to the first few decades of the 19th century. For more information, call 624-5571 or visit

* National Music Museum Brown Bag Lunch � Friday, July 16 at National Music Museum at 12:05 p.m. Will Peebles and the Gamelan Degung. Peebles, associate professor, Department of Music, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, is the director of the WCU Low Tech ensemble, which performs with Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese gamelans. Opened to the public and bring a brown bag lunch.

* Silver Dollar South Dakota Open Pro-Am � Friday, July 16, Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 at The Bluffs Golf Course. For more information contact 677-7056.

* Senior Citizen Ice Cream Social � Thursday, July 22 at 320 West Main Street.

Menu: Tavern, chips and ice cream with your favorite topping. We are still in need of volunteers for this fantastic event. Please contact 624-8072 for details.

* Matt Hollingsworth Memorial Golf Tournament � Saturday, July 24, four-person scramble at The Bluffs Golf Course. All proceeds go to the Vermillion EMS Association. Prizes and B.B.Q. included. For more information contact 677-7058.

* Save your Treasures!!! Vermillion Fun Daze "Trash to Treasure" Rummage Sale � July 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Vermillion. If you are interested in having a rummage on July 29, please call our office for more details.

* Clay County Fair � Aug. 12 through Aug. 14. Don't miss any of the exciting events at the fair. Open Class Exhibits, Talent Show, Demolition Derby and Tractor Pull. To register, please pick up an entry form at Hy-Vee Food Store, Sturdevants, Rasmussen Motors or call the Clay County Fair Office at 677-7111.

* VCDC Golf Social � Tuesday, Aug. 17 at The Bluffs Golf Course. Registrations are in the mail and space is limited. For information contact 624-5571.

* Big-Friends-Little Friends of Union Co., Inc. Heritage Ride/Run/Walk 2004 � Saturday, Aug. 21 at National Guard Armory, Main Street, Elk Point, (Exit 18 off I-29) starts at 7 a.m. Come and join in the fun! This will be the seventh year of the bike ride and raising funds for the Youth Mentoring Program. This year also includes a 5 and 10K walk/run that will start at 8 a.m. with the bike ride starting at 8:30 a.m. All of the bike routes are on blacktop, and are of varying lengths (8-14-25-42 & 55+ mile routes) to fit the beginning to the experienced rider. For more information, please call John or Juli at 605-356-2571, or 605-421-5050 or e-mail

* Volunteers needed � We are looking for volunteers for the Clay County Fair. If you know of any organization interested in doing community service and earning funds for their organization, please call our office at 624-5571.

Upcoming Events

National Night Out � Aug. 3.

2004 SD MS 150 "All American Ride" � Aug. 7-8.

Heritage Ride/Run/Walk 2004 � Aug. 21.

Lewis & Clark 200th Anniversary � Aug. 25.

Lewis & Clark Festival � Aug. 28-29.

Great Dakota Wine Fest � Sept. 11-12.

Watch for more great events!

Please contact the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce & Development Company with your summer events at 624-5571.

Upcoming meetings

for the week of July 18

Thursday, July 22 � VCDC Board Meeting, Noon @ VCDC Office.

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