Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat by the Vermillion Area Chamber/Development Company University Theater Presents Noises Off � Dec. 1-4 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Wayne S. Knutson Theater. Noises Off chronicles the onstage and back stage shenanigans of a marginally talented acting company that first rehearses and then performs Nothing On, a farce that will have you clutching your sides in joyous laughter. The theater really does go on ? even when the show falls apart! For ticket information or reservations contact 677-5400.

* Agri-Tourism Workshops � Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JoDean's in Yankton. Southeast South Dakota Tourism will host Agri-Tourism Workshops in several regional communities this fall and winter, encouraging farmers/ranchers to add tourism to their agricultural business. In a time when family farms and ranches struggle to make ends meet, a new interest is emerging from travelers wanting to go to the farm to spend a day, a night, or their entire vacation. Seeking "the simple life," visitors are asking to get back to basics and bring the family to the farm for a day of chores and home cooking, or to an apple orchard or pumpkin farm, or to see how cattle operations are run, or simply sit on the front porch and watch a prairie sunset.

Workshops will cost between $15 to $20 per person which includes lunch. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to attend to see how Agri-Tourism can add value to their farm production. For more information please contact Jacquie Fuks at 1-888-353-7382 or 605-665-2435.

* Midwest Youth Basketball Tournament � Boys' Division Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12 at the DakotaDome. Girls' Division Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the DakotaDome. These tournaments bring in people from all over the state and we are expecting more than 3,000 visitors. Please help us welcome them to Vermillion by putting it on your marquee signs and welcoming them in your businesses and in our community.

* Freedom Salute Ceremony for Company B 109th ASMB Saturday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. at Slagle Hall. The public is cordially invited to attend. For more information please contact Sgt. Danny Doty or Sgt. Penny Dickes at 677-6787.

* 28th Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition � Sunday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, 30595 University Road. Scandinavian program and food. The public is invited.

Come Home for

the Holidays ? Come Home to Vermillion

Friday, Dec. 3

Vermillion will be set aglow Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. with the first annual lighting of the city's official Christmas tree and downtown Vermillion's decorative lights. Christmas carolers and hot chocolate will be mingling in the air. Cozy scarves and hats frame rosy cheeks and excited laughter fills the streets. Don't miss this enchanting celebration!

Draw from Santa's "Bag of Bucks" give away. From $500 to $1,000 in gift certificates to be given away from participating businesses immediately following the switching of the lights. Certificates can be used the month of December. Must be at least 18 to participate.

Supper with Santa is from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Senior Citizen Center. Kids of all ages are invited to have supper with Santa while parents take advantage of this time to enjoy the wonderful shopping in Vermillion. Crafts and entertainment will be provided. Children 10 and under free.

The Candlelight Tour of Homes is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Discover the magic of "Christmas Toyland" in Vermillion. At 7:30 p.m. stop at the Austin-Whittemore House for refreshments and fellowship. Call 624-8266 for more info. Tickets are $15 and are available at Austin-Whittemore, Nook 'n Cranny, Vermillion Beauty Shop, Deb's Hallmark and the Vermillion Chamber.

Stores will be open until 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4

11 a.m. � Story time with Santa at the Vermillion Public Library.

1 and 3 p.m. � Free movie at the Vermillion Theatre.

Stores open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5

1 to 4:30 p.m. � 37th Annual W.H. Over Christmas Festival. Crafts, music, exhibits of members, bake sale.

6 to 8 p.m. � Community Tour of Lights. Bring the entire family and admire the beautiful lights of the Vermillion area by bus. The charge is $1 per person. Meet at Latte Da at 853 Cherry Street and enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

Stores open from 12 to 5 p.m.

Upcoming meetings

Monday, Dec. 6, United Way Meeting, noon at VCDC Office.

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