Chamber Chat By the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce/ Development Company 906 East Cherry Street Vermillion, SD 57069 605-624-5571 www.vermillionchamber.com This Weeks Happenings: • 'A Christmas Carol', performed by the USD Theatre Dept., is at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre from Tues., Dec. 2nd through Tues., Dec. 9th. For show times and ticket information please go to www.usd.edu/cfa/Theatre/ticketinfo.cfm. • Family Reflections at the W.H. Over Museum, USD, will feature the Debra Kindelspire exhibit Dec. 3rd – 13th with a reception on Fri., Dec. 12th from 3-5 pm. The museum is open from 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Saturday. • Elements of Being, a BFA Senior Exhibition will be featured in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, USD, Dec. 3rd – 13th with a reception on Fri., Dec. 12th from 7-9 pm. The gallery is open from 8 am – 5 pm weekdays and 1-5 pm weekends. • National Music Museum's Brown Bag Lunch Program will feature the South Dakota Brass Quintet, USD, performing 'Holiday Brass' on Fri., Dec. 5th from 12:05-12:55 pm. Free and open to the public. • Come join Santa & Mrs. Claus downtown on Fri., Dec. 5th at 6:30 pm as they countdown & flip the switch on Vermillion's Community Christmas Tree. Immediately following the tree lighting kids can enjoy a craft activity & storytelling with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Vermillion Public Library. • 'New 2 You' Ribbon Cutting & Open House is Sat., Dec. 6th at 10:30 am. Vermillion's new consignment store is located at 2719 E. Hwy 50. • 'Nook 'n Cranny' will be hosting an open house on Sat., Dec 6th from 9-5pm. Please stop in for some holiday shopping! Next Weeks Happenings: • Annual Christmas Festival at the W.H. Over Museum on Sun., Dec. 7th from 1:00-4:30. There will be talent, food, crafts, bake sale, children's activities and Santa! This event is the official beginning of the holiday season in Vermillion! • The Vermillion High School Holiday Concert is Mon., Dec. 8th at the HS Auditorium starting at 7:30 pm. • USD's Voice Faculty, Tracelyn Gesteland and Rick Piersall perform 'American Art Songs', accompanied by USD faculty pianists Dr. Susanne Skyrm and Dr. Susan Keith Gray on Tues., Dec. 9th from 7-8 pm at the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts in the west wing. This event is open to the public at no charge. • You are invited to come Christmas Shopping with the Shepherd Roegiers on Dec. 9 & 10 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center. There will be gloves, slippers, sheepskins, hats, steering wheel covers and more! • Coyote Luncheon/Vermillion QB Club at the USD Neuharth Center on Wed., Dec. 10th from 12-1 pm. The program includes speakers from USD and VHS on featured sports. Catered lunch for $7.00. Everyone welcome! • First Dakota National Bank invites you to their Holiday Open House on Thurs., Dec. 11th. Oyster stew, chili and goodies for all from 2:30-5:00 pm! Also, receive a free pair of First Dakota gloves for their "Empty Cupboard" promotion to help our local food pantry by bringing in a non-perishable food item on that day. Happy Holiday's from First Dakota National Bank! • USD's FYE (First Year Experience Program) Poker Tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation is Fri., Dec. 12th at the Newman Center at 6:30 pm. Open to players 18 & older. • Christmas Cookie Walk sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society is Sat., Dec. 13th at the Austin-Whittemore House from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information please contact Cleo Erickson at 624-8266. • Community Calendar/Weekly Update – If you would like to submit an event or promotion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us at 624-5571. Upcoming Events — Mark Your Calendars: • USD's Music Department Holiday Concert is Sun., Dec. 14th at 3:00 pm at the HS Auditorium. The Tree of Lights Open House and Tree Lighting will follow at 5:00 pm at Sanford Vermillion on 20 S. Plum St. Enjoy refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and holiday music. This Holiday Celebration is open to the public. Concert attendees are encouraged to purchase a holiday light or make a free will donation. • "The 32nd Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg" is Sun., Dec. 14th at 4:00 pm at the Dalesburg Lutheran Church, 30595 University Road. • The 6th Grade Holiday Concert is Mon., Dec. 15th starting at 7:00 pm at the HS Auditorium. • The 7th & 8th Grade Holiday Concert is Tues., Dec. 16th at the HS Auditorium starting at 7:00 pm. • The HS Music Faculty Holiday Concert is Thurs., Dec. 18th starting at 7:30 pm at the HS Auditorium. • Celebrate Vermillion – December 31st. • The Dakota Farm Show is Jan. 6, 7 & 8, 2009 at the DakotaDome. There are over 200 exhibitors scheduled to attend. For more information go to www.farmshowsusa.com <http://www.farmshowsusa.com> . • 2009 Clay County/USD Relay for Life "Let's Take a Holiday from Cancer" is Sun., Jan. 25, 2009 at the DakotaDome. For more information contact Wess Pravecek 605-624-5352 or 605-677-8701. Does your business or organization have an event coming up this holiday season? If you do, the VCDC would like to promote it for you! Just contact us with the information about the event.