Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce & Development Company 906 E. Cherry St., Vermillion, SD  57069 605-624-5571   Chamber Business: The Annual VCDC Member Golf Social will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at The Bluffs Golf Course.   This Weeks Happenings! • The Vermillion Area Community Foundation is accepting proposals for projects to improve our community.  Forms for submitting proposals by groups or organizations are available at or at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company office. While funds available are limited, the Foundation can fully fund small one time requests or partially fund larger projects.  Your annual donations to the Foundation will provide increasing funds each year for worthwhile projects. • Wanted:  Sesquicentennial Parade Entries.  If you, your church, business or organization would like to have an entry in the Aug. 8 Sesquicentennial Parade please call the Clay County Historical Society at 605-624-8266. • National Music Museum's Brown Bag Lunch Program will feature "Concerto Transcriptions and Variations" on the harpsichord and fortepiano from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m., Friday, July 24.  Free and open to the public. • Summer Reading Program Raffle! Tickets are now on sale to win a quilt created by young readers. Tickets are sold at the circulation desk at the Vermillion Public Library. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 27 at the Closing Party that starts at 1:30 p.m. • Prints from the Frogman Press Summer Workshops featuring printmaking techniques by 18 various artists along with showings by Nancy Losacker featuring "Mosaic Mirrors" and Anthony Millette featuring "More Pots" are now on exhibit at The Coffee Shop Gallery and Shel's Lebanese Lunch on Main St. through July.   Next Weeks Happenings! • Summer Film Festival at the Vermillion Public Library, is Wednesday, July 29 in the Community Room at 6:30 p.m.  The feature film My Left Foot will be shown. Lemonade and popcorn will be provided! • Main Street Suites and Gallery, Open House with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments is Friday, July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7  East Main Street. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m.  Everyone welcome! • South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival, presented by the USD Music Department will culminate in two performances of staged scenes from some of the world's most famous operas, operettas and musicals. These performances are at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center.  For more information please visit  Free and open to the public. • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is once again hosting "bikeMS: Pedal the Plains" on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.  The two-day, 150-mile ride will take participants from Sioux Falls to Vermillion and back. On Saturday, the day-one finish line is on the campus of USD. Approximately 150 to 175 participants will overnight at local hotels and in the USD dorms. For more information, please call 605-336-7017 or go to   Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars! • Coyote Kick-Off Auction & Dinner  party is Wed., Aug. 5th at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls.  The social begins at 5:30 pm and a tailgate-style buffet starts at 6:30 pm followed by the program and live auction.  All proceeds will support the Howling Pack which provides USD student-athletes with scholarships.  To register log onto Please contact Mark Maturi at 605-624-5712 or for more information. • The Main Sesquicentennial Celebration dates are Aug. 6-9: Thursday, Aug. 6: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Self guided tours of the new Muenster University Center 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. – Tours of the new USD Medical School 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Tours of the new City Hall at 25 Center St. 4:30 to 7 p.m. – Free Community BBQ in Prentis Park.  Everyone welcome! 7:30 p.m. – Free cultural concert by German Youth & VHS at the Vermillion High School Friday, Aug. 7: 1 to 5 p.m. – All School Reunion Reception at the VHS Commons Saturday, Aug. 8: 9 a.m. -5K Fun Run/Walk with proceeds donated to the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation. For more information please contact Alli Zens at 763-355-9356, vermillion5K@ or go to 9 a.m. to noon – Free airplane rides at the Vermillion Airport for ages 7 to 17 10 a.m. – Sesquicentennial Parade on Main Street 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. – All School Reunion Dance at Vermillion High School Sunday, Aug. 9: 8 a.m. to noon – Fly-in Breakfast at Vermillion Airport, free will donation 9:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of new concrete airport runway 10 to 11 a.m. – Free Air Show with aerobatic pilots and maneuvers at Vermillion Airport 7 p.m. – Free Ecumenical Concert at Vermillion High School • Senior Center 40th Anniversary Open House is Wedneday, Aug. 12  from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center at 320 W. Main St.  Open to the public! • Clay County Fair & Achievement Days is Aug. 13-15.  The fair kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.  There is something for everyone including a Demolition Derby, ATV races, kids' crafts & games, water fights, car show, live entertainment and much more!  Check it out at • Youth Concert Night, with free music, pizza and pop for highschooler is at the Grace Baptist Church (across from VHS) on Friday, Aug. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. • The 12th Annual Big Friend-Little Friend bike ride to raise funds for their Youth Mentoring Program is Saturday, Aug. 15 at the former National Guard Armory in Elk Point. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the bike ride itself will take off at 9 a.m. For more information please call John or Juli at 605-356-2571 or 605-421-5050. Volunteers are also needed to help with this event. • Second Annual Hy-Vee Scramble for SESDAC is Aug. 17, noon registration with a 1 p.m. shot gun start.  Four person best shot at The Bluffs Golf Course. Reserve your team early, this will sell out fast!  Payouts to three flights, tournament champion team wins $400. Last year this event raised over $15,300 for the SESDAC Foundation.  Corporate sponsors are Hy-Vee, Budweiser, KVHT and The Broadcaster Press.  Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Monday Messenger? If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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