Chamber Chat

Chamber Business:

Volunteers are needed to help with the 2009 Midwest Youth Basketball Championships held at the Dome Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12. Times are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for both weekends. Volunteers will be working the ticket counter and t-shirt sales in two hour increments giving you the opportunity to help a little or a lot. This event brings in hundreds of basketball players and their parents to Vermillion over the weekend, so please help us welcome them. The Chamber will set up a visitor table to provide information on area businesses as well. If you would like to volunteer, contact Nancy at the VCDC offices by calling 624-5571 or emailing

First Annual Parade of Lights "Christmas Past & Present" in downtown Vermillion at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.  Please join us for this inaugural event.  At the end of the parade join Santa and Mrs. Claus as they light the community Christmas tree.  Following the tree lighting, children can enjoy storytelling and crafts at the Vermillion Public Library. If you are interested in entering a vehicle/float, please contact the Chamber or fill out the entry form that is located on our Web site:


Pre-Legislative Tour – David Owen from the SD Chamber will be stopping in Vermillion on Monday, Dec. 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. on his Pre-Legislative Tour.  The VCDC will offer lunch to those who come to the session, which will be free for Chamber members and $5 for non-members. Those attending are being asked to RSVP by noon on Friday, Dec. 11.


Ribbon Cutting/Open House for the Prairie Inn on Monday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.


Pictures with Santa—Bring your children to Hy-Vee on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for pictures with Santa!  Complimentary photos by Peterman Photography in conjunction with Hy-Vee.


The Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company office has relocated to the Market Street Professional Building at 116 Market Street in Suite 103.  Please stop by and see us at our new location.  Look for us under the water tower!


This Weeks Happenings!


Curbside Recycling Announcement – Alley pickup for curbside recycling has been moved due to winter weather. If you currently recycle in an alley, please place your recycling curbside until further notice. To avoid recycling bins being damaged by snow plows, please put recycling bins next to the sidewalk near the driveway in a visible & accessible location free from ice & snow. 

Curbside Recycling Holiday Schedule

If your curbside recycling collection falls on a holiday, please place your recycling out the Monday prior to the holiday:

Dec. 25, Christmas Recycling will be collected Dec. 21.

Jan. 1, New Year's Day Recycling will be collected on Dec. 28.


Downtown Holiday Tree Contest – Downtown merchants and the City of Vermillion will have decorated trees in their businesses which people are encouraged to visit and vote for their favorite tree. One voter's name will be drawn and the winner will receive a basket of goodies from the downtown merchants. Voting to take place between Dec. 2  and Dec. 5. The winner will be announced  on Monday, Dec. 7. Participating merchants include:  Bank of the West,  Chae's, City of Vermillion, Civic Council, Coffee Shop Gallery, Collier Law Office, Cortrust Bank, Coyote Twin Theater & Hollywood Video, First Dakota National Bank, Heart and Soul Fitness, Heartland Home Care, Lumo Studios, Nook 'n Cranny, Plains Justice, Raziel's, Silk Road Café, Vermillion Vision, and Willson Florist.  This is being organized by the Downtown Vermillion Action Committee.

Book Signing & Open House at Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch Program at the National Music Museum featuring the South Dakota Holiday Brass Quintet on Friday, Dec. 4 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Free and open to the public.

High School State Oral Interp Friday, Dec. 4 at Sioux Falls (TBA).


High School Bowling vs. West Central  Friday, Dec. 4 at Prairie Lanes in Vermillion.


USD Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving at Falcon Invitational in Minneapolis, MN, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5.


USD Men's & Women's Diving  in St. Cloud, MN, Fri., Dec. 4-5.

USD Symphony Orchestra's Winter Concert Friday, Dec. 4 at Colton Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Seventh/Eighth Grade Girls' Basketball, Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at DakotaDome (TBA).


Christmas Tour of Homes on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Vermillion. Tickets are on sale at Nook n'Cranny, Davis Pharmacy, Vermillion Beauty Shop and the Austin-Whittemore House at $12.50/person. Refreshments will be served on Friday night and Saturday afternoon following the tour at the Austin-Whittemore House. The homes are all beautifully decorated and the Baptist Church which is on the tour has been a large part of the history of Vermillion since the flood of 1881. This is a Sesquicentennial event sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society.


Peter Pan play by USD Theatre on Dec. 4, 5, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in Vermillion.  Admission Fee:  $12 Adults, $8 Youth K-12, & $5 USD Student with ID.  One of the world's most celebrated musicals to be enjoyed by the whole family.  Reservations:  605-677-5400.


High School State Oral Interp  Saturday, Dec. 5 at Sioux Falls (TBA).


High School Wrestling vs. Sioux Falls Roosevelt Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. (away).


High School Winter Formal Saturday, Dec. 5 at Vermillion High School from 8 to 11 p.m.


USD Opera Presents "Amahl & the Night Visitors" at the Akron Opera House in Akron, IA Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and $16 for balcony seating. Call 712-568-8747 for ticket information.


Heartland Humane Society Hosts Meet & Greet with the Shelter Animals Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 to 12 p.m.  Meet the shelter animals and check out the new shelter office at 601 ½ Burleigh Street in Yankton.  Animals will be available for adoption and those in foster care will be available to meet as well.  Contact Tasha Anderson at 605-664-4244 or email for more information.


Forty-third Annual Christmas Festival  is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum. Crafts, music, refreshments and a bake sale as well as a hospitality table will be featured.


USD Women's Basketball at Santa Clare University, Sunday, Dec. 6 at Santa Clare, CA at 4 p.m.


Sharing the Dream in Guatemala Open House, Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Next Week's Happenings!

Seventh/Eighth Grade Winter Concert, Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Vermillion High School.

Seventh/Eighth Grade Girl's Basketball vs. Elk Point-Jefferson, Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. (home).

Brown Bag Lunch Program at the National Music Museum featuring Banner Era Gibsons: The Story of the Extraordinary Flattop Guitars of 1942-1945 and the Women Who Built Them on Friday, Dec. 11 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Heartland Humane Society will be hosting a holiday open house and Chamber ribbon-cutting event on Friday, Dec. 11th at 10 a.m. at 601 ½ Burleigh in Yankton. Come enjoy holiday refreshments, say hello to the shelter kitties and help us celebrate our new facility. 

The "Sweets & Treats" or "Cookie Walk" sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society will take place Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Austin-Whittemore House. Cookies and sweets will be sold at $5/dozen.  Coffee and punch along with samples of cookies will be served in the living room.  Everyone is welcome.

Seventh/Eighth Grade Boy's Basketball Saturday, Dec. 12 at Dakota Dome Tournament.

Seventh/Eighth Grade Girls' Basketball vs. Harrisburg Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. (away).


The 32nd Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church. The event is sponsored by the Dalesburg Scandinavian Association.

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Preservation Wednesdays  – The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Clay County Historical Society are presenting the second Annual Series of Historic Presentations.  A presentation by Phyllis Packard entitled "Wool, Spinning Yarns" will be at 7 p.m. at the Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Does your business or organization have an event you would like included in the Chamber Chat? If you do please call us at 624-5571 or email us at

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