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Oldest Festival of Trees Celebration hosted at the Homestake Opera House

November 30, 2017 - December 2, 2017

Oldest Festival of Trees Celebration hosted at the Homestake Opera House

LEAD, SD – Santa is coming to town during the 2017 Festival of Trees Vintage Holiday Celebration at the Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) the public is invited to attend this kickoff event to the Christmas season on Thursday, November 30 through Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the HHOH theater at 313 W. Main Street.

The oldest of its kind in the Black Hills, the original Festival of Trees was hosted in December 1982 in the “Theater Built by a Gold Mine” and has continued on through the years as a popular Christmastime event in the mining community of Lead.

Amidst a beautifully decorated lobby, foyer, and theater, patrons to the 3-day event will enjoy free cocoa, hot apple cider, cookies and will enjoy mingling through the building, touring through heavily decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and unique vintage items.

The trees, wreaths, and vintage items have been generously donated by HHOH supporters from the Northern Hills communities of Lead, Deadwood, Sturgis, Whitewood, and Spearfish.

Admission is by donation to the HHOH, or donation of pet food and necessities for the Twin City Animal Shelter of Lead and Deadwood, or nonperishable food items to stock the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Lead.

Special to the event this year is the newly restored lower walls of the interior of the theater. The public is invited to explore the new Interpretive Exhibit on the second floor that showcases the entire history of the Opera House with historic items and archival imagery and film.

The Festival of Trees Vintage Holiday Celebration provides music programming, restoration projects, and operations at the HHOH and is made possible in part by the City of Lead, annual Opera House members, and KEVN Black Hills Fox TV.

Schedule of events:
Thurs. Nov. 30
5:00 pm-7:00 pm: All are welcome to attend the dual Lead and Deadwood Chambers of Commerce Mixer. Santa will be mingling as patrons enjoy hors d’oeurves, cash bar, free cocoa, hot apple cider, cookies, and live music provided by the United Methodist Church Hymndingers bell choir.

Friday, Dec. 1
1:00 pm: Open House with free cocoa, hot apple cider, cookies
4:00 pm-6:00 pm: Free photos with Santa – Bring your family and pets.
5:00 pm-6:30 pm: Live music with Belle Fourche Center of the Nation Brass Quintet
7:00 pm-9:00 pm: Movie night: Enjoy free popcorn and Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, PG-13 starring Jim Carrey.

Saturday, Dec. 2
1:00 pm: Open house with free cocoa, hot apple cider, cookies
3:00 pm-5:00 pm: Old-fashioned holiday cartoons: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and more. Enjoy free popcorn.
6:00 pm-7:00 pm: Pianist Ruth Groeneveld
7:00 pm-9:00 pm: Winners of People’s Choice Best Tree and Best Wreath, and Live Auction by Bob Bertolotto Real Estate & Auctions of Sturgis.

Proceeds from the annual event support ongoing music and theatre programming, restoration projects, and operations at the HHOH. Free parking is located behind the building, on Main Street, and lot parking within four blocks or less from the theater. The building is wheelchair accessible and assistive listening devices are also available.

For more information contact the HHOH office at 605-584-2067 or visit HomestakeOperaHouse.org.
The HHOH is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to returning the building to productive use for the enrichment of the community and to provide arts and culture and educational opportunities for generations to come. Support for the HHOH is provided in part by the HHOH annual members, the City of Lead, and the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation. The HHOH is a equal opportunity provider and employer.

Event Contact Information

Name: Sarah Carlson
Email: opera@rushmore.com
Phone: 6055842067

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