March 2009


31 Mar

Mar 31, 2009 at 11:03 am

What a banner year for folks who like to play in the snow. Last week’s storm brought another 3 feet, and the storm that started this past Sunday and let-up early this morning (Tuesday) brought what will turn out to be another 3 feet — maybe more!
Yes, Deadwood has a lot of snow. But the folks clearing the snow around town have done a tremendous job, and things are back up and running again. Sure, the drifts may be a bit higher, but the roads are clear and it’s basically business as usual.
And business as usual means a longer winter season! Personally, this time of year is a good one for me — the days are longer and warmer, and while the snow is still deep, it’s only a matter of time before drifts disappear. And spring skiing? While not the favorite of hardcore snow goers, it’s certainly an extension of an already tremendous season.
Enjoy spring, and if you want to see snow, come out to Deadwood!
Lee

25 Mar

Mar 25, 2009 at 01:28 pm

Well, I can’t say we weren’t warned!
What started as rain and flurries Monday morning turned in to a spring blizzard, and although “typical” is a word being used to describe it, it’s still a weather event for the books.
By late Monday evening, my guess is 6 inches of snow had fallen in Deadwood and the northern Black Hills in South Dakota. By Tuesday morning, up to, and beyond, 3 feet had fallen. And the wind gusts of 40 mph and beyond created some true blizzard conditions. While Rapid City didn’t have quite as much snow, the city did see wind gusts of 80 mph.
As for Deadwood, this 3 feet added to the 12 or so feet of snow that had already fallen this winter and spring 2009 wasn’t too bad – mostly because the majority of the 12 original feet had melted! Now we are back to a winter wonderland – a couple more chances to run that snowmobile or catch some fresh powder at Terry Peak or Deer Mountain ski areas.
The town is still digging out and city, county and private contractors are out in force. The way these folks move snow, it’ll be business as usual tomorrow.
Back to shoveling for me!
Until next time,
Lee
www.deadwood.com

23 Mar

Mar 23, 2009 at 10:04 am

When the 5 o’clock whistle blew last Friday afternoon, and temperatures hovered in the mid-70s, I knew the weekend — the first one of spring — was going to be a good ‘un. And by golly I was right. While snow remains at higher elevations, the golf courses in the area were open for business. While I had to replace my winter attire to make room for the golf clubs, it was a good feeling. Sunday was just as nice, and a walk in the woods saw plenty of signs of spring life. From the green buds on shrubs, to the fresh grass peaking up from last year’s growth, it was definitely a weekend to cure one’s winter blahs.
But hold on one second … it was just a tease!
All weekend long the talk in the Black Hills surrounded a big winter storm expected to roll in the hills. And while I do give meteorologists some grief for their forecasts, they were right on the money on this one. The precipitation began Sunday evening with some rain, then it turned to snow, then people decided to simply stay home. While it’s not too bad yet (it’s 11 a.m. on Monday as I type), forecasters are predicting it to get much worse. Because of that sense of worsening, schools are closed, county offices are closed, clinics are closing — and it looks to be the same for tomorrow. While I don’t have a window in my office, if I stretch my neck just far enough I can see out a window, and, yep, it’s snowing. Although I’m a little optimistic, or should I say pessimistic, that the huge amounts of snow predicted actually won’t be coming — I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Well, I best start stretching my back so I don’t pull something when the shoveling begins this afternoon…
Have a great week everyone,
Lee
ww.deadwood.com

17 Mar

Mar 17, 2009 at 02:19 pm

Must be St. Patrick’s Day! T-minus 4 hours to the annual Deadwood St. Patrick’s Day parade and revelers are milling about the town. Oh, and the nuns, yep, they are out there too, dancing and singing up and down Main Street. Yep, even the non-Irish can celebrate this day in Irish lore.
Weekend festivities were, well, festive! Thousands of folks turned out to participate in one of 7 pub crawls and a poker run. The weather was perfect. While today’s weather may be just in the mid-40s, the parade will surely help warm up those in the crowd.
Well, I gotta go help decorate a float —
Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone!
Until next time,
Lee

13 Mar

Mar 13, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Hello everyone!
The cold snap of weather is finally behind us, and the weekend is shaping for a top-notch event weekend. Weather should be in the 40s, maybe the 50s, and the sun should shine — sounds like the makings for some good ol-fashioned fun!
There are plenty of things happening this weekend; many properties have food and drink specials, bands will be out, and open containers will be allowed on Deadwood’s Main Street from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday (and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day). At noon on Saturday, pub crawl and poker run registration begins. This will take place at the Franklin Hotel’s Callahan’s Bar. The poker run and pub crawls start at 2 p.m. The evening gets into high gear at 7 p.m. with a parade. There will also be a parade at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
It’ll be green in Historic Deadwood!
On a sidenote, Historic Deadwood has a group page on Facebook and MySpace. Do a search for Historic Deadwood and you’ll find us. Join our group!
Have a great weekend all and hope to see you soon!
Lee
www.deadwood.org

02 Mar

Mar 02, 2009 at 11:44 am

Hello folks and happy March!
Spring is in the air (at least today it is, as the mercury hovers around the 55-degree mark). And with March comes St. Patrick’s Day, and another fine event in Historic Deadwood.
We are busy with preparations for the event, and things are coming together nicely. We’ll be having two St. Paddy’s Day parades this year, one on Saturday, March 14, the other on Tuesday, March 17. Both parades will begin at 7 p.m.
Also on the 14th, Deadwood will host a pub crawl and poker run. Last year’s pub crawl drew somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 revelers, and we are expecting just as many if not more this year. Yep, it’s going to be a fun day in Deadwood! Make plans to partake now!
Have a great week everyone, and hope to see you soon.
Lee

02 Mar

Mar 02, 2009 at 11:44 am

Hello folks and happy March!
Spring is in the air (at least today it is, as the mercury hovers around the 55-degree mark). And with March comes St. Patrick’s Day, and another fine event in Historic Deadwood.
We are busy with preparations for the event, and things are coming together nicely. We’ll be having two St. Paddy’s Day parades this year, one on Saturday, March 14, the other on Tuesday, March 17. Both parades will begin at 7 p.m.
Also on the 14th, Deadwood will host a pub crawl and poker run. Last year’s pub crawl drew somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 revelers, and we are expecting just as many if not more this year. Yep, it’s going to be a fun day in Deadwood! Make plans to partake now!
Have a great week everyone, and hope to see you soon.
Lee