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Historic home Touring Season

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - All Day at Cramer-Kenyon Home
509 Pine Street

The Board of Directors of the Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home, located at 509 Pine Street in Yankton, is proud to announce that the 2015 touring season is officially opened. Built in the late 1870’s and first occupied in the 1880’s, this Eastlake Stick Style home occupies a place on the Historic Register and has been a source of inspiration for visitors since the mid-1970’s
The home is named in honor of Nelson J. and Alice Bullfinch Cramer who lived there from 1890 until their deaths in 1916 and 1929. The house then went to Mr. Cramer’s great-niece, Esther Kenyon who lived there with her husband, Herbert, and family until his death in 1972. Most of the furnishings in the home belonged to either the Cramer’s or the Kenyon’s and have been carefully safeguarded over the years so that they maintain their original magnificent Victorian elegance.
During the season, tours are given of the entire historic home including the basement with its winter fish pond, the attic which was the living quarters for the house help during the time the Cramer and Kenyon families lived there, and the two richly appointed levels which comprise the rooms which the family inhabited from 1890 forward. The carriage house is also on the tour list, as is the gazebo and, of course, the gardens which feature flowers and bushes reminiscent of the era in which the home was occupied by the Cramer and Kenyon families.
Some improvements to enhance the comfort of visitors have been added. The front steps have been rebuilt as has the entrance door leading into the east-facing covered porch. There is, of course, a lift at the west side of the house for our visitors who have difficulty with steps. At your first visit you will meet our Tour Guide/Caretaker, Veronica, who will enthrall you with the family’s stories.
Regular tours are held Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day from 1:00 until 4:00 PM; a small fee of $7 for adults and $2 for children 6-12 is asked, with children under 5 admitted free. For large group tours, please call the caretaker of the Home at (605) 665-7470. Arrangements can also be made for small receptions and parties by calling that number. Take a step back in time and enjoy the sweetness of the past with a visit to 509 Pine Street in Yankton – the historic Cramer-Kenyon Home.

Sobriety checkpoints in SD

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - All Day

Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 17 counties during July.

The monthly checkpoints are done as a way to discourage people from drinking and driving.

July checkpoints will be done in the counties of Beadle, Brookings, Butte, Clay, Codington, Day, Davison, Gregory, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts and Walworth.

During June, the Highway Patrol scheduled DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols in all 66 South Dakota counties.

Free Lunches for Children 18 and Under

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Jolley Elementary School
224 S. University

The Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program June 1st to July 31st.  Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD.  For more information, please contact vermillionbusinessoffice@k12.sd.us or call (605)677-7000.

Award-winning poet to read her work in Pierre

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Prairie Pages Bookseller
321 S. Pierre St

Award-winning poet Sharon Chmielarz (SHMEE-larz) will present two programs in Pierre on Tuesday, July 7.

Chmielarz will be reading her poetry and signing copies of her books from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CDT at Prairie Pages Bookseller, 321 S. Pierre St., and at 7 p.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Dr.

Pierre and Fort Pierre residents also have another connection to the poet. The name of Prairie Pages co-owner Kathy Villa appears in one of Chmielarz’s poems, “Home Town 4th of July.” Chmielarz was a presenter at the South Dakota Festival of Books when one of the festival’s organizers asked presenters to donate an item for an auction. Chmielarz’s donation was to write the highest bidder’s name in a book or poem that would be published in the coming year. Villa was the winner.

“Home Town 4th of July” appears in Chmielarz’s latest book, “Visibility: Ten Miles.” The book is a collection of Chmielarz’s poetry, accompanied by the photography of Ken Smith. The poet plans to read mostly from “Visibility: Ten Miles” when she is in Pierre.

Chmielarz lives in the Twin Cities, but grew up in Mobridge. Of the nine books of poetry she has had published, four have poems set in South Dakota or North Dakota. She writes about family, the Dakota/prairie landscape, history and women. Chmielarz’s 10th book will be published in 2016. Her book “The Other Mozart,” a biography in poetry about Nannerl, Wolfgang Mozart’s sister, was made into an opera. She has also written three books for children.

Chmielarz’s work has been a finalist in the National Poetry series and nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize, which features work from small publishing presses. Chmielarz was the recipient of a Jane Kenyon Award from the Water-Stone Review and her work has appeared in many magazines.

Everyone is welcome to attend these events. For more information about the program at the Cultural Heritage Center, please call (605) 773-6006.

Adult Summer Reading at the Yankton Community Library

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 6:00 pm at Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut Street

Mark your calendars for the adult summer reading events at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut Street. You won’t want to miss this presentation!

On Tuesday, July 7, beginning at 6 p.m., the Historic Cemetery Walk in partnership with the Dakota Territorial Museum and the Dakota Theatre is back by popular demand. Ticket holders will meet at the City cemetery to engage with re-enactors who tell the stories of some of Yankton’s colorful citizens of the past. Their lives differed greatly but they all added to our history. Tickets for tours, which start every fifteen minutes beginning at 6 p.m., can be purchased only at the library.
If you haven’t registered for the adult summer reading program, there’s still time. Stop at the desk, register, and pick up your Tic-Tac-Toe card. Begin reading and filling in your card. Then return your completed card for a small prize and entry into our grand prize drawing.
For more information, contact the library at 668-5275.

Cemetery Walk

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 6:00 pm

The Yankton Community Library, Dakota Territorial Museum, and Dakota Theatre are partnering to sponsor a third Historic Cemetery Walk on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Tours are set to leave the south entry of the Yankton City Cemetery on Douglas Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. and departing every fifteen minutes thereafter, until 7:45 p.m.

Learn about five of Yankton’s historic figures as re-enactors tell their stories at the grave sites. You will “meet” John Blair Smith, George Fiske, William Box, Amanda Pennington, and Nellie Zabel Wilhite. Please note that this is a completely different tour from previous years.

Tickets are now on sale at the Library, 515 Walnut Street. When purchasing your tickets, you must choose your tour time. Each tour can accommodate twelve people. Earlier tours will be filled before later tours are opened.

For further information, contact the library at 668-5276.

Free Lunches for Children 18 and Under

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Jolley Elementary School
224 S. University

The Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program June 1st to July 31st.  Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD.  For more information, please contact vermillionbusinessoffice@k12.sd.us or call (605)677-7000.

The Saint John’s Bible

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 6:00 pm at Mount Marty College
1105 W 8th St

The Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice is pleased to host The Saint John’s Bible at Mount Marty College in Yankton for the 2015 year. Two volumes of a seven-volume Heritage Edition set have been available at MMC since the start of 2015. The public may now view all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the boardroom on campus.

The first public opportunity to view all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible will be Wednesday, July 8 in the boardroom at MMC. The event will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and will include a DVD and viewing of the bible, along with a free reception. The boardroom is located in the Scholastica Learning Center (SLC) just down the hall from the library.

The Saint John’s Bible, the first hand-written, hand-illuminated bible in over 500 years, was made possible through the efforts of St. John’s University and the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN.

Other viewings and arrangements for groups and organizations to engage with The Saint John’s Bible can be made by contacting Andrew Henrickson, 605-668-1495, ahenrickson@mtmc.edu. Arrangements may also be made for a volume of The Saint John’s Bible to be brought to you. Visit www.mtmc.edu/benedictineinstitute/stjohnsbible.aspx for more information.

Hartington WIC and Immunization clinic

Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 10:30 am at Hartington City Auditorium
101 East Center Street

Hartington will hold the Hartington WIC and Immunization clinic on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the City Auditorium basement, 101 E. Center Street, Hartington, Ne. For an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC or Immunization Programs please call (402) 385-6300.
NENCAP’s WIC Program provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to income eligible pregnant, breast-feeding or postpartum women, infants, and children to age 5 years.

Free Lunches for Children 18 and Under

Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Jolley Elementary School
224 S. University

The Vermillion School District is sponsoring the summer food service program June 1st to July 31st.  Free lunch will be served each weekday for area children age 18 and younger at Jolley Elementary School, 224 S. University, Vermillion, SD.  For more information, please contact vermillionbusinessoffice@k12.sd.us or call (605)677-7000.

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