Pick Your Party

Sacred HeartThere’s a lot going on in Aberdeen as September draws to a close.  Sacred Heart hosts its annual bazaar, which is a thing of wonder–when you see what a handful of volunteers can pull off when they transform an elementary school and gym into a marketplace.

A delicious pork loin dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 on Saturday and on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:30.  The midway and Market Street run on Saturday from 3:00-9:00 and on Sunday from 12:30 to 6:30. You don’t have to be Catholic or a member of Sacred Heart to come and enjoy. (Your kids will love it.)

Celtic FaireThis weekend also marks the anniversary of the NESD Celtic Faire.  If this blustery weather holds, it’ll feel like a proper British weekend and you’ll need a cuppa clutched in your hands while you watch the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band or the ARCC cloggers. There are some other fine acts–here’s a full list.  It’s a really nice, well-attended event with a lot to see, do and EAT.

SD Film FestNext weekend is the South Dakota Film Festival if that’s more how you roll. We’re pretty honored to host it here in Aberdeen and the list of special guests, screenings and film selections over the years is something to be proud of. Check it out.

And looking ahead–Kessler’s is hosting an Oktoberfest (if you have to ask when, you don’t know what an Oktoberfest is.) At last, something for the German in all of us.

Aberdeen hosts a really outstanding fair, the Brown County Fair.  So many fairs today are discouragingly large and unrepresentative of local flavor. This one is not.

Not only are admission and parking free (also unusual), there are a number of freebies including a Kids Picnic, the popular Antique, Kiddie Pedal Tractor & Pickup Pulls and a Military Appreciation Breakfast.


Free tractor pull at the Brown County Fair

There are standard-fare carnival rides of course, but none of the loud, fun, “big” stuff seems to detract from a fair that has kept itself closely tied to its roots.

If you’re not a fair-goer because you moved here from a city that has an obnoxiously loud, commercialized fair, it’s worth it to check out the Brown County Fair.

For a full list of events, here’s the link.

This Weekend in Aberdeen

There is a lot to do in Aberdeen this weekend so I better not hear any of this “I’m bored” stuff.

South Dakota Film Fest

Films showing all weekend long at the Capitol Theater.

The town is hosting its sixth annual South Dakota Film Festival which is featuring actor Graham Greene as part of the Thunderheart retrospective.

From the website: Greene earned his first major feature film credit in the historical epic, Revolution, opposite Al Pacino. Later, he landed the role of Kicking Bird in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990). The part not only provided him with major exposure around the world, it garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

There are tons of films to view, including local favorite “The List” (way to go Fischgaard Film fest winners John Vogel and Spotted Ear Productions!) showing during the Saturday session, sometime between 1 and 5:00.

Tap Kids Aberdeen SDAnd on Saturday at 7 PM, the Aberdeen Area Arts Council is presenting TAP KIDS. (I gotta say, for a smallish town we have some INCREDIBLE performing art opportunities.)

Featuring an extraordinary and diverse cast of 8 rhythm tap dancers cast from around the country, TAP KIDS is appropriate for all ages. In addition to the public performance, they will be doing an abridged show for schools.

Visit the Art Council’s website for more.

Added: The SD Film Festival garners press in the Washington Post! Nice little article. Read it here.