September 4th, 2020

VCDC UPDATES

VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

Join us on Wednesday morning for coffee hour with the VCDC and Mazing Acres Pumpkin Patch! Tune in at www.facebook.com/LiveVermillion/ or on Channel 3. Thanks to our sponsor Sanford Vermillion!

Vermillion NEXT Membership

Vermillion NEXT, the Young Professionals Network for Emerging Leaders is an initiative to engage young professionals in and around the Vermillion area, for people aged 21-40. It’s a great way to get involved with the community, to meet people, and to have an impact on the city and on your own professional development. Join now!

CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS!

RED ROOF CELEBRATES BILL AND CHRISTY MARKETON ON BEING RED ROOF’S OPERATORS OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Bill and Christy Marketon for their achievement of winning the Operator of the Year Award during the annual Red Roof Circle of Excellence Award Ceremony. They received the honor by prevailing over more than 650 hotels.

Bill and Christy own and operate Red Roof Inn Vermillion. Their property achieved quality scores ranked in the top 10 percent of the brand and is always looking for new ways to attract guests.

COMMUNITY EVENTS!

One Book South Dakota

The most recent selection in the 17-year history of the One Book South Dakota program is “Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church” by Megan Phelps-Roper.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library invites you to learn about and discuss the book during your lunch break! This digital program will be hosted via Zoom on Friday, September 4th at 12:00 pm. Registration is required.

The first 30 people to register will each get a free Reader Guide and a South Dakota Humanities Council sticky pad!

COMMUNITY NEWS!

Free Virtual Concert

Musical artist Johnathan Celestin will be recording a special concert for Vermillion, and you are invited to watch! Johnathan Celestin's music brings together diverse communities and is tailored to create an environment of love, fun, and empowerment for everyone. Johnathan will bring us an unparalleled mix of sweeping vocals, awesome dance numbers, and soul-stirring songs!

Celestin has headlined alongside Dej Loaf, Rita Ora, LeAnn Rimes, and Ruben Studdard. He works to be a positive voice for marginalized people within LGBTQIA, underprivileged, and minority communities. Earlier in 2020 he launched a "Let Love In" series designed to elevate the spirits of those affected by COVID-19.

Johnathan can't visit us in person, but he can still bring his upbeat message to Vermillion! Register at bit.ly/vplconcert to get the link to his concert sent to your email!

The program will be available the evening of September 24th, 2020 and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Sponsored by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, this event is free and open to all.

Visit the Vermillion Public Library website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org for details on all the services we offer, or call 605.677.7060.

New Take ‘N Make Craft Series

Join the Vermillion Public Library for the first in a new series of craft videos for adults! Starting at 7:00 am on September 14th. Limited craft kits will be available for pick-up at the library starting the morning of the event. While supplies last.

The first video will teach viewers how to make tissue paper pom poms, and will air on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00 am. The video can be watched any time! Supplies will be available after the library building opens at 8:00 am. Kits are first come, first serve.

Visit the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org for details on all the services we offer, or call 605.677.7060.

Vermillion Area Farmer’s Market

We are going to end the drive-through market. As much as we had hoped it would increase safety, it seems to have increased risk in other areas. The market will be all walking as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience. However, we encourage those in high-risk populations to contact vendors in advance to order for the week.

Saturday markets are returning! Look for us the last Saturday of each month!

• September 26th

From 9am - 12:00 pm at the Platz, downtown Vermillion

Census Workers in Our Area Soon

The 2020 Census Non-Response Follow-Up Operation (door knocking) will begin on August 11th in South Dakota. If a household DOES NOT want someone to come knocking on their door, they need to complete their 2020 Census form as soon as possible. You can fill out the questionnaire online at 2020census.gov.

FIND VERMILLION COMMUNITY EVENTS

Visit: www.LiveVermillion.com and click on the ‘Things to Do’ tab in the center of the page for a comprehensive view of community events. If you don’t see your event listed, use the ‘Submit New Event’ button on our calendar to send us the information. For further assistance, feel free to contact our Director of Strategic Communications & Tourism at Megan@VermillionChamber.com.

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