Lighting ceremony at the Capitol coming up Tuesday

A press release from the Office of the Governor:

PIERRE, S.D. The 2009 Grand Lighting Ceremony will take place in the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. (CT).  Pre-event music begins at 6 p.m.  The public is invited to join Gov. Mike Rounds, First Lady Jean Rounds, and Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill as they welcome guests and light the Capitol trees.

The majestic South Dakota tree featured in the rotunda will be decorated by members of the South Dakota Florist Association.  The 45-foot Black Hills spruce was planted in 1949 at Camp Rapid, Rapid City, and was donated by the South Dakota National Guard.  It was trimmed to fit into the Capitol rotunda.

Pre-event music will be provided by soloist Sarah Carlson, and pianist Paul Vande Velde, both from Deadwood. 

The 2009 Grand Lighting Ceremony will feature Pierre area musical performances by soloist Joshua Dutt and accompanist Emily Danger; Pierre Washington Elementary fourth grade students with director Kathy Cruse; soloist Jay Mickelson and accompanist Beverly Mickelson; and soloist Wanda Goodman and accompanist Jeanne Goodman.

Immediately following the ceremony, kids of all ages can get their picture taken with Santa Claus in front of the South Dakota tree.  Refreshments, donated by Lynn’s Dakotamart, will be served on the first floor of the Capitol.

The Capitol Christmas tree display includes nearly 100 trees that will be decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, and governmental offices from across the state.  The display is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 25 through Dec. 27.

For more information, visit our Christmas at the Capitol Web site and click on “Christmas at the Capitol 2009” to find entertainment and story time schedules, special events, and displays.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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