Events in 2020 (scroll down to read more about each event)
Ongoing -- monthly member meetings January 18, 2020 -- Annual Member Potluck and Board Election. *** Upcoming Events *** April, 2020 -- Hermosa Saturday Night Annual Fundraiser -- Music, food, live auction, and speakers. August, 2020 -- Custer County Fair -- HAHA display booth at the fairgrounds. October 31, 2020 -- Trick-or-Treat and photos at the HAHA Museum front porch. December, 2020 -- HAHA Annual Christmas Carnival -- our gift to the community. Date to be announced.
Member Meetings in 2020 Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the meeting room below the Library in the Hermosa Town Office (next door to the Post Office and HAHA Museum). Park in the HAHA parking lot and walk over.
Sometimes meetings are rescheduled-- check this website, our Facebook page, or ask to be included in our group emails. New members are welcome! We'll gladly put your talents to work.
January 18 -- annual potluck & member meeting: Board election, committee reports, event planning. February 10 -- March 9 -- April 13 -- May 11 -- June 8 -- July 13 -- August 10 -- September 14 -- October 12 -- November 9 -- December 14 --
We'll have live music by the trio "Lessons Learned" with Floyd Gorsuch, Connie Gorsuch and Cheryl.
Hermosa Saturday Night --- HAHA's Annual Fundraiser Saturday, April 25th from 5 to 8 pm Hermosa School Gym
Food * Music * Live Auction * Speakers
Join us for a fast-moving Saturday evening of good food, toe-tapping music, some really nice items on our live auction, fun for kids, and two entertaining speakers.
5 pm -- Great Food, including kid-friendly fare Music by "Lessons Learned" -- Floyd and Connie Gorsuch and Cheryl Kids can play quietly with toys from the kids' table during the program
6 pm -- Live Auction See the slide show below for photos of the wonderful items we'll have for your bidding pleasure. A Strider bike, original artwork, a historic photo, Bishop beef, salon packages, and more!
6:30 pm -- Speakers Kenny Hargens and Paul Horstead (30 minutes each)
7:30 pm -- Wrap up and talk with your neighbors before heading home. See you next time.
Here's the Story Version of This Year's Hermosa Saturday Night
It will soon be time for another HERMOSA SATURDAY NIGHT annual entertaining fundraiser put on by your friends in the big stucco museum next door to the Hermosa Post Office. The Hermosa Arts & History Association (HAHA) is going all out this year, with good food, good entertainment, and GREAT auction items.
Don’t schedule anything else on Saturday, April 25 from 5 pm to 8 pm, because you’ll want to be at the Hermosa School gym for this event.
We’ll start the evening off with a 5 pm meal, including kid-friendly eats. Mac and cheese anyone? HAHA asks only for a free-will offering and no need to tip the waiters. I’m not even sure you should try to kiss the cooks.
This is our one big fundraiser of the year, though, so please tuck a little cash into one of the donation boxes you’ll see scattered around the room. Thank you.
You'll be serenaded through your arrival and your meal with live music from Floyd and Connie Gorsuch and Cheryl who have a trio called "Lessons Learned." Feel free to dance a bit before or after your dinner.
After the meal the little ones can trot on over to the HAHA kids’ table and find some quiet games and toys to keep them busy while mom and dad enjoy themselves. Please remember that HAHA volunteers will be busy elsewhere and cannot keep an eye on your children. A parent or other suitable chaperone needs to supervise their little cherubs to be sure none of them sticks a crayon up their nose, tries to flush a Duplo block down the school toilet, or tosses a bean bag in Granny’s coffee.
The live auction begins at 6 pm, called by HAHA’s own Don Christensen. He’s an auctioneer you can understand, so you’ll know whether you’re bidding ten dollars or ten thousand. Just don’t wave at your book club friends across the room when he’s looking your way.
HAHA volunteers are collecting some really great things from local businesses and friends of the HAHA Museum, to sponsor our programs and help fund Museum renovations. Some of the treasures we’ll have on auction are a beef bundle from Bishop Beef donated by Alan and Kerry Bishop, a gift certificate to Heartland Hair donated by Jennie Haas, a pedicure basket with a gift certificate for items at the Pampered Peacock Salon donated by Becca Houdek, a rare framed 1882 African American wedding photo donated by photographer Earl Dotter and historian Lilah Pengra, original artwork by artists Rebecca Mulvaney and RoseMary Goodson donated by Linda M. Hasselstrom, and a Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike (suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years) donated by the Strider Bike Company. (see slide show below)
Wow! HAHA is so very grateful for these and future donations.
We’ll be adding auction items to this list and will continue posting photos and descriptions here on the HAHA website and on the HAHA Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HermosaHistory/). Between now and April 25th we’ll keep reminding you exactly what we have on auction that will surely make your life just a little more pleasant. You can count on it.
At 6:30, after the auction excitement has calmed and you grab one last brownie, Kenny Hargens will tell stories about settlement history in Custer State Park—mining, timbering, settlers, settlements—as well as his childhood living next door to Badger Clark in Custer State Park, and perhaps some stories he heard from his grandfather, a doctor in Hot Springs way back in the 1890s. With all that to cover, Kenny may have a hard time keeping to his allotted 30 minutes, but don’t you love to hear a little history through family memories?
Photographer Paul Horsted will be our second speaker. He’s famous for his photo-filled “then and now” books about the beauty and history of the Black Hills, Dakota Territory, and our National Parks, so I’m sure you’ve seen his work. Or maybe you’ve enjoyed his Bluebird Cam videos that get shared on Facebook each year, documenting how much work it takes to rear baby bluebirds. Paul will tell us about the project to resurvey Black Elk Peak (yes, you called it Harney Peak all your life, but now it has a name more appropriate to its history). Paul is bringing his slide projector, so I know we'll see some of his wonderful photos!
HAHA’s Hermosa Saturday Night fundraiser will be fast-moving and fun. You might learn a little local history along the way. I know you’ll be glad you came.