October marks the end of the season for the Powder House

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As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, we all recognize that fall is upon us.  The pool is closed and the swing set sits idle as the kids are back in school as they continue their studies. With this change we all realize that our season is winding down here at the Powder House Lodge and Restaurant as well.  This year, our final day of operations will be Saturday October 10, 2015.

We are lucky to have an extremely hard working and talented staff, and the end of the season always brings a mixed bag of feelings and emotions for all of us. We all work a large number of hours over the summer, and anybody who has ever worked in a restaurant will tell you that your co-workers truly do become your best friends and your family. So on one hand you are breaking ties with these people that you have worked with, and sometimes lived with, for the last 6 months, as they return home, move on to their winter positions, or return back to school. On the other hand we all get a little bit of downtime and, maybe if we’re lucky, we actually get to go on a vacation ourselves after seeing all of the memories our guests have created on theirs. We get to spend time with our families and try to go back to a life of somewhat normalcy, a life that is not filled with work dreams, dreams that, sometimes, make you wake up sweating because you have been  in the “weeds” all night and you just can’t seem to catch and break and get caught up. Restaurant people, you know what I’m talking about. We have all had them, if not, then you haven’t been in the industry long enough.

So it truly is bittersweet time for us all. However, no matter what we all say, we are all ready to come back and start up again, after just a few weeks of downtime, it seems we all get that itch and we are just ready to be back and start working. 

So, while our closing date has been set, we haven’t reached it yet. We are all anxiously awaiting you all to come and join us one more time, okay maybe two or three more times before we call an end to the 2015 season, and experience our delicious menu and home-made desserts.

So while we are winding down for the season, and getting ready to close, we just want to remind you that there is plenty to still see and do throughout the area and the Black Hills. To help you plan your fall trip and let you know what is going on please find just a small sampling of the events occurring in October in the Hills.

Old Macdonald’s Farm Fall Festival --Every Saturday in October from 10am-6pm –

The Fall Festival at Old Macdonald's Farm will include pumpkinn painting, pumpkins for sale, a snack bar, hay rides, pony and train rides for the kids, and possibly a family photo booth. 


An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt- Saturday October 3, 2015- 5pm Carver’s Café- Mt. Rushmore

This elegant, annual event will begin with a social hour of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine and beer. Entertainment by President Theodore Roosevelt will follow as you enjoy exclusive wine and a gourmet meal. Opportunities to bid on historic, limited-edition silent auction items and live auction packages will be provided. And, don’t miss our popular wine raffle! Dressy attire suggested.

Run Crazy Horse- Sunday October , 2015- 8am, Crazy Horse

This event offers a full marathon, half-marathon, or 5 person marathon relays. Beginning at Crazy Horse and ending in Hill City. The last 10 miles of the full marathon will be downhill back into Hill City. www.runcrazyhorse.com

Fallen Heroes Banner – Thursday October 8-13,2015- Crazy Horse

Join us in honoring and celebrating the lives and sacrifices of the heroes who gave their lives protecting our freedoms. 605-673-4681; www.crazyhorsememorial.org

Naked Winery Hallowine Party- Saturday October 10,2015- Naked Winery

Join the fun and activities at the Naked Winery for this unique Halloween party. Call for details: 605-574-2454

Native Americans’ Day- Monday October12, 2015- Crazy Horse

Activities for youth; program and performers; Education of the Year awarded, and mountain blast (conditions permitting). Free Admission to the Memorial with a suggested 3 cans of food donation per person to the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive. 605-673-4681 or www.crazyhorsememorial.org.

 The Haunting of Keystone- October 16,17,18,23,24,25,30,&31, 2015

An event that celebrates keystone's history and the haunting attraction of 3 locations including the Keystone Museum. Call 605-666-4847 or www.holyterrordays.org.

 Korczak Ziolkowski Remembrance Day- Tuesday October 20,2015- All-Day- Crazy Horse

The 2nd of two days each year the public is permitted to walk to the tomb of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and pay respects to him and other family laid to rest at the family cemetery. Free Admission to the Memorial with a suggested 3 cans of food donation per person to the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive. 605-673-4681 or www.crazyhorsememorial.org.

 18th Annual Halloween Night Hike- Friday October 23, & Saturday October, 24,2015- Custer State Park – 5:30-8:00pm

From the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, participants hike a paved path along a "creepy" route with costumed characters along the way.  Hikes begin every 15 minutes from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Reservations for the hike will be required.   www.custerstatepark.com   605-255-4464

 Annual Buffalo Dinner- Sunday October 25,2015 11:30am

Starting at 11:30am at the United Church of Christ in Keystone located one block up from the Big Thunder Gold Mine. www.keystoneucc.org.

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