Classes feature 2-day ‘Footloose’ tour as special event


The IMPACTED Leadership Team just announced another line-up of fun classes and tours for January and February. IMPACTED is a mixture of tours, guest speakers, exercises and games designed primarily for those over 50, but all are welcome to attend.

“This is the fifth year of IMPACTED classes hosted at the De Smet Event Center,” said Marilyn Skyberg. “The team did a great job of planning a nice variety of tours and classes that will be really fun as well as educational.”

One of the highlights this year is a 2-day trip to Minnesota to see the popular musical “Footloose” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. A stop at the Fagen Fighter WWII Museum is included on the way back to De Smet.

Other tours offered visit the Mayfield Truss, SDSU Precision Ag, Garfield Dairy, Drumgoon Dairy, Prairie Aqua Tech and a private showing at the Bryant Theater.

“Tours are always popular and fill up quickly, so people are encouraged to sign up early so they can get their choice of tours,” said Nancy Montross. “We did hire a full-size motorcoach this year, so we can take a few more people, but many of these places limit the number that they want in a tour group.”

There has always been good attendance by men and women at the gentle yoga and fitness exercise classes, so those are offered again as well as movie night, bingo nights and game days when Mexican Train, Farkle and Rattle are popular.

Variety is available in other classes as well. Beth Poppen will talk about her experience keeping bees. Sharry Knock will introduce the class to recipes on Pinterest, while Dianne Perry will present unique musical instruments. There is a wine and food tasting night. Gregg Gass will speak about some of his experiences with the S.D. Parole Board and various trials. Dakota Wesleyan University professor and author, Sean Flynn, titled his lecture “To Catch a Spy: S.D. Congressman Karl Mundt and the Hiss Case,” and State Historian, Ben Jones, will discuss our various S.D. cultures.

“Some people say they don’t sign up because they won’t be here for all of the classes,” said Kristy Hubbard, “but even if you can only sign up for one or two classes like some of our IMPACTED members, it is still a bargain for your money.”

Registration will begin at the De Smet Event Center on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A fee of $50 will be collected at the time of registration, as well as any special fees required for specific events. Participants may attend as many or as few of the sessions as they choose. It is important to note that all sessions will follow COVID guidelines in place at that time.


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