A mix of authors, poets and Black Hills community members filled the Roundhouse Restaurant’s theater in Lead, on Oct. 6, for a night of ‘passion talks’ and community development.
The event is called Ignite, a global phenomenon that abides by the motto, “enlighten us, but do it quickly.”
Speakers with different backgrounds got the chance to share their area of expertise; catch is they had to do it in five minutes or less.
This was the sixth Ignite event to take place in South Dakota, and the first one hosted West River. It served as a kickoff for the South Dakota Festival of Books.
A total of eight speakers graced the stage with their knowledge and life experiences.
The speakers lineup included:
- Toby Brusseau – talk on the importance of taking adventures.
- Larissa FastHorse – how to be an undercover South Dakotan in Los Angeles.
- Thea Miller Ryan – Roadtrips for Readers
- Sandra Brannan – the importance of hard work (Get off your ass and work).
- Karen Everett – a complete history of Lead, SD.
- Sarah Carlson – background on the Historic Homestake Opera House
- Scott Meyer – what it’s like living in Norway, above the Arctic Circle.
- Steve Binkley – impromptu “wildcard” Ignite speech.
“The event is one of the best we’ve had,” said John Meyer, Ignite South Dakota Co-Founder.
All presentations were filmed and will be posted on Ignite South Dakota’s website in the coming weeks.