The Empty Bowls Project and the Festival of Trees are merging this year for a Family Day on Saturday, Nov. 10.

United Way of Dickinson is partnering with local artists to sponsor Empty Bowls from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and they keep it as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Soup and bread will be served for $15 per bowl (limit 2). Proceeds will go to local food programs.

The sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery at Richardton are donating bread and soup. Area potters from the Badlands Art Association, Dickinson High School and Dickinson State University are making the bowls.

The ceramics students taught by DSU Assistant Professor of Art Ian Mabry, also made bowls in their classroom.

“Faculty and staff are coming by on weekends… I’ve made 100 myself,” Mabry said. “The upper division of ceramics classes made a bunch of bowls. By the time we’re finished, we’ll have made between 150 and 200 bowls just from this studio.”

Mabry knew of Empty Bowls Project back in his hometown of Cookeville, Tenn., where the local university sold bowls of chili gumbo.

“I’m helping because it’s a good cause, I absolutely support it,” Mabry said. “It makes sense. Bowls are relatively easy to make, we’ve got the hands, we’ve got the clay, we’ve got the kilns, so we’re making bowls.”


Festival of Trees

Imagine a room transformed into winter wonderland of decorated trees and wreaths -- that’s the Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees is sponsored by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the United Way of Dickinson. It’s a fun community event for families to gather and celebrate the holiday season, said Megan Klassen, Chamber marketing and communications manager.

This year’s Festival of Tree is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.

“Festival of Trees has been a wonderful charitable event for the community for the past three years. The Chamber is so thankful for the amazing support received in the past from our members and volunteers,” said Sarah Trustem, executive director of the Dickinson Area United Way. “After speaking with Nichole De Leon, executive director of United Way, we found a new well-deserved home for the event that will directly benefit our community. We see so much value in Festival of Trees and are thrilled to see United Way take this event and merge it with Empty Bowls, and we hope the community will continue to support it.”

Businesses and nonprofits are invited to decorate a tree or wreath and donate it to the auction.  The viewing is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.and the silent auction ends at 3 p.m.

Holiday craft and cookie decorating (by Players Sports Bar & Grill) starts at 2 p.m. There is Santa reading at 1:30 p.m., with a book donated to each child by Western Coop Credit Union. And finally, everyone is invited to purchase raffle tickets to win a Big Sticks tree.

Proceeds will be given to the United Way of Dickinson to help support its agencies.

Admission is free, but everyone is invited to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries at Dickinson and Belfield.

“It’s to encourage the whole community to join in celebrating the holidays,” Klassen said.