Girlfriends Weekend coming up

Leslie Silverman

The eighth annual Girlfriends Weekend rolls into Hill City Nov. 6 and will showcase some of the new food offerings in the area.

Despite the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Pennington County, organizer Lorena Freis promises a fun “normal” time for all.

“When we first started out we thought we shouldn’t do large groups, things like the fashion show,” Freis said. “We put the word out that we were going to be cautious. But then we began getting cancellations. So we hit the reset button.”

And by doing that, all the fun events Girlfriends Weekend is known for will be taking place.

The much loved fashion show, held at the High Country Guest Ranch begins at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 Female-owned local business owner Shelly Engelbrecht will be catering the event and providing charcuterie boards and bite size desserts. Self trained from a family of gourmet cooks, Engelbrecht began her catering business, Heart of the Hills Catering, in January, right before COVID-19 hit.

Englebrecht had weddings and reunions that were canceled. Reinventing herself, she started to offer weekly family meals and quarantine cruises out of her commercial kitchen.

When Freis approached her about catering the fashion show she was ecstatic.

“I’ve been to the events and I know how much fun it is,” Engelbrecht said. “I’m excited about this.”

Donations collected during the fashion show will support the work of the Angel Fund and the Hill City food pantry, two organizations that help feed the local community.

Mangiamo, Hill City’s newest restaurant, will be the site of the Sunday brunch on Nov. 8, which features motivational speaker Dr. Helen Usera.

Freis chose the new restaurant as a way to “allow them to wow us with their food and service.” The restaurant is offering a special menu for the event, which expects to attract 60 women.

On Nov. 7, the Naked Winery is hosting that night’s event, which features comedian and hypnotist Rusty Z. This will be his first time performing at the event.

Also new this year, girlfriends can watch local artist Mackenzie Swanson as she creates her stained glass community art project at the Warrior’s Work Gallery.

Fries adds there will be no limiting at all during this event.

“Girlfriends like to let their hair down and have a good time,” Freis said. “I invite all girlfriends to come to town, enjoy the laughter, memories and just have a good time.”

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