Just a note to remind y’all of Chinese New Year in Deadwood!

The Chinese New Year Celebration in Deadwood on Saturday, March 6, 2010 traces its origin back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. At that time Deadwood had the second largest Chinese population in the United States, second only to San Francisco, thanks to the opportunities such as work in the gold mines and on the railroads.

Today the culture of these proud people lives on in legend and memory in an event such as the Chinese New Year celebration, which has been held each year since 1990 at Miss Kitty’s Gambling Saloon/Chinatown Café at 649 Main Street in Deadwood.

Because the Chinese Lunar Calendar is 2,637 years older than ours, this is the year 4647 and it is the Year of the Tiger. People born in this year or in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, or 1998 are forthright and sensitive, possess great courage.

There will be various demonstrations by nearby martial arts groups in Miss Kitty’s Casino at 1 p.m. Chinese cuisine will be available during restaurant hours (11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) at the Chinatown Café.