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Ice Skating Parties-Downtown Rapid City

Ice Skating Parties – Downtown Rapid City

Mix it up this year with themed ice skating parties at Main Street Square or take a spin around the rink and enjoy ice skating with a movie. Maybe you would even like to host your own party.

Main Street Square offers group discounts to host your own party on the rink! Host a holiday party for your children or your friends. Show employees your appreciation or bring a group of friends to create memories that are sure to keep you warm all winter. To extend the life of those memories there is nothing that matches professional photography.

Consider a Professional Photographer/Videographer
Memories fade over time. A professional photographer on board can cover all the important memories while you enjoy the party. — Contact  Rushmore Photography  to book a photo/video recording session or aerial video if you wish to record a lasting memory of your special event that you will treasure and share for years to come. Professional photos are the vehicle that make your memories last a lifetime.



2016-2017 Ice Skating Parties

Special events this season at the Main Street Square Ice Skating Rink

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Skates-Giving and Ice Rink Opening Day
During the Ice Rink Opening Day, you can help stock the Cornerstone Rescue Mission pantry for the holidays.  Each skater will receive.. more
“Jack Frost” will be shown at dusk, or approximately 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Ugly Sweater Skate Party
Don your ugly sweaters and join Main Street Square for a holiday party on the rink. Entertainment, prizes.. more

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Lights on the Ice Teen Night
The Main Street Square Ice Rink will transform into a dance party for teens … more 

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
Skates and a Movie
“White Christmas”
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team .. more

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016
Downtown Countdown
Spend the last night of 2016 at Main Street Square. The ice rink will be transformed into a dance party.. more

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Lights on the Ice Teen Night
The Main Street Square Ice Rink will transform into a dance party for teens  .. more

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Heroes Skate Day
Help us celebrate our local heroes. All military, law enforcement, firefighters and their families… more 

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Skates and a Movie
Alice in Wonderland (2010),” rated PG
Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure.. more

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Lights on the Ice Teen Night
The Main Street Square Ice Rink will transform into a dance party for teen   .. more

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Last Day to Skate Beach Party
Don’t miss the last day of ice skating at Main Street Square. Skate in paradise at this beach-themed… more

CLICK HERE for more information about this season’s skate parties.

Just a reminder that the the ice skating rink is open daily. The ice skating schedule is subject to change due to weather, events and other factors. During events and parties, the ice skating rink is open to the public and normal rates and rental fees apply, unless noted otherwise in skate party details on the website. Enjoy two-for-one prices on rentals and skating admission every Tuesday, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3. For the most up-to-date information on the rink schedule, and details on these and other skating parties, visit, call 605-716-7979, or e-mail

Contact the Main Street Square office at 605-716-7979 to schedule your party or purchase a gift certificate.

For all of your important events call a professional photographer – Rushmore Photography at 605-593-5564 or send an e-mail to to book your photographer.videographer.

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Happy Astronomy Day & Memories!

Happy Astronomy Day!

Happy Astronomy Day - Rushmore Photography

Astronomy Day & Memories! Astronomy Day came as I was working in the yard today. I think about a lot of things while I am mowing –making photographs, astronomy, space travel, flying saucers, telescopes, observatories.  Betty and Barney Hill dominated my thoughts from about age 9 – 14.

When I was 11, I built a homemade flying saucer detector. I made it from a stiff length of wire that I magnetized. The wire was balanced and suspended from thread, so it would point True North. I bent thinner wire into a loop that encompassed the end of the magnetic wire. The thin wire ran to a lantern battery and loud buzzer. The detector was based on the belief that extraterrestrial craft would disrupt the magnetic field when they are nearby. This would cause the stiff wire to swing and complete the electrical circuit against the circular wire – BUZZZZZZZ!. I would wake up, jump out of bed, and run to the window if they hovered nearby. I put my alien alert unit on the top book shelf. Happy Astronomy Day!

At age 12 I started driving tractor, combine and wheat truck for my Dad in the summer and fall. I saw a 3″ reflector telescope in the Edmunds Scientific catalog that summer and asked my Dad if I could have it for pay after harvest. I placed the order in the late fall. The telescope arrived when we were well into the North Dakota winter. My breath kept fogging up the lenses and I my hands were getting numb. I couldn’t see a thing. It was disappointing.

Seeing Is Believing

The summer nights came, and what a difference that made. The skies were fantastic. I grew accustomed to looking through the lenses and found several nebulae, galaxies, moons, planets, binary stars, and few other well known objects. It still amazes me that I saw the deep space objects that I did with just a 3″ reflector, but it is mostly about training the eye to look through the lens. Happy Astronomy Day!

The scope was on a plain tripod and lacked the counter weight and setting circles. Missing was rack and pinion focusing for the lenses!  In my reading, I saw a lot of astrophotography, camera mounts, electrical tracking mounts and cameras. I wished I could do the same. My dad built an outdoor toilet before we had indoor plumbing. The structure had a flat roof. I spotted a small wooden ladder and a metal ring that was about 4′ wide by 4′ deep. Dad hefted the heavy ring onto the top of the biffy – instant observatory.

Not Your Bo and Peep Story

Night after night I watched the unobstructed skies. No sign of extraterrestrials! I do remember at least one instance of a “spotting.”  Another farmer, a friend of my dad, owned a wheat farm several miles Northwest of ours. His farmer friend spotted several glowing disc-like “craft” near the Eastern horizon near sundown. Quite hyped over this experience; he called my dad and my best friend’s father who was a border guard at the nearby US/Canadian border.  My friend’s father called the Fortuna, ND radar base. They picked the craft up on radar and sent up fighter jets to have a look. The pilots spotted the objects and observed the “craft” until they flew off at incredible speeds. Happy Astronomy Day!

I’m not sure when I became a science nut. Maybe it was when I got a chemistry set for Christmas and set up a lab in the basement of our farm house. I found it on eBay today. It’s a Gilbert. What happened to the popularity of good old chemistry sets? Here’s a link to the one I had.

Build Your Own Observatory (the right way)

Hello Hello Hello from Mr. Giant Mantis

Hello Hello Hello from Mr. Giant Praying Mantis - Rushmore Photography

Hello Hello Hello from Mr. Giant Mantis

Hello, we are so glad to be back online! We hope you are too. We want to make this a special experience for all of our visitors. We’ve made lots of new photographs and found lots of cool things for you to look at and play with. Right now we’re just getting started with our new site. We thank you so very much for your past patronage, visits, comments, and likes on our Facebook page. We’ll be updating here daily.

If you are wondering about Mr. Giant Mantis. He was sitting on the handrail outside the front door one late summer evening about two years ago. I made several close up pictures of it; the largest Praying Mantis I have seen. During the last few images of this set, he finally turned his head and looked directly into the camera. The Praying Mantis usually grows to around two inches, but this one was at three or a bit more.


Greg and Linda Johnson
Photographers and Owners
at Rushmore Photography
Rapid City, South Dakota

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