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Jim Holland

The Potter Family singing group has seemingly been on the road with their musical variety shows for more than a year, but now the family has found a new stage to call home.

Up until late 2015, the Potter Family Theatre was located at 632-1/2 St. Joseph St. in Rapid City, in the lower level of the Buell Building. The space is now the home of West Dakota Improv.

But now, matriarch Clover Potter, daughters Natana and WoAbba, son Orion and his wife Stacey, have settled in the newly renovated Buffalo Ridge Theater in Custer, and are preparing for a pair of shows weekly through the summer months.

Stacey Potter said the family, with its gospel music roots, has kept busy performing their eclectic blend of entertainment, since moving out of their St. Joseph Street venue more than a year ago.

Their holiday Christmas shows became a staple at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City and recently they performed a USO-themed, 40s-era show at the World War II Veteran's Luncheon in Rapid City.

The Buffalo Ridge Theater, owned by Tennyson Investments of Custer, will be home to a series of summer shows seven days per week, including the Potter Family’s Forever Fifties show on Saturdays and their yet-to-be-named variety music show on Mondays.

Local dancers Luke and Lizzie Anderson of Custer, have been hired to perform for the shows, Stacey said.

“It’s just going to be a couple of fun-packed, music-filled shows,” she said.

Buffalo Ridge Theater’s summer entertainment slate also includes a Grand Jamboree on Sunday nights, featuring genres ranging from classic country to 50s rock n’ roll. The Grand Magic Show, featuring magician Duane Laflin, runs Tuesday through Friday evenings.

The Potter Family shows start on June 3 and continue through the end of September in the 500-seat theater, adjacent to the former Flintstones Village in Custer.

“Depending on how it goes, this is going to be a long-term performance venue for us,” she said.

See their website, the-potter-family.com or buffaloridgetheater.com for more information.

Internet speed-up helps businesses

Here’s an update on the opening of the new Candyland candy store near Hill City, as reported in the May 14 Journal.

Bill Teevens of WireFreeUSA in Rapid City said the new store, located near the junction of Highways 385 and 14 northeast of Hill City, benefited from a newly released satellite internet, the HughesNet Gen5 system.

“We were up there at 6 a.m. the day they opened to get them online. There was no other source for internet for them,” said Teevens.

HughesNet Gen5 satellite internet is five to eight times faster than previously available satellite systems, and especially valuable for businesses and households without easy access to cable systems, Teevens said.

The system offers virtually unlimited data usage with upload and download speeds slowing to a video level, without incurring an extra charge for data when a limit has been reached, Teevens said.

Candyland employees were able to instantly access business functions, from ordering products to processing credit card purchases.

“Without that, they wouldn’t be open,” Teevens said. “They would have had a older satellite system that would have limped them along.”

Call Teevens at 605-343-3806 for more information.

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Contact Jim Holland at 605-394-8429 or at jim.holland@rapidcityjournal.com.

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