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December 4, 2012

Downtown offers holiday activities

DANVILLE — The Fischer Theatre will host a holiday event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to coincide with downtown Danville’s A Winter’s Gathering.

A Winter’s Gathering presented by Downtown Danville, Inc. will be Friday and Saturday in downtown Danville.

Special events Friday include Downtown with the Dashers. This is an evening of activities and prizes at the Danville Dashers hockey game vs. Cape Cod at 7 p.m. at the David S. Palmer Arena. Attendees also can visit with Santa.

Special events on Saturday include a Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Fischer Theatre’s north entrance for a chance to win a holiday gift basket.

The Heron, 34 N. Vermilion St., will be open for the third annual A Holiday Open House and feature a variety of vendors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There also will be sales and special activities downtown for the holidays during both days.

Visit the website http://downtowndanville.org for more specials from a variety of downtown businesses.

There also are a variety of things to see and shop for at the Fischer Theatre, according to Amy Chrisman, Vermilion Heritage Foundation board member.

Activities at the Fischer Theatre include on-the-hour tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. into the auditorium with a short singing performance by Danville Light Opera members on stage.

“(Theatre-goers) can go into the auditorium and be entertained,” Chrisman said, adding that the DLO members will sing some songs. “They (attendees) can hear the amazing acoustics in there.”

In addition to being able to hear signing on the stage, patrons also will hear about the theater’s history, such as who’s performed there in the past.

Guests are encouraged to wear their coats and hats as the un-restored theater is not heated.

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