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December 4, 2012

Downtown offers holiday activities



By popular demand, retro soda tastings will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the café with new flavors to sample. The cost is $5 for 12 samples and includes a free bag of theater popcorn. Glass bottled soda will be available to purchase. Six packs of mixed varieties also will be for sale.

“We just got the fridge all stocked up for the event. There are more new varieties to taste and sample and purchase,” Chrisman said.

New flavors include Dang Butterscotch Root Beer and Blenheim Ginger Ale.

Tying into the old-time soda theme will be a unique bake sale incorporating baked treats and confectionary items made from flavored sodas. Ginger ale bread, 7-Up cake, Moxie muffins and Dr. Pepper, Root Beer and Orange Crush cupcakes are some of the types of items that will be available.

“All items made will have soda in them. That is a first,” Chrisman said.

Members of the Danville Barbershop Chorus might make an appearance in the new Arts and Entertainment Museum located in the lobby. They are expected to set the tone for the event with their harmonic, a-cappella singing, according to Chrisman.

Santa will be appearing at the Fischer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stage Presents, the Fischer Theatre gift shop, known for its Danville souvenirs and locally-crafted items and books, will be brimming with an assortment of handcrafted ornaments and gifts made by area artisans.

Gift baskets featuring The Best of Danville will be offered. Best-selling items pertaining to the Danville area will be gathered for sale.

Chrisman said the gift baskets will include best-selling items in the gift shop “that are made locally or are about Danville, the Fischer and the celebrities.”

The gift baskets will have different price points and include items such as note cards of the city’s landmarks, Fischer Theatre bricks, soaps made locally, Fischer ornaments and Walldogs magnets and mugs.

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