DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Museum Society’s holiday open house is truly a community affair — with actors, dancers, singers, decorators and others all sharing their talents to make it a success.
“I think the Christmas event is always so much fun because we have so many people involved,” director Sue Richter said. “People do it for us because they like the museum and that’s nice to see.”
The annual event will be 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday in both buildings at the museum, 116 N. Gilbert St.
A new feature this year will be two of Santa’s reindeer, who love to be petted. Visitors may have their picture taken with the animals, provided by Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch near Rantoul.
Richter said the event is a good place for families, saying, “You know the children will have fun and it doesn’t cost anything.” People can come and go during the afternoon.
The Fithian building is already cheerful with decorations, which will be up through December for visitors to enjoy. Lampposts have been decorated by Berry’s Garden Center and floral arrangements put together by the Petal Pushers study group of the Danville Garden Club.
For some, just enjoying the decorations is enough. However, here are the other activities:
--In the museum building, Santa Claus will greet visitors at the 1930s-era street scene, where photos can be taken, and children will receive small treats. In the afternoon, guests of all ages are encouraged to visit the old-fashioned toy display presented by Ken and Mona Hunter.
There will be performances at 2 p.m. by Jodi’s Dance Unlimited and 3 p.m. by Marilyn’s Danceworks.
Kathy Darding will sign copies of her new book, “Callie Hill: New Beginnings, 1866 to 1875,” in the gift shop. The book is the sequel to “Callie Hill: Child of the South.” She will have books available for purchase for $20.