The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

December 12, 2012

Open house features reindeer, entertainment

(Continued)

DANVILLE —

Light refreshments will be served.

--In the Fithian Home, the afternoon’s entertainment will include costumed characters from Vermilion County’s past.

The following will relate tales from the past: Dr. William H. Fithian (Jim Wolfe), Josephine Fithian (Jamey Coutant), “Uncle Joe” Cannon (Sonny Downing), Cynthia Barkley (Nancy Henderson), Amelia Feldkamp (Sue Harden), Bernard Feldkamp (Chase Todd), George W. Holloway (Ed Sant), Sophia Holloway (Shannon Schroeder), the cook (Leslie Boedicker), the upstairs maid (Tobi Peck), the nanny (Beverlie Pippenger) and the butler (Frank Smith).

A group from Danville Light Opera will brighten the day with songs in the parlor.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Petal Pushers were busy putting together arrangements to give the 16 rooms in the Fithian Home a holiday look.

When the group first started decorating the museum 15 years ago, they used live flowers and greenery. However, the cost of flowers and their short life span led to the use of artificial plants.

The members used items stored in the museum basement and filled 24 vases with silk flowers, pine cones, beads and holly. The bottom of each vase is marked with the room that it will be placed in and the colors of that room so the gardeners can fill the vases accordingly, member Jan O’Rourke said.

Jody Legett, also a Petal Pusher, said decorating the museum is just one of the group’s community projects. The group also has helped children learn about floral arrangement at Laura Lee Fellowship House in the past and has helped with the Make It Bloom contest.

Making the arrangements for the Fithian Home takes a couple of hours, Legett said.

Wendy Wilder, staff member at the museum, said of the Petal Pushers’ work, “We’re always pleased.”

This year’s open house is sponsored by United Community Bank of Oakwood/Danville and Old National Insurance, with major media sponsor, the Commercial-News.

FYI

The Vermilion County Museum’s open house on Saturday is free, and parking is available adjacent to the museum. For more information, call the museum at 442-2922 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

 

Text Only
Local News
  • Auditions set for musical

    August 23, 2014

  • Program helps Hoopeston Area students HOOPESTON — Karla Coon, the director of Danville Area Community College’s Hoopeston site, and high school principal Larry Maynard presented a new idea to the Hoopeston School Board at Thursday’s meeting.Project Future: Creating the Dream is an extrac

    August 23, 2014

  • Watseka man arrested in shooting incident HOOPESTON — A shooting has taken place in Hoopeston for the second time in as many years.City police officers responded to a report of gun shots just before 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of East Seminary Street.Chief Mark Drollinger said officers

    August 23, 2014

  • Homeless veterans project hits snag DANVILLE — A $17 million project to house homeless and at-risk veterans was not awarded 65 project-based Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.“We’re trying not to make it a dead i

    August 23, 2014

  • City officials to discuss video gaming cafes DANVILLE — Five to six outside developers have approached city officials about the possibility of opening video gaming cafes. Members of the city council’s Public Services Committee will discuss the issue Tuesday.Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said he’s seek

    August 23, 2014

  • Mildred Christine Utesch Mildred Christine Utesch, 83, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was born on Dec. 25, 1930, in Georgetown to Andrew and Arzella Acord. In 1951, she married William Albert Utesch, and together they raised their children, William Edwa

    August 23, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    August 22, 2014

  • Donate tennis shoes Sunday

    August 22, 2014

  • Tilton board approves new TIF district

    Village trustees took the first step Thursday toward enticing more economic development in the village by approving an agreement with Moran Economic Development of Edwardsville to create a second tax increment funding district.

    August 22, 2014

  • New program to help Hoopeston Area students

    Karla Coon, the director of Danville Area Community College's Hoopeston site, and high school principal Larry Maynard presented a new idea to the Hoopeston School Board at Thursday's meeting.

    August 22, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
NDN Video
School serves diabetic girl trashcan pizza Battle of the Butts at the 2014 MTV VMAs! Four-Year-Old Reviews Exclusive Restaurant's $295 Fixed Price Menu Mariah Orders Nick Cannon to Stay Quiet About Divorce Details U.S. Military Strategy Against ISIS The London Zoo holds its annual animal weigh-in VIDEO: Goliath Grouper eats shark in one bite Rapper Almost Walks Off CNN Over Ferguson Coverage 2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital Whoa! Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Amazing Encounter With Sea Otter Caught on Video Motorcyclist Sticks Landing Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Joel McHale Interviews Chelsea This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World
Must Read