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December 12, 2012

Open house features reindeer, entertainment



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.


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.


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