DANVILLE – After a successful first event despite the weather, Soul Garden Recovery Center in collaboration with Downtown Danville Inc. and Danville Township are hosting their 2nd annual Pumpkin Festival.

The festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Danville.

“We’re looking for great weather this year,” said Soul Garden board member Dee Ann Ryan. “There’s something for everyone.”

She said children and everybody loved the event last year.

The festival is a fundraiser primarily for Soul Garden to maintain its building on Fairchild Street.

Ryan said they have no other source of income. Soul Garden also will debute their social enterprise bakery concession truck. They sell pies and cookies.

The Pumpkin Festival event will again feature the popular Pumpkin Derby Race and the Witches Ride for Recovery as well as children’s games, food and craft vendors, a silent auction and entertainment on the Temple Plaza stage.

The witches ride had about 25 people dress up as witches last year.

Pumpkin wheel kits can be purchased for $15 (includes admission to race) ahead of time for those who want to bring pre-decorated racers or they can be purchased and assembled the day of in the Pumpkin Garage. There is a limited supply left. Call Lisa Beith at 474-7529 to purchase a kit.

Take home pumpkins will be available for $5 and there will be help for carving and decorating. Games, food items and local crafts will be available for sale all day.

New this year are a family-friendly Frankenstein Escape Room put on by Adventure Arcade Escape Rooms and a Psychic and Wellness Fair running all during the festival.

"The Wizard of Oz" movie also will be shown in the Fischer Theatre.


10 a.m., Registration for Witches Ride for Recovery begins in Lincoln Park.

11 a.m., Festival Begins at Temple Plaza Downtown Danville—games, food, silent auction, escape room, psychic and wellness fair, pumpkin decorating and pumpkin garage for making a racer.

11:30 a.m., Witches leave Lincoln Park for their bike ride to Downtown Danville.

Noon, Registration Starts for 2nd Annual Pumpkin Derby.

Noon, Witches arrive in Downtown Danville.

1:30 p.m., 2nd Annual Pumpkin Derby begins.

3 p.m., Showtime at the Fischer, "The Wizard of Oz," $5.

4 p.m., Festival wraps up.

Soul Garden Recovery Center is a non-profit organization made up of people in recovery, those who support them and those who are affected by the addiction, including children and grandparents. Soul Garden is located at 801 W. Fairchild St. and is a place where everyone affected by addiction can be assisted with resources, referrals, education and support groups for people desiring recovery.

The family-oriented festival is aimed to lift the message that recovery and healing are possible and to allow the community to have a part in solutions by spreading awareness and raising funding for future recovery programs.

For more information about these events or to pre-register visit the Pumpkin Festival event on Soul Garden Recovery Center’s Facebook @soulgardenrc or website www.soulgardenrecovery.org.

Other programs

Soul Garden Recovery Center also announces several new programs that have started for families affected by substance abuse as well as recovery support for individuals who are trying to maintain sobriety.

Soul Garden Recovery Center moved into its new home in May and serves as a welcoming hub in the center of the city for peer recovery support and encouragement as well as support and education for those family members who are affected by the dynamics of the addiction.

The SGRC board believes there are many paths to recovery and plans to offer a wide array of education, support and recovery options as well as traditional 12-Step Narcotic and Alcohol Anymonous (NA and AA). The center does not provide detox, treatment or a residential program but can help guide people into these programs and will assist friends and family to use a proven model for supporting their loved one and encouraging treatment and ongoing recovery.

Soul Garden offers Nar-Anon at 5:30 p.m. Mondays which is a group for adult families and friends affected by drug use and a traditional NA group at 7:30 p.m. A new Narateen peer group which provides education and support for teens affected by family addiction will be 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Mondays.

New on Wednesdays are SMART Recovery for Adults (Self-management and Recovery Training) and SMART for Friends and Families which are skill based as well as peer support. SMART works by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life. It is non 12-Step but can be used as an alternative or in conjunction with 12 –Step programs.

Soul Garden Recovery also sponsors free training at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays on how and when to administer Narcon, a lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdoes and save a person’s life. There will be free distribution of the antidote kits.

From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays there will be Rainbow Recovery, a peer group focusing in LGBTQ addiction issues and from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays there will be a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) group. WRAP is a 12-week evidence based self-directed wellness tool to use as a personal guide to clarify daily living or crisis planning for people who are struggling with recovery from substance abuse and/or emotional issues.

SGRC also offers Camp Care4U, a program for children affected by family addiction on a monthly basis. This camp is at Friendly Town in Lincoln Park and is based on games and activities to help children cope with their feelings and maintain some control over their lives.

Soul Garden Recovery Center is always interested in new, relevant programs and activities, and has an ongoing need for volunteer wellness instructors, workshop leaders, recovery coaches as well as volunteers to help with fundraising, childcare and many other areas. No experience Is necessary and there is a spot for everyone.

For information, to register or to volunteer call (217) 213-5909.

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