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Time for the Next “Phase”

We are saddened by the decision to move Phases of the Moon Festival from the area. The inaugural event was wonderful, yet faced many hurdles. Some challenges were typical of first-year festivals. Others, such as the weather, were unexpected and quite costly. To grow more financial stable, festival organizers found a new financial partner outside of the state.

The Phase of the Moon team expressed their love for Kennekuk Park, Vermilion County, the city of Danville, their partners and the entire community. In fact, they have shown interest in trying to bring a new event back to the community in the future. They are great partners and we’ll welcome the opportunity.

Sports at the Arena




Danville’s David S. Palmer Arena is already home to the Danville Dashers of the FHL (Federal Hockey League), the city can now welcome the Danville Riverhawks Professional Basketball Club to the arena.  The Danville Riverhawks will make their debut at the David S. Palmer Arena on Saturday, December 20th at 7pm vs. Grand Rapids Cyclones at their home opener.    The Riverhawks will be headed up by Devin Glover-Johnson who will serve at Team President, and Floyd Brown who will serve as the team’s Vice-President.  Glover-Johnson and Brown are no strangers to Central Illinois.  From 2005-2007 Glover-Johnson attended and played basketball at Parkland College in Champaign, IL.  Brown and his family moved to the area in 2003, and called Urbana home for more than 10 years before recently moving closer to his hometown Chicago.   When asked why they wanted to start a basketball franchise in Danville, Glover-Johnson said, “It was just a great opportunity for us to come back to an area with so much basketball history and do something positive for a place that’s done so much for us.  Having played in the Dustbowl Tournament and junior college around here, I understand how passionate the area is about the game.”  Glover-Johnson also explained how they hoped the team provides opportunities for area players to showcase their talents on a high level and further their careers.  The Riverhawks are slated to play 10 regular season home games at David S. Palmer Arena and will provide a fun, affordable form of entertainment for families.  Schedule 


If you haven’t come out to the see the Danville Dashers, get your tickets and come on out!


They still have over 20 home season games on their schedule.  They are lead by new head coach and general manager, Steve Harrison.  Steve has 30 years of professional hockey experience both playing and coaching.  The Dashers are also sporting a new look this season!  You can’t miss them in their Black, White and Safety Orange this 2014-15 season!  Schedule

World Record Attempt – Largest Gathering of Santa Elves!!

The Elf Celebration, sponsored by:  Julius W. Hegeler ll Foundation.  GET COUNTED and be a part of Illinois history!!  Help raise some Christmas spirit and get Danville on the map.  Get your red and green on and come to the Danville High School Field House Saturday, November 15th from 2-4pm for more fun than the old elf himself, Santa could ever imagine.  Watch singing and dancing elves, elves playing basketball and even participate in the World’s Largest Snowball Fight. Santa will be on hand to oversee all the festivities.  To participate, purchase your ticket for $5 (includes Santa hat & ears, free admission to Festival on Saturday and a coupon for free admission on any other day of your choice) and dress in red and green.   Prizes will be given for the best elf costume, oldest elf and youngest elf.  All elves that participate in the world record attempt are also invited to walk in the Night of Lights Parade with Santa’s sleigh.  The celebration will continue at the Festival of Trees (Civic Center). Watch the elfiest show around at 7pm to see how Santa and his “snowbow elves” figure out how to raise the Christmas Spirit around the world. Cameo appearances from the Easter Bunny and Great Pumpkin spice up our show.  Be a part of the flash mob elf dance that helps Santa learn about tolerance and acceptance.  Make sure you take some Elfie selfies while you’re there; it’s all part of the fun!


Kickapoo State Park Offers Fun for the Family


Need some tranquil time to relax? Or possibly an afternoon with the kids..without cell phones? Look no further than Kickapoo State Park! Kickapoo offers a wide array of free activities for all levels of nature lovers including hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. Kickapoo also offers 12 miles of single track mountain bike trails ranging from easy to technical, and it is one of the few state parks in Illinois that allows scuba diving with registration and proper certification.


Central Illinois winters can be tough at times, but they create wonderful opportunities for winter sports at Kickapoo as well including cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.


Photo by Sherri Easley

Photo by Sherri Easley

Kickapoo Landing offers additional recreational opportunities by allowing guests to rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and paddleboats. They offer 8-mile and 13-mile canoe and kayak trips on the Middle Fork River, Illinois’ only National Scenic River, and tube trips cover 2-miles of the river and Clear Lake. Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and double kayaks can also be rented by the hour and used on Clear Lake which offers opportunities for exploring, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The Landing also offers dining options with dinner specials every weekend and live music on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer!


Also on site is Thunder Wolf Trail Rides which accommodates horseback riders of all levels. Their horses are “gentle enough for first timers and spunky enough for advanced riders to enjoy a good ride”. They offer pony and trail rides along with birthday parties, riding lessons, horsemanship classes, and scout horse-related badges.


Guests can make an overnight trip from their visit at Kickapoo by staying at the on-site campgrounds with 184 sites available for tent and trailer camping. Reservations can be made online or by calling (217) 442-4915. Shelters and playground areas are also available for large groups and parties.



#MiniAbe Visits the Danville Area


The time has finally come, and President Abraham Lincoln is back in the Danville Area! This time however he is in miniature form. Mini Abe – Illinois’ tourism mascot – has been traveling the state to take in all the attractions Illinois has to offer. Check back soon for updates on his adventures in the Danville Area or follow along on social media:


Facebook – Danville Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

Twitter – @danvillecvb 

Instagram – @danvillecvb


To see Mini Abe’s adventure across the whole state, search #MiniAbe on your favorite social media source!