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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!


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Vermilion County would like to thank Phases of the Moon for a great weekend of art and entertainment!  We are looking forward to next year!






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!



Final Phases of the Moon Headliner Announced


The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival has released the Phase III final lineup announcement featuring seminal band The String Cheese Incident as the second headliner performing for two nights. As previously announced, the legendary Widespread Panic will headline the other two evenings. Friday night will feature the debut of Lunar Landing Conspiracy, a multi-sensory, guest filled collaboration curated by members of The String Cheese Incident.



The String Cheese Incident solidify an impressive lineup that includes, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jackie Greene, Railroad Earth, Vintage Trouble, Donavon Frankenreiter, Sam Bush Band, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Martin Sexton, Anders Osborne, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat, Kung Fu, The California Honeydrops, Toubab Krewe, Mingo Fishtrap, Futurebirds, Artist-In-Residence David Gans and many, many, more. To view the entire lineup, go to: http://potm.us/lineup.


The Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival will take place September 11 – 14 at the 3000 acre Kennekuk County Park outside Danville, IL. The four-day music, art and camping event has been thoughtfully curated to provide a unique festival experience for all. The stunning setting boasts miles of hiking trails, scenic ponds, streams, wide-open spaces, lush canopies, historic turn-of-the-century buildings and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. Visit Website.


Along with incredible music, Phases of the Moon offers more than a festival experience with something for all, including the transformative mind, body and soul healing space called The Sanctuary, an eclectic roster of dazzling Performance Artists, celebrated nationally renowned visual artists, The Crescent Moon Kids Camp and so much more.


Tier II ticket pricing for Phases of the Moon will begin on June 19. Ticket & package information can be found here.


The Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival Streaming radio station is now live. Phases Radio is accessible via a tab on all pages of the Phases website and is also available on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app. Tune in here.