With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably and in accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, the Danville Business Alliance (DBA) is deeply saddened to announce that the 2020 41st Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, held annually in downtown Danville on the first Saturday in September, will be canceled this year. The festival had been set for September 5, 2020.
The event, which spans Mill Street, Lower Mulberry Street and part of E. Mahoning Street, features handmade jewelry and crafts, upcycled wooden furniture, handmade toys, children’s face-painting, fashion accessories, fine arts and photography, soaps, beauty items, and more. It also creates an opportunity to explore the diverse downtown businesses on Mill Street.
The DBA Board of Directors has concluded that at this time, the risk is too high in having such a large gathering. Each year, the festival draws in close to 150 vendors and about 3,000 visitors from all over the region, and under the current guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health limiting outdoor events to 250 people, we are unable to host the event. Our primary concern is preserving the safety of our attendees, vendors, local communities, and staff.
The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival’s cancellation follows the postponement of other significant local happenings, like the Spring Fling, Taste of the Nations, Danville Heritage Festival, and the Danville Health Alliance Health Fair. It is our sincere hope we’ll be able to celebrate these fairs and festivals with everyone in 2021.
The Danville Business Alliance has made the difficult decision to postpone the ‘Summer Fling’ (the combining of the Spring Fling, Taste of the Nations and Heritage Festival events) for 2020 due to current state-wide restrictions and CDC Guidelines involving “safe social distancing.” The original Spring Fling date of May 2 and the Taste of the Nations date of June 27 were postponed to the Heritage Festival date in July in the hope of bringing you these events. The current recommendations and guidelines would make it impossible to host the event as planned on July 18, 2020.
Our annual street festivals and events celebrate the foods, sites, and sounds that make Danville a special place. They include many elements that are fun, entertaining, engaging, magical and unique. They are also a great opportunity to explore the diverse downtown businesses on Mill Street. Last year’s events brought thousands of happy people strolling the streets of downtown Danville.
All businesses, sponsors, crafters, food trucks and vendors who have already registered for the now-postponed Summer Fling 2020 event will have a pre-reserved spot September 5, 2020 for the Fall Arts & Crafts Festival . If further arrangements are needed, contact the Danville Business Alliance for additional discussion or information.
We regret this decision had to be made, but with deference to public safety, it was necessary. However, The Danville Heritage Festival will still take place this July, but in a mostly online format to protect the well-being of our friends and neighbors. Festival organizers have been working to create videos, essays, and other content to celebrate our community’s history and we are excited to announce the planned 2020 Danville Heritage Festival schedule for the week of July 13-18. The content can be viewed on the Heritage Festival Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DanvilleHeritageFestival/.
Check the Danville Heritage Festival Facebook page for posts the week-of the festival:
Monday, July 13
Topic: Forest Heritage (Lumber, charcoal, and more. Celebrating our historic forest resources)
Tuesday, July 14
Topic: Anthracite Coal Heritage (the anthracite industry and local iron industry went hand-in-hand)
Wednesday, July 15
Topic: The Susquehanna: Famous Floods, River Coal (Dredging Coal from the Susquehanna)
Thursday, July 16
Topic: Iron Ore and Limestone (the mines and the men who mined the ore and worked the limestone quarries)
Friday, July 17
Topic: The Iron Industry in Our Region (blast furnaces, rolling mills, the T-rail and more)
Saturday, July 18
Topic: All things Danville Heritage!
Saturday, July 18
Sidewalk Sales: Downtown Businesses 12-7 pm
The Danville Business Alliance is working with businesses along Mill Street to offer ‘sidewalk’ sales from 12-7pm.
Come downtown to enjoy the sidewalk sales! Have lunch or dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants in downtown Danville before or after you shop the bargains!
Sales may be inside stores if not out on the sidewalk. Please adhere to each business’ guidelines and social distancing precautions as you shop and dine. Stay tuned for the list of participating businesses. Please check the Danville Business Alliance website at www.visitdanvillepa.org and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DanvilleBusinessAlliance/ for more information as we develop this much needed “revival” event for downtown businesses during this extraordinary time.
Sunday, July 19
Boyd House Museum open 2-4pm (Admission is $10 a person. Members of the MCHS and Children under 18 are free.)
Please be patient as we assess this very dynamic and fluid situation. We would like to thank each of you for your loyal attendance to our events; without you, our events would not be possible. It is our hope all of you are still able to join us in September.
Danville Business Alliance
The Columbia Montour Chamber has created an online program to allow the public to support small businesses that are closed or partially operational due to the Governor Tom Wolf’s order.
ShopColumbiaMontour offers gift certificates for purchase in $10 and $25 amounts for participating member businesses. Restaurants, jewelers, retail shops, and non-profit organizations are offering certificates, with additional businesses being added weekly. Once ordered, gift certificates are emailed to the purchaser for future use. The certificates do not expire. Each gift certificate is specific to a business and has a unique identifier that is provided to the business along with the customer’s name for tracking.
Businesses are forwarded the funds for gift certificate purchases within a week. There are no additional costs or fees for Chamber members to offer certificates. Interested organizations may contact the Chamber at [email protected]columbiamontourchamber.com.
“Local businesses are critical to the health and vibrancy of the area’s economy,” said Fred Gaffney, Chamber president. “They provide local jobs, tax revenue, a diversity of offerings, and support many causes within our communities. We created this program as another way for people to help sustain these valued local businesses from the safety of their homes.”
In this time of crisis, we could all use a little sunshine in our lives – especially those businesses who have been forced to close at the sake of the global pandemic we currently face.
At the Danville Business Alliance, we are working to be able to bring some of the ‘light’ – both figuratively and literally – back to our local businesses that have been unable to open their doors.
The DBA is working with local entrepreneurs in launching a new initiative that we are calling the “Danville Vitamin D Fund.” This fund is meant to bring our community together to support the small businesses that support us, not just during the hard times, but all year round.
Through generous donations from community members, we will be able to help small business owners who are struggling during this uncertain time. The money that is donated to this fund by the community will be equally distributed among active members of the Danville Business Alliance.
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. If you are unable to donate at this time, but still want to support this fund, please consider sharing this video to help raise awareness.
The Danville Arts Council’s third annual “Anything but Clothes” fashion show will be held at the Pine Barn Inn on Thursday, February 27.
The Danville Arts Council in partnership with Geisinger’s GPRIDE will present ABC Fashion Show 3.0 on Thursday, February 27 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Pine Barn Inn, 43 Pine Barn Place, in Danville. The third annual “Anything but Clothes” fashion show will benefit the Danville Arts Council. Participants will create an outfit from anything but clothing, such as recycled or repurposed materials. Groups of up to three people can register their outfit to be modeled on the runway. The models compete for prizes, including the People’s Choice Award, the Judge’s Choice, and Honorable Mention. Admission to the event includes a buffet, light refreshments, a vote for the People’s Choice award, and a cash bar.
Model, Mitchell Andjeski, flaunts outfit entitled “Choose Your Vice,” created by Black Diamonds team members, Nicole Polanichka and Mitchell Andjeski. The Black Diamonds team took home the first place award at last year’s ABC Fashion Show 2.o. Their outfit will be on display for inspiration at the Danville Business Alliance (620 Mill Street) until February 29th.
Tickets are on sale for $35 presale and $40 at the door. Admission for participants modeling ormaking outfits is $20 and is free for students (with a valid student ID). Tickets may be purchasedat the Danville Business Alliance (DBA) office at 620 Mill Street in Danville or online at www.danvilleartscouncil.org/abcfashionshow.
“I am excited to see participants clean out their recycle bin or their old basket full of scraps and transform them into fashion.” says emcee Ann Mooney. “And all for a good cause, supporting the Danville Arts Council.”
Nancy Dennehy, model and artist, walks the runway in her encyclopedia dress crafted from the “M” encyclopedia. Dennehy was presented with the Honorable Mention award during ABC Fashion 2.0 in 2018.
The judges for the show are Meredith Re’ Grimsley, Ben Hartman, and Joanne Landis. Meredith Re’ Grimsley is a faculty member in the art department at Bloomsburg University. She received her MFA in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her work reflects moments of meditation over spiritual growth, faith, sacrifice and a pursuit of grace and has been shown in numerous national venues. Ben Hartman is the owner of a local costume shop, and a lifelong cosplayer, haunted house actor, and costume enthusiast. Joanne Landis worked as a fashion illustrator in NYC for years, where she also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at Drexel University. Joanne currently works as a painter. Justin D. Aurand will provide live musical accompaniment to the fashion show. Justin is an accomplished musician from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. In addition to performing numerous concerts, Justin has also recorded 3 albums of original music and unique arrangements. Currently, Justin performs with Off The Record Live Band Karaoke and plays services for Zion United Methodist Church as well as solo concerts.
Geisinger is a generous sponsor of the ABC Fashion Show 3.0. The Danville Arts Council, a subcommittee of the Danville Business Alliance, formed in 2013, pursue their mission to promote and support regional art, artists and artistic culture for the citizens of Danville, Pennsylvania. Comprised of volunteer members from the community, Danville Arts Council partners with other community organizations to host or participate in events throughout the year, including the Summer Concert Series, ABC Fashion Show, Danville Arts Council Gallery, and Movie Nights at the Booth Theatre. The work of the Danville Arts Council is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Community Partnerships, and Geisinger, among others.
G‐PRIDE (Geisinger ‐ People Ready for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality) works to foster a welcoming, caring, inclusive environment for Geisinger employees of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. G‐PRIDE serves many roles, including functioning as a source of support to LGBTQ employees in the system as well as educating and enhancing understanding around important LGBTQ issues. https://www.geisinger.org/aboutgeisinger/diversity‐and‐inclusion/employee‐resource‐groups
For more information about the ABC Fashion Show 3.0, email Tom Seay, Danville Arts Council Member, at [email protected], or contact Kayla Gross, Executive Assistant at Danville Business Alliance at 570‐284‐4502.
Destination Blues Festival weekend is upon us! The 6th Annual festival will feature more than 25 acts at 18 different venues spanning two counties. No cover charges at any of the performances and all ages are welcome! There will be a shuttle bus among all the venues. Executive Director of The Exchange, Oren Helbok, recently sat down with Erika Funke from WVIA radio to talk more about this great event that is happening in our community this weekend! Give a listen!