DANVILLE — The Fischer Theater is hosting two events this month, a two-part local history class about the Dixie Highway and two nights of ghost tours.
Local historian Richard Chrisman will present a two-part class, "Tales from the Taverns," about the history of the Chicago-Vincennes Road/Dixie Highway, which is present-day Vermilion Street in Danville. The class will point out many of the significant landmarks along the highway, including Gurdon Hubbard's Trading Post. Class participants will also learn about the important role taverns played in the early days of traveling this road. The program will cover history from the buffalo/Indian trail of the 1700s up to 1920 with the construction of the Dixie Highway. Handouts will be provided.
Part one of the class will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Fischer Theatre, 158 N. Vermilion St., Danville, and part two will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the theater. Students must pre-register, and the cost is $15. Class size is limited. To pre-register, call Amy Chrisman at 497-4686 or email Chrismanstudio@aol.com, and include your name, phone number, mailing address and email address.
The Fischer will also host Ghost Tours from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.
According to a news release from theater officials, experienced paranormal investigators will conduct behind the scenes tours through the 1884 Grand Opera House known as the Fischer Theatre. Participants will learn about the history of the theater as well as the paranormal activity that has been experienced there. The tours will be led in the dark and will involve climbing stairs as well as other physical obstacles, so accessibility is limited, and flashlights are required.
The cost is $10 and includes admission to the newly opened Arts and Entertainment Museum in the lobby. The gift shop, Stage Presents, will be open. Proceeds from this event, including gift shop and beverage sales, benefit the Fischer Theatre. Donations will also be accepted. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.