Local Community Events in Danville

Local Events in Historic Downtown Danville

Throughout the year, the city of Danville hosts several fun community events. Danville is a family-friendly, dog-friendly town with first rate dining and shopping. We love the opportunity to spend time with the people of this community and enjoy participating in each event. Events include the following:

The Wine and Chocolate Stroll

Sip on local and award winning wines and enjoy chocolates in the evening. Listen to jazz music and stroll into stores lining downtown Danville.

Doggie Day

Meet with other owners and give your dog a fun-filled afternoon. Walk the Iron Horse trail and don’t miss the free treats. Tons of fun for you and your four-legged friend(s).

Summerfest

Features artists from the western US specializing in jewelry, glass, ceramic, paining, and photography. Walk along Hartz Ave and see creative works from many artists. Bring the kids since the event includes a children’s area and activities like pony rides, bungie jumping, and rock climbing.

The 4th of July Celebration

A celebration in Danville since 1958. Hosted by the Kiwanis of Danville, the event features a morning parade with over 150 entries including bands and floats. This is a hugely popular event and attracts over 40,000 attendees each year.

Hot Summer Nights

See one-of-kind classic cars, hot-rods, sports-cars, and custom rides in downtown Danville. Chat with owners, bid on cars, see the car you owned in high school!

The Art and Wine Stroll

An evening event where you can enjoy wine tasting and small bites from local restraunts. There is live music, free trolley rides, and shops hold special hours.

Fall Crafts Festival

Celebrate the season with quality arts and crafts, a glass pumpkin patch, a children’s costume parade, live music, and tricker-treating.

Lighting of the Old Oak Tree

Lighting the Old Oak in Danville is a long held tradition in Danville. Gather with the community after Thanksgiving to start the holiday season with live music, sweet treats and baked goods, and lots of merriment.

Small Business Saturday

Support local businesses around the holidays on a special day with events hosted by companies with special discounts and promotions.

Basic Tips and Techniques for Painting with Chalk Paint

Painting with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can help you make to make a modern, French, or Swedish vintage look to transform furniture and many other pieces. The texture of Chalk Paint is soft and pliable, making it a good material to work with for both beginner and experienced painters.

Annie Sloan also produces soft, mellow waxes of white and black colors to protect your pieces and give them a shined or matte appearance.

Colors range across 31 beautiful varieties from French Linen to Emperor’s Silk to Napoleonic Blue. Cans of paint come in 1 liter sizes which is enough paint to cover approximately 13 square meters with a single coat, about the size of a small dresser.

  • To start with, shake the can well and turn it upside down to distribute the contents. A good technique is to turn the can upside down 20 minutes before you begin to make sure the paint is fully blended.
  • If the paint becomes thick, you can add a bit of water to reconstitute the solids. You can create different characteristics by adding a bit more water for a thinner texture or allowing the paint to thicken for coarser look.
  • Chalk Paint adheres well to many surfaces so sanding isn’t absolutely necessary. You can however use 100 – 220 grit sand paper to smooth out imperfections in the wood to craft a rounded or worn look on different features.
  • Waxes are best applied with a wax brush and excess wiped away with a lint-free cloth. You can control the shine finish by using a knit cloth to buff the surface. You should allow a full week for the full curing process to complete with the wax.

In our Furniture Painting 101 workshop, you get hands-on practice and coaching for these techniques and more:

Smooth

For a smooth finish, apply the paint with a bit of water in even strokes. Sand the surface lightly with 220 grit sand paper and then apply a 2nd coat of the thinned paint. Finish the piece with a clear wax and buff the surface by hand to reveal a smooth and clean finish.

Rustic Two Color

Apply to the furniture surface a think later of paint, dragging the brush in different directions across the grain. Apply a second coat in a contrasting color in a similar fashion. Now sand the surface with 150 grit sand paper to remove paint in selected area. Apply a clear wax followed by black wax. Wipe off the excess and buff the surface when dry.

Color Wash

Apply to the surface an even coat of standard texture Chalk Paint. Allow the surface to dry before applying a second lighter color. Wipe with a wet rag to create the desired finish. To adjust the hue, either add more paint to darken or remove more paint with a clean rag. When the paint has dried completely, add a coat of clear or black wax to blend. Finally buff the surface to the desired finish.