Psychic fair faces opposition in Elburn
Others say â€˜A Day With Your Angelsâ€™ OK
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Some village residents, including a minister, are disturbed about an event that will bring psychics and mediums to the Elburn & Countryside Community Center Saturday, saying its focus is dangerous.
However, Denise Vanvliet, who is organizing the event, said â€œA Day With Your Angelsâ€ will be entirely positive.
â€œNo devil worship, nothing like that,â€ said Vanvliet, massage therapist and owner of Intuition Institute, a community center business tenant.
â€œA Day With Your Angelsâ€ will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Community Center, 525 N. Main St. Vendors and exhibitors will include people offering aura readings, palm readings and Reiki mini-sessions to enhance a personâ€™s energy flow, Vanvliet said.
Gary Augustine, pastor of the Evangelical Fellowship Church in Elburn, does not want children who might be at the community center to be exposed to â€œthe dark side of spiritism and the demonic.â€ He and other church representatives have gathered together for community-wide prayer meetings since hearing about the event, and they will hold one on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Community Center gymnasium to pray for protection against the dangers they believe it will present.
On Saturday, a group of parents will be at the event representing Parents Advocating 4 Kids (PAK) to suggest with signs and literature that the community center where children congregate might not be the best place for a psychic fair, just as you might not want a shark exhibit in a water slide pool for kids, Augustine said.
The children who will be at the Community Center that day include those attending martial arts and dance classes, which are held in other areas of the building, Community Center Board member Jack Hansen said.
Hansen said he does not see anything wrong with allowing the event to take place at the Community Center, since nothing the vendors and exhibitors plan to do is illegal. The Community Center will receive a rental fee for â€A Day With Your Angelsâ€ and for the prayer meeting on Friday.
â€œWe welcome both of these kind of events. They bring people to the community center,â€ Hansen said.
â€œDay With Your Angelsâ€ also will feature clothing and handbag vendors, and Paisanoâ€™s pizza.