Psychic fair faces opposition in Elburn

By on June 25, 2009

Others say ‘A Day With Your Angels’ OK
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—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 “A Day With Your Angels” will be entirely positive.

“No devil worship, nothing like that,” said Vanvliet, massage therapist and owner of Intuition Institute, a community center business tenant.

“A Day With Your Angels” 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 person’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 “the dark side of spiritism and the demonic.” 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 ”A Day With Your Angels” and for the prayer meeting on Friday.

“We welcome both of these kind of events. They bring people to the community center,” Hansen said.

“Day With Your Angels” also will feature clothing and handbag vendors, and Paisano’s pizza.


  1. kerriconnor

    June 26, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    The only danger in an event such as this for children (or anyone for that matter) is in teaching children (and other adults) to be ignorant and intolerant of the beliefs of others.

  2. Windrider

    June 26, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    This article is certainly one sided. The author of this article is using sensationalistic wording to generate fear in the public. The only quote from the fair organizer uses the word devil. I’m pretty sure that’s not the only thing the organizer said about the fair.

    Mr. Augustine is misguided in his statement that the children will be exposed to “the dark side of spiritism and the demonic”. Exactly what about this fair is demonic? Does God really care if some folks want to use divination to understand their lives better? Does Mr. Augustine’s church have the right to judge people? I think not, maybe he should read his holy book – according to it, God is the only one who can judge.

  3. kerriconnor

    June 26, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Actually as a former journalist, this article is not one sided at all. The reporter is not to be held responsible for the words out of someone else’s mouth. The story is not about the fair itself, it is about the opposition to the faire. I don’t agree with the opposition, but the reporter did her job and reported the facts accurately.

  4. gigitez10

    June 26, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    I would think that this would provide an opportunity for the Evangelical Fellowship Church in Elburn to teach their congregation about tolerance and respect for others beliefs. Unfortunately, it is easier to perpetuate hatred through ignorance, misconceptions and untruths. Instead of protesting against this event, the protestors should take the opportunity to educate themselves.

  5. oceanbluemomma

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    This is so simple….

    Not interested don’t go! Keep an eye on your children and tell them not to go either. See easy! Parenting – what a concept!

    I thought the whole church thing was against judging others,hmmmmm…seems like some people need a trip to the confessional.

  6. ScriberGirl

    June 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    I blogged my own response to this article:

    Who’da thunk we’d find any of this in Elburn, a psychic fair AND far right attitudes opposing it?

    There is more than one path to divinity, and it’s my own opinion that finding the divine in oneself entails finding the divine in others–with love, tolerance, and understanding, regardless of philosophical differences.

    Who knows? Maybe to divine IS divine. When such ability is used to aid and heal, who is to say that it isn’t a gift from God? Or Goddess?

    There is much stock to be taken from the creed, “An it harm none, do as thou wilt.” And I can tell you, my friends, those words of wisdom do not come from Christian philosophy.

    But this one does, and an equal amount of stock should be taken from it, “Do unto others as thou wilt have others do unto you.” That includes not imposing one’s views upon others, unbidden and judgmentally.

    With all due respect to my numerous fundamentalist friends, I’m headed to that Elburn psychic fair with my mom, in just a bit. And not to protest.

    …Unless it’s to oppose narrow-minded, judgmental, moral elitism.

    But then again, to each his own.

    Intolerance, get thee behind me.

  7. Scoop

    July 10, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    The church makes this sound as if a psychic fair is some sort of religion. It’s not. It’s a point of view. It also makes it sounds as if your children are in “danger.” It’s not a kids event, although children could be there. If you don’t like it, don’t go there. Are they going to start picketing other churches in town that hold a different view than theirs?