Festival to Feature All Things Greek including Greek Cuisine, Live Music, Greek Dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).
Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2016 offers something for everyone.
ODYSSEY 2016 includes:
• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna) • “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas
• Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods
• Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
• Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
• Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
• Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun)
• Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
• Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
• Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!
• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. Sept. 2, from 12 – 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on meals.
For 35 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace).
Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition.
HOURS: 12 noon to 10 PM on Fri., Sat., Sun. 9/2, 9/3, 9/4; 12 noon to 7 PM on Mon. 9/5.
FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church).
RAIN OR SHINE INFO: 203-795-1347 or visit www.saintbarbara.org
As part of the People’s United Bank Employee Volunteer Recognition Program, Customer Service Manager Silvi Sboui recently donated $750 to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD).
The People’s United Employee Volunteer Recognition Program recognizes employees for the time and talent they devote to local organizations in the communities served by the bank. Sboui, who works at the Orange Center Branch, was chosen to receive the bank’s Community Champion Award. The award includes the opportunity to designate a donation to the employee’s charity of her choice, so Sboui chose the OVFD.
Active OVFD members are on-call to serve the community 24-hour a day, seven days a week, dispatching from two stations: Station 1 at Orange Center Road and Station 2 at Boston Post Road.
“They are always willing to help the community and every year we witness, firsthand, their efforts to raise money through their annual carnival,” explained Sboui.
Due to federal regulations, the OVFD is no longer able to mail raffle tickets to help pay for equipment and safety gear. The organization now must rely on individual contributions and proceeds from the annual carnival. The $750 donation from People’s United Bank will help the Orange Volunteer Fire Department in its efforts to raise $900,000 towards a much-needed new fire truck.
“People’s United Bank is extremely proud of the positive impact that our employees make in their local neighborhoods,” said Karen Galbo, Director of People’s United Community Foundation and Community Relations. “The recognition program is a way for us to not only honor our employees for their volunteer work, but to also thank organizations for their dedication and service to our communities.”
The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, is Connecticut’s ONLY Zoo, and it is just 15 minutes away from Orange.
Amity High School Students had the opportunity to spend time there this summer as part of a conservation program.
It takes a lot of money and volunteer work to run the Zoo, including keeping the grounds clean and caring for the animals. Fundraising events help keep things running smoothly. You can help by purchasing season passes or by attending one of the special events they plan every year.
Tap Into Your Wild Side, Don’t miss Brew at the Zoo hosted by GlenRo Spirit Shoppe on Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy craft beers, live music, a silent auction, and more. Delicious fare will be available for purchase from local food trucks.
Visit beardsleyzoo.org for updates on participating brews and food trucks.
General Admission is $40. If available, tickets are $50 at the gate.
Ticket price includes Zoo admission, souvenir tasting glass and all beer samples.
This is an adult-only event. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Click HERE to buy tickets
Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts hosts “FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown,” Saturday, September 10.
The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, which benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.
“FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown” — an exhilarating musical revue of hits songs from four of the most iconic musical styles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s — headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fourteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877- ARTS-396. (1-877- 278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.
“FOUR by FOUR” hails from Las Vegas and is the brainchild of the same creative team that brought OH WHAT NIGHT! to last year’s Hulley Foundation event. This exciting and nostalgic music revue is conceived and directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman, written by Motown producer George Solomon, and choreographed by Paul Holmquist.
The show features some of the most memorable songs from the California surfing scene, the British Invasion, the Disco decade, and Detroit city’s Motown – FOUR electrifying musical performances in ONE extraordinary night of entertainment!
“Everyone is sure to be singing along to the music and on their feet dancing – this music makes everyone feel good!” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone – it’s a real musical smorgasbord of classic hits songs from three decades.”
FOUR by FOUR thrills its audiences with their vocal perfection, great choreography, humorous banter, and music-inspired costume changes as they perform some of the most memorable songs of our time including Good Vibrations, She Love You, Staying Alive, and My Girl. The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.
The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of the late Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.
Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $700,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call 203-891-8869, or e-mail: [email protected].
Previously Published on: Aug 8, 2016 @ 03:00
Join the Auxiliary for an evening of fun and painting while helping to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. All the money the Auxiliary raises goes to support our 100% volunteer Fire Department to help with the expenses for training, equipment, and apparatus to keep Orange safe.
Come let your inner artist out as you paint along with a professional artist, and learn how to create your very own one of a kind masterpiece that you get to take home with you.
The featured painting is ‘Buzzin Around’ which you can see here.
No experience necessary and all supplies are provided so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!).
In keeping with Fire Department rules, this a family friendly event, and alcohol is not permitted on the premises.
Coffee and dessert will be served.
The event begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the Station 1, next to Town Hall, 625 Orange Center Road, so arrive early to park and get a seat with those you’re coming with.
Cost is $45, tickets must be purchased in advance and are being sold exclusively online. Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Walk-ins cannot be admitted at the door.
If you don’t have access to buying online or need more information, contact Jillian at 203-799- 2486 or [email protected] to make arrangements to attend.
Visit the Auxiliary on Facebook.
Once you’ve tried it, you won’t believe the artwork you can create.
By now, nearly everyone has heard about the always popular, and exciting Santa’s Helper program from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary that has been delivering gifts, smiles and memories to hundreds of Orange families for the past 21 years.
If you want to join in on the fun and have Santa, on his fire truck, with his elf and firefighter helpers come lights and sirens to your home, it’s easy. E-mail Elf Mama at: [email protected] for all the information you will need.
(Please do not call the fire stations as we are a volunteer fire department and there will not be anyone available to help you with Santa’s Helper).
Santa’s Helper delivery day is Saturday, December 17, 2016, so don’t hesitate to contact Elf Mama.
Plans are under way and you won’t want to miss out on being one of the 170 homes throughout Orange to have Santa stop by your house this December.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bob at 203-530-7206 or Jody at 203-314-9975.
Originally Published on: Jul 20, 2016 @ 17:41