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Orange Native Performs In American Sacred Music Concert On Friday

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Jul 272016

76b58eda-79b8-46cb-8f11-2b04bcf5aab6Musicians from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, including Orange native Edward Vogel, will be presenting a concert in the Orange Congregational Church on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

“Healing Waters: A Concert of American Sacred Music” explores the rich heritage of religious music that has come from folk traditions in the United States, including African American spirituals, Appalachian folk songs, and revivalist hymns.

The program will feature favorites like “Deep River” and “There is a Balm in Gilead,” as well as more unknown pieces like “Plenty Good Room” and “Down in the River to Pray.”

Performing in the concert are Vogel, a baritone, soprano Sarah Noone, and pianist Elliott Smith.

Admission is free, however a free-will offering will be graciously accepted (suggested donation is $10).


Support the Arts: Four By Four Will Put On An Awesome Show

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Jul 262016

FourByFour-textFairfield 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].

Get Your Tickets Early For the 2016 Rotary Lobsterfest

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Jul 242016

rotary lobsterfestThe Rotary Club of Orange will host its annual Lobsterfest fundraiser RAIN OR SHINE at the Pavilion, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Saturday, August 13, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45/person and include choice of twin lobsters or NY Strip steak. Menu includes corn on the cob, New England clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Kids meals, including a Hot Dog or Hamburger and sides are $7 (available at event only)

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Rotary’s initiatives both in the local community and abroad, including supporting the Orange Food Bank, the Annual Scholarship Program and Operation Warm Coats for Kids Program.

Click HERE to purchase dinner tickets.

Mark Your Calendars For The 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival

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Jul 222016

Senior Odyssey DancersSaint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, is preparing for its 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend — Friday – Monday, Sept. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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


Orange Resident/Film Major Lauren Ide Seeks Help With Senior Thesis

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Jul 222016

12341096_10207937713107969_8091233039572608427_nOrange resident Lauren Ide is a film major with a double minor in broadcast and producing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“As I approach my senior year of school, I am entering into producing my final film project of my college career and am turning to you for your help,” Ide wrote on a gofundme page for her Senior Thesis project.

Ide’s short film, “Unheard,” is about young Emily, a local small town girl who goes missing from home. Having left her hearing aids behind, she is left to wander the unknown of the world. With only a few dollars to her name, Emily struggles with her inability to hear.

See more about her college project at https://www.gofundme.com/UnheardtheShort

The funding for this project will be going toward town/location permits, art direction, craft services, and travel compensation for the actors.

“Thank you in advanced for all of your contributions, even the smallest donation will mean the world to me and the rest of my crew. Any amount will help my small idea, turn into the short film I can only dream it will become,” she wrote.

Democrats Announce Annual Picnic

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Jul 202016

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 5.32.26 PMThe Orange Democrats will host their annual Meet the Candidates Picnic at the High Plains Pavilion, Orange Fairgrounds , 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bob at 203-530-7206 or Jody at 203-314-9975.


We Need YOU To Help At The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival

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Jul 202016

Denise Mirto organizes a majority of the volunteer help under the main food tent.

Denise Mirto organizes a majority of the volunteer help under the main food tent.

A message from carnival food tent volunteer coordinator Denise Mirto:

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will be held again this year beginning Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7.

Help is again gratefully accepted and very much needed in the main food tent.

If you are interested in giving of your time for a few hours, especially on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. for the day shift, or the evening time, beginning at 4 p.m.

Help is also needed on Sunday, beginning at noontime. The carnival does not go into the evening on Sunday.

We will also need some assistance on Thursday and on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

If your company would like to volunteer together, as a group, that would be great and very much appreciated.

Coldwell Banker-Orange volunteers on Thursday night and Weichert Realtors Orange comes in on Friday night.

Please remember that aside from having a good time pitching in with your neighbors and friends to help, the volunteer fire department also helps keep our town taxes lower. These highly trained men and women volunteer their time 24/7/365. 

Call Denise Mirto to add your name. 203-795-1080, call or text 203-464-9972, or e-mail  [email protected]

The 2016 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Is Coming Soon

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Jul 202016

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.02.09 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Association is on duty 24/7/365. The men and women are highly trained just like the paid firefighters in some nearby cities. They depend upon fundraisers like the annual four-day carnival to bring in money for training, equipment and apparatus.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2016 carnival since the day after the 2015 carnival ended.

Parking and admission are always free.

It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.

Recently, Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers  and really can use your help mostly on Saturday day & night shifts and Sunday during the day.

Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.

Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”

“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”

Did you know?

There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?

The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.

The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.

Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

You may purchase Raffle Tickets at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.


Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets behind the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Ride bracelets  purchased online in advance (by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at noon) may be used during one of the following periods:
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Also, if you don’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.

Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)

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Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Lions Club Events

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Jul 192016

laughing lions clubLions Club President Nick Bencivengo announced the following upcoming Lions Club events:

• The Annual Senior Cook-Out will take place at High Plains on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. In the event of Rain or Excessive Heat the cook-out will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

• A Golf Shoot-Out on the 10th hole at Orange Hills Country Club is planned for Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

• The popular Lions Comedy Night Fundraiser at the St. Barbara’s Church Social Hall is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. More information will be made available in September.

 If you would like more information on any of these events, call Nick Bencivengo at 203-901-9062.

Unique Opportunity — Stone Otis Open House

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Jul 192016