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Sep 022014
 

dr k reviewRevisiting the Motown Sound and reprising one of modern music’s golden eras, Dr. K’s Motown Review headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s twelfth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 6,  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 a Silent Auction.

This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features over 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and special gifts from the cast of the Broadway Musical “Motown,” the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and Derek Jeter’s Turn2Foundation. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office. 

Jamie Hulley foundation.jpgDr. K’s Motown Revue is led by veteran bassist, Paul Korman, whose musical quest was to put together the ultimate Motown tribute band. With Dr. K’s Motown Revue he succeeds in presenting an outstanding array of seasoned musicians and singers taking audiences on a very realistic journey back to the Motown era, when the songs emanating from Motown Records in Detroit filled the radio airwaves. The combination of powerhouse singers and precise musicianship brings an authentic musical punch to the stage, as Dr. K’s Motown Revue present an evening of classic Motown songs – hit after hit after hit – reprised in real time.

According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president, “It is going to be a night to remember. Not only will Dr. K’s Motown Revue will have the audience dancing in the aisles but our Gala will also showcase some of our own local talent – the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs. Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is Masters of Ceremonies and Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, will be wielding the auctioneer’s gavel.”

 The Evening for the Arts Gala 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, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the Orange & Amity schools providing over $20,000 annually in college scholarships, artist in residence programs, and program sponsorship in theater, studio art, music, and film at Amity High School. In fact, since the foundation’s inception in 2002, the foundation has given away over $500,000 in scholarships and educational programs benefiting many thousands of young people and early career professionals.  

The foundation provides educational programs to local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have benefited from the foundation’s educational programs.

The foundation also awards grants to local non-profits such as the Amity Teen Center, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after school art program, and the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford’s youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides college scholarships in Theatre and in Studio Art as well as scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: [email protected].

 Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). 

Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2014 @ 21:59

Sep 012014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.36.46 AMOrange Community Women celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Orange Country Fair.

Purchase your own collectible stoneware pie plate handcrafted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Each piece of stoneware pottery is handcrafted using traditional 18th century methods.

Every piece is custom made, start to finish. Pie plates are ten inches and fully functional.

ocf pie plate(Actual plowman and lettering will be in dark blue.) $30.00 per plate. Available at the Orange Country Fair in the Civic Tent, Sept 20 and 21

Or order a plate by emailing [email protected] or calling 203-627-2022.

Ordered plates will be delivered at no charge within the Orange area .

Orange Community Women is a chapter of Connecticut Junior Women, Inc.

Proceeds will go to supporting various projects within the community.

Sep 012014
 

IMG_7365Today, Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Monday, Sept.1, the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Monday’s schedule:

1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

IMG_74595:00 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

8:00 p.m. Odyssey Raffle Drawing in the Community Center (White House)

And Don’t Forget:

  • 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 (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
  • Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
  • Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
  • Raffle – A $5 ticket gives you a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

Aug 312014
 

The weather was perfect for picture taking at the Odyssey Greek Festival in Orange on Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see the complete album or to order photos click HERE.

Aug 312014
 

A screen shot of the doppler Weather map at 4:49 p.m.

A screen shot of the doppler Weather map at 4:49 p.m.

Labor Day weekend has a couple of things residents and visitors have been waiting for: The Greek Festival and the Labor Day Concert. Will Mother Nature cooperate and allow folks to enjoy these last 2 official days of summer, or will she rain on the parade?

If WTNH 8′s Sam Kantrow is correct in his report on WXEdge it seems that today’s warmer and more humid weather with some  heavy rain and moderate to severe thunderstorms may just ruin the holiday for anyone who’d made plans to attend one or both of the events in Orange.

If you are planning on going to the Greek Festival, remember that it opens at noon. You will have a couple of hours to have lunch and enjoy a performance by the Odyssey Dancers at 2 p.m. The dancers are scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m. too, but be prepared, because a line of thunderstorms could start moving through a little after 5 p.m.

IMG_7648The Taste of Israel Bar-B-Q at 261 Derby Ave. from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. also may be adversely affected by this potential storm front. 

The town’s Labor Day Concert at the Orange Fairgrounds Gazebo, 525 Orange Center Road from 7-9:30 p.m. also may be ruined. it’s scheduled to go on rain or shine, so bring your umbrellas or set yourself up under the pavilion. 

As far as the final day of the Greek Festival, Kantrow said, “Tomorrow starts muggy again, some with a bit of fog. With a bit of sun, we’ll see some more t-storms during the afternoon but they’re not widespread.”

St. Barbara’s Greek Church saw perfect festival weather on Friday and Saturday. For now, we’ll just have to hold our breath and keep our eyes to the sky — hope for the best and get out as soon as the church grounds open at noon.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 312014
 

Greek FoodYou have 2 more days to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, the festival runs from noon to 10 p.m.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Sunday’s schedule.

1:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

2:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

2:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

3 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. St. Barbara Choir Performance in the Church Proper

4 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

4:30 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. Greek Dance Lessons in the Entertainment Area

6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

7 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

8 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

And Don’t Forget:

  • 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 (5:30 pm, 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 9 additional prizes!

Aug 302014
 

It doesn't get fresher than this.

It doesn’t get fresher than this.

You have 3 more days to enjoy the St. Barbara Odyssey Greek Festival at 450 Racebrook Road, Orange.

On Saturday, Aug. 30, the festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Always Free Parking and Admission.

We don’t want you to miss anything, so here’s Saturday’s schedule.

1 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

1:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

2 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

2:30 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

3 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam” in the Entertainment Area

3:30 p.m. St. Barbara Choir Performance in the Church Proper

4 p.m. Greek Cooking Demo on the front patio

4:30 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

5:30 p.m. Greek Dance Lessons in the Entertainment Area

6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Live Greek Music by “The Hellenic Company” in the Entertainment Area

7 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy in the Church Proper

8 p.m. Odyssey Dancers in the Entertainment Area

And Don’t Forget:

  • 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 (5:30 pm, 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 9 additional prizes!

Aug 292014
 

9691036806_43a2bfa221-734636St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, will host its 34th annual Odyssey Greek Festival, Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29, 30, 31, Sep 1, 2014

The grounds will be open from 12 to 10 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Labor Day (Monday)

Parking and admission are always free.

The event goes on rain or shine, let’s hope for dry sunny days.

This is the best time of year to get your fill of St. Barbara’s excellent home made Greek delicacies, Greek Dancing and music.

Orange Live will have more information as the event draws nearer.

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[Keftethes (Greek meatballs), Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Loukaniko (Greek sausage), feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, spanakopita and tiropita]

Originally Published on: Aug 7, 2014 @ 0:25

Re-Published on: Aug 25, 2014 @ 0:01

Aug 252014
 

10430496_10152648682606798_8097828254720185990_nTonight at 7 p.m. Orange resident Mark Boland will don the 1932 Chicago White Sox uniform and play in his second consecutive Oldtime Baseball Game In North Cambridge, MA.

Boland, a former American Legion first baseman, who plays ball at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island told Orange Live that he loved the experience of playing ball wearing an authentic flannel uniform. His love of the game is undeniable. The 20-year-old has been playing baseball since he was 3. 

Oldtime Baseball and ALS

This is the 21st annual Oldtime Baseball Game at St. Peter’s Field. 

Pete Frates, 29, a former Boston College Baseball Captain, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, will be honored at tonight’s game, which will raise money for the ALS Therapy Development Institute of Cambridge and the Pete Frates #3 Fund. 

The Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken hold across the country to raise money for ALS began with Frates who already has lost his ability to speak. 

Frates’ good friend, Corey Griffin, 27, died on Aug.16 during a diving accident. Griffin died within hours of raising $100,000 for an ALS charity according to published reports. 

Aug 252014
 

backpacksOrange school children will benefit from WEBE108 Backpack Giveback program.

Often people are surprised to learn that some Orange residents need assistance (food bank, fuel assistance, etc.)

At any time in any town, families and individuals may find themselves in need of help.

For children, the first day of school can be exciting, but if their family has fallen on hard times, it can be sad if they can’t afford the back-to-school supplies they need.

The folks in the Orange Community Services Office graciously accepted more than a dozen Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 10.21.03 PMassorted backpacks filled with school supplies to distribute to children who need one.

WEBE108, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Goodwill