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Aug 262014
 

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). 

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

Aug 252014
 

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

Aug 232014
 

Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 3.00.43 PMFollowing is a press release for the Dream Ride Experience to benefit Special Olympics:

The 2014 Dream Ride Experience, presented by Bozzuto’s Inc. and the Hometown Foundation to benefit Special Olympics, will take place, August 23 -24 in Farmington (CT). The event will unite motorcyclists, classic and exotic car enthusiasts, and families and friends who want to be a part of a fun, festive event to support Special Olympics. A motorcycle ride with starting points at Harley-Davidson dealerships/locations across the state and drawing participants from three countries – the US, Canada and Australia and 12 states (including Connecticut) and a host of activities are planned. These include a Twilight Car Cruise & Wrangler Rally, Dream Show car exhibit, celebrity guest appearances, kids’ activities and miniature golf. To view a full schedule of events and register, go to www.dreamride.org.

 

Registration is $30 for adults for a one-day pass  (includes Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday night or Dream Ride/Dream Show on Sunday) and $50 for a two-day pass (includes Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday night and Dream Ride/Dream Show on Sunday); $15 for children 10 – 16 (each day); and free for children under 10. Register by August 15th, and receive an official Dream Ride Experience t-shirt. Additional fundraising to support Special Olympics is encouraged. And, follow Dream Ride at facebook.com/DreamRide and twitter.com/DreamRideExp. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, call203-250-5660 or email [email protected].

 

Dream Ride Experience highlights will include:

Saturday, August 23rd –

  • Dream Ride presents national recording artist Lonestar at the Farmington Polo Grounds, 152 Town Farm Road, Farmington (CT). General admission tickets and lawn seats are $30.00 and may be purchased atwww.dreamride.org. Gates will open the day of the show at 5 p.m.; the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine.
  • Ice cream/golf at Farmington Miniature Golf, 1048 Farmington Avenue, Farmington.

 

  • The Twilight Dream Cruise & Wrangler Rally presented by and originating at Papa’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram,585 E. Main Street, New Britain. The Cruise will conclude at The Farmington Club and be followed by a party featuring great food and live music. Check-in at Papa’s Dodge: 3 p.m.; Cruise begins: 5:15 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 24th 

  • A motorcycle ride with nine satellite sites across Connecticut converging at The Farmington Club. (Motorcyclists from other states and countries will arrive throughout the weekend.)
  • Dream Show, an elaborate auto show at The Farmington Club to be judged by a panel of notable car connoisseurs.
  • An all-day party featuring great food, vendors, live music,  a kids’ corner and pet adoptions. Celebrity guests will include Wayne Carini, host of the Velocity channel’s “Chasing Classic Cars”, John Ratzenberger, best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers, lending his voice to Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Cars, and host of “Made in America” and Tim Harris, a Special Olympics athlete and owner of “Tim’s Place”, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico know for providing “the friendliest service in the world” and offering “breakfast, lunch and hugs.”

 

The Dream Ride Experience aims to unite thousands of motorcycle and car enthusiasts to enjoy the ride, celebrate Special Olympics athletes and join in a movement that inspires respect, acceptance and inclusion for all people with and without intellectual disabilities – both on and off the playing field.  Last year’s Dream Ride raised $520,000 for Special Olympics. The event has raised $2 million since its inception.

 

Event sponsors include Aqua Turf, Campus Customs, Dasani, The Farmington Club, Monster; Papa’s Dodge, Revelation Productions, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, Trantolo & Trantolo, Western Beef, Bozzuto’s Inc, The Hometown Foundation and your local IGA Supermarket.

 Originally Published on: Aug 6, 2014 @ 15:02

Aug 222014
 

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.20.22 PMThe Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, will host its Second Annual Brew at the Zoo event on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 6:30-10:00 pm.

This fabulous event will be bigger and better than last year, feature delicious fare, craft beers, live music, as well as a silent auction.

Guests also will be invited to take part in a soft opening of the annual Howl-o-ween event!

Tickets are $40 per person.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

This Years Beer Vendors Include:

  • Two Roads Brewery
  • Victory Brewing Co.
  • Berkshire Brewing Co.
  • Radeberger Brewery
  • Ruckus Brewing Co.
  • Beaver Brewing Co.
  • Charter Oak Brewing Co.
  • Thomas Hooker Brewing
  • Shebeen Brewing Co.
  • Mike’s Hard Lemonade
  • Thimble Island Brewing Co.
  • Samuel Smith Brewery
  • Foolproof Brewing
  • The Boston Beer Co.
  • Cisco Brewing
  • Back East Brewing Co.
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
  • Kombrewcha

    ….More to come!

Hosted by: Stepney Wine of Monroe & Black Rock Wine of Fairfield

For information, or If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or donating to the auction, contact Emily Bobowick at 203-394-6569 or [email protected]

Aug 202014
 

IMG_7122The skies were clear and the temperature remained pleasant at Orange Hills Country Club on Monday for the American Legion Post 127 Golf Tournament.

Participants rode in comfort on golf carts as they went from hole to hole.

The fundraising event benefits the Legion Post and its various youth baseball teams.

first hole

Aug 182014
 

SS2 William Boughton 5William Boughton, Music Director and Principal Conductor for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will be the guest speaker for the Fall Meeting of the Orange Arts and Culture Council at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th, at the Case Memorial Library.

Since he assumed artistic leadership in 2007, the vision of the NHSO has widened. Considerably. He has reached out geographically and musically, with the orchestra playing at venues other than Woolsey Hall and presenting innovative programming choices, as well as more traditional choices. In 2008, NHSO was one of seven orchestras chosen to participate in the highly competitive League of American Orchestras’ Institutional Vision Program.

In 2009, the orchestra was featured in the Mira Max film “Everybody’s Fine”, starring Robert De Niro. The first commercial recording made by the NHSO in thirty years was completed in 2010, a CD of the music of William Walton on the Nimbus (London) label, which was recognized as a “Critic’s Choice” by Gramaphone Magazine. Also in 2010, NHSO received an award for Adventurous Programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Maestro Boughton, among his many public appearances, has presented two series for ILR, The Institute for Learning in Retirement, well received by all. Seating will be limited at the Library. Call for reservations at 203-795-3127 or 203-314-2704.

The OACC was founded in 2006 to maintain, to nurture and to promote the  arts in our town and in our region. Bringing artists of William Boughton’s stature is important in achieving this goal. Other activities of the OACC have concluded Annual Youth Concerts, adult musical performances, children’s programs, trips to museums in New York and Boston, art exhibits, the establishment of The Gallery at Town Hall and the Build a Better Birdhouse event at the Agricultural Fair.

The OACC also has, with the support of local business and civic groups, as well as individuals, provided free bus transportation to NHSO concerts at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. The group plans to provide trips to selected concerts this season, but would like to expand the program to cover all of the concerts.

To contribute to this program that has proven to be successful and valuable to Orange concertgoers, contact OACC President Pat Miller at 203-397-8915.

Aug 172014
 

golf-ball-reviewsThe American Legion Post 127 Orange Golf Tournament will take place at the Orange Hills Golf Course, 389 Racebrook Road on Monday August 18.

Players will receive a continental breakfast, dinner, greens fees, cart , tournament prizes, bag of goodies and a raffle to follow.

Registration will start at 7:30 a.m.

It will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

For more details, contact Rich Cenami at 203-795 4400 or e-mail [email protected].

Originally  Published on: Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:28

Second Publishing on: Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:40

Aug 162014
 

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Aug 132014
 

Volunteers working in the main food tent

Volunteers working in the main food tent

To all Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Volunteers:

 

A most sincere thank you to all the people who helped make this year’s Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival a huge success.

 

This annual fundraiser, the largest for this volunteer fire association, could not run each year without the many dedicated volunteers who work day and night over weeks and months for this event.  From the volunteers who worked selling raffle tickets, to the volunteers who prepped and cooked the food, to those who manned the food tents, and to all the public works employees who set up and broke down the carnival.  This whole event runs on the backs of its volunteers.

 

Without our volunteers the carnival could not have been the success it was.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication.  OVF volunteers – you’re the best!  See you next year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Donald Foyer

Carnival Chairman