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A Look Inside One Of The Garden Club’s Holiday Houses

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Dec 282018
 

The Garden Club of Orange hosted its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9.

Five charming and unique Orange homes were beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange and available for paying guests to view from Noon to 3:30 p.m.

The Garden Club keeps the locations a secret until the tour begins, and the homeowners are sworn to secrecy as well.

This year, one of the homes chosen for the tour was that of Selectman Mitch Goldblatt and his wife, Abby.

They told us that the process was intense, with members of the Garden Club visiting the house long before the event and taking notes on the color scheme, existing artwork, and decor.

A team of about 5 Garden Club members is assigned to each home, and they work with the homeowner on the preferred colors of flowers that they’ll use and which, if any of the existing bowls, dishes and vases they can use.

Unlike many of the homes that are decorated with greens and holly for Christmas, the Goldblatt’s home was a little different, since they are Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah. Blue and Silver replaced the Red and Green at Christian homes.

The Goldblatt’s could not have been happier with the end result, their entranceway, living room and fireplace, den, and kitchen all were adorned with beautifully crafted fresh flower arrangements that complimented their home perfectly. 

Mitch said the women who decorated his house really paid attention to every detail, they even baked Star of David Sugar Cookies with blue icing. 

Abby loved the way they made arrangements to “go with” the family’s artwork and utilized some of her decorative bowls.

This was not the first Hanukkah house the Garden Club has done, they featured one late year, too, but no one could give us an exact number since the tours began. 

NEW Orange Lions Fundraiser: Lions Will Pick Up and Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

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Dec 272018
 

Members of the Orange Lions Club will be happy to remove your Christmas tree placed at the end of your driveway or walkway and arrange for it to be shredded. 

They will do this on Saturday, January 5, and Saturday, January 12 to benefit Orange Lions Charities.  The fee is only $15 per tree. 

When you participate, you will be helping fund local community grants to worthwhile non-profit groups, and also helping our environment by recycling your tree.  No pile of needles all over your living room or family room, and no need to lug your tree to the transfer station!

If you would like to arrange this service,  call Orange Lion Fred Turner at 203-389-4688 to arrange a date and time.

Town Employees Hope To Bring Joy To Less Fortunate

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Dec 192018
 

The Orange Highway Department, we know them best as the crew that plows snow, repairs roadways, cleans up after storms, and so much more.

This holiday season, Highway foreman Donny Foyer and his 13-man crew, along with a few extra guests decided to do something special during their holiday party.

Many residents may not know this, but not everyone in Orange is rolling in the dough. Some families are struggling for a variety of reasons. Any number of children may not get presents at Christmas — Yes, in Orange.

The goal at the Highway Department was to fill a payloader with new, unwrapped toys that would be brought to the Orange Community Services Department for distribution to less fortunate children.

The toy collection, as you can see from the photograph, was a success.

Great Job OHD, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.

 

Don’t Forget, Santa’s Helper Saturday, Dec. 15

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Dec 152018
 

If you are one of the lucky families that signed up for Santa’s Helper this year, don’t forget that today’s the day!

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers have been working hard to get the fire trucks ready to go!

Don’t make alternate plans for today, Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive.

The start time for Santa’s Helper deliveries is 3 p.m.

Get Your Tickets For Sunday’s Holiday House Tour Now!

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Dec 072018
 

Holiday House Chairmen Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole (Photo by Linda Bradford)

The Garden Club of Orange will host its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from !2:00 Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole announced that five charming and unique Orange homes beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange will be available for viewing.

House chairs include Pat Dray, Sally Denny, Lana Ho, Larry Huzi, Sandy Horling, Marianne Bauer and Nancy Bartle.

Limited tickets are available for purchase at $25 each, by contacting Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425.

The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NEG, and NEC.

For membership information contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

Maplewood Hosts Festival of Trees and Lights on Thursday

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Dec 062018
 

Maplewood at Orange, 245 Indian River Road, will host its annual Silent Auction and Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4-6 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Orange Community Assistance Program which provides assistance with food and fuel for the Orange community.

Come celebrate the holiday season, enjoy festive music, appetizers and cocktails, while bidding on beautifully decorated trees and baskets.

Important, RSVP should have been done by Monday, Dec. 3 to Liz Castiline-Gannon at 203-795-3117 or e-mail lcastiline@maplewoods

You’re Invited To Preview The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Dec 062018
 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, invites everyone to a “Preview Night” Fundraiser at the Square Foot Theater, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful, intimate BYO cabaret-style venue, where you can bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show.

The production is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and the cost is whatever you decide to donate! Imagine that, a play for $5, $10, $15, $20… it’s up to you, and your donation goes to the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, which is then given back to local arts programs at our schools and others in nearby communities.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. just come the night of the show, but to guarantee seating, reservations are highly recommended. Reserve your space by calling 203-506-5003 or e-mail jamieart@snet.net.  

Pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Don’t Miss The Auxiliary Bake Sale On Dec. 1 and 2

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Nov 302018
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Orange.

This wonderful annual event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

As you know by now, the Women’s Auxiliary includes some of the most talented bakers in the entire region. Every year you will find some new culinary creation that is absolutely delicious.

Treats Include Pies, Brownies, Cookies, Cupcakes, Fudge and some surprises.

Buy some Hot Chocolate and/or Hot Cider to sip while you shop for your Christmas Tree at the Farm.

All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Many residents make a day of it by coming to the bake sale first, then head off to the town center for the Holiday Festival.

 

Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15. Do You Want In?

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Nov 182018
 

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

For the first time in 24 years, there are still a few slots open in which your family can share in the magic. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by. Send an e-mail to Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com as soon as possible to be added to the list and to get directions for dropping off your gifts. DO NOT call the Fire Department about Santa’s Helper.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.

Background

A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN, IT’S EASY!

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions. If there will be multiple families having their visit at one specific address, please let the Elf helpers know that upon sign-up on drop-off day.

Delivery Day

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck with his Elf and Firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun!

If you have any questions, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.

NOTE: *E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.

THE ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday Starting at Noon

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Nov 162018
 

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.