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Nov 222014
 

IMG_5334You asked for it, now here it is, everything you need to know about the Holiday Festival.

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.  The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will provide musical entertainment strolling around town buildings and at the Stone-Otis House from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors. The Orange-Derby model Railroad will not be participating this year as they are rebuilding their display. 

The Orange Juniorettes will have its First Annual Wonderland Waggin’ Pet Food Drive to benefit the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter. We will accept donations at the decorated wagon located on the front lawn of Mapleview Farm throughout the Tree Lighting ceremonies. The shelter is in need of pet food(wet or dry), litter, treats, toys, and pet beds. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.32.51 PMThe Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well as an alternative giving opportunity for Heifer International, cookie sale and crafts for the kids from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from the Amity Chamber Singers from 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from Al deCant who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room.  The Library will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 7 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Watch a gingerbread house making demonstration by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Gingerbread House Contest will be judged by Julia’s Bakery and Chef’s Emporium and the winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree.  Crafters will be available near the Clark Building.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at 5:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Children can visit with Santa on the Town Green. The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:11

Dec 082013
 

securedownload-3When you come to today’s Holiday Festival don’t forget to stop by to see the model railroad in the basement of the Academy Museum.

If you’ve loved the display in the past, it’s important to include the railroad in your activities today because the Beacon section (Right side against the wall) is gone and the New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club is rebuilding the entire HO set-up (1-inch = 87-inches) to show how the train routes truly ran in the past.

According to Joel Mandell, the new display, which club members have been working tirelessly to reconstruct in the past several months, will include Ansonia.

For those of us who have enjoyed the display in the past, It may seem sad to see the existing models go away. So why would they want to take it apart?

Mandell said the old tracks in the existing set up don’t quite line up correctly. Trains derail when they run and it is not up to their standards.

“What they are doing is laying new track for Ansonia and making it as perfect as possible,” he said.

The center island will be taken down, Danbury will be taken down, and the display will be condensed from Long Wharf to Ansonia.

It took 8 months to deconstruct the display, and now the construction with new track, power and getting it tied in to the existing display is in progress.

Next, another crew will do the detail work, with buildings, trees, landmarks that people will recognize and everything else that makes the display magical for visitors (and the members).

Next, the deconstruction of the center island will be done with (GASP!) most of the materials that we’ve come to love going in the garbage.

The trains, and buildings will be saved but everything else … gone.

Two new tracks will bring the trains to Shelton, then Derby, Orange, West Haven, and Long Wharf. “We’re taking the far reaches of the railroad that we built and bringing it closer to home,” Mandell said. “We’ll solve all the track problems and give the railroad the proper curve radius that it needs to run smoothly.”

The members have been taking walking tours of the old train routes, taking pictures and making notes so they can include the cattle crossings and other interesting features that they discovered.

When will the work be completed?

One member said “By 2020.”

Another member added “Model railroads are never finished.”

Dec 062013
 

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 11.04.09 PMWill nasty weather ruin the Orange Holiday Festival on Sunday? No one really knows for sure, THAT’S in the hands of Mother Nature, but the 7-day forecast from WFSB 3 may make you question how pleasant it will be.

This is what their chief meteorologist Bruce Deprest has to say:

Fri., Dec. 6: expect clouds and some rain highs around 50, but getting colder in the afternoon.

Sat., Dec. 7: SNOW and sleet in the early morning with spotty coating, then mostly sunny and breezy high around 42.

Sun., Dec. 8: Increasing clouds with snow and sleet during evening. High around 37.  

Mon., Dec. 9: Icy combination of freezing rain and sleet in the morning changing to rain in the afternoon. High around 46.

Tues., Dec. 10: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers, chilly and breezy. High around 42.

Wed., Dec. 11: Partly sunny, windy and colder. High around 36.

Thurs., Dec. 12: Partly to mostly sunny and cold. High around 35.

Nov 272012
 

While you are at the Academy, be sure to stop in to see the model railroad set up

The Academy Museum Antique Shop is anticipating a busy Tree Lighting Sunday on Dec. 2 so be sure and check out the wonderful selection of antiques and collectibles it has to offer.

Inventory increases daily with vintage linens, china, glass, silver plate, toys, collectible dolls and doll accessories to say nothing of the selection of Christmas ornaments and hostess gifts.

Come celebrate the Orange Tree Lighting this weekend and get started on those “hard to buy for” gifts.

In addition to Dec. 2nd, the shop, located at 605 Orange Center Road, is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106.