Help Support The Volunteer Emergency Animal Rescue Service on Saturday

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Aug 132016

EARS Animal Ambulance

EARS Animal Ambulance

The Orange Ale House & Grille, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange will host the EARS August Bash on Saturday, August 13 from 3 – 7 p.m.

Cost is $15 and all proceeds go to support the volunteer work of the Emergency Animal Rescue Service.

The event includes loads of activities including door prizes, raffles, music, a chance to meet members of the EARS Team, a photo and multimedia display of EARS Operations, the Rescue 2 Animal Ambulance will be on display, and so much more.
For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/211709199224059/

Fundraiser For The Graham Family

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Jul 152016

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 12.05.02 PMAs many of you know, Rob Graham tragically lost his life a few short weeks ago to a car accident. He leaves behind a wife and two children, one going into 6th grade and one going into high school.

This family is incredible and really needs our help.

Deb Marino, in partnership with Jim Hassenmayer will host a fundraiser for the Graham Family at the Orange Ale house Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Friday, July 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. with food, music by DJ RE, a silent auction and raffle. Cash bar but drink specials. Tickets are $40 per person.

Please come and support the Graham family and buy your tickets now (you can buy at the door). Tickets may be purchased in cash or via a check payable to cash and sent to Deb Marino at 658 Orange Center Road in Orange.

If you would like to donate a silent auction or raffle item, or have any questions, contact Jim Hassenmayer at the Ale House or Deb Marino at 203-214-7008.

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Tee Off With The Orange Lions

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Jun 152016

892275_250933571717294_1307934427_oREMINDER: The Orange Lions Club will host its annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Friday, June 17.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a stop at the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar,  517 Boston Post Road  for food and drinks.

Then you’ll be off to The Orchards Golf Course, 137 Kozlowski Drive, Milford for a Shot Gun Start at 8:30 p.m.

The tournament uses a 4 person scramble format with a closest to the pin contest, low gross and putting contest.

Prizes and drinks at 11 p.m.

Registration closed on Friday, May 20.

Registration fee is $125 per golfer, which includes glow ball, food/drinks and prizes.

For tickets call Nick Bencivengo at 203-901-9062, or Ron Ruotolo at 203-996-0989 or e-mail Ronruotolo@orangectlions.org.

Space is limited, so register today!

Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:23

Second Publishing on: May 13, 2016 @ 02:27

PHOTOS: OEDC Hosts 15th Annual Expo

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Jun 082016

IMG_0354The Orange Economic Development Corporation hosted its 15th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo at the High Plains Community Center today, Wednesday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors enjoyed the food, served both inside and out, and visited a number of booths set up by local businesses and community organizations.

Always a favorite destination, the Beardsley Zoo brought along some interesting creatures and shared a lot of information about the state’s one and only zoo.

Here are some photos from the day:



Now That’s A Good Meatball!

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Apr 102016


Photo by Studio 95 Photographix

On Saturday evening the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar hosted the second annual Meatball Challenge to benefit the late Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camp and to crown the first and second place winners who made the best meatballs in New Haven County.

The 2016 Meatball Challenge Committee included Angela McNabola, Jessica Bakis,  PJ Shanley, Ed McManus, Jim Pino Jr., and Jim Hassenmayer, owner of the Ale House.

This year, there were celebrity judges — food critics Vincent Faracelli and Robert Modena, Jerry the Chef, Anna Zap from Star 99.9 radio and Erin Logan from Fox 61 (instead of the crowd making the ultimate decision) and they had plenty to choose from — 20 cooks participated in the competition.

The final tally was close: Mike Martone won by less than half a point, second place went to Mishele Appleby and last year’s winner Barbara Lehrer came in third. McNabola received the popular vote.

There were lots of excellent gift baskets and raffle prizes to add to the excitement and the one and only Jimmy Pino and his band Freeplay providing entertainment for nearly 300 guests.

Click HERE to see all of G. Gregory Geiger’s photos from the event.

Enter The 2nd Annual “Who Makes the Best” Meatball Challenge

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Apr 092016

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.27.47 PMThe Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road will host the second annual “Who Makes the Best” Meatball Challenge on Saturday, April 9 from 6-10 p.m.

It’s going to be a another fun night to see who makes the best balls around and raise some money for The Hole in the Wall Gang.
A $25 admission includes meatballs from the contestants, unlimited ziti, salad and Italian bread.
The Wine Tasting is sponsored by CONNECTICUT DISTRIBUTORS and a beer tasting by NEW ENGLAND BREWING COMPANY.
The contest is open to individual entries only. Please no restaurant or company entries. First and second prizes will be awarded. The winner gets a beautiful trophy, a $100 gift card to OAH, a Food Channel contract and bragging rights for the year. Ok… so we’re kidding about the Food Channel contract.
There will be a desert cocktail bar, some misc donated desserts and raffles/silent auctions too. Anyone who is able to secure or contribute a silent auction/raffle prize, please contact any committee member. Or email info@Orangealehouse.com
Contact Angela McNabola at meatballcontest2016@gmail.com or Jessica Bakis to help out and be involved. Masters of Ceremonies by Jim Pino Jr and Ed McManus. Music by Jim Pino Jr and the band FREEPLAY.
This is sure to be a great, memorable night. To be a sponsor and have your sign prominently displayed at the event, contact Jim Hassenmayer. There is no cost to enter or to attend as a contestant.
Celebrity judges include local TV and radio personalities and musicians.
All contestants must enter as individuals. No matter what your degree of training you can not enter as part of a commercial venture.
All meatballs should be brought that night in a standard half-tray approx 9.5 x 12. Chafing dishes and sternos will be provided. Plan on making 60 golf ball sized meatballs.
Any type of meatball is welcome. The only requirement is that it be round. Sauce/no sauce, Italian, Swedish, Mexican, beef, pork, veal, chicken etc.

Contestants should be in place and ready to serve no later than 6:30 p.m. that night. Serving spoons, plates etc. will all be provided. All you need to bring are your balls!

To enter your balls, donate a raffle prize or for any other questions, send an email to meatballcontest2016@gmail.com

Previously published on  Apr 6, 2016 @ 14:43

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Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends: Helping Special Needs Kids for 10 years

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Mar 022016



Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends is a charity to help children with special needs and their families.

Ten years ago, when the charity began, it helped one young boy, Jimi, it now assists more than 16 kids.
Every year the Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road hosts an 8-hour fundraiser with 10 bands plus so much more!
This year’s Jam 4 Jimi’s Friends will take place on Sunday, March 6 from noon to 8 p.m. It is kid-friendly until 3 p.m. with a special room outside the bar area with kids activities.
Admission is a suggested $20 donation, (kids 12 and under admitted free) includes food, raffles, Karaoke with Tom, DJ Dave and crew and live music all day.
Organizer Kristin Wright said, “Yes, it has been 10 years of helping local children with special needs! We are truly blessed!”

Annual Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fundraiser Today

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Nov 282015

12138603_10153738482774124_221840048133848327_oThe Orange Ale House Grille and Burger Bar, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange is teaming up with the Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fund for its third annual fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 4-10 p.m.

The Ronnie Vece Football Scholarship Fundraiser has become a fun and wonderful reunion of all his friends and family, who get together to raise college scholarship money for a senior on the Amity High School football team in Ronnie’s memory.
Ronnie’s sister, Coco Vece said, “Ronnie was an amazing person and an awesome athlete who made a huge impact on everyone he met. We will never forget him, so let’s celebrate his life with family and friends, food, live music, prizes, raffles and a really good time.”
$20 will be charged at the door and $10 for people under 18 or students. Also, legal adults, your first beer is free! T-shirts will be available again if you didn’t get yours last year.
Everyone is welcome, be sure to spread the word. Hope to see you all there!
Come down to the Orange Ale House , 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, Ct., November 28, 4-10 and show your support.

Women Learn A New Skill, Orange Community Women Benefit

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Nov 112015

DSC06405On Tuesday evening, the Orange Community Women hosted a fundraiser at the Orange Ale House that brought 19 everyday women together to learn how to paint a pre-determined landscape on canvas.

With the rear room reserved and canvases, paints, brushes and aprons provided, the participants first enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and bought a glass of wine or other beverage to sip on during the event.

The instructor, Christine from paintsocialart.com introduced everyone to their paint brushes and gave a quick explanation or the method they’d be using, and how to blend the different acrylics to make the perfect shade for each component of the landscape.

Some of the women took to the project with confidence and enthusiasm, a few others weren’t so sure of what they were doing or how “good” it was.

Christine reminded them that “This is fun art, not fine art” and there is no right or wrong, and that each painting would be different.

Before long, event the most insecure artist was embracing their creations’ imperfections and perfecting on the better aspects. A couple threw caution to the wind and added her own flair, one added a black bird to a tree branch, another placed a small flower in the grass on the bottom.

After two hours 19 women were adding the finishing touches to their masterpieces, then posed for a group photo while patrons applauded their efforts. More important, the Orange Community Women brought home a nice “donation” to use for their community service projects.

These painting events are becoming more popular every day. If you have a corporate event, office party or fundraiser coming up, consider having a painting party. Visit www.PaintSocialArt.com or e-mail Christine@PaintSocialArt.com.

Friends of Zeoli Host Ladies Night Art Event on Oct. 14

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Sep 282015

Moonlight-TreeThe Friends of Zeoli will host an exciting event where you can unleash your creativity. Art Plus Studio is coming to Orange for one night only, Wednesday, Oct. 14.

One of their resident artists will show you step by step how to turn your blank canvas into a masterpiece. No experience required. All supplies are included: canvas (which you take home), paints, brushes, easels and aprons. The paint theme will be “Moonlit Tree.”

The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The cost is $45 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance using a credit card through their website or by phone. Call 203-500-7353 or click HERE.

All reservations must be made by Monday, Oct. 12. “Ladies night” drink prices along with cheese, crackers and fruit will be available. There is a 40 person limit for this event, so get your reservation in early.

Bring a friend or two and come on down and have some fun.

— Press Release from the Orange Republicans