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Don’t Forget The Farmers’ Market on Thursday

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Sep 082016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 2.41.16 AMThe Orange Community Farmers’ Market will be open each Thursday until Sept. 29 (closed for the Country Fair set up next week) under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be 14 vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, cut flowers, maple syrup and candy, meats, baked goods, oils, pasta, animal treats as well as bath products, pottery, and more!   Farms from Orange to Oxford will be present; including Mapleview, Shamrock, Grassy Hill, Buttermilk Lane, Fox Hollow, Dream Come True, B4 and After, and The Little Farm on Main.  The Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck will also be at the market.  While shopping, stop by the Truck for a slice of pizza!

In addition to the Market, there will be live music at the Gazebo tonight.  Shop at the Market, stay for the band, come back often!

Check the Farmer’s Market Website  for market participants, band details, etc. or call 203-891-1045.

2015 BOW Relay For Life Saturday Thru Sunday at the Orange Fairgrounds

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May 302015
 

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 12.48.21 PMThe 16th Annual BOW American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place at High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road this Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31.

The fairgrounds will open at noon on Saturday for teams to check in and set up camp, and Luminaria sales will begin.

At 2 p.m. food concessions with hot dogs and hamburgers will be open under the pavilion.

At 3 p.m. there will be a chalk drawing contest. A limited number of 8×8 squares are available for purchase at $20 each – proceeds go to the Relay for Life.

From 5-7 p.m. the Kids Care events with bounce house, crafts, cotton candy, popcorn and more will be open.

The Relay for Life opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. After the opening ceremony, there will be a cancer survivor lap (and a caregivers lap) around the track at 6:15 p.m.  The team laps will follow.

At 6:30 p.m. the Survivors will be treated to dinner while the band “Lunchbox” plays.

At 7:30 p.m. a DJ will be playing along with local talent, Orie Mack, Jenny and the Funky Bunch, and The Hypnosis at the gazebo and the volleyball and basketball tournaments will begin.

At 9 p.m. the Luminaria ceremony will begin. This always is a touching, solemn ceremony when candles are lit and teams take a lap in the darkness as names of the departed scroll on a screen in the field.

A movie is scheduled to play on the big screen around 11 p.m. although forecasters are predicting nighttime and overnight showers.

The Relay for Life will close on Sunday at 7:00 am.

If you’ve never attended a Relay for Life, please come on out for this moving event. The best time for non-participants to come is from 6:00 – 10 p.m. on Saturday.

So far, the BOW Relay for life has raised $63,649.19. The Relay Committee is hoping to make more than $100,000.00 by the end of the weekend.

Consider donating to the American Cancer Society. To learn more about the BOW Relay for Life and to make a donation to a favorite team or member, click – BOW Relay Donations.

Relay Chairman Lynn Plaskowitz said, “Relay for Life is truly a life changing experience, and a chance for the community to remember a loved one, support those fighting and those who have conquered Cancer.  Come and purchase a LUMINARY BAG  and participate in our moving ceremony. Help support our event and the teams that have been working so hard for months.”

Originally Published on: May 29, 2015 @ 12:53

Race Brook School Hosts Food Truck Festival May 22

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May 222015
 

1509866_1396964540576288_248310034_nOne of the newer annual events that the public seems to love is the Race Brook School Food Truck Festival.

Now in its second year, people already are talking about coming to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, May 22, from 4-8 p.m. when more than 20 popular food trucks will roll in and serve up a wide variety of their specialties, sure to tempt your tummy and please your taste buds.

Stroll around the grounds and find your favorite foods from Pizza, Lobster, Cannolis, Cupcakes and so much more.

This year there will be more trucks, craft venders and children’s activity vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Velocity, a CT party band that plays covers from Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Journey, Steely Dan and more.

Plan to make a night of it, bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends.

 

Originally Published on: Apr 30, 2015 @ 22:04

Second Publishing on: May 18, 2015 @ 0:24 

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ConnJam 2015 Takes Over the Orange Fairgrounds This Weekend

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May 122015
 

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.53.51 AMConnJam 2015 will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds this Friday through Sunday.

The Boy Scouts of America along with the CT Yankee Council of BSA hosts this event every three years in Connecticut. The last three ConnJam events took place right here in Orange at the town’s fairgrounds and in 2015 the event returns and will be held in Orange for the fourth time in history.

The committee searches possible locations to hold 5,000+ scout overnight weekend event. “The town of Orange was chosen again this year due to the central location in the state, the local suppliers willing to help, and the local town departments that work with our committee in making this all happen,” said Jeff Cap from Orange.

Cap is the liaison between the Town of Orange departments and the Boy Scouts of America. This is the second ConnJam event that Cap has held this position, along with other town residents involved with scouting. The town of Orange has been very lucky to host this event now four times in a row over the last twelve years.

“As of today, there are more than 3,000 boy scouts registered to sleep over the entire weekend and another 500+ boy scouts as Saturday-only visitors, along with their families, who are attending this great event. The event is a mini Jamboree for the scouts here in the New England states that we host,” said Cap. All scouts involved with the Boy Scouts of America, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and even Venturing Scouts, are invited to attend this event.”

Some of this year’s program highlights are ReGap Greyhound Demo, Olympian Luger Tucker West, Wood Badge Beading Ceremony, Magic Mike Gagne, Indian Dance, Archery BB Guns, Play-Well Lego Engineering, Pinewood Derby Test Track, Stomp Rockets & Straw Rockets, Nature Hike, Regatta Boat Build & Race, Hungry Hungry Cubbos, Obstacle Course, Game Of Throwns, Finding Ethan Radio Adventure, and Paracord Bracelets.

Also, Air Rifle Shooting, Axe Throwing, Shooting, Paintball Shooting, SCUBA, Zip Line, Climbing Walls, Log-Rolling Indoor Pool, OA Indian Village, Patch Trading, Scouting Museum, Super-Sized Inflatable Obstacle Course, T-Shirt Silkscreening, and Teamwork Obstacle Course.

And outside organizations from throughout Connecticut: Orange Police Dog Show, Reptile Show, Blacksmith, Can Art, Wood Carving, Model Railroading, Orange Farm Museum, Career Exploration, CT-Chip and Multiple Locations Amateur Radios. And this is just a small taste of all the activities taking place at the Orange fairgrounds this weekend at ConnJam.

“The theme for ConnJam 2015 is ‘The Power Of One’. History proves all things of value start with one person who acts to better the world around him. You can be that person. We hope that through this weekend and through your Scouting journey you find your inspiration to lead and make a difference. Remember, you have the power to do things great and small that impact many. Are you the one?” This is quoted from the ConnJam Committee Chair, Michael Card. 

For information on joining Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Venturing you can visit www.BeaScout.org.

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Ultimate Frisbee Anyone?

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May 042015
 

IMG_4968Are you looking for a way to get some exercise outside of a gym, meet new people and have fun at the same time.

For several years Stuart King, Alan Radin and a few friends have been playing pick-up games of Ultimate Frisbee at the Orange Fairgrounds on Monday and Wednesday evening.

Anyone can join in on the fun, no registration is necessary, simply show up at around 6:15 p.m., introduce yourself and start playing.

The core group is comprised of a nice bunch of guys and girls. So come on down next Monday and try it.

 Originally Published on: May 2, 2015 @ 9:58

 

 

 

 

Lions Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 4

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Apr 032015
 

easter egg huntThe Orange Lions Club’s 53rd annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place this Saturday, April 4 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds OR inside the High Plains Community Center Gym.

The popular event includes free face painting, coffee and popcorn.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m.  Additional activities include face painting and coffee beginning at noon. The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four groups, to ensure that every child has an equal chance to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs that will be scattered.

The four groups are: Pre-School through Kindergarten; 1st & 2nd grade; 3rd & 4th grade; and 5th & 6th grade.  More than 10,000 chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt.  In addition, many prizes will be awarded to children in the above four categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult must accompany all participating children.  Each child should bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.  Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Lion Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event.  Anyone who wishes to contribute prizes or make a donation toward the purchase of prizes for this traditional community event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062.  All contributors and donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

The Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year.  Among other activities are: the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Orange Scholarship Fund, (which awards two $1,000 scholarships to local youths each year), the annual Senior’s Pizza Party plus the Orange Lions provides Community Grants to worthy organizations and government agencies to purchase needed items.  The Orange Lions Club makes generous gifts to Case Memorial Library for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes and DVD’s for the sight impaired.

The Orange Lions Club also sponsors the Foundation High School Leo Club (Lions youth group) for special needs youth.  The Lions also provide needed funds for the support of eye research, training of Fidelco guide dog for the blind, Lions low vision centers which provide vision aids to the sight impaired at cost, Connecticut Radio Information Systems, and Camp Hemlocks for disabled children.  The Lions motto is “We Serve.”

 

Originally Published on: Mar 9, 2015 @ 19:39

Second Publishing on: Mar 14, 2015 @ 21:00 

Third Publishing on: Mar 21, 2015 @ 23:00

Fourth Publishing on: March 28, 2015 @ 13:43

Get Ready for Trunk or Treat 2014

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Oct 162014
 

Trunk-or-Treat-300x122Are you ready for Trunk or Treat? We’ve been telling you about it for 3 months and now, it’s happening tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

(Note the time changes from the earlier posting)

The town-wide event is late tomorrow afternoon at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road from 3-5 p.m. (Rain date Nov. 2).
Cars set up [decorated and filled with candy] at 3 p.m. MUST arrive NO LATER than 3:45 p.m.; at 4 p.m. the kids, dressed in costume, go from car to car to collect treats; and then at 5 p.m., prizes for best costume and best decorated trunk will be awarded.
For the safety of the children ALL participating cars MUST stay on the grounds until after the awards presentation (at 5 p.m )
A fun, safe event for all!

The town invites everyone to become a Trunk or Treat sponsor. Donations of money can be made by check to the Town of Orange with a notation for Trunk Or Treat.

Gift certificates, candy and/or prizes are appreciated and checks also may be given to Alice DiNicola (203-848-4704) or Brad Marcus (203-676-7250).

They are expecting about 800 Trunk-or-Treaters so DiNicola suggests participants get 6 extra large bags of candy per car.  “But bring what you can. We want the kids to be shlepping home a nice load,” she said.

Why Trunk Or Treat?

The Inaugural year’s impromptu Trunk Or Treat Halloween event was planned and implemented on the fly by Orange parents Brad Marcus and Alice DiNicola after Hurricane Sandy struck on October 29, 2012 threatening to destroy the traditional trick-or-treating excursion for Orange children.

With minimal advertising and a lot of love behind the idea, the duo attracted droves of participants who decorated their cars, filled them with candy and gave the kids a night to remember.

Last year’s event also was very well attended and they hope the tradition will continue to grow in this, it’s third year, and beyond. 

Originally published on: Sep 4, 2014 @ 8:54

Scenes from the Orange Fireworks Display

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Jul 062014
 

DSC09713The Orange Fairgrounds was filled with fireworks enthusiasts on Saturday, July 5 as the annual concert and fireworks show in celebration of the fourth of July went on.

Here is a VIDEO of the sights from that night.

 

 

A LOOK BACK: The Board of Ed Grammar School Olympics Showcases Students’ Athletic Talents

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Jun 242014
 

IMG_0319_2On Wednesday, June 11, the Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7 p.m. No rain date was necessary, as it was the perfect day.

For eight years Jim Ronai has run the event, and this year more than 150 Orange students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events.One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue. The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes.
The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.Following are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the events.
Per our agreement with the BOE, the last names are not revealed, and recognizable faces are blurred in the photos.
SOFTBALL THROW – 5TH GRADE BOYS1) JACOB W. 170′ 10″

2) LUKE H. 169′ 3″

3) JACK F. 162′ 10″

SOFTBALL THROW – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) LEIA F. 154′

2) ABBY G. 152′ 7″

3) MAEVE M. 137′ 8″

SOFTBALL THROW – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) Joe D. 211′

2) Will R. 210′ 3″

3) Joey M. 180′

SOFTBALL THROW – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) MARISSA D. 169′ 6″

2) KELLY T. 157′ 2″

3) HAILE E. 149′

SHUTTLE RUN – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) BRADY H.

2) PRESTON K.

3) CHRISTIAN C.

SHUTTLE RUN – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) EMMA T.

2) ALESSANDRA B.

3) GUISTINA P.

SHUTTLE RUN – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) BILLY R.

2) BRETT H.

3) JEREMIAH M.

SHUTTLE RUN – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) JILLIAN M.

2) TESS V.

3) MADISON S.

RELAY – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) AFRICA: Jacob C, Preston K, Jack K, Arian B.

2) ASIA: Xavier R, Jack C, Arsenio B, Aidan A.

3) EUROPE: Owen L, Cameron S, Jonathon M, Christian C.

RELAY – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) ASIA: Mia H, Abby G, Kiera B, Mia K.

2) AFRICA: Maeve Malone, Emma T, Georgia S, Lauren R.

3) EUROPE: Brigette G, Sarah M, Sydney P, Jessica Y.

RELAY – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) EUROPE: Nick R, Mike L, Michael S, Jamie G.

2) NORTH AMERICA: Alex P, Paul R. Jeremiah S, Ryan N.

3) AFRICA: Andy G, Nick B, Adrian G, Eddie M.

RELAY – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) EUROPE: Ameya M, Jillian M, Alexandria B, Haile E.

2) NORTH AMERICA: Kalin L, Vera B, Tess C, Lauren C.

3) AFRICA: Dana D, Ruth C, Meadow B, Andela D.

CANNONBALL – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) MILES T. 34′

2) PRESTON K. 33′

3) [TIE] EVAN J.  and  ANDREW C. 32′

CANNONBALL – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) LEIA F. 36′

2) MAEVE M. 35′

3) KIERA B. 32′

CANNONBALL – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) JEREMIAH M. 50′

2) ANDY G. 45′

3) BILLY R. 44.5′

CANNONBALL – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) MARISSA D. 39.5′

2) AMERICA C. 36′

3) KELLY T. 35′

MILE RUN – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) BRADY H. 6:0

2) AIDAN A. 6:10

3) ARIAN B. 6:11

MILE RUN – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) CRISTIN E. 6:48

2) GEORGIA S. 6:50

3) CORYNNE C. 6:56

MILE RUN – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) BRETT H. 6:01

2) MITCHELL S. 6:07

3) NICO S. 6:13

MILE RUN – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) RUTH C. 6:40

2) AVERY D. 6:52

3) VERA B. 6:54

BROAD JUMP – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) CAMERON S. 6’4″

2) LUKE H. 6’3″

3) XAVIER R. 6′

BROAD JUMP – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) SYDNEY P. 6’5″

2) LAUREN R. 6’4″

3) LEIA F. 5’10”

BROAD JUMP – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) NICO S. 6’9″

2) BILLY R. 6’8″

3) EDDIE M. 6’7″

BROAD JUMP – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) AMEYA M. 6’6″

2) CHLOE S. 6’3″

3) UULEN H. 6’2″

100-YARD DASH – 5TH GRADE BOYS

1) CAMERON S.

2) BRADY H.

3) JACK C.

100-YARD DASH – 5TH GRADE GIRLS

1) EMILY Z.

2) MIA H.

3) SYDNEY P.

100-YARD DASH – 6TH GRADE BOYS

1) JAKE F.

2) ALI B.

3) BRETT H.

100-YARD DASH – 6TH GRADE GIRLS

1) RUTH C.

2) KALIN L.

3) EMANI B.

 

See Photos on our Orange Live Facebook Page.

 

Witness The Orange Elementary School Olympics

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Jun 112014
 

A victorious moment from last year's olympics.

A victorious moment from last year’s olympics.

On Wednesday, June 11, the Orange Elementary School Olympics are scheduled to take place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7 p.m. Rain date June 12.

For eight years Jim Ronai has been running the event, and this year more than 150 Orange students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events.One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes.

The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.

You may come and cheer on these phenomenal athletes.