Relay for Life Set For Saturday and Sunday

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May 272014

543938_112743655560495_1030105926_nFrom the BOW Relay For Life Committee:
We are almost there. Relay is just a few days away . We hope that everyone is ready and up for a great time while walking for the cause.
Let us remind everyone that we are asking that you each bring in three (3) canned items on the day of Relay. These cans will be used first to hold down the luminary bags, then after the event all the food will be donated to the food bank in the name of the Relay for Life participants. So we are solving two issues and helping as we do it.
On Saturday, set up will start at noon. Event continues through Sunday morning.
For the Amity students.  The tent site map will be at the security desk  if you still need to pick out your site. We ask that please check at the security desk between 7 and 7:30 a.m. or outside the café during lunch
Visit the BOW Relay For Life site HERE to donate to a team or to become involved.
From the ACS: What is Relay?
Organized, overnight community fundraising walk.
Teams of people camp out around the walking track at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.
Members of each team take turns walking around the track
Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
Family-friendly environment for the entire community (No Pets Allowed)

Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Food Truck Festival Tonight Rain or Shine, High Plains will be open for dining

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May 232014

facebook_-1408513729Race Brook School comes up with some of the most innovative fundraising ideas and the monster Food Truck Festival, scheduled for Friday, May 23 from 4-9 p.m. is one of them. 

This event promises to be a family favorite even if it rains. The covered pavilion will be available for dining as well as the cafeteria in the High Plains Community Center. So come on out!

Ditch your fancy dining plans, gather up your friends and family and head on over to the Orange Fairgrounds.  Admission is free and 10% of all sales from each of the 15 participating vendors goes directly to Race Brook School.

Meet “CT Principal of the Year” Mike Gray, and enjoy this giant picnic experience with the ones you love. 

 • The Buzz Truck • Caseus • Cowabunga • Fire Dog • Food Extrovert • FourFlours Cookies • Fryborg • Lunch Box 23 • Maddy’s Food Truck • Meriano’s Cannoli Truck • New Haven Pizza Truck • Spuds Your Way • Sugar Bakery • Tampas • Vanchetta

Originally published on May 7 at 9:47 a.m. 

Updated May 14 at 5:47 p.m. 

Come to the Doodlebug Contest on Sunday

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May 162014

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The Doodlebug contest is part of the Orange Country Fair  festivities, but you don’t have to wait until summer for this event.

Come to the Orange Fairgrounds, lower section for the first Doodlebug contest of the year on Sunday, May 18 beginning at noon.

Hot Dogs, Soda and water will be sold at the event.

EARS Presents First “Dog Day Afternoon” on April 26

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Mar 242014

EARS founder Jon Nowinski and his rescued dog Coyote are frequent visitors on News 12's Pet Talk with Lauren Collier

EARS founder Jon Nowinski and his rescued dog Coyote are frequent visitors on News 12’s Pet Talk with Lauren Collier

Following is a press release from Jon Nowinski, founder of EARS:

The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) is excited to announce the kick-off of its “Dog Day Afternoon” events starting next month in Orange.

Our “Dog Day Afternoon” events are free and fun activities for dogs and their owners that EARS hosts throughout Connecticut during spring and summer. Rather than being large “pet fair” events that focus more on vendors and businesses, our Dog Days are a smaller and friendlier atmosphere for all involved.

It’s a great chance to for owners to meet fellow dog lovers, and dogs to meet new friends. We also have information on local dog resources, emergency pet preparedness, and special guests visiting during the day to discuss important dog topics.

The first Dog Day Afternoon will take place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, April 26, from 2 – 6 p.m. We have a rain date set for Sunday, April 27 at the same time.

Please note that the Community Center is not a designated dog park, so all attending dogs must be kept on leashes and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.

For more information, please contact info@earsct.org or visit www.earsct.org.

Get Ready For Trunk Or Treat (Updated)

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Oct 202013

Trunk or Treat

The town-wide event is on Sunday at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road from 2-4:30 p.m. (Rain date Oct. 27).
Cars set up [decorated and filled with candy] at 2 p.m. MUST arrive NO LATER than 2:45 p.m.; at 3 p.m. the kids, dressed in costume, go from car to car to collect treats; and then at 4 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 (around 4:30 p.m )
A couple of cool food trucks will be there [Buns on the Run, Sugar Bakery] and the Amity Helping Hands club will be having a bake sale to support their charitable good deeds. T.C. Ford from Lucky Star Event Entertainment also will be on hand.  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?

Last 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.

Originally Published on: June 26, 2013 @ 8:09 a.m.

Hi Ho Come To The Fair! Orange Hosts The Largest Agricultural Fair In this County

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Sep 212013

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 12.49.43 PMThe Orange Country Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the year, with animals, exhibits, contests and so many things to do, including free family photos and getting up close and personal with birds of prey.

The weather forecasters are promising that Mother Nature will sprinkle on the fairgrounds sometime this weekend, but fear not, there are plenty of indoor and undercover exhibits to enjoy that you are still sure to have a great time.

Returning this year is Juggler/Unicyclist Bruce Sarafian, who will be on the fairgrounds both days.

The Marvelous Mutts will be back with their Frisbee chasing high diving show and of course the pork chop pig races with emcee Bobby Fantarella are always a favorite. What names will Bobby come up with this year?

Residents with green thumbs have been working hard in their gardens all year long to grow the biggest most beautiful flowers, vegetables and plants to put on display with the hope of winning the coveted blue ribbon.

Artists, photographers, quilters, crafters, and bird house builders have prepared their best works for the fair as well.

Although small animals like rabbits, chickens and gerbils will be welcomed as exhibits, the ONLY dogs that are allowed on the fairgrounds are the Marvelous Mutts that will be performing — please leave your pets at home.

Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, children under 15 and persons with disabilities admitted free.

Don’t forget if you have submissions for any of the exhibits, you must bring them in to the Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 20 between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Remember, all exhibits must be left in place until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Be aware that although the fair officially starts on Saturday, the Satellite Food Tent on the lower fairgrounds will be open Friday night at 6 p.m.  and the All Mighty Truck Pull will be taking place down there at 6 p.m. as well.

Important Note: Recycling containers and garbage barrels will be located throughout the fairgrounds, please do not put garbage in the recycling containers, and do not throw recyclables in the trash.


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A Beautiful Day For A Strawberry Festival

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Jun 092013

Strawberry_Rhubarb_Pie-2The annual strawberry festival is bigger and better than ever with something for everyone: Amusement rides for the kids, hot dogs and burgers, crafters, entertainers and … um… Oh yes! Strawberries!

Although everyone knows how wonderful the strawberry shortcake is, you haven’t fully experienced the greatness of the festival until you’ve had one of the fresh baked strawberry rhubarb pies. My suggestion: buy a pie, THEN do everything else, because they do go quickly.

The sun is shining and the fairgrounds already are buzzing with activity. Sadly the one thing that I really looked forward to, and rearranged my entire schedule for has been canceled. It won’t affect anyone else, because nearly no one knew about it … but a flash mob with the Amity Dance Team and Festival Volunteers had been planned for this morning, but for some reason will not be going on. That would have been fun for all the unsuspecting festival-goers.

Orange Live will be back later with photos from the event and more.

Come on out and get your blood glucose level up at the Strawberry Festival on the Orange Fairgrounds until 6 p.m. tonight.

Relay for Life Begins Saturday at Noon (Program Attached)

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Jun 012013

Last year we all froze at the Relay for Life. Unfortunately, on Saturday we’ll be in the midst of a heatwave with stifling humidity and temps in the 90s.

There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium when it comes to this event — some warm, dry, comfortable weather would be nice, do you hear me, Mother Nature?

Whatever the weather is, the Relay for Life Committee and all the teams are ready and rearing to go with a full day of events planned. So what if we’re uncomfortable, We relay to help others who really suffer.

Attached is the official BOW Relay For Life Program, plan your day. New this year is the kids tent with tons of fun activities and entertainment for the young ones.

Originally published May 28 at 4:40 p.m.

Mother’s Day Goes To the Dogs: Dog Day Picnic at High Plains 12-4 Today

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May 122013

524605_166490106849629_1786725443_nToday, Sunday, May 12, from 12-4 the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service – EARS will have an information booth set up at the High Plains Community Center field for its first Dog Day Picnic.

The event features important information on dog health and wellness, including reminders of Connecticut’s dog licensing month in June, tips for spring and summer health issues, emergency pet preparedness, and lots more. Dog Days are a great way for owners and their dogs to come to mingle at a great event!

946502_166498030182170_929537214_nIn addition to informational handouts and discussions by EARS there will also be snacks for human and dog alike, a raffle, pet first aid demonstrations, and much more. There is no charge for the event – donations towards EARS are accepted – and everyone is welcome (even if you don’t have a dog).
For more information, contact EARS at www.earsct.org, by email at info@earsct.org or call 203-987-7472.High Plains Community Center is located at 525 Orange Center Road  (The Orange Fairgrounds).
Look for the EARS Tent setup.
Originally Published on: May 4, 2013 @ 12:19 p.m.

Strawberry Festival At New Venue This Summer

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Mar 122013


strawberry-shortcakeEvery June the Town Green in front of the Orange Congregational Church sees a flurry of activity with crafters, musicians, artists and of course strawberry shortcake during the annual Strawberry Festival.

The festival is one of the most anticipated and well attended events in town, so popular that this year it is moving from the Green to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, where there is more space to allow for a better layout and easier navigation between the vendors, entertainment and dining areas.

The 2013 Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In the past, the festival has attracted about 3,000 guests, and with this bigger venue, organizers are expecting much larger crowd

Download forms for ad buys and vendor registration directly from the church website http://www.orangecongregationalchurch.org/strawberry-festival)

For further information, call Susan Cassidy at 203-257-1675 or e-mail ss_cassidy@yahoo.com.


Originally Published on: Mar 2, 2013 @ 12:25 p.m.