Mark Your Calendars For the 10th Annual Strawberry Festival This Saturday

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Jun 072018

This Orange Congregational Church will host its 10th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can share in a day of food, fun, and family.

YES, this is the same festival that used to take place on the town green in front of the church, but because of its popularity, it was moved to this larger venue a few years ago.

If you get there early you can look forward to pancakes with homemade strawberry compote and whipped cream or just with strawberries! If you are not an early riser, that is okay, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, chili dog, sausage and peppers, french fries, pulled pork, grilled cheese, veggie burgers and more will be available for sale.

For dessert, you can decide between strawberry shortcake, a slice of strawberry pie or strawberry rhubarb pie, and chocolate covered strawberries! Ask for “to-go” containers!

NOTE: Our suggestion, bring a bit of extra money and bring home a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie to share with everyone you know. They’re amazing!

There will be live music, kids games, rides, face painting, a hayride, pie eating contest, Red Car show, and more than 60 different vendors selling all types of goodies.

Admission and parking for this event are FREE.

It’s Coming! It’s Spring Doodlebug Contest Time!

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May 172018

If you can’t wait for the Orange Country Fair and all the excitement that takes place in the lower field, come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds this coming Sunday, May 20, for the Spring Doodlebug Contest.

This, as many know is an Orange tradition.

Weigh-in is at 10 a.m.

The “Pull” begins at 11 a.m.

Come cheer on your favorites!

ConnJam 2018 Takes Over the Town of Orange This Weekend at the Fairgrounds

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May 112018

Chris Martone and John Guccione with their sons right before their Wood Badge beading ceremony at the 2015 ConnJam event

ConnJam 2018 will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, today (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 were held in Orange at the town’s fairgrounds and in 2018 the event returns and will be held in Orange for the fourth time in history. The committee searches possible locations to hold 5,000+ scouts during the 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 his fourth ConnJam event that he’s 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 scouts registered to sleep over the entire weekend and another 1,000+ scouts as Saturday-only visitors, along with their families, who are attending this great event.

ConnJam is a mini Jamboree for the scouts here in the New England states that we host,” Cap said. “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 Cast Iron Chef with a celebrity Chef from the Cooking Channel, STEM Activities, Mountain Bikes, Climbing Walls, Radio Scouting, Scuba Diving, Log Rolling, Hatchet/Knife Throwing, Paintball Target Shooting, Zip Lines, Giant Inflatable Courses, Scouting Museum, Chess Tournaments, along with the US Coast Guard Helicopter Flying a Rescue Demonstration, US Army Reserve, US Navy, Local Police and Fire Demos, Stratford K9 Corps. And this is just a small taste of all the activities taking place at the Orange Fairgrounds this weekend at ConnJam.

Special guest at the ConnJam show is Michael J. Manyak, MD who is an internationally known explorer, innovator, and physician, presenting “A Peak into the World of Exploration” followed by a spectacular firework show.

For information on joining scouting you can visit www.BeaScout.org or for additional information on the ConnJam event visit http://www.ctyankee.org/program/connjam.

It’s Here! The First Carnival Of 2018

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Apr 212018

The Orange Fairgrounds will be filled with rides, games and fun as Rainbow Amusements brings the first Carnival of the year to town on Saturday, April 21 (12-9). A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 (12-5). 

The Peck Place Carnival will have food trucks offering dinner and dessert choices for your family to enjoy. Peanut & tree nut free trucks will be on the premises.

Wristbands will be sold at the event for $25 each. 

Any Questions: Contact Gina Vuolo @ gvuolo@optonline.net

All pre-paid wristbands will be available for pick-up at the Will Call window. *Please bring photo ID to pick-up your tickets.

Huge Crowd Enjoys Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

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Mar 242018

The Orange Lions Club hosted its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 24. 

Orange Police Officer Carolyn Bailey escorted the Easter Bunny to the fairgrounds before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt.  As the Lions “seeded” the hunt area with candy, children visited the Bunny in the gazebo or had his or her face painted near the pavilion. 

The annual hunt was divided into four (4) age groups, which allowed each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club had to distribute.  

The groups were: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade.  Thousands of chocolate eggs were distributed during the hunt.  Prizes were awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

There was one “natural disaster”: a sweet girl in one of the older groups was very successfully filling her wooden basket when it suddenly began to fall apart. With her treats spilling on the ground from the ever-growing gaps, she gave the Lions a look of desperation and they quickly handed her a large plastic bag so she could continue. She thanked them and went on her way.


This year, most parents respected the request to let the children pick up their own candy, but when the last group stormed out, one woman in a gray hoodie went out and started stuffing her pockets with candy. Two Lions members asked her to leave the field and she scowled at them and kept filling her pockets — stealing candy from children.

What a poor example she set for the kids. Yes, I DID get a photo of her, but I decided not to “out” her that way, she knows who she is. That kind of behavior is so unnecessary and terribly rude. Just don’t do it, or you will ruin it for everyone.

Exclusive: A First Look: Trunk Or Treat 2017

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Sep 102017

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept through Orange and surrounding communities and states causing extensive damage and threatened to cancel Halloween for hundreds of thousands of children everywhere.

Orange resident, Brad Marcus declared war on Sandy with the battle cry, “We won’t let Sandy take our candy” and with the help of Alice DiNicola organized the first ever Orange CT Trunk or Treat.

Each year the popular event grew bigger and children of all ages experience the joy of trick or treating in a safe environment.

Marcus had to bow out for personal reasons this year, leaving the event in the capable hands of his longtime co-chairman, Alice DiNicola.

Alice put a committee of experienced and willing town employees together, determined to make the 2017 Trunk or Treat a memorable event for all involved.

All of the details have not yet been released, but Orange Live is the first to let you know that Trunk or Treat will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 28 with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 29.

How it works

Participants arrive at the fairgrounds and set up their cars (decorations, candy, etc) between 12 – 1 p.m.

Children will be let in to “trick or treat” from vehicle to vehicle from 1 – 4 p.m.

For everyone’s safety, No vehicles are allowed to leave (drive on the fairgrounds) until the event is completely over.


NOTE: Come back to Orange Live for more information as it becomes available. 


Orange Community Farmers’ Market – Opening Day, Thursday, June 29

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Jun 232017

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market will have its opening day on Thursday, June 29.  The event runs on Thursdays until September 29 under the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange.  Market hours are 3:30 p.m. to 7 pm. 

There will be 15 vendors selling their farm-grown products including vegetables, cut flowers, figs, citrus trees, maple syrup, meats, baked goods, oils, pasta, butters, teas, spices, facial scrubs and soaps, and more!  

Farms from Orange to Cheshire will be present; including Mapleview, Shamrock, Grassy Hill, Fox Hollow, B4 and After, Laurel Glen, Guardians, Oronoque, and Wayne & Son Growers.  Other vendors include Durante’s Pasta, Seasonal Catering, Sweet Seidner’s, Whole German Bread and food trucks–Zuppardi’s Pizza and Szabos Seafood also will be at the market. 

The band, River of Dreams (a Billy Joel tribute band) will be performing at the Gazebo beginning at 6:30.  Other bands will be performing on the following dates: June 29, July 13, August 10 and September 7.  Shop at the Market, enjoy the food, stay for the bands and come back often!

Please check the website at www.FarmMarketOrange.com for additional information or call 203-891-1045.

Photos: BOW Relay For Life Survivor’s Walk

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May 202017

To start off the Relay For Life in Orange tonight, the survivors and their caregivers were introduced and took the first lap around the track at the Orange Fairgrounds.

They were followed by the organized teams and then everyone else who was participating in the cancer fundraiser.

There is still time to get down there and buy a luminaria bag in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer.

The Luminaria Ceremony begins at 9 p.m.

May 212016

Opening Ceremony is at 6 p.m. and the always memorable Luminary ceremony is at 9 p.m.