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.