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Nov 062013
 

IMG_5360So many Orange Live readers have asked when the Holiday Festival is taking place. Although we could tell you the date, but the entire schedule had not yet been completed — Until Now. Here are the details of the annual festival.

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.  All activities are free of charge.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.  The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will provide musical entertainment strolling around town buildings and at the Stone-Otis House from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors, as well as the Orange to Derby line model railroad in the lower level.

The Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a hand bell concert and carol sing  in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. as well as an Alternative Gift Fair, Cookie Sale and crafts for the kids from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from the Amity Chamber Singers from 3:45 – 4:00 p.m. and from Al deCant who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize and write a letter to Santa Claus. The Library will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark

Building at 2 p.m. on December 8th and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m..

The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.  Immediately following, Santa Claus will arrive at the Town Green for a visit with the children.

The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.

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At 3 p.m. on Sunday, the center of town was a flurry of activity as the 2012 Holiday Festival began with most of the attention immediately concentrated on the front lawn of the Clark Building where Bill Covitz from Ice Matters (based in Waterbury) was working on making this year’s ice sculpture from a large block of ice.

Children and adults gathered around and tried to guess what the finished sculpture would be… a snowman? a reindeer? Santa? No, this year’s creation  was an elf with a Santa hat. Although there was a chill in the air, it was still warm enough to cause some slow melting as Covitz worked on it.

When he was done, Covitz moved the 3D elf to the bushes near the sidewalk where children gathered around it and couldn’t help but touch it. Covitz said it would melt about 1/2 inch an hour.

The Amity Chamber Singers, under the direction of Chris Hickerson, performed in the Case Memorial Library and immediately afterward Al deCant entertained a large crowd in the second floor meeting and display room.

Even though the events were staggered, somehow everyone missed at least one thing, such as the bell chorus at the church at 4 p.m. if you hung around the library for deCant’s set. Or forgetting about the gingerbread house display while you were checking out the model railroad display in the Academy Building.

The festivities were nonstop, but something was missing. The smell of fresh buttered popped corn and an organized sing-along around the tree.

But that didn’t seem to matter, First Selectman Jim Zeoli did his best and engaged the crowd in singing jingle bells and Rudolph and the most comical rendition of the 12 days of Christmas kept spirits high until “Buddy” the Elf flipped the switch and lit the tree on the green.

For all the complaints we’ve heard about the size of the tree over the past few weeks, no one seemed to be complaining when the bright LED lights lit up the branches.

Santa arrived on a Fire Engine, and then held court with all the children who shared their deepest hopes and dreams with him as the little tree twinkled in the background.

Even without a Special Events Committee, this holiday event went very well.  Happy Holidays Everyone!

 

 

 

Nov 272012
 

Carolers fill the air with beautiful melodies outside the Stone Otis House.

The Town of Orange invites everyone to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 2.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3 p.m.  All activities are free of charge.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a typical country holiday was like in the 1800s.  The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will provide musical entertainment strolling around town buildings and at the Stone-Otis House from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s collection and schoolhouse, as well as the Orange to Derby line model railroad from 3 – 5 p.m.

The Orange Congregational Church Bell Choir will perform a bell concert and hymn sing in the church sanctuary from 4 – 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host performances

from the Amity Chamber Singers from 3:45  – 4 p.m. and from Al deCant who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 4 – 4:45 p.m. Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize.

The Annual Gingerbread House Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread house creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 and must be picked up by 6 p.m.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building.

The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.  Immediately following, Santa Claus will arrive at the Town Green for a visit with the children. The Holiday Festival will end at 6 p.m.

Originally published Nov 16, 2012 @ 10:48 a.m.

 

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