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Are You Ready For The Orange Strawberry Festival?

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Jun 102017
 

Years ago, the little Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival moved from the Town Green to the Orange Fairgrounds and that is where it will be again this year on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free parking/Free admission

Come join the expanded Arts and Craft Fair and Home Show at the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival featuring live music, hayrides, children’s events, a Red Car Show and fabulous food, including sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and chocolate-dipped berries.

Don’t forget to bring home a jar of jam or one of the church’s famous strawberry rhubarb pies (they’re amazing!)

If you are a vendor and would like to display your wares, sign up to get a table now.

Schedule of Events

  • 9 AM ­­–Pancake Breakfast
  • 10 AM-3 PM –Red Car Show
  • 11 AM- 12 Noon –Hay Rides
  • 12 Noon -12:45 PM –Al DeCant – Children’s Entertainment
  • 1 PM-5 PM–Furious George- classic rock
  • 2 PM-3 PM–Magician -Bryan Lizotte
  • 4 PM –Pie Eating Contest

All Day

60+ Vendors
Artisans, antiques, local businesses, and service organizations
Rides, Face Painting, Children’s Games

The rain date is Sunday, June 11, same place and time.

It’s Strawberry Festival Time

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Jun 112016
 

strawberry manStrawberries and family fun will be the name of the game on Saturday, June 11 (rain date June 12) at the 8th annual Strawberry Festival sponsored by the Orange Congregational Church.

The Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The strawberry will be king for the day.

Church volunteers are preparing strawberry treats of every description including jams and pies and shortcakes. In addition delicious fair food will be available throughout the day.

The event includes the third Annual Red Car Show, music, rides, and entertainment plus more than 60 craft and home show vendors make the Fairgrounds the place to be on June 11.

For further information contact www.orangecongregationalchurch.org or call (203) 795-9749.

NOTE: The Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is “amazing.”

Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Feb 10

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Feb 102016
 

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.22 PMThis month’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Following are notes of what they discussed:
Ordinance to Amend the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling
Copies available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Discussion:
Tom George of the Recycling Committee. Now in its 16th year the Recycling effort in Orange has grown dramatically. The town came up with an amended ordinance for which he is grateful.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the printer cartridge recycling program is highly successful.
Recycling chairman/selectman Mitch Goldblatt spoke about the grant money
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.52 PMTown of Orange gets $20 per ton from the recycled items in the blue bins.
Goldblatt said the number of residents who recycle is unknown, but in the month of December 100 tons was recycled in Orange — between the blue bins and at the transfer station.
VOTE : To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling.
Unanimously approved.
Announcements:
George Munk an active member of the Orange Country Fair passed away.
Feb. 15 all town offices will be closed, but the transfer station will be open.
March 13 daylight savings time begins.
Sat. July 2 – Independence day fireworks will take place.
Complaint about mail boxes damaged by snow plows. It’s still not too late to put up a “batter board” to protect your mailboxes, but unless they are run over, the town will NOT replace them.
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.37.00 PMDogs on Town Property must be leashed, and you must clean up after them.
Commercial vehicles parked in your residence is not allowed. You may be cited.
Shop Rite is remodeling the interior of the former Stop & Shop on
New Signal Lights including cross walk lights are being installed at the intersection of Orange Center and Old Tavern roads.
MINUTES
1. To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 13, 2016
Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
Two corrections were suggested (Davis and Goldblatt)
Unanimously Approved.
NEW BUSINESS
1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure)Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co-Chairperson
Strawberry Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds on June 11.
Zeoli recommends that everyone purchase a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie
The Banner will be erected soon after the Memorial Day Parade.
Unanimously Approved
2. To consider and act on the request to hold the Cinco K de Mayo Road Race, waive the rental fee for HPCC gym/cafeteria and hang a banner on Orange Center Road (enclosure) – Richard Zorena, Chamber of Commerce
Unanimously Approved
3. To consider and act on request for funding to reevaluate and amend the Orange TODD Regulations (enclosure) Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
Regulations were drawn up more than a decade ago when a train station was proposed for Orange. The TP&ZC needs $16,000 to pay Planametrics for its work on the plans.
Selectman Okenquist said the printing costs were not included in the request, so should they add money to the request to meet those costs? Zeoli said NO, they asked for $16,000, if they need more they can come back and ask for it.
Goldblatt asked about a timeline. Town Attorney Vin Marino said he would like to have it wrapped up by April.
Unanimous Approval to send the recommendation to fund it to the Board of Finance. 
4. Review of proposed Charter Revision Committee – First Selectman Zeoli
Zeoli suggested Laura Reid, Roy Cuzzocreo and Pio Imperati Jr. for the committee.
Judy Williams said all have history in town and experience.
Unanimously Approved, John Carangelo abstained. 
5. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for 19 employees.
Employees would receive a stipend instead of Insurance if person is covered by a spouses insurance.
Unanimously Approved
6. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $14,606.89
Unanimously Approved
  • COMMITTEES
    1. Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt
    Thurs,  Feb 25 meeting at town hall open to public.
    2. Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist
    $981,000 proposed expenditures.
    A new phone system is being put into elementary schools so all schools are tied together.
    Pubic Works needs a new dump truck to replace 25 year old model.
    Community Services received $25,000 grant for a new van. town would put in $11,000
    PD needs a new digital console and digital radio system. PD would impose a new incription system to prevent public from hearing their transmissions.
    3. Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt
    4. PersonnelSelectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis
  • Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session
    EXECUTIVE SESSION
    1. Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange and Supervisors Unit
    (enclosure)
    2. MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between the Town of Orange and
    the Dispatchers Unit (enclosure)
    Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    VOTE
    1. To consider and act on the Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange
    and Supervisors’Unit
    Unanimously approved
    2. To consider and act on the MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between
    the Town of Orange and the Dispatchers’ Unit
    Unanimously approved
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    Upgraded to 37.5 hours and a salary increase.
    Unanimously approved

PHOTOS: A Great Day For The Strawberry Festival

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Jun 132015
 

The Orange Congregational Church hosted its annual Strawberry Festival on the Orange Fairgrounds Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The lines for the Strawberry Shortcake and such were long and steady all day long. The fresh baked Strawberry Rhubarb pies (still warm) were flying off the table, and vendors sold their wares in under tents on the field.

Shamrock Farm brought truckloads of potted and hanging plants for sale which made for a colorful backdrop at the event.

Here are some photos from the Festival:

 

 

The Annual Strawberry Festival in Orange — Mother Nature Is Smiling Today!

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Jun 142014
 

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Every June  the Orange Congregational Church’s annual Strawberry Festival sees a flurry of activity with crafters, musicians, artists and of course strawberry shortcake.

The festival is one of the most anticipated and well attended events in town, so popular that last year it moved 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 2014 Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Everything depends on which side of the bed Mother Nature wakes up on. Today’s forecast is for sprinkles early, chance of showers most of the day. Tomorrow promises to be clear and sunny.

It looks like she woke up in a good mood! Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds and enjoy a beautiful day!

Red Car Show

New to the Strawberry Festival is the Red Car Show.

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 2.03.03 PMRegistration is $10 per car (no cut off date).

All red cars and trucks are welcomed. They will be shown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dash Plaques, trophies, ballot voting.

For information, contact George Catalano at 203-799-6748 or e-mail GECAT99@aol.com.

The festival attracts about 4,000 guests each year. The strawberry shortcake is great, but don’t forget to pick up a strawberry rhubarb pie – they’re phenomenal.

Originally Published on: May 24, 2014 @ 14:48

Second publishing on: Jun 12, 2014 @ 8:48

 

Polish Up Your RED Vehicle For The Strawberry Festival Red Car Show

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Jun 142014
 

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 2.03.03 PMA message from George Catalano, Car Show organizer:
We are trying to assemble the largest group of Red Cars! We know of no other car shows like it and there seems to be great interest among Red Car owners who hear about it!
It is open to all makes, models and years and includes trucks (we have some vintage Firetrucks that have promised to come!)
There will be trophys and dash plaques for entrants, and the entry fee is $10 per show car.
It all takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Orange Center road as part of the Orange Strawberry Festival Sat June 14 (raindate is the following day Sun June 15)
Entrants must be in place on the field by 10 and may leave at 3pm.
Questions from entrants can be referred to me at 203 799 6748 or by email toGECAT99@aol.com
Thank you!
George Catalano
Originally Published on: May 28, 2014 @ 12:02

 

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.

Rainy Forecast: The Annual Strawberry Festival Will Take Place On Sunday

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Jun 062013
 

Strawberry FestivalBecause Mother Nature plans to soak us with rain on Saturday, the 5th Annual Orange Strawberry Festival will take place at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Country Fair Grounds) on Sunday, June 9, from 9 a.m. til 6 p.m.

Strawberry specialties, Crafts fair, lots of delicious food, live music, rides and kids games provide fun for the whole family all day long.

The Festival is sponsored by the Orange Congregational Church and takes place annually on the second Saturday in June, (Sunday this year) and admission is FREE!

The Festival offers crafters and fine arts, great raffle prizes, live entertainment, children’s games, face painting and hayrides, and TONS of food! Pulled-pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, and of course, strawberry sundaes, chocolate covered strawberries, and luscious strawberry shortcake!

Strawberry specialties include Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Sundaes, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Strawberry and Strawberry Rhubarb Pies, Strawberry Jam and this year we are adding Strawberries and Pancakes for breakfast 9-11.

— Press release from OCC

Originally Published on: May 17, 2013 @ 9:46 p.m.

How Will The Weather Affect This Week’s Events?

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Jun 032013
 

7 day forecastThis week there are two major events scheduled, so, will the weather cooperate or not?

This is the WTNH  8 Forecast for the following week.

Wednesday is the first Summer Concert at the Fairgrounds with Boogie Chillun’.

According to weather man Steve MacLaughlin, Wednesday is supposed to be sunny with temps in the 70s. A nice day for a concert.

But Saturday’s Strawberry Festival may be a different story.

Steve says,  “Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers & storms. High: 71-72.”

Let’s hope the storms hold off until later in the evening. This year the Festival takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds NOT the Town Green from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The rain date is June 9, which is supposed to be partly sunny. High: 74-77.  Maybe we should wait til Sunday for the Festival.

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.