Get Your Tickets NOW For An Afternoon For The Arts

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Oct 272021

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation offers the most amazing opportunities to students throughout the area.

The Foundation is named for the late Jamie Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, an Amity grad who loved to create. she was a singer, dancer, actress, artist, and all around wonderful happy young woman.

Her parents keep her memory alive by offering scholarships and grant money to others who share her enthusiasm for music, the theater and many other artistic mediums.

The money to fund the foundation is provided by donations and the annual Arts Gala. The COVID pandemic hurt everyone in some way, and the foundation suffered last year when the Gala couldn’t take place due to health concerns.

But thanks to the science that brought us COVID Vaccines, and a better understanding of what preventive measures can be taken to keep everyone safe, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation event is back!

This year’s An Afternoon for the Arts featuring Carole’s Kings, an all male Carole King Review featuring the music of “Beautiful” — “Locomotion,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “One Fine Day,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and so much more.

The fun family day will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7 at The Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Doors open at 1 p.m. with a Lite Reception and Raffle Preview. The Show begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased by clicking HERE 
or click on the AD in the Right Column of this site.
Your ticket purchase allows the foundation to continue to provide enrichment classes for young artists in all genres – music, dance, visual arts and theater. All proceeds will be dedicated to their educational programs, scholarships, and community projects throughout New Haven and Fairfield Counties.
Current CDC guidelines for indoor performances will be followed.
Please click this link to purchase your tickets in advance as part of our safety protocol.

About the Performers:

CAROLE’S KINGS is the world’s first all-male Carole King tribute. With lush orchestrations, witty banter, and a cast of three incredibly talented New York stage veterans, CAROLE’S KINGS is a dynamic act jam-packed with chart-topping sensations such as “The Locomotion,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and many more. An expanded set also includes songs by King’s friends and collaborators James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Neil Sedaka. Recent performances have brought this act from venues like Caesars Palace and Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Fun for the whole family!


$10,000 Matching Grant Challenge

To show our appreciation for your support, for every $25 you donate, you’ll receive one entry in our Match Challenge Appreciation Raffle for your choice of a $500 Visa or Amazon gift card . Donate $25 and you get one entry; donate $50 and you get two entries … You help us win the $10K matching funds and we will pay it forward to one lucky winner. Match Challenge Appreciation winner will be announced during our show.

Click HERE for the fundraising page.

Not Even Halloween Yet, But Never Too Early For Santa’s Helper

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Oct 272021

For the first 25 years of Santa’s Helper Elf Mama Annie Davis worked hand-in-hand with me on publicizing the annual fundraising event that benefits the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.
Annie passed away in September 2019 and things have changed. Covid even forced the cancelation of the event last year. But I found this information on Facebook and decided to share it with all of you in Annie’s honor so you wouldn’t miss out.
From the OVFD Auxiliary:
The Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary are busy getting ready to deliver gifts, smiles, and cheer to many families in Orange. Saturday, December 18th 2021, Santa will arrive between 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
You can pre-register for Santa’s Helper online until November 14th.
Gift drop-off day is Saturday November 20th and is open to all homes in Orange. We are more than halfway to our capacity of 160 houses for delivery, so if you want to make sure to be part of this festive tradition, pre-register today!
Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department towards life-saving equipment and training. Santa’s Helper has become a tradition both within the Fire Department and community alike over the past 27 years, and we are excited to be bringing Santa back this year!
Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family. Children and adults look forward to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!


GIFT DROP-OFF DAY: Saturday, November 20th, 2021, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. We ask that you DO NOT arrive earlier.
This year we will be doing a drive-thru drop-off in the bays; you will get in line at the back of the fire house entering from Lambert Road, you will drive into the bay and stay in your car. Have your gifts ready to go in your back seat or trunk. We will take your information and payment, and grab the gifts out of your car.
ALSO NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking participants that HAVE NOT pre-registered (more information below) to please bring a 3×5 card (or similar) with the following information:
1 – your name (adult at residence night of delivery)
2 – address for delivery day (must be in Orange, CT)
3 – phone number
4 – email address
5 – number of kids participating/total number of gifts
6 – if you are a previous participant or new
This will help minimize direct contact so we can social distance as much as possible, to keep everyone safe and healthy.
GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION: There is a cost of $20 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift on the brown paper.
Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so we are unable to accommodate gifts too large or too heavy, Santa especially appreciates that. You should have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off Day.
Please contact us ahead of time at OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special directions if you have a large party, a large amount of gifts, or have multiple families dropping off for the same address.
PRE-REGISTRATION (optional): If you would like to pre-register, please fill out the form at https://forms.gle/g6EATYLz1JfFtjHfA. This will make gift drop-off easier and quicker for all involved. You can even pre-pay so all you need to do is drop off your gifts that day, all the paperwork will be filled out before you get there!
Pre-Registration will be open through November 14th (or until our limit of 160 homes has been reached), you will still be able to sign-up on Gift Drop-Off Day
if you miss this deadline as long as we have not reached our limit. *Please note, you still need to attend Gift Drop-Off Day with your gifts to finalize the process.
Due to COVID, we may need to include extra safety measures to keep everyone safe, we will know specifics as it gets closer and as we watch the progression.
These measures will be communicated ahead of time and must be followed for us to be able to deliver gifts to your house. We only want to spread holiday cheer and joy, not germs and viruses.
Please note we have a limit of 160 homes Santa can visit this year, so pre-registration is highly encouraged.
Any questions, please reach out to OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com
More information also available on our Facebook page at facebook.com/OVFDAuxiliary or our website at orangevfd.org/santas-helper
*E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first come-first serve basis.

Come Enjoy The Sights At The Second Annual Pumpkin Blaze

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Oct 272021

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The Orange Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary are sponsoring the second Annual Orange Pumpkin Blaze, a Pumpkin Carving/ Decorating contest at Fire Station #1, 625 Orange Center Road, next to Town Hall this week.

We received the information too late to allow you time to prepare a submission this year, but we suggest that you come by and walk through the display at the firehouse tonight, Oct. 27 and tomorrow, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy everyone else’s hard work.


Register Now For The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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Oct 222021

The Rotary Club of Orange announced its 9th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Nov. 25.

Registration is $27.00 per person with an additional $2.57 SignUp Fee.  Registration ends Monday, November 22 at 11:59 pm
Register today at https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=96535 and support the many charitable programs of the Rotary Club of Orange, Connecticut.

About the Race

5K RUN – 8:00 a.m.  FUN WALK – 8:05 a.m.
The race is certified and will start at the High Plains Community Center and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center. Scenic USATF Sanctioned and Certified Course – One Water Stop
Awards: Trophies to the top male and female finishers overall. Medals to the top three male and female finishers in each division. Divisions 5K Run (12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+)  Finisher Ribbons for Walkers  Top quality T-Shirts to all PRE-REGISTERED participants
Refreshments served after the race
There is ample parking on site. Timing and Results by Northeast Sports Timing Service, Inc.
ENTRY INFORMATION  $27.00 by November 22nd – $30.00 After and on Race Day  Early Packet Pickup and Late Registration – Wednesday November 24th  at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TO REGISTER – GO TO: www.rotarycluboforange.org  or www.runsignup.com 
DIRECTIONS For out-of-towners unfamiliar with Orange:
From I-95: Exit 41 – Marsh Hill Road – Orange  From New York take left, from New Haven take right.  Proceed North on Marsh Hill Road.  Go through two lights.  Continue straight across Rout 1, Boston Post Rd., and take a left at first stop sign onto Old Tavern Road.  Take a right at first light onto Orange Center Road.  High Plains Community Center is approximately ½ mile on the right.
From the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway: Exit 57 – Rt. 34 Derby Ave.  Take Route 34 East.  Take a right at the first light onto Orange Center Road.  High Plains Community Center is 2 miles up on the left.

Get Your Tickets NOW For Comedy With The Stars

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Aug 232021

The Orange Lions Club presents “Comedy under the Stars” on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The event usually held in the fall, has a new twist. They’ve decided to do an outdoor comedy event under the High Plains Pavillion with picnic table seating. You may bring your own chair if you desire.

The lineup includes headliner Craig “the Flg” Figuerieido with Kareem Blue, Alonzo “Hamburger” Jones, plus a mystery comedian.

Also, this is a BYOB and BYO snacks.The cost of the event fundraiser is $25 per person. The fundraising event includes a basket raffle.

So, enjoy your wonderful evening out with lots of laughs while you help the Orange Lions in supporting many wonderful projects and efforts for the community and beyond.

You can get your order by calling Marianne or Ken at 203-795-3906. Leave a message and one of them will get back to you ASAP.

The Lions are looking forward to seeing everyone then.

Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze Now Open

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Aug 082021

Are you looking for something different to do with your children before they have to go back to school? This isn’t in Orange, but, it sure sounds like fun!

Lyman Orchards, an independently-owned family destination for more than 275 years, has opened its 2021 Sunflower Maze at 105 South Street, Middlefield, CT. (just a 40 minute drive from Orange). A three-acre area adorned with 350,000 blooming sunflowers, the maze is the only one of its kind in Connecticut.

Children like Nevaeh will benefit from the Sunflower Maze this year.

One dollar of each admission fee will be donated to support Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Connecticut Children’s is dedicated to helping children like Nevaeh—an eight-year-old born with a rare genetic disorder who is doing great today, thanks to the comprehensive care she receives at Connecticut Children’s. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze has raised more than $148,000 for Connecticut’s only health system dedicated exclusively to the care of children since the maze began operations in 2006. 

“It is our utmost honor to help children and their parents in need of financial support for medical care,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “We look forward every year to opening our Sunflower Maze, knowing that we are providing lots of family-oriented fun, while supporting a terrific cause.”    

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Lyman Orchards family, whose support enables our team of pediatric experts to provide the highest quality care for families throughout our community,” says David Kinahan, President, Connecticut Children’s Foundation.

Maze Facts, Cost and Location

  • More than 350,000 yellow, orange, and red sunflowers make up this year’s maze.
  • The maze is approximately 3 acres in size
  • The average time to make it through the maze is about 30 minutes
  • During your walk amidst the sunflowers you’ll see butterflies and yellow finches, with the surrounding orchard hills as a beautiful scenic backdrop.
  • Your trip through the Sunflower Maze will be educational too as you’ll learn all about Arthur Read, the star of the popular CPTV Kid’s series “Arthur”
  • The Sunflower Maze has raised over $148,000 for Connecticut Children’s.
  • It is Connecticut’s Original Sunflower Maze, now in its 15th year of operation.

The maze is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 4 – 12, and free for children under 3 years.(One dollar of each admission fee will be donated to support Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders)

The last entrance to the maze is at 4:30 p.m. For daily updates on the maze and Pick Your own, call our 24-hour hotline at 860-349-6015. Group pricing is available for companies or outings, call 860-349-6019.



Hours And Features Of The Orange Volunteer Fire Dept. Carnival

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Aug 022021

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on the following dates and times.

Thursday, Aug. 5 – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday, Aug 6 – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight, with Fireworks at night.

Saturday, Aug. 7 – 12 Noon to 12 midnight, with Fireworks at night.

Sunday, Aug. 8 – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Remember, there are a lot of food vendors offering a wide variety of snack, lunch and dinner choices. The OVFD runs and benefits from the big spread under the pavilion and the satellite tent on the street side of the grounds.

It also sponsors the 50/50 raffle under the big ticket tent across from the pavilion and other games that are separate from the carny run games.

On Saturday, there will be a COVID Vaccination clinic from 12-5 p.m. Get a shot, get a free ride ticket.

Also on Saturday, go to the raffle booth early in the day and fill out a ticket for a special drawing that afternoon to win $1,000.


If it rains on any of the carnival days, check in on Orange Live to see if the grounds are still open to visitors. In the past, even if the rides aren’t running, the volunteers work tirelessly at preparing food for you and your family for lunch and dinner. So far, the only thing the forecast shows is sticky, humid weather, and with some luck, the OVFD will enjoy four precipitation-free days and nights for the festivities.


Golf Tourney Planned For September 27

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Jul 252021

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Orange on Monday, Sept. 27.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event.

Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a lunch reception at noon. A shotgun start takes place at 1 p.m.

Cost per player is $175 and includes 18 holes with cart, tournament gift, lunch reception, snacks and beverages on the course, contests and cocktail hour.

Lunch-only tickets are available for non-golfers at $35 each.

Click HERE to Register.

For more information contact Annmarie Sliby at Asliby@Orange EDC.com or call 203-891-1045.


Eagle Project Completed at Holy Infant Church

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Jul 152021

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, Benjamin Cap from Boy Scout Troop 12 completed his eagle project at Holy Infant Church, focusing on beautifying the outdoor front right wing section of the church.

In late summer 2020, Ben met with Fr. Norman at Holy Infant Church to discuss a few ideas he had for his eagle project. Fr. Norman was thrilled that Ben thought of doing a project at Holy Infant Church first before pursuing other locations in town. Ben and Fr. Norman both agreed the best idea was a major beautification project that would involve raising thousands of dollars and would need a lot of pre-planning and precise material ordering.

If you remember last summer, we were in the middle of the covid crises situation and fundraising was going to be extremely tough for Ben. Through many announcements at weekly masses and articles in the church bulletins, as well as online posts, Ben was able to raise more than $2,500 to cover the costs of materials for the project.

Ben collected and returned recyclable cans and bottles throughout the past year to specifically use those funds towards drinks and food on the day of his eagle project workday (last Saturday), which kept all the helpers well hydrated, and provided them with lunch. Ben’s smart advanced planning resulted in successful completion of this major project on July 10.

Throughout the planning process, Ben worked with many vendors to get the best pricing and quality for his project. According to Ben, “Home Depot in Orange was a pleasure to work with.” Ben worked with June from the front desk several times who helped and walked Ben through ordering every item he would need for his project.

“She was awesome to work with,” Ben said. “She literally walked around with me in the garden center looking at each item and taking notes. She made sure I had every item delivered and that everything was correct. I learned how important these people are to us when we need help,” Ben said.

Ben stated that he could not be happier with the Home Depot team who provided top-notch assistance, from June in customer service, to Jose in the garden center confirming correct materials and quantities for his project, and Chris who also had a friendly smile and provided direction on who to speak to – all went above and beyond to help. “I couldn’t be any happier with the three of them,” stated Ben.

Here’s what the grounds looked like before the project.

Ben started the onsite beautification project back in May 2020 by contacting Call Before You Dig. After he had everything marked out, he was able to create his final drawing and layout of where everything would be built and planted. Ben, along with his family, spent several days at the work site after school and started cutting down the overgrown bushes and cleared the entire site out. He made sure he had everything cleared ready to go for the big workday on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Ben and some of his volunteer work crew.

That morning Ben and his family arrived at Holy Infant Church at 7:15 a.m., all ready to work. Shortly after, scouts, leaders, friends, and other family members arrived and started to assist Ben with completing his planned project of refreshing/improving the look at Holy Infant Church. “Thank you to everyone who donated and/or helped me throughout my project,” Ben said. “I feel like I put in so many hours and it paid off with giving it all back to the church in our community.”

The following Troop 12 members assisted Ben on his project: Tim Cap, Nate Milea, Nick Massey, Jason Byun, Zack Geramia, Ken Gunun, Brendan Zeigler, Pete Zeigler, Vicky Cap and Jeff Cap. In addition, Ben received assistance from other family members as well.

Get Your Raffle Tickets And A Chance To Win One Of The 11 OVFD Carnival Prizes

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Jul 082021

File photo from the Ticket Booth in 2019.

After COVID-19 ruined just about everything last year, it’s great to see things coming back to as normal as possible this summer.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association will be having its carnival in August and to make things very convenient for everyone. Ride and Raffle tickets are now available online at https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival

This year the raffle drawing will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, at 4:30 p.m. today, Sunday, Aug. 8.

Who wouldn’t want to take a chance at winning the top prize of $10,000 cash? The 11th prize is pretty awesome too, $150 gift card to Outback Steakhouse.

Here is the entire list of prizes from First to Eleventh:

  1. $10,000 Cash
  2. $5,000 Cash
  3. $3,000 Cash
  4. $2,500 Gift Card to Anytime Fitness
  5. $1,200 Gift Certificate to Diamond Designs
  6. $500 I-Pad 128 GB WiFi from Best Buy, Orange
  7. $300 Gift Card to Shop Rite, Orange
  8. $300 Gift Card to Orange Ale House
  9. $250 Gift Card to Knight’s Inc.
  10. $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, Orange
  11. $150 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse, Orange

At only $5 per ticket, with all proceeds going to the OVFD for training and equipment, you should definitely buy more than one and give yourself a greater chance at winning one of these wonderful prizes.

Don’t forget, go to https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival now and get your tickets!