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WHO Won The Holiday Contests In Orange?

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Dec 062021
 

Was this a winning entry?

Everyone is wondering who the lucky winners of the “Gingerbread House” and “Guess the Candy” contests were at Sunday’s Holiday Festival.

Now that the winners have been notified, we can reveal their identities:

Of the 256 people to submit guesses for the candy filled snowman container, Monica Celozzi got to take home the candy and a fun snowman decorating kit with a guess of 671.

The actual amount of kisses in the whimsical container … 670.

Congratulations Monica!

Gingerbread Masters

The top three Gingerbread winners were:

The Kovar Family

The Kowalewski Family

and Anita McCall & Wanda Mitchell.

Congratulations one and all, and thank you EVERYONE who participated this year, ALL of your entries were AWESOME!

(I’m not sure whose Gingerbread houses these are, but I wanted to share a sampling of the creative entries on display at the Festival)

Orange Holiday Festival…Gingerbread, Ice Sculpture and Olivia, Oh My!

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Dec 052021
 

Even with the new Omicron variant emerging in the US, nothing it seems, could stop Orange residents from coming out to enjoy a bit of traditional fun on Sunday afternoon.

The annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, highlighted by the Lighted Tractor Parade drew a huge record crowd to the town center from 3 to 6 p.m.

Everyone honored the mask mandates for any indoor activities — Library, OVNA, Stone-Otis House, Academy Building and Model Railroad display and everyone gathered around the green for the spectacular Lighted Tractor Parade.

Santa arrived on a fire truck and the jolly old elf joined a young lady named Olivia in lighting the Christmas Tree!

We will let you know who won the Gingerbread House Contest and Candy guessing contest when we get the results.

In the meantime, stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday season!

(Check out Brian Smith’s guest column and our video of the parade)

Do You Know How To Make Royal Icing?

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Dec 022021
 

If you are a novice at Gingerbread House-making, you may not know what Royal Icing is.

With the Orange Holiday Festival and Gingerbread House Contest coming up this weekend, It’s about time you learned!

According to thespruceeats.com, “Royal icing is the edible “glue” or mortar that holds a gingerbread house together and can be used to make fancy sugar decorations. It’s the best option for projects like gingerbread houses since, unlike buttercream frosting, royal icing will harden once dry. It’s the key to keeping your gingerbread house from falling down.”

There are only three ingredients to buy to make a decent sized batch of Royal Icing, they are:

  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup (3 large) pasteurized egg whites, at room temperature

You will find the instructions for making the icing HERE.

Good Luck and have fun creating your gingerbread house entry.

This is what you need to know about the festival contest:

Houses will be on display at the Clark Building from 3-6 p.m.
All entries must be decorated with edible embellishments! No plastic trees or reindeer, so be creative!
Group entries are welcome! Prizes will be awarded!
Drop-off your entry at The Clark Building on Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m. and pick up between 5:30-6 p.m.
Entries left behind will be discarded, so don’t forget to come back for yours!

We’ll see you on Sunday!

Orange Holiday Festival On December 1

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Nov 102019
 

The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 1, 2019.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.

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 New Haven to Derby line model railroad in the lower level from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Orange Congregational Church will hold a cookie sale, handbell concert, and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m featuring the Amity Chamber Singers.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from Al deCant of Half Moon Music who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Guess how many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. 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 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on December 1st and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Prizes will be given to the winner of the contest.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the LIBRARY from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Hot chocolate will be available compliments of Starbucks in Orange.

CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER

The Lighted Tractor Parade has been canceled, as has the Tree Lighting.

Santa Claus will greet children at the LIBRARY instead of the town green.

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

PHOTOS: Orange Holiday Festival Gingerbread Houses and More

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Dec 052018
 

A Plan: Tons Of Flour, Confectioner’s Sugar, Syrup, Candy, And Everything Edible

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Dec 032017
 

Not a winner, but I’m still proud of it.

I’ve never entered the gingerbread contest at the Orange Holiday Festival. The last time I attempted a house was making one with my daughter from a store-bought kit many, many years ago — It was a miserable failure. But she had fun.

About two weeks ago I bought a couple of the kits, thinking I could create something cool, but — maybe it was a sign or something — my dog jumped up on the counter and stole the box while I was out and ate all the gingerbread.

I decided to make my own, and after tons of Internet research I chose to use the structural gingerbread recipe which doesn’t contain any spices but it is super strong and virtually unbreakable.

I came up with a design, that my daughter said was insane for a first attempt, but I am so stubborn that I went forward with it.

Gingerbread people are very generous with their time and aren’t selfish with their techniques and ideas, so when I got stuck I could easily find a solution on the Internet.

I made 5 batches of dough and had several failed structures, until, finally – Success! I was able to accomplish the most difficult part of my design to my satisfaction.

The Royal Icing recipe I used contains egg whites, so there was no taste testing in the process. And it is the strongest “glue” I’ve ever used.

I struggled through the finishing touches, but in the end, everything in my presentation is edible (except for the “structural gingerbread” but that doesn’t stop my dog from stealing the discarded pieces from the trash).

I’m terrified that I’ll drop it on the way to the Clark Building tonight because of its shape and size, but if it survives the ride, walk up the stairs and opening the door, you will be able to see an entry that took no less than 26 hours to create start to finish.

I don’t expect to win because year after year I’m in awe of the amazing creations all the talented folks enter. I’m just happy that I have an opportunity to join them this year.

I did NOT win a prize, but I also never saw any rules for the contest. In retrospect, I think that it is for kids and families, although I never published anything like that.

Next year, my granddaughter will have a much bigger role than just looking at it and offering her opinion when she sees it. 2018’s entry will be by Amelie and Yia Yia!

Congratulations to all the winners, especially the little girls with the circular train set up — I really did love that one!

 

Today’s The Day! Orange Holiday Festival 3 – 5 p.m. Don’t Miss It!

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Dec 032016
 

IMG_7030The Town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  Festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3:00 p.m.    

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.

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 New Haven to Derby line model railroad in the lower level from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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 giving opportunity for Heifer International, 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 Al deCant of Half Moon Music who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. and from the Amity Chamber Singers who will perform from 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.  Guess who many candies in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room. 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 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 4  and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  The winner will be invited to light the Christmas Tree. 

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

Santa Claus will arrive at 5:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.  Children may visit with Santa on the Town Green.  The Holiday Festival will end at 6:00 p.m.