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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)

Guest Columnist Brian Smith Sheds Some Light On The Orange Tractor Parade

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Dec 052021
 

This is a rare guest column by the ever delightful Brian Smith who rode in the “Lighted Tractor Parade” during the “Orange Holiday Festival” — although his name for the event is much more fun!

 

When my friend, TERRI MILES (she runs this news site) asked me to check out the “Orange Connecticut Electrical Christmas and Holiday Lights Extravaganza Big Fancy Tractor Parade” (name approximate)… I thought it sounded like a great idea.  Then when my friend, DAVE EISENMAN (tractor-driver) invited me to be in the same parade, as he has asked for the past many years, I said yes.  Great Idea.

So…  Sunday night, I hitched a ride on a corn trailer with a giant illuminated inflatable penguin wearing a Santa hat, and I was proud of it.  Orange Center Road never looked better than it did with more than fifty lit up John Deeres and Kubotas and International Harvesters.

I became an embedded reporter where the tractor parade assembled… over in the parking lot for the Fred Wolfe Park soccer fields.  When I got there, I was surprised by the sustained thunder of dozens of tractors with full-throated, some perhaps faulty, exhaust systems.  It sounded terrific.  All those lit up tractors and trailers were dazzling…  I felt like I was at the Big E… or Disney World… or sitting on the curb outside that house with the Christmas lights on Lincoln Road that can be seen from space (probably).

And, I mean this… everyone was in a tremendously good mood as they were getting ready to roll.  Eleven on a scale of 1 to 5 mood.  No one is ever unhappy at a parade… unless you are standing next to a kid whose parents just got him a horn from the souvenir guy.

Sculpting Rudolph

At around 5 o’clock, the procession of blinking and flashing farm equipment made its way from Fred Wolfe Park  through the dark roads over to the Orange Center Historic District… where the ice sculpture and the singing carolers and model train builders and SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF had entertained the crowd until the tractors appeared out of the shadows…

And… because of the relatively humane weather (45º F and clear on December 5 is not bad at all), the crowd… of hundreds, maybe a thousand… holiday-fun-loving grownups and kids at The Town Green and along Orange Center Road and over at The Fairgrounds…was a bit larger than usual.

From start to finish it was a sensational and well done “Orange Connecticut Electrical Christmas and Holiday Lights Extravaganza Big Fancy Tractor Parade” (name approximate)… the Macy’s parade people in New York City should be jealous.  I already have an idea for next year… if I can just get to a ski mountain and “borrow” one of their snow-making machines.  Oh, I WILL win first place.
And a big thanks to KEN CIOLA (tractor-driver) for letting me have a place on that corn trailer next to Opus (inflatable penguin)… Tow Mater (inflatable tow truck) and Olaf (huge inflatable snow man)…thanks, Ken, for giving me the chance to be a reporter inside the parade… and  for driving so well… and safely… that I was able to wave to the crowd… shout to the kids… and.. the best news of my day, I didn’t fall off the trailer.

Lighted Tractor Parade Steals The Show On Festival Night

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Dec 052021
 

The very creative “hay” Rudolph really wowed the crowd.

The lighted tractor parade stole the show at the Orange CT Holiday Festival on Dec. 5, 2021.

Once again, this year’s parade was a real crowd pleaser, with all of the participants giving everything they’ve got into creating amazing eye candy for the enthusiastic spectators.

Here is an unedited video of the first 7 minutes of the parade.

See if you can spot surprise guest “celebrity” Brian Smith** on one of the floats.

Bravo, Everyone! Thanks for the show!

 

**Hint: Brian is nearly as tall as his Frozen companion

Police Blotter: Orange Woman Charged With Assault

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Dec 022021
 

On Wednesday Dec. 1, officers responded to Chestnut Ridge Road on a dispute complaint at 8:15 p.m.

According to the report, investigation revealed that Ariana P. Holmes, 36, of Orange was involved in that dispute which turned physical. 

Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. 

Holmes was released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 2.

 

 

Celebrating The Fifth Day Of Hanukkah

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Dec 022021
 

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt had the honor of lighting the Menorah on the fifth day of Hanukkah during a huge outdoor celebration at High Plains Community Center on Thursday night, Dec. 2.

Click HERE for a short video of the lighting.

The event began with a parade of vehicles driving from Chabad of Orange/Woodbridge on Derby Avenue to High Plains where the lighting took place, followed by a stunt bike demonstration featuring champion riders from across the country.

Donuts and other refreshments were served to spectators of all ages.

The warmer than usual temperatures made for a very pleasant evening for the annual event.

A very Happy Hanukkah to all of our readers of the Jewish faith.

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 Police: Don’t Confront Criminals, Call The Police

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Nov 292021
 

On Saturday, November 24, 2021, just before 2 p.m., the owner of a home under construction on Skyview Road in Orange witnessed an unknown suspect in an orange ski mask enter her vehicle.
The vehicle had been left parked on the roadway, unlocked with the engine running, although the key fob was not present.
When the owner ran out of the home and yelled out to the suspect, he exited her vehicle with some items and entered a white Infinity Q50 bearing CT Reg AU92183 occupied by another unknown masked individual.
The Infinity was reported stolen out of Wethersfield. The complainant followed the vehicle onto Derby Avenue and while stopped at a traffic light, the driver of the Infinity opened the door, leaned out and pointed a handgun at her.
The complainant had called the police and was instructed to stop following the vehicle for her own safety as it entered Route 15.

Police Offer Advice

~ PLEASE, PLEASE, turn off the ignition and always lock your vehicles when not occupied.
~ Do not leave purses or other valuables visible in vehicles, especially as we enter the holiday season.
~ Report all suspicious activity and vehicles in your neighborhood to the police.
~ Do not confront these thieves as we are finding that they tend to be armed and unpredictable.

What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Holiday Festival

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Nov 282021
 

The Orange Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 3-6 p.m.
All activities will occur on and near the Town Green.

Gingerbread House Making Contest

Clark Building 3-6 p.m.
Start designing you Gingerbread House creations now, all of the entries are always incredible and the competition is fierce!
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!
• Guess How Many Candies in a Jar (it’s different every year, and not so easy to do!)

Ice Carving

A talented artist from Ice Matters will be doing an Ice Carving Demonstration on the front lawn of the Clark Building from 3-5 p.m.

Case Memorial Library

• Take & Make Crafts
• Mail Letters to Santa

Appreciating The Town’s History

Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Stone Otis House from 3-6 p.m.
Visit the Historical Society’s Antique Collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors at The Academy Building from 3-6 p.m.

Railroad Enthusiasts Rejoice!

You can visit the New Haven to Derby Line Model Railroad in the  Lower Level of the Academy Building from 3-6 p.m. A Crowd Favorite!

Orange Congregational Church

Warm up with a cup of Cocoa or Coffee and enjoy the start of the season with all of your favorite yuletide tunes at the Carol Sing on the steps of the Church from 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Town Green

Wandering Minstrels – The CT Yuletide Carolers will be performing from 3-5 p.m.
One of the the newer traditions (since 2017) The Lighted Tractor Parade always pulls spectators from all corners of the festival, because of its participant’s creativity and just the fun atmosphere it provides. Look for the tractors to roll through the Center of town at 4:30 p.m.
The town of Orange doesn’t have a friend of Santa Claus for the festival, Oh No, we have the genuine article! Santa Arrives at the  conclusion of the lighted tractor parade.
Tree Lighting – 5:30pm
Special Guest “Olivia” won the honor of lighting the tree at a school contest.

Obituary: Eunice Dupre, 86, Beloved Mother of Pamela Boynton

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Nov 262021
 

Eunice Marie Sylvestre Dupre, age 86, beloved wife of Normand George Dupre, of Woonsocket, RI, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Columbia, South Carolina.

She leaves her children, Pamela Dupre Boynton of Orange, CT, Lynn Dupre Chabot and son-in-law Peter of Old Greenwich, CT, and son, Chip Dupre and daughter-in-law Jamie of Columbia, SC.

She is survived by her sister, Lois Sylvestre Buzzetti and brother-in-law Tony Buzzetti of Lexington, SC, lifelong friends and loving confidants who valued years together in the Palmetto State.

She also is survived by her sister-in-law Rose Sylvestre of Cumberland, RI. The nurturing and loving grandmother of 8 granddaughters. Laura, Katie, and Sally Boynton, Alexandra and Samantha Chabot, and Claire, Christa, and Colleen Dupre.

Eunice was nicknamed Bopper for her engaging and doting personality. She embraced every holiday and family dinner and is lovingly remembered as the devoted core of her family.