Record Hop at the Athol Orange Elks Lodge

Coming up in October! A Record Hop in partnership with the Athol Orange Elks Lodge and the Orange Bicentennial Committee to celebrate Orange history on Oct 10th from 7-11. The four hour free all-volunteer evening event will consist of dancing and remembering the 40s/50s/60s.

The event content will incorporate American popular culture with music and national historic moments. Local history will be the result of the research of town records from the library and personal collections. The format will be a radio station with music, news and sports from that era provided by classmates who worked at an Orange newspaper at that time.

All the town folks from high school to 100 should be at this free bicentennial event,


North Orange Day-July 24, 2010

 The celebration of the incorporation of the Town of Orange in 1810 will take place on July 24, 2010 in the center of the village of North Orange. Activities will take place in Goddard Park and in front of the original meetinghouse at the time of incorporation, now the Community Church of North Orange and Tully.

The schedule for the day will include something for everyone. Parking and all events are free. Lunch will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The evening Blueberry Supper on the church lawn will costs $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children seven and over, and free for
children under seven.

11:00 AM: Parade
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM: Historical bus tours
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Games and dances (see below)
4:00 PM: The Mid-Range Trio (see additional information)
5:00 PM: Parachute Drop
5:30 PM: Blueberry Supper
7:00 PM: Orange Community Band concert
During the afternoon Hay Rides and Pony Rides will be available as well a Pie-Eating Contest, Sack Races, a Three-Legged Race and a Bed Race. Throughout the day visitors will be welcome to use a brochure for a self-guided tour of historic sites around the center of the village.

Deerfield Children’s Museum
As part of the North Orange festivities on July 24th, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, a costumed museum teacher from the Deerfield Children's Museum of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association will invite families to play with a variety of wooden toys and games from the 18th and 19th centuries. Walk on stilts, play a game of ninepins or graces, figure out what to do with a Jacob's ladder, play with old favorites such as ball & cup toys and jackstraws (pick-up sticks), and more. In addition, families will be invited to learn a simple country dance from the 18th century. This program is supported by a grant from the Orange Cultural Council, a local agency
which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


North Orange Day, July 24, 2010

North Orange Day – there will be a parade and games for children as well. . The Community Band will be playing and the church will be serving a dinner.  The Mid-Range Trio- among the day's attractions - is slated to entertain from 4 to 5pm at Goddard Park. All three members reside in Orange, and are pictured l-to-r: James Holston, Ann Reed and Terry Reed.


Wine Tasting and Henley Paintings Display

WHAT: Wine tasting and Henley paintings display
WHERE: The White Elephant in Orange
WHEN: May 16th, 2010

Come to an exhibit of paintings done by local artist Ralph Henley, along with a few of his pieces of inlaid furniture. A wine tasting will also take place during the exhibit.  The hours of the exhibit are from Noon to 3:00pm.

Dinner by the River

WHAT: Dinner by the River

WHERE: Orange Riverfront Park

WHEN: June 12th, 2010 at 6:00pm.

Tickets are $18.10 and are available at the Town Hall (other locations to be announced). Dinner will be grilled boneless chicken breast, tossed salad, garlic chives mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable medley, rolls & butter, homemade dessert, coffee, tea, and water. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and entertainment by the Tully Mountain Singers will follow.Come to the Riverfront Park in Orange and enjoy dinner and entertainment in one of Orange’s new venues.


Bicentennial Items for Sale

Commemorative merchandise is available at the Town Hall (978-544-1100, extension 101).

Bicentennial Calendar


Bicentennial Wine

4 Varieties
$60.00 for all four
This item only--purchase here
Tethered Pen/Post-it Holder

Wrist Key Coil

 Slencil Pen


Bicentennial CD by the Orange/Athol Community Chorus


Coffee Mug


Travel Mug


Dean's Beans Coffee
(regular & decaf)

$10.00 / 12oz.

(imprinted front & back)


Limited Edition Christmas Ornaments

Set of 6 - $50.00
(in advance)


Bicentennial Pancake and French Toast Breakfast

WHAT:  Bicentennial Pancake and French Toast Breakfast
WHERE: Orange Armory
WHEN: The first Saturday of every month from 7:00 to 10:00AM

Come to the Orange Armory the first Saturday of each month and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, French toast, sausage, coffee and juice for the low price of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. This is an Orange Bicentennial Fund Raising event.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Arrive

Date: November 26th, 2010
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Memorial Park in Orange

Start the holiday season by bringing the kids to see Santa and Mrs Claus arrive on a shiny red fire truck, and then talk to the kids about what they want for Christmas. There will be a band playing Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and other surprises.

Purchase Bicentennial Wine

Orange, Massachusetts celebrates its Bicentennial Year in 2010. Celebrate with friends, neighbors and family with these commemorative, limited edition wines featuring recognizable town landmarks like Butterfield Park, The White Drum, Minute Tapioca Plant and the Wheeler Mansion. Proceeds from the sale of these wines benefits the Bicentennial Committee and all Bicentennial Events held throughout the coming year.

Sit back, share a glass of wine and share your memories of the wonderful little town of Orange, Massachusetts. Purchase Bicentennial wine here .

Travis LeDoyt Concert

Saturday, January 23, 2010 7:30 PM
7:00 PM
Orange Town Hall AuditoriumOrangeMA

This concert by Travis LeDoyt will be a kick-off event for the Town of Orange year-long Bicentennial Celebration.

Buy tickets here .

Bicentennial Ball

DATE: February 27th, 2010
TIME: 6:00PM Start
LOCATION: Orange Armory

The Bicentennial Ball, which commemorates the 200th year of Orange’s incorporation, will take place on February 27, 2010 at the Orange Armory. Activities begin with a historical fashion show at 6:00PM, followed by dinner at 7:00PM, and then dancing to Marty’s Reminisce Band until 11:00PM. Semi-formal dress is required.

Starry Starry Night

DATE: New Year’s Eve 2009/2010 & 2010/2011

TIME: Varied

LOCATION: Downtown Orange

Many venues at varied locations throughout Orange. Entertainment, Hay rides, Food at local eateries, Ice sculptures at Memorial Park, Parade and Fireworks.  More information available at http://starrystarrynightorange.blogspot.com/ .

Garlic and Arts Festival

DATE: October

TIME: 10:00AM to 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Forsters Farm

60 Chestnut Hill Rd.

Orange, MA

Artists, Great music, Healing arts, Chef Demos, Garlic cuisine, Entertainment, Regional agriculture and renewable energy. More info available here.


Orange Gearing Up For 200th Anniversary

In 2010 the town of Orange will be celebrating its 200th anniversary. Plans are underway for a year-long celebration, but much help is needed to make this a success.

The bicentennial committee is planning on selling a calendar with pictures from around town and a listing of the events happening during the celebration year. Any person or business interested in purchasing an advertisement to help support this project should contact the committee before May 1 to be included.

Pancake and French toast breakfasts are being held on the first Saturday of every month to raise money for this celebration. Breakfast is served at the armory, 135 East Main St., from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $5 per person for all-you-can eat. Help is also needed to prepare and serve these breakfasts each month. Persons wishing to help are asked to contact someone on the committee for details.

The bicentennial committee and Friends of the Bicentennial meet twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the town hall. Residents are invited to stop in at a meeting and see what is being planned and to offer any suggestions to make this a fun-filled celebration.

Members of the bicentennial committee are Nancy Blackmer, James Cornwell, Priscilla Curtis, Jeri Deyo, Brian Eno, Wendy Johnson, Rick Kwiatkowski, and Jill Kwiatkowski. For more information, contact one of these people or call the town hall at 978-544-1100, ext. 101.


Contact Us!

Bicentennial Committee

6 Prospect St.
Orange, MA 01364
978-544-1100, ext. 101

978-544-1100, ext. 107

Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show

WHAT: Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show
WHERE: Mahar Regional High School Gym
WHEN: April 16th, 2010  6 to 10PM
COST: $10

Come see the Harlem Ambassadors play an exhibition basketball game against a team made up of local citizens and officials. Tickets are available at Butterfield School. Mahar Athletic Department, Trailhead, and Town Hall.

Bicentennial Committee


The Bicentennial Committee is working on planning events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Town of Orange.  The celebration year will kick off on December 31, 2009 at Starry, Starry Night and end on December 31, 2010 at Starry, Starry Night.  The celebration parade will be October 10, 2010.  More events are being planned so please check back to see what will be happening.

Members (9)

Nancy M. Blackmer

James Cornwell

Priscilla Curtis

Jerilynn Deyo

Wendy Johnson

Jill Kwiatkowski

Richard Kwiatkowski

Pamela Smith

Pennie Smith