The Orange Downtown Alliance is putting together what we think will be an excellent holiday event for holiday shoppers choosing to support their local merchants.
These days lead right up to the Christmas Parade on Sunday, so it will be a full four days of downtown activity.
This event includes an Art Showing by local artist and sign maker Todd Brown who will be featuring his recent paintings on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Silk Mill Grille. Todd has previous successful shows at the Arts Center of Orange, the Montpelier Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Art Show, and the prestigious Red Queen Gallery in Onancock, VA. You are invited to hors d'oeuvres & beverages and a chance to meet one of our esteemed artists during the three day holiday event.
Many of the participating businesses will be providing refreshments of some sort, special holiday sales and offers.
Lacy's Florist and Gift Shop will be serving homemade apple pie and hot cider on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and they have extended hours on Saturday. And their Christmas merchandise includes the exclusive distribution of locally made Lux Aromatica soaps and candles.
The James Madison Museum will be offering 2 for 1 adult admission at $5.50. We will also be raffling prints by local artist, Linda Montgomery; The Gilmore Cabin and the four seasons set of Montpelier. Raffle tickets will be $5.00 each and can be purchasable at the museum or PayPal on the museum website. Drawing will be on the 3rd and individuals do not need to be present to win.
Melrose Antiques and Fine Interiors will be hosting a children’s Storytelling on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will also be serving the children cookies and candy canes.
The Market at Grelen, www.themarketatgrelen.com, will be presenting holiday specials for all three days with their premier holiday festivity called the Enchanted Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twenty-two local vendors will gather to offer unique and quality gifts. There will also be fresh greens, Christmas trees & wreaths. Santa will be on hand (free, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) where children of all ages can tell him their wishes for Christmas. There will be an extraordinary assortment of holiday plants, gifts and decorations.
On Dec. 1 from noon until 2 p.m. Comfort Inn & Suites will host a tour of the hotel for the local B&B's and businesses with refreshments. On Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. our youth will be singing Christmas carols for the elderly and seniors from Dogwood Village and The Assisted Living home with refreshments. Lastly, on Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Santa will be at the hotel and photos will be taken. There will be refreshments with a gift grab box during the event.
Artists Maria Pace, Trisha Adams and Susan Forbush will host an open house with refreshments Thursday December 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stop in at 132 West Main Street, meet the artists, shop, and make merry!
The Boys & Girls Club Open House is on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at 200 Dailey Drive. We are celebrating our 15th birthday. From the start, the community of Orange has supported us in our efforts to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We invite everyone to share in our celebration.
Briarwood Florist will be offering free bow making while you wait. They have also brought in hundreds of stocking stuffers, calling it "Stocking Stuffing Central".
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