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Shangri La to Sponsor Eco-Fest and Butterfly Release on April 20

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day by sponsoring an Eco-Fest celebration and Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Family friendly activities and games will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. with multiple inspirational Butterfly Releases at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Local and regional organizations and businesses will be on-site hosting booths that provide information about earth-friendly products, services and opportunities. Games, activities and engaging presentations provide entertainment for the whole family. Revel in the beauty of the garden and celebrate mother earth!

Participants are ask to consider bringing donations for the Pet Food and Supply Drive benefitting local animal shelters.

Animals will not be permitted into the gardens during this event.

Stark House To Host Spring Open House

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The W.H. Stark House, at 610 Main Ave. in Orange, will be hosing their Spring Open House on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 10 AM-2 PM during the City of Orange’s Annual Art in the Park event.

“The community is invited to The W.H. Stark House for an art-themed walk through of the first two floors,” said Jennifer Dickinson, interim director of Stark Art and History Venues. “We will also have a community rock art painting project in the Carriage House and a virtual scavenger hunt on the grounds. The decorated rocks will be displayed throughout the flower beds. This is a great time of year for visitors to explore our blooming grounds and see the seasonal floral displays, including the new classic style pots planted with palms, a nod to the palm trees that punctuated the grounds when the Starks were in residence.,”

Admission and activities are free of charge.

All ages are welcome, but groups with children in arms or limited mobility will have access to the first floor only. Please note, The W.H. Stark House requires climbing steps to enter.

For more information about The W.H. Stark House or Spring Open House, please visit

Broadway Musical Annie to Perform at Lutcher Theater

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Leapin’ Lizards—the Broadway musical Annie is coming to Orange, TX. The iconic Tony Award-winning production will be at the Lutcher Theater for one night only, Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in this new production -just as you remember it and just when we need it most. This celebration of family, optimism, and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.

“This show, with its iconic title character, continues to delight generations of theatre lovers old and new by joyfully singing directly into the face of great adversity with perseverance, guts, and guile,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “I am constantly reminded of the biggest reason we love this show – it’s just plain happy and hopeful, and sometimes we just need a reminder to think about such things.”

The original production of Annie had its world premiere on August 10, 1976, at the Goodspeed Opera House (Michael J. Price, Executive Director) and opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre (Neil Simon Theatre). It went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album, and seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan), and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). It closed on Broadway after playing 2,377 performances. Annie was revived on Broadway in 1997 and again in 2014. It has been made into a film three times (1982, 1999, 2014) and was most recently featured as a live television production on NBC. The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever; it has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 45 years.

The beloved score for Annie includes Maybe, It’s the Hard Knock Life, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.

A limited amount of tickets for Annie are available and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (409) 886-5535.

The Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main Avenue in Orange, Texas.

Broadway Hit “Come From Away” Lands at Lutcher Theater

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The Lutcher Theater is thrilled to announce the arrival of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away to Orange, TX. On March 14, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.  Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the heartwarming and uplifting true story that has captivated audiences around the world.

Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them with open arms in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. With a stirring score and a compelling narrative, the musical celebrates the power of human kindness and the bonds that unite us in times of crisis.

“We all know what happened on the fateful day of September 11, but this is the story of what happened on September 12,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “This production reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and the extraordinary capacity for compassion, even in the face of adversity. It’s a story that resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

The Broadway tour of Come From Away has received widespread acclaim since its premiere. Audiences and critics alike have praised its stirring performances, infectious energy and message of hope.

“Patrons will also have the opportunity to watch a pre-show video of our our exclusive interview showcasing retired American Airlines Captain Beverley Bass, a Dallas, Texas native, who is one of the main characters portrayed in Come From Away” said Sanford. “The video will be available on the second floor lobby with show times at 6:45 and 7 p.m.”

Don’t miss your chance to experience an evening of inspiration, laughter, great Broadway music and an unforgettable story during Come From Away A limited amount of tickets are available and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (409) 886-5535. Tickets range in price from $40-$90.

The Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main Avenue in Orange, Texas.

Stark Museum Hosts Black Pioneers Quilt Exhibition Starting March 2

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The Stark Museum of Art will host Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West Quilt Exhibition from March 2 -August 3, 2024. This exhibition, the first of its kind, explores the path of Black history in the West with a timeline of original pictorial quilts. The timeline begins in 1528, with Esteban’s dramatic story, which marks the arrival of Africans in the American West and continues through the Civil Rights Movement.

Dispelling the myth that Black people in the Old West were mostly cowboys, Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West shows rich diversity in their occupations and achievements in society, religion, education, and the arts.

Choosing quilts as the visual medium for this exhibition accentuates the intersections of African Americans in the Western Frontier while informing others about the art form and its important role in African American history.

This exhibition is organized by The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, curator, historian, and artist. The quilts have been created by the Women of Color Quilters Network, especially for this exhibition.

Admission to the Stark Museum of Art is free of charge. The museum is located at 712 Green Ave. in Orange.

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