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Orange Chamber Cancels 2021 Mardi Gras Parades

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Orange Chamber Cancels 2021 Mardi Gras Parades

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Orange regretfully have decided to cancel the Friday Mardi Gras Motor Parade scheduled for February 5, 2021, and the Krewe of Krewe’s Grand Mardi Gras Parade scheduled for February 6, 2021.

Due to lack of participation and the COVID – 19 pandemic, they feel that it is in the best interest and safety of local citizens to cancel both nights’ parades along with other Mardi Gras festivities.

They are looking forward to the Mardi Gras festivities and parades for 2022 and it is our hope that it will be even bigger and better.

Texas Forestry Association Giving Away Seedlings

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Texas Forestry Association (TFA) will be giving away seedlings on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp, 408 Pier Road, Orange, TX 77630, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Residents and businesses in Orange and surrounding areas are invited to come by and pick up a few trees for their yards.

TFA will give away 1,000 Bald cypress containerized seedlings to the residents of Southeast Texas who have weathered Hurricane Laura in August, Beta in September, and Delta in October. “This species is native to Southeast Texas and will grow on a wide variety of sites,” said Rob Hughes, Executive Director of TFA. “We are working with the City of Orange to help residents replace some of their trees because of all the benefits they provide,” he added.

“To practice social distancing, folks won’t even have to get out of their vehicles,” said Hughes. “They can roll their windows down and we will hand them the seedlings, which will be wrapped and inserted in a paper bag.”

These Texas trees were grown in a nursery near Tyler. With funds donated by TFA’s Sustainable Forestry Committee, TFA was able to purchase enough trees for the event. This is the season of giving, and TFA is especially delighted to be able to offer an East Texas community the gift of trees.

For more information, call (936) 632-TREE (8733).

Orange Fire Dept. Hosting Fill the Fire Truck Toy Drive

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Orange Fire Dept. Hosting Fill the Fire Truck Toy Drive

The City of Orange Fire Department will be hosting the 5th annual “Fill the Fire Truck Campaign” at Central Fire Station, located at 501 N. 7th Street. The lobby of Central Fire Station houses a vintage fire truck. The truck represents firefighters of the past, their sacrifices, and a commitment to community service. While the 1920 model truck is a sight to see in itself, the City of Orange Fire Department has a vision of it serving the community once again.

Fill the Fire Truck helps support local families in need within the Orange community. Christmas is just around the corner and the City of Orange Fire Department would like to enlist the support of the community to collect new toys for those in need in the Orange area. The City of Orange Fire Department will coordinate with local charities to distribute the collected gifts where they are most needed.

Donations of new and unwrapped toys will be accepted from November 23 through December 7 between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. every day of the week. Gifts may be dropped off at the following 3 fire stations within the City of Orange:

  • Central Fire Station – 501 N. 7th St.
  • Fire Station #2 – 1901 Allie Payne Rd.
  • Fire Station #3 – 1717 MLK Dr.

For additional information, please contact Fire Marshal, John Bilbo, or Fire Department Secretary, Mary Low, at 409.883.1050.

Lutcher Theater Hosts A Western Swing Spring Fling : An Evening With The Quebe Sisters

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Lutcher Theater Hosts A Western Swing Spring Fling : An Evening With The Quebe Sisters

Shine your boots & kick up your heels as A Western Swing Spring Fling two-steps into town featuring An Evening With The Quebe Sisters, Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 7 pm. Enjoy live music as the Dallas-based five-piece band presents a unique Americana blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music. Sit a spell or dance the night away and enjoy food trucks and more at this fun-filled outdoor event, presented live on the Lutcher parking lot stage. Tickets on sale November 16, 2020, at or by calling the Lutcher Theater Box Office (409) 886-5535.

With over fifteen years of touring to date, this sibling trio has delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to the concert halls and festivals of North America, Europe, and Russia. The Quebe Sisters: Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe front an innovative Progressive Western Swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles, and sibling harmony.

The Quebe Sisters honor the traditions of Western Swing, playing the style Bob Wills pioneered in an authentic way by incorporating new genres and songs, interpreting classic styles using their own unique voice through Country instrumentation. Combining the musical stylings of The Mills Brothers, Ray Price, Count Basie and Willie Nelson, the band’s stripped-down acoustic stylings breathes new life into seasoned sounds once found in Texas dance halls and honky-tonks.

Special thanks to First Financial Bank for sponsoring the event. Also thanks for supporting the arts in Southeast Texas go to the City of Orange, DOW, and Diane and Don Shaver.

The concert is presented as part of Lutcher Theater’s Project EnterMISSION, a four-part initiative that offers the following invitations to the community:

Stand – Stand strong and stretch with us as we offer a different approach to programming during this time.
Refresh – Savor our social media and subscribe to our YouTube channel for a series of fun and compelling Lutcher Theater stories and behind-the-scenes episodes.
Connect – Join us as we help those in need with community service projects.
Learn – Engage in arts-integrated educational activities designed for your students and the entire family to enjoy.


Orange Christmas Parade Canceled for First Time in 72 Years

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72nd Annual Christmas Parade Scheduled

Due to lack of participation, for the first time in 72 years, the Orange Kiwanis Club is postponing the Christmas Parade until 2021.

“We wanted to be able to host this long-standing tradition to provide a distraction and a bit of Christmas Spirit for our community. However, we have had very few applications submitted, several of our regular groups, such as school bands, will not be able to participate because of contests, and of course, COVID-19 cases on the rise is quite concerning for us all,” said Shane Johns, Club President.

The Clubs’ plan is to keep the “Texas Christmas” theme for 2021, so organizations will have plenty of time to plan a creative entry for next year. Those who have already paid the registration fee will be contacted concerning a refund.

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