North Quabbin Notebook: June 26, 2020

  • Brenda Black, a member of the Orange Revitalization Partnership and chair of Dinner by the River, and Elaine Guertin, a member of the Orange Community Band, hold a $700 check that will support repairs to the bandstand in Butterfield Park. Contributed photo

Published: 6/25/2020 3:37:56 PM
Dinner by the River proceeds to support bandstand repairs

ORANGE — Thanks to past proceeds from its annual Dinner by the River event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange Revitalization Partnership has raised $700 to help restore the bandstand at Butterfield Park.

A press release states the $700 is “just the beginning of collecting the proceeds needed to refurbish, update and address safety issues, enabling the (Orange Community Band) to continue with its Friday evening concerts” once they are allowed to resume. Outdoor theaters and performance venues of moderate capacity are allowed to open as part of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, which won’t start until at least July 6.

The Orange Community Band’s concerts have brought free entertainment to the public since 1850, the release states. The bandstand itself dates back to its original concert on July 4, 1976. It has occasionally needed repair and updating, as is the case now.

Anyone wishing to contribute financially for needed repairs to the bandstand can send checks to, or drop them off at, Town Hall, 6 Prospect St., Orange, MA 01364.

Restoration Committee seeks donations for stage lighting

ORANGE — The Town Hall Restoration Committee recently voted in a virtual meeting to begin the educational campaign, and soon resume fundraising, as part of its efforts to install new stage lighting in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in Town Hall.

Having received some bids around $35,000 for the lighting installation project, the Town Hall Restoration Committee is aiming to raise $40,000, according to a press release from committee member Maureen Riendeau.

Up until now, the fundraising efforts necessary to install new lighting were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many letters were sent to area businesses just as the crisis began, and committee members will begin following up on those letters soon,” the release states.

However, the hope is that businesses will donate online at, or send a check to Town of Orange, 6 Prospect St., Orange, MA 01364, and write “Stage Lighting” in the memo.

“Just as the Minute Tapioca Co. got this all started by donating curtains to the town in 1912, so can the many small businesses and individuals in the region help to light up the stage and the curtain,” the release states.

For more information, contact Deborah Kent at 978-895-9529 or Maureen Riendeau at 978-413-6867.

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