Merchants group holding first street fair

Monday, May 14, 2018

ORANGE — The Orange Merchants Group (OMG) will be holding its first Third Thursday Summer Street Fair of the season on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Orange. This is the second year that OMG has organized the street fair.

Last year’s fairs were so successful, according to organizers, that the Town of Athol adopted the model and created a First Friday this year.

Music, food, artists, crafters and vendors will line the sidewalks from the Miller’s River north to the Dance Studio and all around Central Square and Memorial Park. Downtown businesses and the Fire Department will be open, and food trucks and restaurants will be serving as early as 5 p.m. to allow vendors to purchase food before the fair gets going.

Music for this street fair will be local musicians Tessie & Ann, who will be playing in Memorial Park. Theresa Bergquist and Ann Reed will harmonize with a wide variety of music to appeal to every age group. One vendor that is new to not only the street fair, but to Massachusetts, will be Silver Therapeutics, which plans to open a marijuana retail business and growing facility in Orange. It will be manning an informational table and will answer any questions or listen to any concerns people may have.

Brenda Anderson, co-owner of Trail Head Outfitter and General Store, is the coordinator for the Street Fair. She said she feels the street fair is all about connecting.

“OMG wants to connect people with what is around them,” Anderson said. “We want people to connect socially and bring back the old-fashioned idea of strolling around downtown and discovering new things and old friends. These days there is so much disconnect — OMG is all about connecting.”

The Third Thursday Street Fairs will continue through August.

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