From the petting zoo to the model trains on display, there was something for everyone on Depot Day on Saturday. With over 700 visitors to the event, it was the largest attendance yet according to Carrie Woliver, president of Friends of the Orange Railroad Depot.
A rock performance by the Orange Community Players as they sang song renditions was enjoyed by all.
Orange Community Players was originally founded as “Town Theater” in 1950. Productions have taken place at Helen Carr Junior High School and Anderson Elementary School. In 1957, the Town Theater was renamed “Orange Community Players”. Season tickets could be purchased for five dollars, according to its website.
Johnnie Faye Jeff Hattman was instrumental in starting and sustaining the theater company.
The Orange Blossom Dancers got in halfway and literally danced in the streets. The crowd cheered and some joined in the dance.
The dance troupe started as a dance class around 18 years ago and now performs at festivals, retirement homes and local events.
Children drive ponies and stroke goats, geese and other small animals.
Showcase Express was on hand to provide rides for children.
Inside one side of the depot were vendors such as Gulf Coast Canvas and Prints, CASA, and TAN.
TAN now has a pediatric nurse practitioner and offers behavioral health services.
CASA is looking for volunteers to focus on one child or a group of siblings both to help find, engage and strengthen a support network for the child and family as a cohesive presence for the child and family. family and facilitate nurturing relationships for the child.
Friends of the Orange Train Depot (FOOD) is also looking for volunteers to be part of the Train Depot Museum. To find out more, visit www.orangetxdepot.org