Before and after you visit the Festival, be sure to stop at some of the local attractions:
This year TheatreTruck and The Swift River Valley Historical Society present THE WATER PROJECT (IMMERSIVE), a site-specific theatrical journey with live music, with performances September 22-24 at 6:30 and 8:30pm in the village of North New Salem, just west of Rt. 202. Live theater joins forces with the Pioneer Valley’s thriving independent music scene in this original immersive production that tells the story of the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir. The water is rising.
The Community Boat House, run by Peak Expeditions, is located at 25 East River Street in the heart of downtown Orange. There you can rent a kayak, try out paddle boarding, or launch your own canoe. You can travel the Millers River Blue Trail, a scenic and historic waterway that is part of the Connecticut River Watershed.
If you need some gear or gifts, head to Trail Head, an outfitter and general store at the corner of South and East Main Streets. Or to look for hidden treasures, visit one of the many antique shops in the area. Skydive at Jumptown or just stop by to watch the colorful parachutes as divers float down to the field.
More recreational opportunities may be found at Tully Lake, where you can camp or go boating with help from the Trustees of Reservations. There are also mountain bike trails and hiking paths for folks with all levels of skill. A visit to beautiful Doane’s Falls is a must as well. More information on hiking in the area, including the Quabbin Reservoir, is available from the North Quabbin Trails Association.
On your way to Tully Lake, drive through North Orange village, the historic first colonial settlement of the town. The lovely colonial church, built in 1781, stands at the top of the hill surrounded by historic farm houses.
You will find that Orange is green, vibrant, and beautiful.