HEY HEY HEY EVERYONE! If you don’t know by now, where on Earth have you been? It’s here! The big weekend is finally here! Guys, the Orange International Street Fair is THIS WEEKEND! First of all, I would like to extend a Happy Labor Day Weekend to everyone in Old Towne or wherever you may be. I hope that everyone has a restful and safe long weekend (hopefully at the fair). Over the past few weeks, we wanted to shed light on a few organizations that contribute to our community in Old Towne, sometimes going unnoticed and underappreciated. From the Assistance League of Orange to The Elk’s Lodge and Friendly Center, these organizations are helping thousands of families and children in Orange and our greater Orange County.
As luck should have it, all of these organizations are hosting booths at the Orange International Street Fair this weekend. Be sure to stop by, hear their stories, and grab some food, as these organizations use the street fair as a way to fundraise for their community programs.
To wrap up this blog series, we are sharing about our friends, the Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA). OTPA is a public benefit non-profit organization that was established in February of 1986 to preserve, protect and enhance Old Towne Orange, California. From their website, they share, “While preservation itself relates to many subjects, it goes without saying that preserving this country's landscapes, historic buildings, various traditional and/or ethnic customs, tangible artifacts, important documents, and so forth all make up a rich tapestry of our history as a people. By respecting and preserving this legacy we demonstrate a sensitivity to that history.” Our one square mile area contains more than 1,400 structures built before 1940. In 1997, Old Towne Orange became a national historic district and was placed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This makes it the largest residential historic district in the State of California. The OTPA works to maintain the historic integrity and economic viability of the area through education, community involvement, and service projects which support the concerns of Orange residents to maintain this neighborhood for future generations.
Over the past 3 decades, OTPA has supported the growth of Orange that impacts the history and culture of OTO. In 2018, the proposed preservation issues they are looking to tackle are the proposed expansion of Chapman University, the proposed demolition of Kellar Watson house, and Killefer School site development. They are always grateful for volunteers, donations, and meeting more citizens who want to preserve our town (visit their website here).
And this weekend, OTPA would like to welcome all families, friends, neighbors, students, and visitors to our beautiful neighborhood of Old Towne Orange during the Orange International Street Fair. For OTPA, this is their biggest fundraiser of the year and the money raised helps OTPA’s mission in helping preserve California’s largest historic district. Their booth is located at the East end of Chapman Ave on Irish Street. This year they'll be hosting "Sligo Rags" and "American Wake" on the Irish Street stage at the East end of their Festival Tent. At the West end of their tent, they will be serving "Guinness, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde, and Stella.”
Be sure to visit OTPA (and all of the wonderful merchants) at OISF this weekend!