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Tim Lovelace To Deliver Orleans Dogwood Vesper Service
Updated April 12, 2016 6:38 AM | Filed under: Event
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(ORLEANS) - "ORLEANS: Little Town, Big Heart" 48th Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival is April 27-30.

Nationally know Tim Lovelace will deliver the Orleans Dogwood Vesper Service this year. As a nationally sought after comedian, musician and motivational speaker, Lovelace has been described as the most versatile comedian on stage today. His award-winning musical talents, coupled with his crystal clean humor have people of all ages laughing.

Normally the Vesper Service is held at the end of the festival, but this year officials are opening the festival with the event on Sunday April 24 at 6 p.m. at Unity Hall.

All area churches are encouraged to dismiss their evening service and join in this special community event.

The Vesper Service is sponsored by both the Orleans Ministerial Association and the Dogwood Festival Committee.

Some other events include the Dogwood Art Walk which will feature exhibition of visual arts created by local artistic residents from Orange County and it's immediate surrounding communities, with a special emphasis on artists from Orleans.

This year's Dogwood Art Walk will be held on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. behind the Orleans Christian Church in the OCC Community Building (large brick building on S. 2nd Street between W. Jackson & W. Vincennes St.)

While there, make sure you check out the Silent Auction.

And of course no festival is complete with out a parade, which will step-off at 2 p.m. on Historic Maple Street (SR 37). Immediately after the parade Sweet Water band will play on the Main Stage.

For additional details and information, you may call Gwen Ellison at (812) 270-7781 or send an email to dogwoodartwalk@yahoo.com. You can also visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/DogwoodFestivalArtWalk.

48th Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival Schedule of Events:

Pre-Festival Events

Friday, April 22

  • All-Day-Town-Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, April 23

  • All-Day Town-Wide Yard Sale
  • 6 p.m. Dogwood Queen Contest-Orleans Elementary

Sunday, April 24

  • 1 p.m. Dogwood Horseshoe Tournament-Orleans Airport
  • 2 p.m. Little Miss Dogwood-Orleans Elementary
  • 5 p.m. Little Miss Petal & Little Miss Dogwood-Orleans Elementary *Sponsored by Coca-Cola
  • 7 p.m. Community Vesper Service - Unity Hall Guest Speaker: Tim Lovelace

Monday, April 25

  • 5 p.m. Carnival opens-Congress Square *Brady Amusements sponsored by Orleans American Legion Post #69
  • *O.B.R. Band Parents Food Stand Opens Downtown

Tuesday, April 26

  • 4-7 p.m. Student Art Show - Orleans Library
  • 5-10 p.m. Carnival-Congress Square
  • 6 p.m.-Phi Beta Psi Style Show & Salad Supper-Orleans Elementary
  • 7 p.m. - WUME 95 Talent Show-Main Stage

Weather Note: Some events subject to change or cancellation due to weather. The Main Stage entertainment may be moved to Orleans Elementary, SR 337 E in the event of bad weather.

*Both the Orleans Christian Church and Orleans United Methodist are designated emergency type shelter areas during festival week in the event of severe weather or other type of emergency.

First Aid-Orleans 1st Responders (South side square).

Dogwood Headquarters, festival, area visitor info etc. (Orleans Chamber, north side of square)

Wednesday, April 27 (Official Opening Day)

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber Office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 4:30 p.m. - OES/OHS Choir Performs-Main Stage
  • 5 p.m. - OHS Pep Band Concert - Main Stage
  • 5-10 p.m. Carnival-Congress Square
  • 6 p.m. - Gospel in the Park - Main Stage *Sponsored by Orleans Area Ministerial Association

Thursday, April 28

Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber Office

Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square

  • 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Student Art Show - Orleans Library
  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Photo Contest Display-OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dogwood Art Walk-OCC Unity Hall lobby
  • 5-10 p.m. Carnival-Congress Square
  • 5 p.m. Registration/6 p.m. Start *Cub Scout Rain Gutter Regatta-Congress Square
  • 6:30 p.m. Sign-In/ 7 p.m. Start -Euchre Tourney-Fire Department
  • 7 p.m. - Pet Monkey Band - Main Stage

Friday, April 29

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Student Art Show - Orleans Library
  • 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Photo Contest-OCC Unity Hall
  • 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dogwood Art Walk-OCC Unity Hall lobby
  • 5 -7 p.m. UMC Ham & Bean Supper-Orleans Elementary
  • 5-10 p.m. Carnival-Congress Square
  • 7 p.m. - The Honky Tonk Heroes band - Main Stage

Saturday, April 30

  • Dogwood Headquarters-Chamber office
  • Vendors Arts & Crafts-Congress Square
  • 6:30-9:30 am Kiwanis Breakfast-Orleans Elementary
  • 7-9 a.m. Dogwood Pedal(Registration) - Orleans Elementary *Sponsored by Javaroma Coffee*
  • 9 a.m.-4 pm Photo Contest Display-OCC Unity Hall
  • 10 a.m.-2 pm Student Art Show - Orleans Library
  • 10 a.m. Dogwood Pet Parade - Fountain area
  • 12 noon Kiwanis Bubblegum Contest-Bandstand
  • 12noon - 9pm Carnival-Congress Square
  • 2 p.m.- 48th Annual Dogwood Parade Theme: "ORLEANS: Little Town, Big Heart" -Historic Maple Street (SR 37)
  • Immediately after the parade Sweet Water band - Main Stage


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