It is time to return a little fun to Orange after all the stress from recovery of Hurricane Harvey. An old fashioned block party/ street dance, the Harvey Relief Street Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, from 5-9 p.m. at the Orange Train Depot.
When Harvey ravaged Orange and damaged much of the city, all the events were canceled. What’s Happening Orange County approached the Friends of the Orange Depot about hosting an event at the depot to give the community a break from recovery efforts.
“That’s a great idea!” said Carrie Woliver, president of Friends of the Orange Depot.
The Orange Train Depot was one of the few venues untouched by the storm.
The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau came on as a sponsor to help with logistics.
It was an opportunity to become Orange Strong and bring the community together for a little fun.
Finding a band was a bit of a challenge for the event, because most of the area bands had many members affected by the storm, with many losing their homes and/or instruments.
Uncle Mike’s Garage Band also had two members with flooded homes, but they wanted to play for the community. All the members of the band are from Orange except Ray Ward. The band is made up of Dr Keith Kyle, on guitar and vocals, Mike Poutra on keyboard and Vocals, Sammy Parish on drums, Ray Ward on guitar and vocals, and Mike Magnuson on bass and guitar.
Magnuson said Ward also plays the cello. “We do some cool stuff using the cello,” he said. According to Magnuson, they play a little country, but primarily rock from the 60s and 70s. Uncle Mike’s Garage Band is just one of several bands Magnuson plays in.
Magnuson will also perform the song he wrote while Harvey was still hanging out in Southeast Texas called “Harvey was It’s Name.”
The Christina Wells Band, from Houston, will be the featured performer 7-9 p.m.
Woliver heard Christina Wells perform her Hurricane Harvey anthem called “Come Hell or High Water” at a fundraiser in Houston and knew she needed to come perform it in Orange.
“She was wonderful,” said Woliver.
Wells wrote the song to raise money for Harvey Relief and will bring CD’s available that day. Wells has more a disco and rock vibe from the 70s and 80s. You can find her on YouTube performing Donna Summers “Last Dance” at Houston galas.
It should be a great night of dancing.
The event is free, because most of the area citizens are in recovery mode, but donations will be accepted for the United Way of Orange County hurricane relief efforts. All money will stay in Orange County. A special limited edition Orange Strong mug has also been created. Funds from the sale of the mug will go into the relief fund.
Food vendors will be on site. A portion of their sales from the night will be donated to the United Way as well.
Inside the Depot there will be a “Gratitude Wall” where messages can be written and posted for display. Tours of the depot will also be given by docents from the Friends of the Orange Depot. A barber will be on hand offering free haircuts to those in need.
Free parking will be on the lot across the street from the depot and on the neighboring streets.
Some seating will be available, but everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No coolers or pets will be allowed.
Come on down to the Depot to let your hair down. We will be dancing in the street at the Harvey Relief Street Party!