There is a change on the horizon

Published 10:02 am Thursday, November 1, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


My taste in music has never been considered the norm and I accept it.

However, I never pictured myself at a saxophonist concert, until I was presented the opportunity on Saturday.

Gift of Life and Lutcher Theater joined together for an amazing evening with David Sanborn and his band.

I have always been fascinated with the architecture of the theater because no matter where I was seated, it was always the best seat in the house. No one is ever blocking your view and the acoustics are spectacular.

Seeing Sanborn’s reaction to the theater showed, he too, was impressed.

If you were not there, you missed seeing his drummer straighten a loose drum setup without missing a beat.

And it is difficult to imagine someone was not in attendance that night as the house was packed!

On the other end of town, the Orange African American Museum was holding a fundraiser for the building to house the museum. There, one could enjoy the sounds of saxophonist Perry Richard. I, unfortunately, was unable to attend but a friend who went in my place said it was very enjoyable.

Proceeds from the event are to help get the building up and operational in 2019.

Having followed the non-profits progress from the beginning, this is an exciting moment. Thank you to Henry Lowe and all the members of the organization for continuing to believe and making a dream become a reality.


Happy Halloween

While so many will be out trick or treating, I will be having a romantic dinner with my husband. It seems odd to celebrate 20 years of marriage when it feels like we just exchanged vows last year.

Stay safe while enjoying Fall Festivals and Trunk or Treats on Wednesday. I have heard one event at the Orange First Church of the Nazarene has opted to move their event indoors due to the weather.


Picking up litter

While people are talking about Red Waves and Blue Waves, I want to point out another wave, which will have a lasting impact on our community – The Litter Wave.

I spoke with a young man last week about what he enjoys in his spare time. He actually said he liked helping pick up the trash around where his mother works. Dylan Spencer, thank you! The Trashy Ladies would surely thank you as well if they knew about you.

The Trashy Ladies have spent at least 20 years fighting the battle of litter in Orange. They did not give up and did not falter. They did feel the wave of exhaustion but never surrendered.

Now, there is a monthly clean up in Orange. The next one is set for 8 a.m. Nov. 10. To find the location, check out its Facebook page, Trash Talk – Keep Orange, Texas Clean, the morning of the event.


Dawn Burleigh is editor of The Orange Leader. She can be reached at