Last year, First UU Church of Essex, home of the HUUB space, celebrated their 125th anniversary with a 100 Year House Conference, which also highlighted the many homes in Orange that are over 1o0 years old. Bette Bland, who is always on hand to provide poetry and self-expression activities, led a collaborative effort that afternoon, and this is the result:
A Poetic Collaboration of 100 Year Old House Participants
We are ancestors in waiting
A vision so inspired
The course of your life may be changed forever
Be forewarned you may never leave Orange!
Love of the place
Make the city a community land trust
A beloved treasure.
The “New America”!
You have to stand up and be counted
Pat who saved Orange
Pat who worries about old frame houses
Mindy who captures what is needed when it is needed
Ana Baptista who talked of master plans
We spoke of
Home, Orange, often misunderstood but forever loved.
No storm, no foe will…Take it away!
What a perfect day!
For more information on poetry, spoken word and what will ultimately become Orange Speaks! Please feel free to contact Bette, or myself, email@example.com