Happy Holidays with Two on Tap!


TWO ON TAP brings audiences back in time to an era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in performances which have entertained tens of thousands worldwide.

Join them as they take us on a song-and-dance tour of American holiday classics—plus catch our local dance troupes as they steal the spotlight with the opening number!



Broadway professionals Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano bring variety to the mainstage in a world-class headline act filled with timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, fantastic vocals, gorgeous costumes, and exciting tap-dancing. Since debuting in February 2010, this one-of-a-kind duo has performed at hundreds of venues worldwide while fulfilling one important mission: to breathe new life into classic song-and-dance with clever arrangements, a meaningful connection to the audience, and signature high-energy routines.

Happy Holidays with Two on Tap!

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Unity Knight Center

Tickets: $15/adults, $10/students

August 22: Arts on Central ft. Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz

We’re filling downtown Orange City with live music, food, and family fun! Grab street food (and poffertjes!) and create your own art. Celebrate the end of summer with a color toss ceremony! Then move on over to the bandshell for Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz!

Artists of all ages can take part in chalk art, the iconic CUBE painting, a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, a graffiti wall, photo booth, and more!

Stop by the OCArts booth and get a free t-shirt with your 2018-19 Season Pass purchase! Plus, decorate a bag to take home all your projects in. We can’t wait to see you there!

Schedule at a glance:

4:30  –  Food stands open, live music and activities begin

5:00  –  OC Chamber of Commerce “Thanks with Franks” begins

5:30  –  End of Summer Color Toss Ceremony

7:30  –  Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz at the Bandshell


This year’s live music in the street will feature:

4:30  –  The Fabulous Forte: The voices of Nicki Kuiper, Rebecca De Vries, and Janie Van Dyke join with pianist Carla Van Beek for Andrews Sisters style harmonies and tight rhythms

5:10  –  The Ruralists: Guitar driven alt-rock band comprised of Luke Hawley, Laremy De Vries, Ben Lappenga, Jake Miller, and Titus Landegent, The Ruralists challenge the idea that culture can only be found in “cities”

6:00  –  Men of Jubilant Praise: Barbershop quartet-style sacred music led by Irwin De Jong

6:50  –  The Usual Suspects: Acoustic blues and rock with Joel Westerholm, John Hubers, Gary Reinders, Sam Martin, and Steve Mason

7:30  –  Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz (at Windmill Park Bandshell): All the hits from the “Golden Age of Song,” just like you want them played! Take a listen:


With high praise from Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz give you the musical standards of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole with flair. These gentlement have been touring and playing music together for over 30 years, and their showmanship and musical expertise really stand out from the crowd.


See you there!

Onstage Orange City: Festival Latino

Festival Latino — a free outdoor event highlighting Hispanic heritage — will fill Orange City’s Windmill Park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The event is part of Orange City Arts’ Onstage Orange City summer series.

The fourth annual community-wide festival will feature authentic Latin cuisine, an interactive kids’ zone featuring free crafts and activities, and live music from internationally-known Latin fusion band Tropicante.

“The Hispanic population has begun to be an important part of the Orange City community, and it’s important to have shared spaces where we can learn to understand each other and learn about each other’s cultures,” says Olga Alvarado, an Orange City Arts board member of Colombian descent who helped plan the event.

With nearly 10 percent of Sioux County identifying as Hispanic according to the 2013 Census, the event aims to foster deeper cultural understanding while providing top-notch food and quality entertainment.

Kids zone IMG_7701 2014Tropicante, an energetic Latin-style band led by singers Ed East (Panamanian) and Karin Stein (Colombian), will have attendees dancing cumbias, merengues, sambas and other irresistible Latin rhythms.

“Our principal goal is always to have people’s minds opened to the diversity of Latin American cultures through a beautiful, fun medium — music,” Stein said.

Stein and East will host a free, all-ages interactive percussion workshop at 6:15 p.m. before their performance at 7 p.m.Calle Sur Photo

Separate from the larger band, the duo (known as Calle Sur, right) will also provide a free children’s workshop for grades kindergarten through fifth at 1 pm at the Orange City Public Library. The participants will make simple instruments, sing, dance, and act their way through a Brazilian rain forest.

Free transportation from Sioux Center will be available. A bus will leave the Centre Mall parking lot at 6 and 6:30 p.m., with rides returning from Orange City back to Sioux Center at 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Harold Heie, chair of the Festival Latino planning team and chair of CASA (Center for Assistance, Service, and Advocacy), says Festival Latino is a collaborative effort that aims to bring people together.

“Part of it is just getting to know one another,” Heie says. “When you get to know people, things always change.”

Attendees are invited to wear traditional clothing from their country of origin.

Festival Latino made possible by CASA, Center Fresh Group, Hands Around the World, Natural Food Holdings, Birdhouse Rentals, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Al & Carol Kramer, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.

Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the event’s rain location. For changes related to the weather, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

festival latino FLIER-2015

Español for boys & girls

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 23-July 9

Learn Spanish words and phrases through games, songs and crafts that focus on exploring Latino culture! Themes include holidays, family and food. All children are welcome—from those who only know a few words in Spanish to those who know a lot!

Grades 4-6: 1-2pm
Grades 1-3: 2:15-3:15pm
Instructor: Erica Davis
Location: City Hall Community Room

Register here!

Blogging 101

Two-part workshop: June 1 and 8 — Mondays

ORANGE CITY –– Develop your voice, find your passion and create a blog!  Laura Gilleland’s class will cover writing, marketing and the logistics of posting. Both new and experienced bloggers are welcome. Bring your laptop.

Check Gilleland’s blog: accordingtolaurajean.com.

To register, send name, email address, phone number and payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041, or drop your registration information & payment in the city hall mail slot. Checks should be written to Orange City Arts Council. For more information, call 707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Register by May 25: $15. After May 25: $25.

Sponsored by Orange City Arts Council


Orange City’s Got Talent!

Onstage Orange City begins its sixth season of Wednesday evening shows, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It’s Orange City’s Got Talent!

Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 27 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals. And the talent comes both from within Orange City and beyond city limits.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places: $100, $75 and $50, respectively.

OC's Got Talent 2014 Hannah McGarvey on stage IMG_5964Judges will be Tulip Queen Cara Venema, City Administrator Duane Feekes and Steve Mahr of Old Factory Coffee Shop. Lois Estell and Amanda Haverdink are emcees. The 2014 winner of Orange City’s Got Talent, Sydney Krommendyk, will treat the audience to a song during the judges’ deliberation. (Sydney is pictured above, with other 2014 OC’s Got Talent winners.)

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Orange City Communications and State Farm: Matt Weg Agency, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.

Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover.

The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center.







Onstage Orange City is a program of Orange City Arts. For more information or weather-related announcements, see facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.


Orange City’s Got Talent! 2014 winners announced

ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarvey and The TriTones took the prizes in the fifth annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Windmill Park in Orange City.

Sydney Krommendyk, (left in photo at top of page) sixth grader from Orange City, took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Titanium.

Hannah McGarvey of Alton (2nd from left in photo at top of page) played a cello piece by Astor Piazzolla,  Libertango, and earned the second place award.  Her accompanist was Lori Vande Brake.

Tri-Tones (right in photo at top of page), an a cappella trio of Ben De Groot and Sam De Groot of Sioux Center, and Joel Pasma of Ripon CA, won third place.  

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50.

The other seven acts in the talent show were Ensemble Royale, The J’s, Kari Broadway, Julie Junck, Jade De Kock, Miranda and LaRae Bloemendaal, and Christie Conover and Angela Riedeman.OC's Got Talent 2014 IMG_6048.JPG

The evening ended with Popular from Wicked, performed by emcees Amanda Haverdink, the 2013 OC’s Got Talent winner, and Lois Estell.

The Onstage Orange City 2014 event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.


SIGN UP to be part of the 2015 Orange City’s Got Talent! Click here to register. Please sign up for an audition time by May 12. Auditions will be May 19-21.

First, second & third place winners of OC’s Got Talent 2014 are not eligible to be contestants for this year’s event, but may audition again in 2015.

Onstage OC: Festival Latino

Orange City, IA – On Wednesday, July 16, Orange City will hold its third Festival Latino, an event that celebrates diversity and appreciates Latin culture.  The Onstage Orange City event will be 5:00-8:30pm at Windmill Park.

The evening begins at 5:00pm. Experience arts and crafts, mural painting, games, and a “fun zone” for kids between 5:30 and 7:30.  Starting at 5:00 and going until 7:00, authentic Latin cuisine will be available for purchase and enjoyment.  The main event is Mariachi Los Rancheros from Hawarden, playing from 7:00 to 8:00. The evening ends with participation by festival attendees in some high-energy Zumba.

Throughout the event, t-shirts with the festival logo as well as t-shirts from CASA featuring the slogan “Love Our Immigrant Neighbor” will be available for purchase.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is Unity Christian High School.

Bus transportation will be available to and from Sioux Center. The bus will leave from the mall parking lot in Sioux Center at 5:00 and 5:45. The bus will leave Orange City for Sioux Center at 8:15 and 9:00.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit facebook.com/FestivalLatinoOrangeCity.

Free, thanks to our sponsors: Staples, Center Fresh Eggs, ViBella Jewelry & CASA

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.(For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)


Summer Suites 2014

ORANGE CITY – UPDATE July 18: Summer Suites will be held outdoors!

The Orange City Arts Council’s annual celebration of flowering gardens and music – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2014 Summer Suites will be held Wednesday, June 18 in three backyard gardens in Orange City.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The “progressive concert” will feature cellist Hannah McGarvey, storyteller Jim Schaap, and ventriloquist Lisa Laird.

Hannah-McGarveyHannah McGarvey invites Summer Suites guests to immerse themselves in the world of tango from Argentina and Brazil.

A recent graduate from Biola Univeristy in cello performance, McGarvey plans a program featuring music from South America’s most well-known composers. Listeners will get a chance to hear tango music by Astor Piazzolla, songs of the Argentinian gaúchos by Alberto Ginastera, and folk-influenced Brazilian pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

McGarvey, of Alton, is actively teaching private lessons and working as a freelance musician in northwest Iowa, and plans to attend graduate school in the near future to pursue a degree in ethnomusicology.

Lori Vande Brake is McGarvey’s accompanist.

Lisa Laird and Lily

Lisa Laird and Lily

Lisa Laird, of Orange City,  was honored to be asked to be a featured performer at the International Ventriloquism ConVENTion in July.  Other performers include Jeff Dunham (seen on David Letterman and The Tonight Show) and Terry Fator (winner of America’s Got Talent, season two).  So Laird is doing her adult ventriloquism show first at Summer Suites. Kids will love it too!

Fourteen years ago, Laird was drawn into the world of puppetry by her sons Matt and Dan, and completed several levels of training. She worked with puppets in the preschool classroom until ’08, and now travels full-time as a family entertainer with Pockets Full of Fun.

She has received four Gold awards as well as first place in the Axtell Video Contest in ’13, and has performed at various conferences sponsored by Creative Ministry Solutions.

Jim Schaap

Jim Schaap

James Calvin Schaap – Jim! – will read and tell stories at the third garden. Schaap has been writing all kinds of things for almost 40 years. This summer a collection of his newest stories will come out, Up the Hill, folk tales from the cemetery of a small Dutch town in northwest Iowa. “That’s all we’re saying, really,” said Schaap, “but if you’ve never heard a story that features Calvinist zombies, you will soon.”

Schaap recently left Sioux Center after 37 years of teaching at Dordt College. He and his wife moved to rural Alton.

Summer Suites will be held in the backyard gardens of Marilyn Mayberry, Shay and Jackie Davis, and Dale and Jill Pluim.

The event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Instead of a show in Windmill Park, the event happens in three backyards.

Advance tickets are necessary, at $10 for adults and $7 for students. If purchased June 13 or before, tickets are discounted, at $7.50 for adults and $5 for students at the Orange CIty Arts Council office, Orange City town hall and Dove Christian Book Store. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers.

For more information, contact Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

OCArts@orangecityiowa.com  facebook.com/ocArts


And more info… about the gardens for Summer Suites!

The progressive concert/ garden tour – with desserts at each location – will be held at the backyards of Marilyn Mayberry, Dale and Jill Pluim and Shay and Jackie Davis, all in Orange City.

IMG_6191Dale and Jill Pluim’s yard features birch trees, a large maple tree, evergreens and lilacs. A red playhouse/ storage shed sits at the edge of the shady property, complementing the Pluim home. It’s an intimate setting. Ventriloquist Lisa Laird will do a program for adults, but children will enjoy the show too!

Shay and Jackie Davis live on the northwest edge of town, on a property that reminds them of their childhoods. Jackie grew up on a farm, and Shay’s childhood home was like their Orange City home. “When I went out the front, I was a city kid. The back, a farm kid,” he said.

Their front yard features perennials: day lily, bleeding heart, spiderwort, sweet william, columbine, coral bells and a variety of hosta. In the back is a two-tired deck and a large yard with mature evergreen, maple and cottonwood trees. Behind their tree border is a creek and cornfield, and their own zipline. IMG_6303

Their latest addition are homemade outdoor “lights,” attached to the side of their home – created with the help of Mariah and Makenna, with mason jars, pebbles and candles.

Author and storyteller Jim Schaap will entertain the audience at the Davis yard.

The third garden is Marilyn Mayberry’s, a large yard filled with ash, spruce, locust, amir maple, pagoda dogwood and Japanese lilac.  Marilyn has planted 17 trees since moving to her home about 18 years ago.

Fritz Kroese was the artist of her backyard patio, created last summer from a picture Marilyn found. There’s a two-sided pergola with Italian wedding lights, stamped concrete and a water rock fountain. “This is the only water front I’m going to have,” she said with a smile.IMG_6172

Marilyn’s garden also features Siberian iris, witch hazel, key lime hydrangea, and pachysandra.

Cellist Hannah McGarvey, accompanied by Lori Vande Brake, will perform at Marilyn’s place.

Rain location for Summer Suites is the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre.

Community Forum on arts, culture, history

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs wants to hear from you about arts, culture & history in Iowa.


Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Community Conversations Town Hall

Orange City

Wednesday, July 30th

9:00am – 10:30am  

Northwestern College

Vermeer Dining Room

Orange City, IA 51041


Join a community conversation online and in Orange City, and R.S.V.P today!

RSVP at http://www.iowadcacommunityconversations.org/attend-a-conversation.html  Scroll to the bottom of the page and RSVP for the Orange City event.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is coming to your community to help connect Iowa culture across the state.  Your participation is key to the conversation about current activities, needs, and concerns among the people who live, work, and engage with Iowa’s culture every day. We encourage you to invite your partners in culture and the broader audiences you serve.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs impacts Iowans through the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa – State Office of Media Production. We engage Iowans by elevating the role arts, history and culture play as an economic driver, a catalyst for the creative sector and a key ingredient in our quality of life. As we look to revitalize the State Historical Building in Iowa, we invite you to help shape the vision for the future while fostering a greater sense of connectivity and shared purpose across our state.


About the Community Conversations:

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is fully engaged in Master Planning for the State Historical Building of Iowa Revitalization.  As a part of the Master Planning, we are conducting Community Conversations to hear from Iowans as they give input on the visitor experience at the State Historical Building, its Museum and Library, along with a potential visitor center for the Capitol Complex.   Since the State Historical Building is the hub for the DCA, it serves as the heart and soul of our statewide outreach and funding programs.  This is the opportunity for Iowans to have input as we develop our vision for the future for all of the quality of life initiatives under the DCA umbrella.  We are traveling across the state in July for Community Conversation Town Hall Meetings.