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Orleans Renaissance Group launching annual membership campaign

Volunteer group is looking to grow membership

October 31, 2015

The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is launching their annual membership drive November 1. The 501(c)(3) volunteer organization is well-known in the Medina area and across the state as a supporter and promoter of arts, cultural and preservation activities.

From humble beginnings nearly twenty years ago, ORG was formed to bring the BPO to Medina.


"We successfully did just that on several ocassions," said Chris Busch, President of ORG. "Those were wonderful times, especially the sold-out BPO concerts- the orchestra very much enjoyed seeing the "SOLD OUT" signs on the doors of St. Mary's when they arrived."

Busch says the organization has grown and continues to grow.

"Over the years we have grown and evolved, supporting many kinds of cultural and arts activities along with being at the forefront of many preservation efforts," said Busch

"Accomplishing these great things takes dedication, time, talent and treasure. ORG is solidly committed, not only to bringing world-class musical events to Medina, but also to being a catalyst in the renaissance of the arts, culture and preservation in the Greater Medina Area. We cannot do it alone. We need membership support."

The 2015 ORG Membership recounts an impressive list of accomplishments that have occurred over 2015.

The Orleans Renaissance Group continues to be in the forefront of preserving our heritage, promoting the arts, and making our community a better place to live, work and grow. ORG is committed to remaining vital partner in the community- to continue playing an important role in the renaissance that is Medina. Take a look at what ORG has accomplished in our community over the past year...

  • ~ The Frederick Douglass Historic Marker Initiative. ORG facilitated this entire project to erect a NYS Historic Marker in Historic Downtown, commemorating two important visits by Frederick Douglass to Medina.
  • ~ Phase I Stabilization of Bent's Opera House. ORG literally saved this historic and important structure from collapse, and continues to aggressively pursue funds to further restore and revitalize the structure into a WNY destination.
  • ~ GCC Civil War Initiative. Once again, ORG and Bent's opera House played an important role in the final year of the GCC Civil War encampment.
  • ~ Milonga! Last spring, ORG hosted a milonga at The Pillars featuring tango lessons, dinner and cocktails, and tango dancing with the Buffalo Tango Orchestra.
  • ~ Canal Village Farmers' Market! With the former farmers' market ceasing operations, ORG stepped up to sponsor a new market. With the hard work of market manager, Gail Miller, Medina has quickly established one of the best farmers' markets in WNY, bringing 500+ people to downtown Medina every Saturday morning!
  • ~ Ale in Autumn/Wine About Winter/Olde Tyme Christmas! ORG continues to be an active part of Historic Downtown with annual participation in these great community events!
  • ~ A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. A growing annual family tradition of ecumenical song and scripture each Christmas at St. Mary Church, supported by ORG. Features chorale singing, brass, strings and pipe organ.

Coming up in 2016... Continued work and planning on Bent's Opera House, downtown event participation, expanded farmers' market, PLUS two concert events- a spring dinner dance featuring WNY's most popular big band, Easy Street!... AND... internationally acclaimed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan performing in St. Mary RC Church in September! A world-class event!

Accomplishing these great things takes dedication, time, talent and treasure. ORG is solidly committed, not only to bringing world-class musical events to Medina, but also to being a catalyst in the renaissance that is Medina. We know you share that vision too... but we cannot do it alone. We need your help. It's as simple as becoming a member of ORG.

For more information about the ORG, visit and check out their membership letter..

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