Orleans Community Partnership 


The Orleans Community Partnership (OCP) is dedicated to championing cultural, environmental, and economic vitality of Orleans and its surrounding region.  It is administered entirely by community volunteers.

The Orleans Community Partnership (OCP) was created on August 26, 2011 stemming from and for the purpose of following-up on recommendations made by the Village Center Initiative sponsored by the Town of Orleans and its Planning Board, the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and the dedicated assistance of local citizens, businesses, and community organizations.  



The Orleans Community Partnership, Inc. oversees the operation of the OLD FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER for the Town of Orleans and the surrounding community, indeed a living part of the partnership where public interests and private interests come together. It is located in the heart of the Orleans Village Center at 44 Main Street. 

The OLD FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER consists of a large meeting room with art gallery, and two conference rooms -- one with a kitchenette.  The space is available for scheduling by public and private groups in the town. The schedule of usage is located here. 

 OLD FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER /  44 MAIN STREET, ORLEANS  Home of the Orleans Community Partnership, Inc. and the  Orleans Chamber of Commerce


Home of the Orleans Community Partnership, Inc. and the Orleans Chamber of Commerce

In addition to the Calendar for the OLD FIREHOUSE, clicking on the link above will bring you to the guidelines for reserving and using the space. 

The name "OLD FIREHOUSE" comes from the location of,  you guessed it, a firehouse at 44 Main Street on land located back from the street adjacent to Parish Park.  Behind the OLD FIREHOUSE towards Cove Road is a walkway called THERESA's WAY.  The OCP has been active along with local architects, the Cap Cod Commission, and many others who have volunteered countless hours in designing the enhancement of this historic area.



Plans for 2017 are underway; stay tuned!  Listed below were last summer season's free concerts.

Free Concerts on the Village Green Highlighted Summer 2016

By Tavi Prugno, Snow Library

“Music on the Village Green” was featured last summer, from Tuesday, July 5, and continued Tuesday and Wednesday evenings through August 10.  Concerts started at 6:00 PM and were held on the Village Green in front of Snow Library, “in the heart of the Orleans Cultural District.”  Alternate location in case of inclement weather is the Marion Craine Room at the Library.  

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        Families and friends gather to listen to Music on the Green in the summer of 2015. Photo credit  John Fallender.

 Families and friends gather to listen to Music on the Green in the summer of 2015. Photo credit John Fallender.

2016 Music on the Village Green Free Concert CALENDAR

Sponsored by Cape Cod Five & Friends of the Snow Library  /   Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings

“In the Heart of the Orleans Cultural District”

Tuesday, July 5--Cape Cod Jazz Quintet
Classic jazz favorites

Wednesday, July 6--North Country Band
Country music with a sound straight from Nashville

Tuesday, July 12--Greg Johnson
Mellow folk and pop reminiscent of James Taylor

Wednesday, July 13--Sonny and Perley
Eclectic mix of great American songbook and international sounds

Tuesday, July 19--Peking and the Mystics
A cappella repertoire from every decade from 1890s to 2000s

Wednesday, July 20--Cape Harmony
A cappella women’s group performing old favorites and original selections

Tuesday, July 26--Hyannis Sound (6:00-6:30) & Frank Giasuallo (6:30 – 7:30)
Cape Cod’s finest a cappella men’s group followed by classic and original jazz

Wednesday, July 27--Mike Persico
Jazz straight-up, with soul, mood, and emotion

Tuesday, August 2--Hiroya Tsukamoto
Mesmerizing guitar blending folk, jazz, and world music

Wednesday August 3--Kareen Sanjaghi
Energetic jazz

Tuesday, August 9--Bert Jackson Quartet
Jazz standards, plus blues

Wednesday, August 10--Ann Martindale and Richard Busch (in Marion Craine Room)
Vocalist and pianist perform familiar tunes, upbeat, romantic, and smoky

All programs begin at 6:00 PM on Orleans Village Green, weather permitting*
Alternate location is Marion Craine Room - Snow Library
Seating in Library on first-come, first served basis
All programs are free - no registration required

This was an exciting opportunity for the whole family and best of all it is entirely free.  Due to generous sponsorship by the Cape Cod Five Foundation and the Friends of Snow Library, we have been able to arrange a wonderful line-up of performers.  The music you heard was intergenerational and appealed to all music lovers.  

After the concert, many strolled around town, or headed up to Eldredge Field for a Firebirds game, or took a short walk down Beach Road to one of the outstanding shows at the Academy Playhouse.  There were activities and fun all summer long, every night of the week, including free concerts on Monday nights at Nauset Beach.  For next summer, the best way to find out what’s going on is at the comprehensive events calendar sponsored by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, at www.orleanscapecod.org

Thanks to the Cape Cod Five Foundation, the Friends of Snow Library, and the collaboration of many dedicated individuals and organizations like the Chamber, the rallying cry of our community is coming true: “It’s All In Orleans!”

Tavi Prugno is Director of Snow Library and oversees the highly popular programs that fulfill the Library mission, “to sustain and energize the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the community of Orleans.”  The Orleans Community Partnership, Inc. asked Tavi to write this guest commentary and is honored to collaborate with him and the staff at the Snow Library.  For more on the Snow Library, please visit http://www.town.orleans.ma.us/snow-library

It’s All In Orleans!

Crowd-sourcing campaign launched.  Click here to view:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/it-s-all-in-orleans



To Donate with a Check through the mail, please send your tax-deductible donation to:

The Orleans Community Partnership, Inc.
PO Box 153
Orleans, MA 02653

Catalytic Investment : the OCP Operating Strategy

A Primer On How It Works and Why Donations Generate Powerful Results
Catalyst - an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action. In chemistry, a catalyst causes or accelerates a chemical reaction. In economics, a catalyst precipitates a fundamental change in business or technology.
For the OCP, Catalytic Investment means creating a context for synergism in which groups and individuals work together to generate results not achievable working singly.
Catalytic Investment involves creative deployment of ideas, good will, and targeted capital, leveraged in collaboration, so that otherwise separate forces are brought together and encouraged to flourish.
Catalytic Investment, as practiced by the OCP, means working behind the scenes and enabling others to take the lead, so that the total effect is greater than what could be achieved through individual inputs.
An example of how this “public-private partnership” generates civic good:  increasing vitality on the Orleans “Village Green”—exemplified by the “Music in the Park” Series, free on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the Summer, underwritten by the Snow Library & the Cape Cod Five Foundation on the site of Militia Encampments as part of celebration of the Battle of Rock Harbor in 1814, all promoted through the “Unified Calendar” on the websites of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Town, and the OCP, part of the larger effort to enhance the a walking-friendly welcoming ambiance of Orleans, good for merchants and respectful of our environment, and supported by collaboration among dozens and dozens of organizations, agencies, businesses, institutions,  and individuals, including the Town of Orleans, Nauset Regional Middle School, Orleans Police Department, Orleans Cultural Council, Orleans Improvement Association, Cape Cod Commission, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Academy of Performing arts, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce,  Orleans Historical Society, Snow Library, and the essential roster of OCP Visionary Supporters and 1000 Member Campaign Enrollees.  
Going forward: the OCP will continue to practice catalytic investment and public-private partnership, in pursuit of the mission above. Streetscape and Cultural District implementation, Intersections and Main Street Projects, and numerous developments on the “cultural campus”  are among OCP projects in the making, along with completing the walkway called Theresa's Way joining 44 Main Street to Cove Road and the public art whale sculpture. 
Generous support for the OCP and its innovative use of Catalytic Investment is essential, either general support for the “It’s All In Orleans!” campaign, or specific support designated for “projects in the pipeline,” already identified, or for new projects as they emerge.