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Orland Park Recreation and Parks Director Ray Piattoni outlines some of the rec programs and events in the coming winter and spring. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park Recreation and Parks Director Ray Piattoni outlines some of the rec programs and events in the coming winter and spring. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Tea and pub crawl a part of new Orland Park rec events

By Jeff Vorva

Sipping tea and a pub crawl are among the new events that will be offered to Orland Park residents in the winter and 2022 spring seasons.

During the Village Board meeting on Aug. 16, Recreation and Parks Director Ray Piattoni gave the room a quick tour on what to expect in the coming months from the rec department.

“We have 211 recreation programs,” he said. “In 2019, we had 8,339 people registered and COVID hit in 2020. In 2021, we have 4,453 registered so far and we’ll be adding fitness and seniors programs and other things in 2022.

The special events list will get a face-lift.

Piattoni said that the Holiday Fest, which includes a tree lighting and parade, the Cinderella’s Ball and the annual Easter egg hunt will be back.

There will be some new events cooked up including the Farm-to-Table event at Stellwagen Farm, Paint and Sip on the Farm, Pedal in the Park Earth Day Celebration, Uncorked (an event with wine, chocolate, meats and cheese), a winter tea tasting at the John Humphrey House and a Lucky 7 pub crawl.

More information on those events will be released in the near future.

Younger residents will have some new options to pick from as American Girl Tea, Earth Day Celebration, Messy Munchkins, Miss Angie’s Rockin’ Tots, STEM, Stuffed with Love, The Sugar Hero in Me, Valentine’s Day Celebration and Wiggles and Giggles are a part of the program.

The Orland Park History Museum will also a host of new kids programs as well as initial programs for adults, featuring the life and times or Orland Park women, Centennial 1921-1930, the wicked, wild and wonderful women of the Windy City, a look at the Our Lady of Angels school fire, the history of valentines, and women who dared.

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