The Elks are a fraternal organization founded in 1868, although the organization had previously existed under the…More name of Jolly Corks. The first lodge was formed in New York City.
The local lodge is focused on Maplewood and Irvington as well as South Orange and hosts a pancake breakfast every second Sunday of the month. Other fundraising events include a golf outing in July and a pig roast in September.
Funds go toward sponsoring handicapped children at Elks Camp Moore, giving scholarships, and donating to charities like the Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry.
The Elks have a house on Prospect Street with a parking lot at the back. They have a meeting every other Monday. The bar is open to members on Monday and Friday nights.
The Exalted Ruler is James F. Walsh, Jr.; the secretary is Robert Donnelly. There are about 190 members.
The South Orange Symphony holds three to four free concerts per year at South Orange Middle School (SOMS). The…More orchestra also performs at fundraisers. Amateur musicians are welcome but must audition for seats. The Symphony awards scholarships to student string players, providing private lessons, and is funded by patrons and advertisers.
The group has about 50 members and rehearses every Tuesday at SOMS from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Some members are from South Orange and Maplewood, but musicians also come from as far as Pennsylvania and Jersey Shore. Robert Helmacy has been the conductor since 1972.
The group sponsors a yearly Artist Competition. Winners are awarded $500 upon performing a solo on their instrument at a regularly scheduled performance. Call 973-729-5275 for membership queries.