Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 12, 2017 8:40 am

The days are getting shorter, but there’s no shortage of fun activities and opportunities to support your favorite non-profits. Walk, run, stroll, pick out a pumpkin, listen to some jazz… enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. We’ll be buttoned up inside soon enough! Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Oct. 14

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Attorney Turns Screenwriter for “Marshall”

by marcia chambers | Oct 11, 2017 10:48 am | Comments (6)

Nine years ago, Attorney Michael Koskoff, a senior partner at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Bridgeport and New Haven, and a lawyer who spends most of his time litigating personal injury cases that result in million dollar plus verdicts, turned to writing a screen play. Not all the time, of course. 

Eventually he called upon his son, Jacob, who lives in Los Angeles and writes screenplays, to join the project and together they wrote and finished “Marshall.”  Now, the national premiere of the film is set for this Friday, Oct. 13, in theaters across Connecticut and the nation. Here is the trailer.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 5, 2017 9:16 am

A very diverse collection of cool events this week. There are lots you can do to support favorite causes – the newly formed Ben Callahan Foundation, MADD, Branford Compassion Club. Art and music play a big role, too. Drop in at the Blackstone to learn about honey bees, check out Jen Payne’s new book at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, and raise a stein in celebration of fall at the Stony Creek Brewery. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Oct. 6


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What’s For Lunch?

by marcia chambers | Sep 30, 2017 8:24 am

Contributed Photo As we say good-by to summer, even though recent days have indeed been summer-like, we think of a special annual event, Short Beach Days, three days of pure fun for kids of all ages. This was year 71 in the history of the event, one that began in 1946, one year after World War II ended.

Julia Rusatsky, an actress and a photographer, loves Short Beach Days. She grew up in Short Beach in the 1990s, graduated from Branford High, and each year returns for this special weekend. She especially loves the sand sculpture contest. As a kid, she learned the joy of sand art and participated in many of the weekend competitions, including the Lip Sync and the Labor Day parade. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 29, 2017 8:04 am

File Photo Explore someplace new this weekend. On Saturday, the North Branford Women’s Club is hosting a hike around Lake Gaillard, a treasure tucked away in North Branford. The public is seldom allowed into this property owned by the Regional Water Authority, so here is a unique opportunity. As always, the Branford Green is the place to be this weekend, with the Friends of Library Book Sale (you can never have too many books), the Trinity Church Fair, and Animal Awareness Day, highlighted by the Blessing of the Animals. What better way to honor our beloved pets?

Friday, Sept. 29

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am

Fall has officially arrived, but the warmth of summer is lingering. Tag sales, book sales, bike tourneys, and artwork for all tastes can all be found within the borders of our town. If the activist in you has been raised, check out Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible’s fall kick-off meeting with Rosa DeLauro (and be sure that you are registered to vote regardless of your political leanings). Looking ahead, round up your pups and kitties for Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals as its highlight. Need more ideas for activities? Read on!

Saturday, Sept. 23

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 15, 2017 9:05 am

A big weekend along the shoreline! The Guilford Fair, a perennial favorite, kicks off the agricultural fair season. Every area of the state has its signature events, featuring midways, entertainment, baking contests, horse and oxen pulls, rides, and, of course, food. Kids with guitars (and drums and more) can strut their stuff on the green tonight and aim for stardom, while plant lovers and families stake their claim on Saturday and Sunday. Paddle your canoe (or kayak) along the Branford River and get a glimpse of Broadway as well. Read on! There’s more. 

Friday, Sept. 15

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 8, 2017 9:10 am

If all else fails, there’s music! The Branford Jazz Series entertained us throughout the summer and now it’s time for the long-standing Branford Folk Music Society to begin its season. The music continues with the sixth annual Young Musicians’ Showcase where kids can try out their talents. In addition, there are plenty of chances to get out and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather along the Branford River, enrich your mind, and pick up some bargains at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and Short Beach Union Church Tag Sale. Need help sleeping? There’s a discussion on that, too!

Saturday, Sept. 9


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 1, 2017 8:00 am

File Photo Cool Events in the next couple of weeks or so have the Branford Green as a focus as well as the river and shore and the town’s iconic library. Labor Day weekend brings the ever-popular Short Beach Days (pictured) and a walk along the Greenway Trail with the Branford Land Trust. The popular Guilford Fair kicks off the fall agricultural season. The weather is blissfully cool (as well)… there will be plenty of time to hunker in within the coming months with books collected from the annual Friends of Blackstone Library book sale. Speaking of the shore, we’re thinking of those who have been displaced in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. We’re aware of our vulnerability here; we remember Sandy and Irene and the Texas disaster gives us pause to rethink our own plans.

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Darius Energizes Audience in Final Jazz Concert

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 28, 2017 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo From the moment he stepped on the stage and on the Green, to his closing number two hours later, Eric Darius was non-stop energy personified. Thursday was the final concert of the 2017 Jazz Series, and it drew a large audience, estimated at 800, to the Branford Green, in what many said was the best concert of the year.

Bill O'Brien Photo All were electric and the crowd loved it. They danced all night.

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