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Choral Program Dazzles Crowd At Woolsey

by Bill O'Brien | Apr 27, 2015 12:50 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo For the second time in four years Cathyann Roding and members of her Branford High School Choral Program took their show on the road, providing a dazzling performance at Yale’s Woolsey Hall. 

Bill O'Brien Photo On Sunday over 700 attended their ‘Bach to Rock’ concert, a two-part program consisting of Bach’s “Magnificat” as well as 10 rock classics arranged with a 30- piece orchestra and a rock band.

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Cheers!

by Diana Stricker | Apr 13, 2015 3:10 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Sunshine, friends, family and a new sun-inspired beer—all the ingredients converged Saturday for a successful launch of the Stony Creek Brewery along the Branford River.

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the opening of the brewery with its tasting room, celebration room and two decks that overlook the river along Indian Neck Avenue near the heart of town.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Mar 27, 2015 2:25 pm

Well, spring is here, but as everyone knows it is in name only. Regardless, it is time to get out. The town green beckons with a Chili race for the best and that happens outdoors, rain or shine. Indoors, check out Maverick or the great Yale Glee Club or meet up with Jen Payne in Stony Creek. Lots to do this weekend.

Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28

“Dr. Doolittle”

The Walsh Intermediate School Musical Theatre Productions will present “Dr. Doolittle,” a wonderful musical play this weekend. Students from grades 5-8 will perform. All tickets are $10. Friday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s performance gets underway at 3 p.m. For tickets call 203-418-PLAY (7529). Walsh is located at 185 Damascus Road.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Mar 20, 2015 10:43 am

Mary Johnson Photo Now you never know about the weather and snow is due today, the first day of spring. But as they say, the show must go on. This weekend combines gardens, food and pets. What could be better? 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

March 20, March 21 and March 22

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Celebrating 30 Years of BHS Musicals

by Bill O'Brien | Mar 18, 2015 9:25 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Who would have guessed that when Cathyann Roding and Toni Cartisano produced their first musical in 1986 at Branford High School they would still be doing it 30 years later?

Bill O'Brien Photo That musical – “Pippin” – was the first for this dynamic duo, who have followed with well-known hits as “The Music Man,” “42nd Street,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “West Side Story,” and even “Phantom of the Opera,” just to mention a few.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Mar 14, 2015 10:24 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Spring is on the horizon but not before winter gets in its last licks. On this last weekend of the winter season freezing, rainy weather is predicted, but the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Greater New Haven will go on. This is also a weekend to pursue antiques in Guilford and to hear two master musicians right here in Branford.

Saturday, March 14

The 46th Annual Guilford Antiques Show

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Stan’s Gang Takes Five

by Staff | Mar 2, 2015 1:00 pm

A new generation of musicians shared a bill with a four-plus-decade ensemble as jazz replaced legal argument in the Yale Law School auditorium.

The occasion was Sunday afternoon’s eighth annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert.

The concert each year brings together the Yale Jazz Ensemble, students conducted by Thomas C. Duffy; with the Reunion Jazz Ensemble, including a number of New Haven area jazz stalwarts.

The two groups have a muse in common: the late Stan Wheeler of Stony Creek, a Yale law professor who spent 30 years playing trumpet with Yale’s ensemble. Wheeler was also a stalwart of the Reunion Jazz Ensemble (including some of New Haven’s most established jazz performers) as well as a pioneering legal thinker and researcher. Both groups have gathered each year since his 2007 death to pay tribute to him—and pick up their horns and guitars and drumsticks to delight the crowd that gathers in the auditorium.

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Reunion & Yale Jazz Ensembles Play For New Haven

by staff | Feb 26, 2015 11:20 am

Reunion Jazz Ensemble is readying another reunion this weekend, as part of an annual jazz celebration in the Elm City. The ensemble will join the Yale Jazz Ensemble for a great afternoon of jazz at the Yale Law School. 

The event is the 2015 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert, named after a stalwart of the ensemble as well as a pioneering legal thinker and researcher. It begins at 2 p.m. in the law school’s Levinson Auditorium at 127 Wall St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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We Met For Tea At The Blackstone Library

by marcia chambers | Feb 3, 2015 11:18 am

Mary Johnson Photo The proper etiquette for afternoon tea in London, particularly in the Edwardian era, required a good deal of preparation, especially for the ladies. Recently the underside—or shall we say underbelly—of getting dressed for a formal tea was unveiled at a special event at the Blackstone Memorial Library.

Mary Johnson Photo Inspired by the devotion of many to the award-winning British television drama on PBS, Downton Abbey, the Friends of the Blackstone Memorial Library held a high tea. More than 120 guests attended, first to watch a one-woman show explaining the art of getting dressed in order to take tea properly.  Many in the audience dressed for the occasion.

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It Felt Like Entering Grover’s Corners

by Remsen Welsh | Oct 10, 2014 9:28 am

Remsen Welsh, a home-schooled 8th grader from Branford, plays the role of Rebecca Gibbs in the revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opening this week at Long Wharf Theatre. She is keeping a diary of the experience. This installment is from “tech day,” the first day the actors move into the theater to check out the lighting, set, sound cues, and costumes.

The start of tech was filled with excitement … and the knowledge that it was going to be a long day.

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