Kids Have a Ball at Branford Festival

by marcia chambers | Jun 29, 2016 7:24 am

Mary Johnson Photo Much of what the public sees at the Branford Festival is out front: the road race, the hundreds of vendors on the town Green, the performers on stage, the happy audience.

Mary Johnson Photo Then there’s backstage, so to speak, where the kids can be found.  Before the 2016 Branford festival fades from view, we thought we share these backstage photographs by Mary Johnson, our photographer.

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Latin Music Fills The Air On A Beautiful Branford Night

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 27, 2016 6:58 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The rain showers never came but a large crowd did and the Branford Green was filled with people and a great evening of Latin music as the first concert of the summer got underway Thursday. 

The 8th Annual Branford Summer Jazz Series kicked off with the Steven Kroon Jazz Sextet. The Rev. Bill Keane introduced the Steven Kroon Sextet

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Branford Festival Attracts Thousands to Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2016 12:23 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The 32nd annual Branford Festival brought thousands of residents and out-of-town guests to the Branford Green this past weekend to hear the music, feast on delicious food and shop, shop, shop among the scores of vendors displaying their wares on Saturday. No question, the perfect weather also had a lot to do with the large crowds.

Dennis Nardella, who served as festival chairman for the third consecutive year, said, “When you’re planning a three-day weekend like this we hope for perfect weather and we couldn’t have been happier with the way it turned out.” Last year rain cancelled Friday’s schedule.

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The Branford Festival: The Coolest Event Ever

by marcia chambers | Jun 17, 2016 7:00 am

Mary Johnson Photo There is only ONE Cool Event this weekend and that is the Branford Festival, now in its 32nd year. This weekend is expected to be wall-to-wall sunshine.

Sally E. Bahner Photo Dennis Nardella, the 2016 Festival Chair, says this weekend celebrates the town’s service clubs, clubs that are the backbone of the Festival, the Rotary Club, the Exchange Club and the Lions Club, which celebrates 65 years of service to Branford this year. They came together, he said, pooling their resources instead of having separate fairs on the green. And that is how the Branford Festival “as we have come to know it was born.” Read about the Festival, its history and events here.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 10, 2016 1:03 pm

The cycle of graduations is just about complete and families are settling into their summer routines, which includes amusing the kids. Summer reading programs are offered by the town’s libraries and the annual Animal Camp will be offered by the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and the Recreation Department. Everyone looks forward to the Branford Festival and the Jazz series, and, now for the second summer, the Branford Alps Farm Market. Eat, drink, and enjoy the summer.

Restaurant of the Week: Eli’s Branford, 624 West Main St.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 3, 2016 6:00 am

Humpback whales were seen in Long Island Sound during the summer of 2015. Photo: Whit Welles from the Menunkatuck Audubon websit Weather-wise, it looks to be a mix of sun and clouds with Saturday the pick for outdoor activities, such as the Plein Air art demonstration and Land Trust Walks. There are also some great dining options, along with opportunities to learn about the world around us… Humpback whales, anyone? And information on the Branford Rotary’s role in the upcoming Branford Festival is just a preview of the three-day event where the town lets out all the stops!

Restaurant of the Week: Asti Ristorante & Bar, 988 Main St.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 27, 2016 8:02 am

Mary Johnson Photo The weekend will be quiet. People are spending time away or with families and friends. But summer kicks off in earnest on Monday with the Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Green. Beyond that, there’s a lot of art and the great outdoors.

Restaurant of the Week:
Abbott's Lobster in the Rough Are you on the road? Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank is open for the season, plus there’s Johnny Ad’s in Old Saybrook, whose hot dogs are legendary. Add to the list, The Place in Guilford, a longtime shoreline staple. A casual drive along Route 1 will reveal many more options! And, did we mention your own backyard grill?

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 20, 2016 2:59 pm

The name of the game this week is Enrichment. There are so many opportunities to learn new things without leaving the borders of Branford: the arts, nature, healthy lifestyles, plus an opportunity to meet talented local authors, take part in local tradition – and in the next week – dine on fine local seafood for a good cause.

Restaurant of the Week: GW Carson’s

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 13, 2016 8:00 am

With Permission A couple of tough choices for nature lovers this weekend – explore the Stony Creek Quarry or Killam’s Point. The weather is supposed to be perfect so flip a coin and head outdoors. Later on, rub elbows with Branford authors, catch some fine music, and drop by Walsh Intermediate School to support American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Restaurant of the Week: Café Fiore

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 6, 2016 8:00 am

Saturday is bursting with many great activities! Nature, art, and literary events, and music, music, music. Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Nellie Green’s or any of the other fine restaurants in the area. Feed your body and feed your soul!

Restaurant of the Week: Nellie Green’s, 50 Maple St.
Sunday is Mother’s Day, so why not take mom to brunch at Nellie Green’s? The bistro-style restaurant, opened in April 2007, features an outdoor patio and bar with views of the river waterfront. The Mother’s Day buffet offers eggs, bacon and sausage, carmelized banana French toast, pasta, salads, a carving station with beef, pork loin, and turkey breast, and dessert station, all served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 203-483-8400 and visit for menus.

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