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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 20, 2017 11:38 am

This time of year, it’s all about the Bald Eagles, which are migrating to the Connecticut River from Canada in search of ice-free fishing. Join the Audubon Shop group, take a cruise aboard the Riverquest, or learn all about these magnificent birds from the comfort of the Blackstone Library. As an antidote to the never-ending news cycle, check out the quilt presentation at the Dudley Farm in Guilford. The Farm is a treasure trove of local history.

Saturday, Jan. 21

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 14, 2017 8:15 am

There are 64 days until spring. And while we’ve been spared serial snowstorms and frigid temperatures, sweaters and turtlenecks are already feeling old. However, there’s a Danish tradition, called “Hygge,” which translates into getting together with friends for conversation (put away that phone), lighting candles, and enjoying a warm beverage by the fireplace; in short, coziness of the soul. Sounds like a plan! (Check out “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Viking.)

Saturday, Jan. 14

 

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Town Becomes Formal Party in Legacy Theatre Lawsuits

by marcia chambers | Jan 6, 2017 7:45 am

With Permission New Haven Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Corradino has granted a motion to make the town of Branford a formal party to two Legacy Theatre lawsuits after attorneys agreed the town’s involvement was necessary to achieve a stipulated judgment to settle the case. The final issue? Parking spaces.  If this works, the hope is the theater may open in 2017. 

The idea that the town would be willing to become a party to the lawsuits was announced at a Stony Creek Association (SCA) meeting in mid-November by Attorney Mark K. Branse, who represents a group of neighbor-abutters who live on Thimble Islands Road. In becoming a formal party to the litigation, the town, in effect, agrees that any judgment reached among the four parties will be binding on the town.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 5, 2017 8:20 am

Winter is settling in and the focus is on indoor activities. Lots going on at the Blackstone, plus various other opportunities for expanding your horizons. Looking ahead, it’s not too soon to make reservations for the annual Eagle Watch along the Connecticut River – take some time to view these magnificent birds and enjoy lunch afterwards. 

Thursday, Jan. 5

 

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Meet Unk, The Sculptor

by Diana Stricker | Dec 23, 2016 7:05 am

Diana Stricker Photo The hands that carved this nativity scene belong to Unk DaRos, who patiently turned a log into a work of art. Even more remarkable is the workshop he built as a replica of the 1850 Stony Creek freight depot on the old New Haven-New London Railroad line.

DaRos returned to his creative roots after retiring from more than a dozen years as Branford’s first selectman.  These days he can be found working on projects in the depot that he finished building last December. It took about nine months to complete the structure, with a little help from family and friends. But the dream of rebuilding the depot began decades ago.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by marcia chambers | Dec 17, 2016 8:16 am

Mary Johnson Photo Winter is making its appearance this weekend in no uncertain terms. Heavy snow and icy roads greeted residents today. Be sure to bundle up. The Stony Creek Pageant has been cancelled for this year, parade officials said this morning.. There is no bad weather date. However, the Allegro Children’s Choir will perform this evening. Combined with the annual performance of the Branford Community Messiah, you’ll be in the holiday spirit for sure. Drive carefully and stay warm!

Saturday, Dec. 17

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 8, 2016 9:05 am

Attention music lovers! This one’s for you! Holiday concerts abound and Messiah lovers should be in their glory. There are several opportunities to both listen and take part in Handel’s beloved oratorio. In between, stop by the Branford Arts Center for its new exhibits and nature lovers – in lieu of a hike in the woods – can take in a talk on “water babies.”

Friday, Dec. 9

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 2, 2016 8:24 am

This month is all about the holidays. There’s music, art, fairs, and train and trolley rides, and the downtown shops are bursting with holiday goodies. Branford is the type of town where the holiday spirit is alive and well.  Take some time amid all the activities to enjoy family, friends, music and the beautiful tree on the Branford Green.

Family Fun for the Holidays This Month

Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 25, 2016 8:03 am

Now that the turkey is headed for leftovers and the soup pot, the town is turning its attention to holiday activities. Branford has lots of great stores and the merchants will even take time to have a conversation with you. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy music and art in the next couple of weeks – including the Community Messiah if your vocal abilities are up to it. And, of course, what would the holidays be without a visit from Santa at this Saturday’s tree lighting.

Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27.

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