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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Jul 21, 2016 12:28 pm

Seize the month one day at a time with this week’s extensive list of cool events, which boasts a host of fun activities for every day between now and the end of July.

While some of these outings may take you outside Branford’s radius (overnight Moby Dick Marathon in Mystic, anyone?) others are closer to home, like this weekend’s Sidewalk Sales on the Shoreline, or next week’s Shakespeare Round Table at the Blackstone Library. Or tonight’s jazz concert on the Green.

Thursday, July 21

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Storm Doesn’t Stop Steve Cole’s Sax Gig

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 19, 2016 8:38 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Even a quick late afternoon rain storm couldn’t keep the audience from coming to the Branford Green last Thursday to hear Steve Cole, one of the most celebrated sax players in contemporary jazz.

Bill O'Brien Photo Initially it looked like the Branford Jazz Series would have to cancel the popular Thursday night jazz program on the Green for the second week in a row.  Last week ‘Opius Bliss,’ featuring Michelle Walker couldn’t perform because of a heavy rain storm that lasted until 6:45 pm.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Jul 14, 2016 8:01 am

In this month: the outdoors! Whether you’re looking to bike, browse, sit, or stretch, we’ve got every activity under the sun (and moon) – from the annual Guilford Craft Expo to an outdoor movie night at St. George’s Church to a Bubble Run.

Need a break from the heat? The Branford Eagle’s got you covered there as well with plenty of cool indoor events, including an upcoming “Christmas in July” exhibit at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery.

Thursday July 14

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SCA Election Ratifies Proposed Legacy Theatre Agreement

by marcia chambers | Jul 12, 2016 7:11 am

Emily Patton Photo For the second year in a row Stony Creek residents elected a Stony Creek Association executive board whose primary goal is to find a way to make the Legacy Theatre come to life—with restrictions.

The election produced a heavy turnout at the Willoughby Wallace library in what was clearly a referendum on the theater’s future, a hot topic in this seaside village. Voters arrived outside the library as the polls opened at 5 p.m. Voting closed at 8 p.m. and by 10 p.m. the votes had been counted. The turnout, according to SCA president, Dan Bullard, was the largest in memory.

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Will the Legacy Theater Become a Reality?

by marcia chambers | Jul 8, 2016 1:27 pm

Emily Patton Photo In a major development, the Stony Creek Association (SCA) last night approved a proposed tentative agreement between its executive board and the Legacy Theater. The vote was 7-2. But the final fate of the former Puppet House and its transformation to a repertory theater has a way to go.

The Legacy Theater group purchased the property with the intent of creating a repertory theater in 2013. But the theater’s plan has virtually been on hold ever since as different groups in Stony Creek, including the SCA, appealed the town’s decision approving an open-ended permit for the theater to Superior Court in New Haven. Major issues concerning its operation, parking, and scheduling had not been resolved when the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a permit in 2014. The proposed settlement attempts to address these issues.

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Cool Events This Weekend Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Jul 7, 2016 11:00 am

Forget the hills; if it’s the sound of music you seek this week, you won’t have to climb too far above sea level. From the Branford Town Green to New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater, the Connecticut coastline will be bursting with live music (and a fireworks show!) from this Thursday to next Wednesday. For those who prefer the less ephemeral pleasures of a good book or painting: be sure to check out the upcoming events in art and literature at the Blackstone Library and the Stony Creek Brewery.

Thursday, July 7

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Another Soothing Night of Jazz on the Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 5, 2016 9:04 am

Bill O'Brien Photo For the second consecutive week, the Branford Green provided a beautiful night of jazz music for hundreds of residents and guests. The husband and wife team of Atla and Matt DeChamplain (pictured) presented a variety of music, including American Songbook and Bebop contemporary jazz pieces along with their original compositions.

Bill O'Brien Photo Under a bright, sunny early evening sky last Thursday, Atla and Matt along with Kris Jensen (Sax), Matt Dwonszyk (Bass) and Ben Bilello (Drums) started the concert by playing “Cheek to Cheek,” one of Irving Berlin’s classic tunes.  The audience loved it.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Jul 1, 2016 1:10 pm

Mary Johnson Photo The Fourth of July weekend is always a busy weekend, and this year is no exception. But as you spend the next few days gearing up for the deluge of fireworks, picnics, and parades, don’t forget to check out some of the other cool events happening on the shoreline this weekend. Whether it’s browsing through fresh produce at the Branford Alps Farmer’s market today or taking a scenic bike ride along the coastline, this weekend will provide plenty of opportunities to try something new and exciting.

Saturday, July 2

 

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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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