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Cool Events This Weekend and Beyond

by marcia chambers | Jul 31, 2015 11:41 am

With Permission What to do this weekend? How about hopping over to Guilford to visit the Greene Art Gallery, which has mounted a fine summer art show, or head for a purr-fect feline indoor picnic or visit the Academy on the Green for a unique photography show. And don’t forget some fine cool Jazz on the town Green. It’s summer, after all.

This Weekend :Friday, July 30, Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, Aug. 1


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A Lively Evening on the Green!

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 28, 2015 9:48 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green was moving and shaking Thursday night during the fifth jazz concert of the summer, featuring renowned guitarists Vinny Raniola and Frank Vignola before another large crowd estimated at approximately1,000 people. 

Bill O'Brien Photo “We wondered how just two performers would go over, but I think it’s safe to say it was very well received,” said Charlotte Mattei, an organizer and committee member said after the show. “The audience loved them.”

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Jazz On The Green: A Perfect Night

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 21, 2015 8:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Thursday’s Jazz on the Green drew one of the largest crowds of the summer. Around a 1,000 gathered for an evening of music, refreshments and friendship. Featured performer was ASCAP award-winning songwriter Kathy Kosins.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It was a perfect night for a concert,” said Charlotte Mattei, the evening’s master of ceremonies and one of the event’s organizers. Temperature in the low 70s and no humidity made the cool night even more perfect, especially as the sun was setting.  The Monument crowd gets there early to grab their good seats

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Cool Events Here and Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jul 17, 2015 10:10 am

This is a great weekend to be outdoors, especially in four shoreline towns. Branford, East Haven, Guilford and Madison are holding weekend events near or on the town green. Each one is different. There’s a lot to choose from for kids and families

Friday, July 17

A Day at the Beach

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Backstage at the Branford Festival

by Marcia Chambers | Jul 15, 2015 1:20 pm

Mary Johnson Photo It’s been a month since the annual Branford Festival drew thousands of people to the Branford Green.

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

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Kelly Mittleman Brings Out the Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 13, 2015 9:30 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Despite the forecast of heavy rain in early evening, the crowd came out to the town Green anyway for this year’s third “Jazz on the Green” concert.

Bill O'Brien Photo They came to hear Kelly Mittleman, the popular singer who combines a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. An estimated crowd of 600 showed up with their picnic baskets and lounge chairs, even though the weatherman predicted rain.

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Election Transforms Stony Creek Association Board

by marcia chambers | Jul 7, 2015 7:44 am

File Photo In what its president says was a referendum on the future of the Legacy Theatre, Stony Creek residents last night elected a new and more moderate Stony Creek Association (SCA) executive board. Three current members lost their bid for re-election.

Six new board members, including well-known and respected leaders in the village, were elected to the board and four current board members were returned. The returning board members include Josh Brooks, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM,) Sandra Fischer, Sam Kirby and Mike Richter.

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“Superwoman” Sax Player Performs on Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 6, 2015 12:40 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo Lynn Riley, also known as the “Superwoman” of the sax and her jazz group, The World-Mix, drove up from Philadelphia to the Branford Green last week to play a great assortment of tunes before some 800 people.

Bill O'Brien Photo For over 2 hours, the group wowed the audience in what is turning out to be a great selection of jazz groups for this year’s summer concerts. This was the second concert of the summer season. They are held each week on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere On July 4th Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jul 3, 2015 11:30 am

With parades, fireworks, concerts and backyard music of all kinds, shoreline towns, especially Madison, will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with a variety of public events.

In honor of the Declaration of Independence, the town of Madison holds three major events on Independence Day weekend, including a fireworks display, a parade and a concert. 

Friday, July 3


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Branford Arts To Showcase Local Photographers

by Diana Stricker | Jul 3, 2015 8:44 am

Bill O'Brien Summer will be a little more artistic this year thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA). The organization will showcase local photographers at the historic Academy on the Green (pictured) over two weekends in July and one in August.

Bill O'Brien The first exhibit opening July 16 will honor the works of iconic photographer Bill O’Brien, a retired banker, who has been the unofficial town photographer for decades. 

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