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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 18, 2017 7:30 am

Temps in the 40s. How does that sound? Have we seen the last of the snow? Looks good for the next week or so. If you’ve been holding off on an outdoor excursion, now is the time. Explore Meigs Point and check out the eagles before they fly the coop. If you’re more the cozy-up type, take in a preview of Dvorak’s Rusalka and catch up on some classic literature by southern women. Revelers anticipating St. Patrick’s Day will have their day at Bar80, as will those who enjoy art and a brew or two.

Saturday, Feb. 18

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 11, 2017 9:27 am

Thursday’s storm packed a pretty good wallop and what might be a lot more snow is expected over the next few days, beginning Sunday, so keep an eye to the sky. Hearty souls and eagle lovers can still take advantage of tours, talks, and exhibits – this is the best time of year do this. There are also other opportunities to learn about the wild side of the area, including Long Island. For those who prefer tamer activities, there’s music tonight and looking ahead, the best of craft beer! 

Saturday, Feb. 11

Transatlantic mix at Branford Folk

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 2, 2017 9:12 am

Just because it’s the dead of winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t commune with nature. Eagles included. The weekend kicks off the annual watches and cruises. There are so many opportunities to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. And if you’re headed to the Essex area for Eagle education, be sure to stop in at the Griswold Inn. The food is great and the atmosphere, quintessential New England.

Saturday, Feb. 4

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 27, 2017 7:52 am

The mild January weather is perfect for dissipating winter doldrums. Get out and explore some of our great local trails with or without organized groups such as the Branford Land Trust. Or go to an art show in Stony Creek. And for those who are looking to become politically motivated, the League of Women Voters is holding its Legislative Breakfast next Saturday.

Friday, Jan. 21

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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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