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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 23, 2017 8:12 am

There are those who believe we may be already rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but if you’re looking for some solid entertainment by a talented group of kids, make a beeline to Branford High School Performing Arts production of Titanic, which runs through Sunday at 2 p.m. There are also two opportunities to dine out for good causes – a pasta dinner to benefit the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and an international dinner (have you ever tried Syrian cuisine?) in support of IRIS at the Short Beach Union Church. Looking ahead, there’s lots more! Got a Cool Event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday at noon.

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Iconic Blackstone Library To Expand

by Diana Stricker | Mar 8, 2017 8:15 am

With Permission The James Blackstone Memorial Library is kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for a renovation project that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century.

“It’s an iconic building in our town. It’s beloved,” Library director Karen Jensen said during a press conference Tuesday morning. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t meet the needs of a 21st century library.”

Plans call for a 2,000 square-foot addition on the ground floor, and reconfiguration of many interior spaces throughout the library. The distinctive front entrance and steps will remain the same. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 2, 2017 10:14 am

Looks like our flirtation with spring may be on hold this weekend, but take heart – it’s less than three weeks and counting. Daylight Saving Time kicks in Sunday, March 12, which will boost anticipation. For gardeners, Van Wilgen’s Garden Center is touting “Pansy Power” and garden clubs throughout the area are welcoming housebound members, and as always the cold weather does not deter hikers, tree huggers, and eagle watchers. There are concerts, lectures and a big beer night in Guilford. 

Friday, March 3

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 18, 2017 8:30 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 10:27 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 10:12 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 8:52 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 12:38 pm

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 9:15 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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