Arts

Meghan Shah Sifts Through The Strata

by Lucy Gellman | Dec 8, 2017 7:36 am

Lucy Gellman PhotoMaybe it’s the splatters, thinning out like fingerprints, that catch you from one side of the room and urge you to come closer. A pink line cuts through the left side, canvas ceding to it willingly. It’s a sort of ordered maze, pinks and blues whizzing past each other on their way to somewhere off the canvas.

They’re definitely telling a story. But of its beginning, middle and end, you don’t have to be completely sure. That’s the central thesis of Meghan Shah’s Progression in Strata, a series of abstractions now open at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 8, 2017 7:29 am

File PhotoChristmas activities reach a fever pitch this weekend and the next. The touch of snow expected Saturday should lend a festive touch to the annual Stony Creek Christmas Pageant. Check out any number of concerts including the Thimble Islands Sax Quartet, the Branford Chorale, BHS Music Makers, Trinity Church concert in New Haven, and, looking ahead, Branford’s own Messiah. If you’re too busy to bake, pick up some cookies at the Branford Compassion Club. And, most importantly, if you need help obtaining health insurance, stop by the ACA Enrollment Event on Sunday at Fire Headquarters. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Dec. 8

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Town’s Historic Blackstone Library Reaches Out

by marcia chambers | Dec 7, 2017 8:24 am

 When Timothy B. Blackstone wanted to honor the memory of his father who was born in Branford in 1793, he decided to give the town of Branford a gift, a gift to guarantee that his father’s name, James Blackstone, lives on.

To that end, he decided to build a library, a special library whose exterior would be white marble and whose doors would be bronze. The cost was said to have been about $300,000, a steep figure back in the 1890s. The library’s dedication took place on June 17, 1896. “The next day it was opened for use with a stock of 5,000 books,” Town Historian Jane Bouley reports.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 1, 2017 8:33 am

It’s all about the holidays. We see the emphasis on giving through special events that benefit pets, the Blackstone Library, and support of the new Ben Callahan Foundation. We’re encouraged to shop locally through open houses and enjoying our picturesque downtown. We can enjoy the season through classics such as the Messiah and the Nutcracker and concerts at the libraries, as well as art shows featuring talented locals. Goes to show you that the holidays don’t have to be about bow-bedecked cars and crowds at the malls. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon. 

Saturday, Dec. 2

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 24, 2017 7:42 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBy now the bird has been consumed and leftovers are stuffed into the fridge. Turkey soup, anyone? Thanksgiving has made its brief appearance, squeaking in between the candy of Halloween and the car commercials of Christmas. Do take some time amid the chaos to enjoy our beautiful town – the exciting parade and tree lighting, the festive stores – and the opportunities to give to others during the holiday season. And get ready for the Messiah.

Friday, Nov. 24

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 17, 2017 9:16 am

BLT PhotoYes, Thanksgiving is arriving and the signs of Christmas are evident. Do take some time and enjoy these fall moments – the colors are still vibrant – before the Christmas crush. Put on your walking shoes and join the Branford Land Trust for its annual pre-Thanksgiving walk in the woods.  In this season of giving, there are plenty of good causes to support – the Community Dining Room, the Counseling Center, Branford Compassion Club, Feed Branford Kids, Toys for Tots, the Ben Callahan Memorial Fund, and more. Pick your favorite and lend your support. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

And don’t forget to give a “Give A Cop The Bird” this weekend. Then, take a deep breath and prepare for the next round of holiday activities.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 10, 2017 11:30 am

Have you turned on your heat yet? If you’ve been a hold-out, this may be the weekend – an Arctic cold front is descending on us, bring the coldest weather of the season. Indoor activities top the list this week, but given the fickle nature of New England weather, we’ll be heading outside soon. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Nov. 11

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 3, 2017 7:59 am

Your attendance is requested… on Sunday, especially. Branford’s Veteran’s Day Parade steps off from the town green at 1 p.m. Attendance has been down in recent years and its future is in jeopardy. So forego the football game and pay your respects to the brave veterans who have defended our country. In between, there are plenty of opportunities to meet with authors, take in some great music, and get acquainted with local artists. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Nov. 4

 

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Scarecrows On Display Till Sunday

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 3, 2017 7:24 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBranford is going to the scarecrows. But only until Sunday. So get yourself over to Town Hall to see this scary monster.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe seventh annual Branford Garden Club Scarecrow project can be viewed until this Sunday on the Town Green, so hurry and bring the kids before it’s over. The Garden Club Scarecrow sign welcomes visitors to the town green.

 

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