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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 23, 2016 7:43 am

Autumn has officially arrived and with it are all sorts of opportunities for enjoying everything the shoreline has to offer. Fairs and festivals continue throughout the area, including the much-heralded Big E (funnel cake fries, chocolate and bacon-covered fries, blueberry pierogi sundae, maple waffle breakfast sandwich, sweet potato dessert fries, a centennial frozen banana, anyone?). Here at the Eagle, we’re looking forward to our own favorite event on Oct. 2, Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals. And running a little late this year is the ever-popular Friends of the Library Book Sale, a veritable feast for bibliophiles, planned for mid-October.

Saturday, Sept. 24

 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 16, 2016 9:00 am

It was a long, hot summer, as we roll into fall, we turn our attention away from the beach to the plethora of fairs and festival around the state – something for the Irish (and Irish wannabes), lobster lovers, wine aficionados, and those just looking for fun, family activities. And don’t forget to take advantage of the Branford Land Trust’s series of walks that explore its newest acquisition – Red Hill Woods.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 9, 2016 7:10 am

This weekend marks 15 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, and there are three fitting events that commemorate that day: a morning service at Fire Headquarters, an evening service at Ecology Park and the dedication of PATH car 745 at the Shoreline Trolley Museum. On a lighter note, rub elbows with fairies at Guilford’s Dudley Farm, and sample fine coffees and dine Italian to benefit two great cat rescue organizations. Looking ahead, nothing says fall like pumpkins, so check out the Seymour Pumpkin Festival – just a short drive away.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Fairy Fest

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Jazz Series Ends on a High Note

by Bill O'Brien | Sep 6, 2016 7:33 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The 2016 Branford Jazz Series came to a close on Thursday evening when “Saxtet” under the direction of Darren Litzie played on the Green before another enthusiastic and loyal jazz crowd estimated at approximately 600.

The concert was rescheduled after the group was rained out on Aug. 11.

Bill O'Brien Photo The group consisted of Litzie on keys, Bob Sabin on bass, Jon Wikan on drums and five saxophone players including New York legend Andrew Beals along with Tom Imre on alto sax, Martin Sather and George Prieto on tenor sax and Frank Basile, director of the Stamford High School Marching Band, on the baritone sax.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 31, 2016 8:47 pm

The kids are back to school and summer is winding down, but the festivities continue. Take in the final concert of the Branford Jazz Series – we were lucky to have it extended – and celebrate the Labor Day weekend in Short Beach. Looking ahead, there are events to commemorate the 15 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, including the dedication of a PATH car that now resides at the Shoreline Trolley Museum.

Thursday, Sept. 1

 

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Opius Bliss and Michelle Walker: Worth the Wait

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 30, 2016 7:03 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Opius Bliss, featuring Michelle Walker, were scheduled to perform July 7, but Mother Nature intervened and the concert was cancelled.
Thanks to the jazz committee and Walker and the members of her group, they decided to give it a second try and agreed to a makeup concert this past Thursday. It was worth the wait.

Bill O'Brien Photo The talented group was highly touted and over the years has opened on tours for some well-known groups such as Spyro Gyra, George Benson, Chris Botti, and Wynton Marsalis.  On Thursday they opened and played for the crowd on the Green.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 25, 2016 8:00 am

The Branford Jazz series is winding down for the summer, so catch tonight’s performance. And the New Haven Jazz Festival is not to be missed Saturday evening. Fair season is upon us and the Chester Fair is one of many coming up in the next month or so – it’s a beautiful drive out there. It goes without saying that the Stony Creek Brewery is one of the most happening places along the shoreline – check out their Sun Juice Fest. Looking ahead a bit toward Labor Day… Short Beach Days caps the summer, but there are plenty of cool events coming up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Thursday, Aug. 25

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 18, 2016 8:28 am

The Shoreline
What’s old is new this week on the shoreline. Experience a blast from our vehicular past at the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s guest operator weekend, or the Working Boats of Stony Creek exhibit at the Stony Creek Museum. Or, dust off your own favorite relics for the Madison Historical Society’s annual Antique Fair, or Branford Rotary’s third annual Classic Car Show.

For a more timeless diversion, check out the Branford Land Trust’s Environmental Camp and the Church of Christ’s annual Peach and Chowder festival. And don’t miss tonight’s Jazz on the Green Act, TIZER Quartet, or next week’s Opius Bliss, rescheduled form their July 7 rain out.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 11, 2016 12:17 pm

If there’s one thing we know about the shoreline, it’s that we have excellent taste. Luckily, the next few weeks are filled with opportunities to indulge this taste, whether it’s with a relaxing dinner at Burberry Hill Farm or an afternoon of wine at Bishops Orchards.

With Permission For non-edible entertainment, check out the dense lineup of local music festivals (including Woofstock on the Green!). Tonight’s “Saxtet” on the Green has been cancelled because of weather concerns. It is expected to be rescheduled. Or go nature’s way with events from the Branford Land Trust and the Hammonasset Nature Center.

Thursday, August 11

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