There’s never a dull week in Branford with an array of activities to nurture the body and soul. Stimulating lectures at the library, an opportunity to learn more about the town, music events, a jamboree, golf, and a walk on the wild side. Lobster, anyone?
Restaurant of the Week: USS Chowder Pot III
The Chowder Pot, as it’s more casually known, has been a Branford staple at 560 East Main St., for more than 30 years. Lobsters from their tanks weigh in at 1 to 15 pounds! In case, you have a hankering for the crustaceans, Monday is Lobster Night – have ‘em steamed or stuffed. Of course, there’s the full range of fried seafood, a raw bar, pasta-seafood delights, and, for landlubbers, some mighty impressive cuts of prime rib. Dine in one of their two large dining rooms or, now that things are warming up, outside on the patio. For more information, call 203-481-2356 or online at chowderpot.com.
Pets and pizza: It doesn’t get any better. Who doesn’t love their pets? Who doesn’t love pizza? This is the weekend to indulge in both. History, art, music and golf are also on the menu for the next week or so; and you can even solve a murder! Most importantly, don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s primary. Check out our Facebook page for details.
Restaurant of the Week: Genaro’s Pizza & Restaurant The new kid on the block, in terms of pizza and great Italian dishes, is Genaro’s Pizza, located at 26 Shore Drive in Short Beach. “You are what you eat (and drink),” they say and that includes a generous menu featuring classic Italian specialties, hot and cold sandwiches, pasta, seafood, and of course, pizza. Take out or dine in or take away trays of gourmet goodies for your next gathering. Check them out at http://genarospizzeria.com/ and on Facebook.
A bit of English aristocracy, poetry, natural history, and the great outdoors are all among the Cool Events for you to explore this week. All of these activities are bound to work up an appetite, so stop by the Parthenon, our restaurant of the week, to refuel!
Restaurant of the Week: Parthenon Diner You can never go wrong stopping by the diner. The Parthenon Diner, an award-winning family-owned business, has served up breakfast, Greek, and American classics since 1985. Open 24/7, they’ll be there for you regardless of the time of day or what you’re craving. For more information, visit http://parthenondiner.com.
Spring is stalled, but the arts are thriving. Exhibits are blooming like daffodils and music is in the air. Looking for some laughs? Look no further that than Comedy Night for Joker, a fundraiser for Branford’s own K-9, who needs a bullet-proof vest.
Restaurant of the Week: Kampai Japanese Restaurant
The Branford Jazz Concert Series & the Stony Creek Brewery teamed up last week for a swinging evening of jazz, their first ever effort to raise funds for a high school student music scholarship.
The two hour event got underway Wednesday evening at the Brewery with more than 125 on tap to hear “Dr. Joe & Friends” perform. “We are very happy with our first scholarship concert,” Charlotte Mattei, spokesperson for the Jazz Series committee, said afterward.
His old ensemble mates figured the best way to pay tribute to Wheeler was to play, and keep improvising on, the music they shared, under the name of “Reunion Jazz Ensemble.” Hence the annual concert, which as usual drew quite a crowd.
At one point the ensemble fired up a new, jazz take on Chopin’s “Nocturne.” Click on the video to see and hear the ensemble dive into the arrangement by bassist Jeff Fuller, with Steve Perrett taking the lead on trumpet and giving the piece anew swing incarnation. Another fitting tribute.
Joining Perrett and Fuller in the ensemble were alto saxophonist Bob Kolb, tenor saxophonist Kris Jensen, baritone sax master Tim Moran, pianist Paul Sullivan, guitarist Tony Lombardozzi on guitar, and Bob D’Angelo on drums.
They promised to return for a bigger bash next year for a 10th anniversary concert, keeping their living tribute going.
April showers bring May flowers, and a bit of a chill this weekend, so don’t be too quick to plant those tender veggies and flowers. If you’re longing for the growing season and its bounty, Dudley Farm in North Guilford is having its Winter Market with all sorts of locally prepared delights. Stop by the Martha Link Gallery for a spring celebration of local artists. Then, spend Sunday afternoon listening to some jazz veterans at the annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert at the Yale Law School
Reunion Jazz Ensemble is readying another reunion this weekend, as part of an annual jazz celebration in the Elm City. The ensemble will provide a great afternoon of jazz at the Yale Law School.
The event is the 2016 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert, named after a stalwart of the ensemble as well as a pioneering legal thinker and researcher. It begins at 2 p.m. in the law school’s Levinson Auditorium at 127 Wall St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Spring is in the air – unlike earlier this week – and so are music and good food. There are two opportunities to hear some fine jazz and choice for every palate – seafood, vegan/vegetarian, Italian, Indian, Thai, and more. Leave the leftovers behind and dine out this week.
For 31 continuous years, Cathyann Roding and Toni Cartisano have co-directed musicals at Branford High School. This year they are producing the popular “Mary Poppins,” a story of the Banks family living in a big house in London in 1912; they have two children who are a little rambunctious and need a new nanny to control them.
The play runs from tonight, Wednesday, March 16, through Sunday, March 20, at the high school. Show times for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Call 203-315-7998, ext. 2500, for reservations.