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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere On July 4th Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jul 3, 2015 11:30 am

With parades, fireworks, concerts and backyard music of all kinds, shoreline towns, especially Madison, will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with a variety of public events.

In honor of the Declaration of Independence, the town of Madison holds three major events on Independence Day weekend, including a fireworks display, a parade and a concert. 

Friday, July 3

 

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Branford Arts To Showcase Local Photographers

by Diana Stricker | Jul 3, 2015 8:44 am

Bill O'Brien Summer will be a little more artistic this year thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA). The organization will showcase local photographers at the historic Academy on the Green (pictured) over two weekends in July and one in August.

Bill O'Brien The first exhibit opening July 16 will honor the works of iconic photographer Bill O’Brien, a retired banker, who has been the unofficial town photographer for decades. 

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Ohio Jazz Group Has Crowd Jumping

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 29, 2015 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The first jazz program of the summer on the Branford Green started off strong with a crowd estimated at 900 enjoying the music of the Urban Coalition of Columbus, Ohio.

Bill O'Brien Photo The six-member band delivered a steady stream of lively jazz for over two hours Thursday night before an enthusiastic crowd. Some bring their own picnic baskets and others stop at the various restaurants on or near the Green.

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Cool Events Here & Elsewhere This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jun 26, 2015 12:28 pm

Mary Johnson File Photo This weekend enjoy the start of summer with a number of great events. Branford’s famous fireworks are ready to ignite a week before July 4, the Trinity Church hosts a special dinner to help support Nepalese neighbors devastated by an Earthquake and there’s a special Irish Festival in North Haven. And let’s not forget Mystic Seaport’s annual WoodenBoat show. There’s a lot to choose from. 

Friday, June 26

Summer Reading Kickoff

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Rain? What Rain? Road Race Roars Ahead

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 24, 2015 2:07 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The weekend weather didn’t exactly cooperate, but you would never know it by the large turnout of runners who took part in the 5-Mile Branford Road Race on Father’s Day. The race was the premier event on closing day of the 31st Branford Festival. 

“We caught a break,” said race founder Ray Figlewski. “The rain came earlier than expected and was clearing out in time for the race. So people came.

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Cool Events This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jun 19, 2015 2:48 pm

Mary Johnson PHoto There is only ONE Cool Event this weekend and that is the Branford Festival, now in its 31st year.

Within the Festival there are many cool events, ranging from finding great food to hearing wonderful music. There is a superb road race and lots of family, friends and kids having a ball on the town Green. Bill O’Brien, one of the early leaders of the festival, rightly calls it a homecoming for families and friends near and far.  The Branford Eagle booth is at K-1.  Come by and say hello.

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Cool Events This Weekend and Next

by marcia chambers | Jun 11, 2015 3:56 pm | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo The new and the old are on tap this weekend and next. The new? A farmers’ market opening today for its first season. The old but yet so new, the Branford Festival coming up a weekend from now.

Thursday, June 11

Farmers’ Market Debuts

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Bark-A-Luau: A Barking Good Success

by marcia chambers | Jun 9, 2015 12:10 pm

An imaginative celebrity Hula dance-off to benefit the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, featuring State Rep. Sean Scanlon, North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda and firemen brothers Harvey and Tim Judd, was the highlight of the Bark-a-Luau at the Owenego Beach Club Sunday afternoon.

Probate Judge Frank Forgione had the difficult task of deciding a winner in the four-way dance rivalry that took on a life of its own. In the end Judge Forgione decided that Guilford firefighter Harvey Judd was the winner although First Selectman Freda was clearly a contender, especially when he did a split.

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Cool Events This Weekend

by marcia chambers | Jun 4, 2015 12:55 pm

Filel Photo This is a weekend for trail walking, visiting adoptable cats at a local shelter and supporting the Cosgrove Animal Shelter’s – are you ready? – “Bark-A-Luau” This is also the weekend to bless your boat and to sample great strawberry shortcake. Have fun. 

Friday, June 5

Classical Guitarist Plays

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Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps Wants YOU!

by Diana Stricker | Jun 2, 2015 7:56 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo Would you like to be a fifer … or a drummer?

If you’ve ever enjoyed a spirited performance by the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps and thought, “I could do that,” this is your chance to learn the possibilities.

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