by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 6, 2017 8:00 am
They came for the food and stayed for the message.
The small dining hall at the Shore Beach Union Church was full of those eager to try food from Somalia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen at the International Dinner last week.
More importantly, the dinner was a benefit for IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), a New Haven-based refugee agency that serves Connecticut. The organization has been grappling with the fallout from the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from various Muslim countries.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2016 9:37 am | Comments (1)
Although the Branford Alps Farmers Market is pulling up its stakes after two seasons, market manager Martha Maguire says she is not leaving the local fresh food movement.
Maguire hopes that someone else acceptable to the town will take over the market. She’s open to hearing new ideas or helping with other markets. “For the powers-that-be to realize that people enjoyed it might make it easier to find a better location,” she said.
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by Bill O'Brien | Dec 28, 2016 8:55 am | Comments (1)
Customers have been streaming in over the past couple of weeks to say goodbye to a Main Street institution, appropriately named Main Street Lunch.
Any time owner Lou Ditolla (pictured) was asked how he was doing the answer was pretty much always, “hanging in there.” It was a cliché often used by many but in Lou’s case maybe it was a sign of things to come.
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by Emily Patton | Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am
The line for parking stretched far down Foxon Road as it neared North Branford’s Augur Farm. It was here that I, your loyal Eagle reporter, began my first foray into the world of the North Branford Potato and Corn Festival (fondly nicknamed the “POCO festival”), which promised to “elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights.”
The festival, which ran from Friday Aug. 5, to Sunday, Aug. 7, is now celebrating its 15th year. It boasts not only hearty helpings of potatoes and corn, but also several non-edible attractions including carnival rides, festival games, crafts, music, prizes and more.
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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.
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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by Emily Patton | Aug 5, 2016 9:46 am
Lots of Dunkin coming up as in Dunk-a-Cop for the Special Olympics and Dunk- a- Cop and perhaps others at Woofstock next weekend. Need exercise? Try a potato sack race or a scenic walk at Red Hill Woods or get back into the swing of things at the East Haven Rotary Club’s annual golf tournament in a couple of weeks. Enjoy!
Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7
Shakespeare on the Shoreline: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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by Emily Patton | Jul 22, 2016 7:59 am
“I’m coming from the farm right now, and I’m prepping for an event,” said chef Mark Shadle, prefacing his interview with a disclaimer. “So I’m going to be kind of bouncing back and forth.”
Shadle’s G-Universe, which he manages alongside his wife and co-chef, Ami Beach Shadle, is an elaborate system of moving, growing, organically fueled parts—not the least of which is Shadle himself. At 10:30 a.m., the internationally acclaimed vegan chef was already firing on all pistons.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 6, 2016 8:28 am
Longing for tomatoes … and corn?
Not so fast.
Tomatoes are on their way, but not for another couple of weeks. That’s if you talk to Peter Rothenburg of Northfordy Farm. However, strolling down the aisle under the Branford Alps Farmers Market’s big yellow and white tent, you can find the coveted red globes at Medlyn Farm’s space – along with the last of the strawberries.
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by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2016 12:23 pm
The 32nd annual Branford Festival brought thousands of residents and out-of-town guests to the Branford Green this past weekend to hear the music, feast on delicious food and shop, shop, shop among the scores of vendors displaying their wares on Saturday. No question, the perfect weather also had a lot to do with the large crowds.
Dennis Nardella, who served as festival chairman for the third consecutive year, said, “When you’re planning a three-day weekend like this we hope for perfect weather and we couldn’t have been happier with the way it turned out.” Last year rain cancelled Friday’s schedule.
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by marcia chambers | Jun 17, 2016 7:00 am
There is only ONE Cool Event this weekend and that is the Branford Festival, now in its 32nd year. This weekend is expected to be wall-to-wall sunshine.
Dennis Nardella, the 2016 Festival Chair, says this weekend celebrates the town’s service clubs, clubs that are the backbone of the Festival, the Rotary Club, the Exchange Club and the Lions Club, which celebrates 65 years of service to Branford this year. They came together, he said, pooling their resources instead of having separate fairs on the green. And that is how the Branford Festival “as we have come to know it was born.” Read about the Festival, its history and events here.
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