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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 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 | 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 by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, Nov. 4


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All Creatures Great and Small Are Blessed

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Oct 4, 2017 6:12 am

Mary Johnson PhotoThe animals were aware indeed on Sunday at the Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day. The green was alive with critters of all kind – dogs and cats, of course, along with mini horses, goats, guinea pigs, and even turtles. Overall, the animals were quiet, standing in line, awaiting their turn.

Mary Johnson PhotoThe beautiful day drew hundreds, as the green was shared by the Friends of the Blackstone Library, which was holding its annual book sale, and the Trinity Church Fair.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 29, 2017 7:04 am

File PhotoExplore someplace new this weekend. On Saturday, the North Branford Women’s Club is hosting a hike around Lake Gaillard, a treasure tucked away in North Branford. The public is seldom allowed into this property owned by the Regional Water Authority, so here is a unique opportunity. As always, the Branford Green is the place to be this weekend, with the Friends of Library Book Sale (you can never have too many books), the Trinity Church Fair, and Animal Awareness Day, highlighted by the Blessing of the Animals. What better way to honor our beloved pets?

Friday, Sept. 29

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 7:00 am

Fall has officially arrived, but the warmth of summer is lingering. Tag sales, book sales, bike tourneys, and artwork for all tastes can all be found within the borders of our town. If the activist in you has been raised, check out Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible’s fall kick-off meeting with Rosa DeLauro (and be sure that you are registered to vote regardless of your political leanings). Looking ahead, round up your pups and kitties for Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals as its highlight. Need more ideas for activities? Read on!

Saturday, Sept. 23

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 8, 2017 8:10 am

If all else fails, there’s music! The Branford Jazz Series entertained us throughout the summer and now it’s time for the long-standing Branford Folk Music Society to begin its season. The music continues with the sixth annual Young Musicians’ Showcase where kids can try out their talents. In addition, there are plenty of chances to get out and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather along the Branford River, enrich your mind, and pick up some bargains at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and Short Beach Union Church Tag Sale. Need help sleeping? There’s a discussion on that, too!

Saturday, Sept. 9


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 1, 2017 7:00 am

File PhotoCool Events in the next couple of weeks or so have the Branford Green as a focus as well as the river and shore and the town’s iconic library. Labor Day weekend brings the ever-popular Short Beach Days (pictured) and a walk along the Greenway Trail with the Branford Land Trust. The popular Guilford Fair kicks off the fall agricultural season. The weather is blissfully cool (as well)… there will be plenty of time to hunker in within the coming months with books collected from the annual Friends of Blackstone Library book sale. Speaking of the shore, we’re thinking of those who have been displaced in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. We’re aware of our vulnerability here; we remember Sandy and Irene and the Texas disaster gives us pause to rethink our own plans.

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Blackstone Seeks Town Support for Library Renovations

by marcia chambers | Aug 30, 2017 7:22 am | Comments (1)

Silver/Petrucelli AssociatesThe Board of Finance (BOF) heard an update Monday night on the plans and funding for a $4.9 million renovated Blackstone Memorial Library, a plan that will bring the iconic 1896 library into the 21st century. The library provides a rich variety of resources for town residents, regardless of age but it needs restructuring. 

Bill O'Brien PhotoOn Tuesday morning library officials unveiled a “Campaign for the Blackstone” progress thermometer, installing it on the library’s lawn. Plans call for a 2,000 square-foot addition on the ground floor, and reconfiguration of many interior spaces throughout the library. The distinctive front entrance and steps will remain the same.

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