Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 26, 2018 8:19 am

Are we out of the woods? Seems that the spate of snowstorms we experienced have ceased. Time to venture outside for some fresh air. The Branford Land Trust has animal tracking classes and is hosting a lecture on Long Island Sound. The eagles along the Connecticut River can viewed courtesy of the Audubon Shop in Madison. Plus there are opportunities for live music, art classes, and cooking – yes, break out those pots and pans. Got a cool event? Email sebahner by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Jan. 26


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Cool Events this Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2018 10:09 am

Mary Johnson PhotoThe foot-high snowfall is giving way to expected torrential rains. Rising temperatures are causing the ice in Branford Point to break up – see the great photos by Mary Johnson on our Facebook page. Inside activities dominate the listings, but looking ahead, nature lovers can check out Branford Land Trust’s animal tracking classes. In the meantime, explore the area’s art, music, and cultural events.

Saturday, Jan. 13


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 5, 2018 9:45 am

The new year has brought with it a massive snow storm. By this weekend, cabin fever will be sure to set in, so head for the library for a screen-free game night or the Branford Forum talk. Check out Guilford for Quattro’s jazz brunch or Ayuthai for some jazz and great Thai food; Bassist Jeff Fuller heads up both gigs. Whether you prefer the great indoors (films, art classes) or the great outdoors (BLT’s animal tracking class), there are lots of ways to stave off the winter blues.

Friday, Jan. 5

First Friday Game Group at the Blackstone Library

Game night at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., will feature all types of board games, from fast-paced, hilarious party games to highly strategic games that will leave your head spinning!

F2G2 is all about having fun, learning new games, and making friends. There are games for everyone, regardless of experience level. Participants can bring their own games, as well. Adults of all ages welcome. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441, extension 318, or visit

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State Assembly, Town Praise Branford’s Retiring Messiah Tenor

by marcia chambers | Dec 27, 2017 7:52 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBefore the start of the 30th anniversary of Branford’s Handel’s Messiah last Friday, state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., (pictured) presented Dr. Edward Hull, a tenor, with an honorary citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, commending Dr. Hull for his commitment to music as an opera singer and a teacher for many decades. 

Bill O'Brien PhotoKennedy praised Dr. Hull for sharing “his amazing voice as the tenor soloist for Branford’s production of Handel’s Messiah” for the last 30 years.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 15, 2017 8:36 am

Hallmark TV Movie at Caron's Corner Grocery StoreIf you were otherwise busy and missed the Stony Creek Pageant and the Branford Chorale Concert, never fear! They’ve both been rescheduled due to last week’s storm. There’s still time to take part in some great holiday events – who doesn’t love a ride on the trolley and the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s Winter Wonderland event makes it all the more special. On Sunday, light the fireplace and pop some popcorn: Branford scenes will be featured on the small screen in a Hallmark movie. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Dec. 15


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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 | Dec 1, 2017 8:33 am

It’s all about the holidays. We see the emphasis on giving through special events that benefit pets, the Blackstone Library, and support of the new Ben Callahan Foundation. We’re encouraged to shop locally through open houses and enjoying our picturesque downtown. We can enjoy the season through classics such as the Messiah and the Nutcracker and concerts at the libraries, as well as art shows featuring talented locals. Goes to show you that the holidays don’t have to be about bow-bedecked cars and crowds at the malls. Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon. 

Saturday, Dec. 2

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 24, 2017 7:42 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBy now the bird has been consumed and leftovers are stuffed into the fridge. Turkey soup, anyone? Thanksgiving has made its brief appearance, squeaking in between the candy of Halloween and the car commercials of Christmas. Do take some time amid the chaos to enjoy our beautiful town – the exciting parade and tree lighting, the festive stores – and the opportunities to give to others during the holiday season. And get ready for the Messiah.

Friday, Nov. 24

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BOE Dedicates Cathyann Roding Auditorium

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 20, 2017 9:04 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoAmid a chorus of her beloved students, Cathyann Roding was honored for her dedication to Branford High and her musical profession at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

Then the Branford High School Auditorium was officially renamed as the Cathyann Roding Auditorium. Roding retired this year are more than 30 years of directing choral groups and producing musicals at the high school.

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