Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 18, 2017 11:00 am

This weekend is jam packed with Cool Events! When was the last time Branford hosted a carnival? You may hearken back to the days at Hammer Field – who remembers when that was last held? But perhaps a new carnival tradition is being established via the First Annual Tabor Carnival, which has all the makings of the summer institution we love. Speaking of memories, those who loved the drive-in theaters of their youth can at least grab the family and a blanket and head for Foote Park. Also, check out the sales, arts events, car show, and much more. If you haven’t experienced jazz on the green, Thursday is your last chance. Got a Cool Event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Aug. 18

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Legacy Theatre A Go!

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With the lawsuits settled, Keely Baisden Knudsen, the artistic director of the Legacy Theatre, says exterior renovations to the historic Puppet House will get underway this month. She said she is delighted.

In a letter to the theater’s supporters, Knudsen says the Legacy has been given a $350,000 gift that will be used for exterior renovations once plans have been reviewed and accepted. “It will be wonderful to see visible progress”on the building, which she expects by year’s end, she said.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 10, 2017 8:18 am

Summer may be winding down, but there’s no shortage of Cool Events. Local wine, art, music, the great outdoors, movies – there’s something for the most discerning townie. Pet lovers – don’t forget to pick out a costume for your pooch! The highlight of the annual Woofstock Music Festival is the Hippie Dog Contest. Tie-dye anyone?

Thursday, Aug. 10

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Perfect Evening Brings Out the Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 9, 2017 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The weather turned out to be perfect on Thursday night at the sixth concert of the Branford Jazz Series summer schedule and a large audience came to the Green to enjoy the music.

Bill O'Brien Photo The estimated crowd of 700 was entertained by the talented group headed by the golden saxophone sensation Andrew Beals and the warm and expressive sounds of Chris Morrison on guitar.Here is Beals on his “golden” sax.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 4, 2017 8:15 am

When it comes to summer, there’s nothing better than fresh corn. Corn (and potatoes) will be king at the Potato and Corn Festival this weekend in Northford. The family event opens tonight and runs through Sunday. Art and music are on the agenda in the upcoming week and, looking ahead, Cosgrove Shelter’s annual Woofstock Music Festival proves that dogs are indeed our best friends. The Shoreline Wine Festival features fruits of the vine from Connecticut Vineyards. Raise a glass to our bountiful state!

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Peliroja Brings Latin Jazz To Town Green

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 3, 2017 9:06 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Green was jumping on Friday night when the New York Latin Jazz ensemble Peliroja put on a lively program of music inspired by the sounds of Cuba, Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, and the Congo. Rain had postponed the concert, originally scheduled for July 13.

Bill O'Brien Photo The stage was crowded with nine members of the group, which encouraged the smaller than usual crowd to get up and dance to their spirited music.

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Audience Enjoys Shawnn Monteiro’s Mellow Sounds

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 1, 2017 8:15 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Those jazz fans who ventured to the Branford Green on Thursday, even with a slight threat of rain, were treated to a relaxing night of captivating sound with vocal artist Shawnn Monteiro and her trio including the legendary 88-year-old Jimmy Cobb on drums, saxophonist Javon Jackson, rising newcomer Matt De Champagne on keys, and veteran Dave Zinno on bass.

Bill O'Brien Photo You didn’t have to come from that golden era of music in the ‘40s and early ‘50s with vocalists like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald to remember some of the hits back then with songs like, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “Somewhere There’s Music.” So when Shawnn performed them on Thursday it brought back fond memories of that bygone era. Here she sings “I Didn’t Know What time It Was.”

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 28, 2017 9:02 am

We have a jazz bonus this week. Peliroja, which was rained out a couple of weeks ago, will perform Friday night. But the weekend belongs to trolley aficionados, cat lovers, and history buffs. If you miss the Alps Farmers Market, check out the pop-up farmers market on the green Tuesday night; it’s held in conjunction with the Community Dining Room’s Kids’ Night. Read on – there are lots more cool events coming up. If you have a cool event you’d like listed, email by Wednesday noon.

Friday, July 28


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Jazz Concert Reaches Beyond Branford

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 26, 2017 7:15 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The sky began to change near the start of the Oli Silk and JJ Sansaverino jazz concert on the Branford Green last Thursday night. One look at the Weather Channel website on your cell phone indicated thunderstorms might well play a role in the fourth scheduled concert of the Branford Jazz Series.

Bill O'Brien Photo Turned out there was no rain or thunder, but Oli and JJ made sure there was plenty of lightning with their dynamic music. A large crowd filled the town green from Branford and beyond. 

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