Saturday, especially, is jam-packed with all sorts of cool events. Celebrate Earth Day on the Branford green, take part in a bicycle ride in support of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, or March for Science. There are some great musical events as well, including a Fife and Drum Corp Jamboree at St. Mary’s School and, looking ahead, the Peace Project concert, a huge musical effort put together by the choral department at Branford High School. Add to all this, there are plenty of opportunities for …shall we say… intellectual enrichment!
In what is being talked about all over town as “shocking, unbelievable” or simply “you’re kidding” is the announcement yesterday that legendary music teacher, musical director, and choreographer of Branford High’s spring musicals, Cathyann Roding, is retiring after a 38-year career, the last 32 at Branford.
In an email announcement to friends she wrote, “It’s finally time for me to stop… breathe… and relax just a little.” She added, “Anyway… I am leaving with no regrets, feeling very proud of all that my students and I have done over the years.” She indicated she has no plans and wants to just take it easy for a while. “I’d even just like to stay in bed and get some extra sleep for a change,” she said with a smile.
Spring cleaning applies to the town as well as your closets! Take a couple hours, pick up a trash bag and join other on the green to spruce up the town. Looking ahead, celebrate Earth Day on the Branford green or with the Rock to Rock ride to benefit the Shoreline Greenway Trail; there are courses for all levels. And, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who are observing.
The Branford Jazz Concert Series and the Stony Creek Brewery presented an “Evening of Music” last week to benefit the Branford Jazz Music Scholarship Fund, featuring the Jay Rowe Trio. The event was held at the brewery from 6 to 8 p.m., which included an exclusive Branford Jazz pint glass and the first beer.
“We wanted to do something to announce the summer schedule and tie it in to our jazz scholarship,” said Dale Izzo, a member of the jazz committee board. The concerts will run every Thursday from opening night on June 29 through Aug. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Are we growing gills yet? The week has been dreary and rainy, but we’ve been promised that things will clear up for the weekend. Time to survey the garden, check on the blooming bulbs, and plant some pansies. Concerts abound, including our favorite jazz concert at the Yale Law School this Sunday. And there are many good causes to support. College bound? There’s a discussion on getting a leg up on the competitive admission process.
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Earlier this week visitors lined up at the top of the James Blackstone Memorial Library steps, waiting for the library doors to open. Some were headed for a computer. Some came to sign out a book. (Yes, books made of paper remain popular). It was just before 9 a.m.
Among those waiting in line were Eunice Lasala and Kathleen Fox, members of the board of the Branford Community Foundation who came to mark a special occasion – the donation of a $100,000 matching grant, the foundation’s largest grant ever. It will go toward the library’s $4.8 million renovation and will be distributed over four years. The idea is that the foundation will match all gifts up to $1,000 to support the library’s fund-raising campaign.
The snow has melted, and the crocuses are emerging. Spring is in the air, and so is music with several cool concerts coming up (think jazz). If you haven’t had a chance to explore the Blackstone Library – a town treasure without a doubt – take a tour on Saturday. Plus there are opportunities to get reacquainted with local flora and fauna with garden tips and must-know information about our seacoast. Got a Cool Event? Email email@example.com by Wednesday at noon.
There are those who believe we may be already rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but if you’re looking for some solid entertainment by a talented group of kids, make a beeline to Branford High School Performing Arts production of Titanic, which runs through Sunday at 2 p.m. There are also two opportunities to dine out for good causes – a pasta dinner to benefit the Cosgrove Animal Shelter and an international dinner (have you ever tried Syrian cuisine?) in support of IRIS at the Short Beach Union Church. Looking ahead, there’s lots more! Got a Cool Event? Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday at noon.
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish! Have you cooked your corned beef and cabbage yet? (We have.) Or made plans to meet friends at your favorite pub? You can probably count on Tommy Sullivan’s for a good time, Irish brews and whiskey, and corned beef and cabbage, if you haven’t cooked your own. Erin go Bragh!