BOE Dedicates Cathyann Roding Auditorium

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

Bill O'Brien Photo Amid 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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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

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

File Photo Explore 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 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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Darius Energizes Audience in Final Jazz Concert

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 28, 2017 6:00 am | Comments (1)

Bill O'Brien Photo From the moment he stepped on the stage and on the Green, to his closing number two hours later, Eric Darius was non-stop energy personified. Thursday was the final concert of the 2017 Jazz Series, and it drew a large audience, estimated at 800, to the Branford Green, in what many said was the best concert of the year.

Bill O'Brien Photo All were electric and the crowd loved it. They danced all night.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 25, 2017 8:02 am

Kids head back to school on Monday and the yellow buses have already been seen lumbering down local roads on their dry runs. Did you walk, take the bus, or get driven to school? The Blackstone Library, as always, is hosting a diverse collection of programs, from sleep to birds and board games to book clubs. We’re heading into fair season with the Guilford Fair leading the list since 1859 – you can’t top that for getting back to one’s roots. Speaking of roots, everyone is Italian this weekend at St. George Men’s Group’s Italianfest at St. George Church in Guilford. Grape stomping anyone?

Friday, Aug. 25

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Big Turnout For Rhythm Future’s Gypsy Jazz

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 23, 2017 6:31 am

Bill O'Brien Photo For the first time in over a month, there was no threat of any inclement weather on a Thursday jazz night. In fact, the weather was outstanding, in the mid 70s with no humidity – a perfect setting for a lively night of Gypsy Jazz on the Branford Green by the young and talented “Rhythm Future Quartet.” 
Bill O'Brien Photo The audience was estimated at over 800 strong.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 10, 2017 7:18 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 7:00 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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Peliroja Brings Latin Jazz To Town Green

by Bill O'Brien | Aug 3, 2017 8:06 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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