It’s Here – Branford Festival Weekend

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 15, 2018 9:00 am

File PhotoThis weekend, there is only one cool event, the Branford Festival. For the 34th year, townspeople, businesses, craftspeople, food vendors, and entertainers will fill the Branford green over three days. Chair Kristine Klarman and her committee have been hard at work finalizing all the details; it’s a process that starts almost immediately after the previous year’s festival. The Branford Eagle will be on hand – be sure to stop by and say hello.

Here’s the schedule.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 1, 2018 8:48 am | Comments (1)

Is it summer yet? We had a taste last weekend. Summer activities are lining up, so all we need is the accompanying weather. In the lineup, however, are trifecta of town favorites… the Branford Festival, Fireworks, and Branford Jazz on the Green. If you’ve wondered what goes on at the state-of-the-art Fire Headquarters, now’s your chance. The open house on Saturday includes a full tour of the facility. Got a cool event? Email

Friday, June 1

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‘Hallelujah’ Ban Angers Sliney Parents, Kids

by Sally E. Bahner | May 30, 2018 8:34 am | Comments (7)

With PermissionThe last-minute elimination of a song from Sliney Elementary School’s spring concert last week has dismayed a number of parents and children. It has also raised questions about why the choir director agreed to let one parent influence the fate of a song.

Songs from the musical “Sing!” were on the program, including the well-known “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, but a day before the performance, “Hallelujah,” was pulled. According to a parent, who heard the news from her child, one parent objected to the song due to its religious content and based only on that parent’s objection, the school administration agreed to ban it. The children and some parents were told that it was school policy. These parents had different views.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 25, 2018 8:15 am

Memorial Day weekend is the gateway to summer. According to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2017. Branford is lucky to have six of them participating in this year’s Memorial Day Parade. Head into town and pay your respects to these heroes. In Stony Creek, the tribute begins at 8:30 a.m. In town, people will gather on the green at 10 a.m.


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 18, 2018 11:00 am

If you haven’t yet explored the Stony Creek Quarry, you have a chance on Saturday. Former First Selectmen Unk DaRos (Branford) and Carl Balestracci (Guilford) will lead the group and share the quarry’s fascinating history. Then, kick back and enjoy some Sunday jazz at Home’s Living Room on Main Street. Check out our other listings for many other art- and music-related events.

Friday, May 18

Poetry with the Branford Land Trust

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 27, 2018 9:59 am

There’s music in the air. Concerts and performances for every taste are on the agenda – from traditional Italian melodies to Bernstein’s Broadway hits to classical guitar. In case you didn’t get to see it in the theater, The Post will be shown at the Willoughby Wallace Library. Note: It’s Branford Eagle endorsed. Mother’s Day is coming up and we’ve listed some mom-friendly events. Be sure to check our Facebook page – we often list upcoming events there, too.

Saturday, April 28


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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 5, 2018 8:30 am

Spring is in the air – musically. Walsh kids have been preparing for their spring musical, “The Little Mermaid.” And on Sunday, jazz aficionados and friends of Stan Wheeler will flock to the Levinson Auditorium at Yale Law School for an afternoon of great jazz. Looking ahead, there are various art- and film-related events, along with opportunities to help you navigate these complicated times. Got a cool event? Email

Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 30, 2018 8:00 am

Mary Johnson Photo}Did you know that Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon of the vernal equinox? And that Passover’s dates are pegged to the Hebrew calendar, also based on the lunar cycle. It starts in the middle of the month of Nisan, when the moon is full, typically falling in March or April of the Gregorian (modern) calendar. As a result, Passover typically begins very close to Easter, as is the case this year. Passover begins today, which is Good Friday for Christians, and runs until April 7. Sunday, of course, is Easter Sunday, which happens to be April Fool’s Day! Whatever your religious persuasion, enjoy the day with family and friends. 

Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31

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Opening Night: Shrek Dazzles Branford Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Mar 24, 2018 9:09 am

Bill O'Brien Photo“Shrek,” the fictional ogre character by American author William Steig came to Branford this week in the form of a play by the same name.  From all indications, the performance dazzled the mixed crowd of adults and children.

Bill O'Brien Photo“We lit up the theater tonight” (known as the Cathyann Roding Auditorium), said play Director Colin Sheehan. It was packed because Wednesday performance was cancelled because of the weather. Many people with tickets exchanged them for other performances.There are performances tonight and tomorrow.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here &  Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 22, 2018 9:05 am

A busy weekend, which will hopefully include melting snow. You can support the kids, whether it’s through the march in Guilford promoting stricter gun laws or by supporting Branford High School’s musical, “Shrek.” Little kids can enjoy a life-sized version of Candyland. And show your support for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter … who doesn’t love pasta? Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, March 24

March For Our Lives


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