Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

If this weekend’s heat and humidity are getting to you, cool off with the classic film, “Rebecca,” which is part of Blackstone Library’s Great American Read, shown at Fire Headquarters. Art and music take the stage with an opening of works by Diana Wells at the Willoughby Wallace Library. The much-anticipated opening of the Branford Jazz on the Green series – was, sadly, rained out! Got a cool event? Email by Wednesday noon.

Saturday, June 30

Saturday Cinema: “Rebecca”

Celebrate summer reading by watching movies based on The Great American Read, a list of America’s 100 most loved books. The Blackstone Library will sponsor a series of films based on the books.

This month, the 1940 film, “Rebecca,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1938 book by Daphne DuMaurier, will be shown at Branford Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St., Saturday, June 30, 1 to 3 p.m.


The film stars Laurence Olivier as the brooding, aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine as the young woman who becomes his second wife.

The film is a gothic tale shot in black-and-white, and is widely considered to be the first example of the film noir genre. Maxim de Winter’s first wife Rebecca, who died before the events of the film, is never seen. Her reputation and recollections of her, however, are a constant presence in the lives of Maxim, his new wife, and the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

Rebecca won two Academy Awards, Best Picture and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations. Registration required. To register, call 203-488-1441, extension 318.

Sunday, July 1

Opening Reception for Diana Wells

Second Looks, an exhibit of plein air and studio oils by Dinah Wells, plus watercolor insects revisited takes place from July 1 to July 24 at Willoughby Wallace Library, 146 Thimble Islands Road.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, July 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 203-488-8702, or visit or

Thursday, July 5

Branford Jazz on the Green

After a rainout for the first concert, Branford Jazz on the Green features Rich Goldstein and the Gratitude Ensemble on Thursday, July 5.

Goldstein is a jazz educator, freelance guitarist, composer and recording artist, group leader and organizer, member of the Connecticut Guitar Society, the Jazz Society, Jazz Ed Network (JEN) and AAUP. He received his initial training at the Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and completed his masters in jazz studies at Purchase College in New York.

He is accompanied by Ian Frenkel, pianist, composer, and arranger; Ben Bilello, percussion; and vibraphonist Behn Gillece.

This summer’s Branford Jazz on the Green includes 10 concerts; they run through Aug. 30, beginning at 6:30 on the beautiful Branford green. Be there!

Sunday, July 8

26th Annual Corvette Show

The 26th annual All Corvette Show and Swap Meet takes place Sunday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Moroso Performance Products, 80 Carter Drive, Guilford.

More than 250 Corvettes will be featured represented its 65-year history. Admission is $5; children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds benefit the Connecticut Food Bank; donations welcome.

For more information, call 203-271-3060 or go to

Wednesday, July 11

2018 Camp Rising Sun Annual Night Out

The 17th annual Night Out to benefit kids with cancer attending Camp Rising Sun takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club, 40 Linden Ave.

Include will be dinner, live band, cash bar, silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids (3-15 years old). Campers are free – food and non-alcoholic beverages included. All CRS campers can attend free of charge.

For more information, go to

Monday-Friday, July 16-20

Animal Camp

Registration is underway for the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter’s Animal Camp, a fun, educational, hands-on camp that allows children to interact with and learn about all kinds of animals. The camp’s focus is to promote respect for all living creatures including each other. Children will participate in fun games like animal tracking, nature art and water games, and they can learn all about FLEMDS.

Open sessions are: July 16-20, July 23-27, Aug. 13-17; and Aug. 20-24. Register soon.

Camp is for children between 6 to 11 years old and runs from 9 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $175 and includes lunch bag, water bottle, camp shirt and field trip. Checks or credit cards only accepted as payment. For more information, go to

Saturday, July 21
BCC Food and Supply Drive

Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue & Adoption Center will hold a food and supply drive on Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to prepare for kitten season.

Cans of Fancy Feast turkey kitten food and Yesterday’s News Cat litter are high on the wish list, along with canned pate and dry cat food, paper towels, kitchen trash bags, dish detergent, hand soap, HE laundry detergent, and Tidy Cats litter. For a more complete wish list visit www.branfordcompassionclub .org.

Branford Compassion Club Feline Rescue and Adoption Center, located at 2037 Foxon Road, is open to the public on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and visit the many cats and kittens up for adoption.

Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22

Call for Artists Branford Sidewalk Sale

Branford Art Center invites artists and artisans to display their art, crafts, and jewelry at the Branford Art Center Gallery, 1229 Main St, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, for the Annual Summer Branford Sidewalk Sale.

An 8-foot space for both Saturday and Sunday can be rented for $50. Bring your own table or racks (and awning if you want). Call Yvonne Gordon-Moser at 860-334-4642 or email and visit the gallery website

Friday, Aug. 17

Environmental Day Camp

Branford Land Trust’s 23rd annual Environmental Day Camp for kids takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Killam’s Point Conference Center.

Children ages 5 to 9 will take part in hands-on activities, including touch tanks, woodland and Long Island Sound exploration, nature crafts, and more.

A full day’s agenda, map, and list of what to bring will be mailed upon receipt of registration and payment of $45; additional children, same family $35. Scholarships available. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 14.

For more information, call Martha Rice, 203-314-7128, or email, or go to 

Call for Artists/Artisans Branford Fall Art Festival

Branford Art Center invites all artists/artisans to participate in the 4th Annual Shoreline Harvest Art and Cool Jazz Festival that will take place under the Big Tent on the Branford Green on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spaces are 10x10. Bring your own racks/tables or rent a table for $5. There will be food vendors. To participate in the festival, go to by June 31 for early registration, $50, or by Aug 31 at the regular fee of $70.

For further information or questions, call Yvonne Gordon-Moser at 860-334-4642 or email

Throughout the Summer

Connecticut Wine Trail

The Connecticut Wine Trail ( is a unique collection of 26 vineyards and wineries statewide. Bishop Orchard’s Winery in Guilford and Chamard Vineyard in Clinton are two that are right in our backyard.

All members have tasting rooms where visitors can sample their portfolio of wines; reservations are not required except for special events. Connecticut is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing wine regions in the United States. Visit the CT Wine Trail’s Calendar for special pairings, live music, wine releases, and more.


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