Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

Did you survive the heat wave? By the time you read this, we should have a break, and the only things that should be hot are the Corvettes at the 26th annual Corvette Show on Sunday. Lots of other outside activities on offer, too, including the Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, the Camp Rising Sun Night Out, and Branford Jazz on the green. Music and art are at the forefront. Check out the Branford Art Center and the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance. Looking ahead, there are two interesting activities to engage residents and merchants. Read on!

Saturday, July 7
Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market

The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, 2351 Durham Road, meets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 7.

Vendors will offer local and organic vegetables, meats, maple syrup, jams, baked breads, pastries and pies, honey, butter, goats milk soap, bees wax candles, alpaca yarn, natural body products, dog products, and a wide variety of exquisite hand-made crafts. The free Children’s Corner activity (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.), will be painting rocks, and the Dudley Farm String Band will provide entertainment.

For more information, call 203-457-0770, visit www.dudleyfarm.com, or Facebook: Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market.

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 clubcorvette.com.

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 www.camprisingsun.com/.

Thursday, July 12

Quarteto Moderno on the Green

Branford Jazz on the Green continues with Quarteto Moderno Brazilian Jazz, led and founded by guitarist-vocalist Richard Boukas. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

Formed in 2008, the ensemble features Richard Boukas’ compositions in a wide range of Brazilian genres including samba, choro, baiao, frevo, maracatu, marcha, frevo, valsa and guarania. These traditional forms are melded with a rich, melodic and harmonic vocabulary drawn from contemporary jazz and chamber music. The group’s New York City area performances include Hudson Hall Jazz Festival, Johnny Pacheco Latin Jazz Festival, Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium, and Queens College’s Year of Brazil. In 2016, they released their debut CD, “Live! Ao Vivo!”.

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

Saturday, July 14

Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market

The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market meets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, Saturday, July 14.

Vendors will offer local and organic vegetables, meats, maple syrup, jams, baked breads, pastries and pies, honey, butter, goats milk soap, bees wax candles, alpaca yarn, natural body products, dog products, and a wide variety of exquisite hand-made crafts. The free Children’s Corner activity (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) will include Native American Story-Telling with Barbara Kiesel and the Dudley Farm String Band will provide entertainment.

For more information, call 203-457-0770, visit www.dudleyfarm.com, or Facebook: Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market.

StoryWalk® On Main

Blackstone Library in conjunction with local merchants will host a community walk for all ages along Main Street on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. as part of StoryWalk. Community members can take part any time through Friday, Aug. 17. Participants for the guided, community walk should meet in front of the library, 758 Main St.

StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, as a way of combining the pleasure of reading with the joys and benefits of walking and interacting outdoors.

Pages from an inspirational picture books – this year it’s “Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay” by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport – are displayed along a popular walking route to encourage conversation and reading as a family while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The book is a true story about a small town that transformed their community’s dire predicament by creating a touring orchestra with instruments built from recycled trash.

The library has enhanced the walk by including bonus challenges at the bottom of each page. Children in kindergarten and up can pick up a StoryWalk® game board at the library or participating merchants to complete the questions, activities and discussion starters. Those who complete every challenge on the game board will be entered in for a prize drawing at summer’s end. Completed maps must be dropped off to the Blackstone Library by Saturday, Aug. 18.

For more information, call 203-488-1441, extension 323, or email clemire@blackstonelibrary.org.

Opening reception

An opening reception will be held at Branford Art Center, 1229 Main St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, to celebrate the gallery’s artist volunteers. Vietnam veteran and artist Tony Arnold (see photo) and architect Jay Bright, whose flag painting series is a tribute to his veteran father, will be the visiting artists.

For more information, call Yvonne Gordon-Moser at 860-334-4642 or email 1229bacgallery@gmail.com and visit the gallery website at www.branfordartcenterct.com.

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 a.m.to 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 http://www.branford-ct.gov/animalshelter/.

Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22.

Member Art Show, Sale

The Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance (BACA) and Orchard House Adult Care will hold their Member Art Show & Sale at 421 Shore Drive. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 20. Gallery hours continue noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

The show and sale will feature the artistic talents of BACA members working in various formats, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.

The show is also a collaboration with Orchard House and its art therapy program, so the exhibit will also feature the work of Orchard House participants who have worked with Briah Luckey, MAAT, to create their own interpretive images. BACA member art will be available for sale directly with each artist.

The artwork shown by Orchard House members is the culmination of guided “heARTherapy” sessions, made possible by a grant from the Branford Community Foundation. The “heARTherapy” program enables Orchard House members, many of who live with memory loss, to use the process of painting to tell their stories through color and shape. Research shows that art therapy increases self-esteem, self-awareness and personal wellbeing by supporting the exploration of feelings. The nine-month guided program built a sense of confidence, a sense of mastery, and a sense of community among the participating Orchard House artists and produced an impressive body of work.

For more information, visit BACA on Facebook, email Frank Carrano, president, at baca06405@gmail.com or call 203-488-6692

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 1229bacgallery@gmail.com and visit the gallery website www.branfordartcenterct.com.

July 22

Great Jazz on the Guilford Green

Dr. Joe & Friends will be performing on the Guilford Green on Sunday, from   6:30 to 8 p.m.

The group includes Atla DeChamplain on vocals accompanied by Matt DeChamplain, Jeff Fuller, Ban Bilello, Chris Coulter and Dr. Joe.  It’s sure to be a fun evening

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 2

Find the Branford Hornet

Forty Branford merchants are joining together to encourage residents to find the Branford High School Hornet and promote their businesses.

Participating merchants will display the BHS Hornet somewhere in their businesses and residents can win gift certificates and prizes by finding them.

The hunt starts Thursday, Aug. 2, during the Branford Sidewalk Sale and participants will have until Thursday, Sept. 20 to complete a list of 35 out of 40. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, on the Branford green at the fourth annual Shoreline Harvest and Jazz Festival. (The winner must be present to win.)

To take part, register at Branfordartcenterct.com (cost $2 per entry to benefit Branford High School), then download the list of merchants, which will be posted July 30 and listed in local papers. Take a photograph with your phone of you or someone in your group with the BHS Hornet and post the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #branfordmerchants.

For more information or to register a business, email Yvonne Gordon-Moser at 1229bacgallery@gmail.com.


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