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Posted on July 31st, 2017

The House of Fashion Boutique is having a 50% off sale on all summer clothing through the end of August. Stop by today to find the perfect piece to add to your summer wardrobe! 

Posted on July 31st, 2017

A Hogwarts Halloween Returns to James Blackstone Memorial Library
Branford, Conn.: Back for the 4th year, A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone Library happens for one weekend only this fall. On October 14 and 15, children ages 6 and up can experience the magic as the library is transformed into Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Hogwarts, walking its hallowed halls, and climbing its winding stairs, this is your chance!
A Hogwarts Halloween for Kids
Children attending one of four available daytime sessions will get the feeling they truly have entered the halls of Hogwarts. Upon arrival, children will be escorted by Prefects to the Great Hall, where they will be greeted by Professor McGonagall. From there, attendees will take classes in Charms, Potions, and Divination. This year’s school session also involves an escape challenge – Dolores Umbridge has been known to lock an entire class out of the Hogwarts building and onto the Hogwarts grounds. It will be up to each class to work together to solve the clues and find the magic key that opens the door back into Hogwarts proper! And, of course, no one will leave without their wand from Ollivander’s Wand Shop personally matched by Ollivander.
These sessions are drop-off only, with Prefects escorting the children through their 2 hours of classes. Admission is $30 per child. Costumes are encouraged. For children ages 6 and up. Visit to reserve your child’s place.

Choose from four available sessions:
Saturday, October 14, 10am–12 pm or 1 pm–3 pm
Sunday, October 15, 10am–12 pm or 1 pm–3 pm

Also available for pre-purchase are souvenir Class T-Shirts (long sleeved), $20, and School Portraits, $10.
Souvenir T-Shirt Caption Contest
Do you know the perfect line from a Harry Potter book that you’d like to see on a t-shirt? Submit a caption for our T-Shirt Caption contest – if selected, your chosen caption will appear on this year’s souvenir T-shirt. You’ll receive a T-shirt and 2 tickets to a session of your choice! Entries should be fun, not too lengthy, and have instant book recognition. Past year’s captions have included, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” and “I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.” T-shirts are available for pre-order online, and during the event. Supplies are limited, Pre-ordering is suggested to ensure you get the size you want.
Submit your T Shirt Caption entry to, and be sure to include your name, age, town, phone number, and email address. Entries must be submitted by August 31. Winner will be chosen by Hogwarts faculty and announced in September. By entering the contest, you agree that your name and image may be used in promotional materials for James Blackstone Memorial Library and A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone. Hogwarts is part of the Harry Potter universe created by J.K. Rowling. Visit for more information about A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone Library.

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Hammonassett Festival Now a Bigger, Annual Event

Building on past success, the Hammonassett Festival has expanded to better honor Native American traditions and cultures and celebrate our Natural World.

Madison, CT, June 26, 2017 -- The Hammonassett Festival comes to the Guilford Fairgrounds this fall for two days of celebration, education and entertainment. Honoring nature and Native America, the 7th Festival will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, October 1, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Each day will begin with a Native American blessing and smudging ceremony, led by Allan Saunders (Mohegan), and followed by music, dance, art and crafts vendors, exhibits and demonstrations, activities for the whole family, storytelling and a variety of food choices.
“Word of the Festival has spread, and we have been approached with dozens of exciting ideas and opportunities. To accommodate that interest, this year’s event offers more attractions and extended hours,” says Barbara Hanson, Co-Chair of the Hammonassett Festival. She adds, “The event has traditionally taken place at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, but ongoing construction at the park prompted us to take the event to the nearby -- and spacious --Guilford Fairgrounds.” It is Barbara’s feeling that “the Festival isn’t about Place, but that the heart of the event is the gathering together of many peoples to share and celebrate and honor and learn.  We hope to raise community awareness of the culture and time-honored traditions of the Indigenous Peoples, as well as issues they face today.  We hope to raise awareness of how we can work together to repair the balance between people and nature, and preserve the beauty and abundance of Mother Earth for those who live with the land and the seven generations that are coming. “

Featured performers:

--The popular Native Nations Dance Troupe, led by Erin Meeches (Schaghticoke), will return with multiple performances each day. The Dance Troupe is made up of Native American performers who travel nationally and come together for specific events. They will gather in the Dance Circle to share their dances and interpretations, dressed in traditional regalia and accompanied by live singing and drumming of a Native Drum group.

--The Redhawk Native American Arts Council, with performances by Aztec Dancers and Peruvian Scissor Dancers, will be making its Hammonassett Festival debut. The dance groups will perform multiple times during the weekend.

Featured wildlife shows:

--Live raptor show by A Place Called Hope, a raptor rehabilitation center in Killingworth, CT
--Live reptile show by The Meigs Point Nature Center of Hammonasset Beach State Park 

Other special attractions:

--Multiple performances of Native American flute music and guitar by Allan Madahbee (Ojibway)
--Performance on Saturday by local music group, Ponybird (Anishinabek Solutrean Metis Indigenous Nation)
--Expanded Children’s Area offering stories, games and crafts presented by the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) and local Libraries
--The New England Atlatl Championships, where attendees can try their hand at the ancient skill of spear-throwing
--Museum outreach programs, demonstrations and environmental exhibits
--Variety of food choices
The above features and special attractions are subject to change.

Exhibitors and vendors: Pre-registration is required. Contact: HammonassettFestival
The Festival is presented by Friends of Hammonasset, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is sponsored by Friends of Hammonasset and the Robert F. Schumann Foundation.


What: Hammonassett Festival
When: 10 AM-7 PM, Saturday, September 30 and 10 AM-5 PM Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT
Directions: Exit 59 off the Connecticut Turnpike, south on Goose Lane and across Boston Post Road, right on 146 (Boston Street), left onto Lovers Lane.
Parking: Free on-site parking
Admission: adults, $5; children under 12, free
Note: No pets or alcohol at the Fairgrounds, including the parking lots

Find more information and schedule of events at or email

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Come play Wine-O Bingo at Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar.
Support VNA Community Healthcare while enjoying good wine, good food & good company!

Wine-O Bingo, Hosted by VNA Community Healthcare & Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Where: Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 51 Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437
When: Tuesday, August 8th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Call Ballou's at (203) 453-0319 to reserve your spot - very limited seating! 

Posted on July 28th, 2017

Composers in Love: Piano Recital

BRANFORD: Concert pianist Alice Michahelles illustrates and performs romantic works dedicated to the composer’s beloved ones. Music by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, George Gershwin and others. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit
Movie Under the Stars: Rogue One

BRANFORD: Celebrate the end of summer with a movie under the stars! We’re showing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the amphitheater at Foote Park. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. You’re welcome to bring snacks or purchase ice cream at the park from The Ice Cream Guy truck. All ages welcome. To RSVP, visit or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Foote Park on Friday, August 18 at 7:30 pm. Cosponsored by Branford Parks and Rec.

Posted on July 28th, 2017

Posted on July 27th, 2017

​The Guilford Parks and Recreation Department and Guilford Youth & Family Services are pleased to announce their commitment to the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on September 21st.  In celebration of this Day we will be coordinating a town-wide Art Exhibit.  We are seeking artists of all ages to participate.  The theme for this year’s International Peace Day is:
Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
The International Day of Peace was first created in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to celebrate peace among all.  Again in 2001, the General Assembly designated the day as a day of non-violence.  Each year, communities are encouraged to participate and show their commitment to Peace.
Over the past 7 years, a moment of silence has taken place on the Guilford Green with churches ringing their bells in unison to celebrate the day. This year, the peace celebrations will take place at 4:00 PM on the Guilford Green. All are welcome!
Rules for the art contest:

All ages are encouraged to participate
Theme:  Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all
Art can be submitted on paper, canvas, photography (up to 18 x 24)
Submissions to be received by Ellen Clow, Recreation Supervisor, by Thursday, September 7th  at the Community Center, 32 Church St. Guilford, CT 06437.
Art will be displayed in various locations around the Town of Guilford.  If you are a business owner interested in displaying a piece(s) of art work, please contact Ellen Clow at 203 453-8068 or  
Art will be posted to the Town of Guilford Facebook page for all to view.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 “liked” submissions.

Posted on July 27th, 2017

Posted on July 27th, 2017

​This week’s Branford Jazz performance will feature vocalist Shawnn Monteiro, legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb and Javon Jackson on tenor sax.   With Monteiro’s lively phrasing and scat variations reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, Cobb hailing from the Miles Davis bands, and Jackson’s long time association with Art Blakley and the Jazz Messengers, Thursday’s performance is sure to be a showstopper.  As it does every Thursday with Branford’s jazz-on-the-green concert series, the music starts at 6:30p on Thurdsay, the 27th.
And there will be more jazz on Friday evening.  Not letting the thunderstorms from a couple of weeks back stop them, PELIROJA will bring its fusion jazz sound to Branford on Friday the 28th, starting at 7pm. Please note the slightly later start time for this make-up concert.   The gifted ensemble of musicians includes Mike Eckroth on piano and keyboards, vocalist Jainardo Batista,  baritone saxophonist Morgan Price, Jonathan Powell on trumpet, drummer Max Goldman, and Ian Stewart on electric bass work their magic on stage and fuse together the sounds of Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Congo for a new jazz favor.   
For more details about these jazz greats and to whet your appetite for some of the best jazz around, please check out the schedule on the Branford Jazz website at, and remember to visit the website or Branford jazz on Facebook for updates and weather cancellations.  Please take a moment and share this jazz update with your customers, patrons, colleagues, family, friends and neighbors by forwarding this email or posting it on Facebook, Instagram and your social media network.

Posted on July 26th, 2017

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725 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
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