Shoreline Chamber Of Commerce - CT
Join Our Email List
Join The Chamber
Member Login
Serving the Towns of Guilford, Branford and North Branford
Posted on September 1st, 2016

​The community is invited to a memoir reading in Madison featuring members of Vista Life Innovations, a post-secondary education program for individual with disabilities, on Thursday, Sept. 15.
This free event is the culmination of a seven-week class led by professional writer Jocelyn Ruggiero in which Vista members wrote and published autobiographical memoirs about important people and events in their lives.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the shoreline community to get to know the Vista members they see out and about in the community, or working in area businesses,” said Ruggiero. “By hearing their stories, we can all understand who these individuals are beyond and because of their disabilities.”
Ruggiero's writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Food and Wine, Parade Magazine, Saveur and Yankee Magazine.
The reading will be held at Vista’s Madison Campus, 107 Bradley Road, starting at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Vista Quality of Life Manager Amanda Roberts at 860-399-8080 ext. 255.

Posted on September 1st, 2016

​Has moved to to a new location at 116 North Main Street Route 1), Branford, CT

Still offering great skin care & cosmetic products, made in the USA plus Free Makeover/Consultations and Free 10 Minute Pampering Facials.  

Stop in Tuesday thru Saturday or call for an appointment, 203-481-9770,

Posted on August 30th, 2016

The August edition of Connecticut Magazine carried the attached article on the results of April's Chili Challenge in Branford.  Kudos to the participants, chefs and charities that all supported this event!

Posted on August 29th, 2016

​               22nd Annual Men Who Cook

                         Gala Fundraiser

                   Sunday, October 16, 2016

28 talented amateur chefs cook for over 200 guests and raise money for Shoreline families. Fun chef competitions, auctions, raffle, music, complimentary wine and beer.

       Emceed by celebrity chef Ric Orlando.

                                                                                                                  Guilford Yacht Club

                                                                            379 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437


                                                                       Sponsor  by the Women & Family Life Center

                                                                              Early Bird Ticket $100/person until Sept. 12
                                                                         Regular Ticket $125/person after September 12
                                                                                              Patron Ticket $250

                                                                 Contact Mirjana Toyn, Development Director
                                            Contact phone 203-458-6699

Posted on August 26th, 2016

​Ronald Heiferman Professor Emeritus
Part-Time Faculty

BA, Brooklyn College; MA, Yale University; PhD, New York University

Branford - Sunday, Sept 11th: The Branford Forum presents a talk by Quinnipiac professor of Chinese Studies and author Ron Heiferman on Sino-American Relations under the Next President. 2:00. Blackstone Library, 758 Main St.
203-772-5494 for information.

Posted on August 26th, 2016

Posted on August 26th, 2016

​Branford Folk Music Society
2016/2017 Schedule
First Congregational Church of Branford,
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
September 10, 2016 – Old Howard Troupe
The Old Howard Troupe is a nine-member vintage ensemble, bringing the “Old English Music Hall” to churches, taverns, museums and music halls of New England. Members of the Troupe wear Victorian-style stage costumes typical of the era and perform the hits of the music hall stage, with and without accompaniment. The troupe includes: Lynn Feingold, Anabel Graetz, Jeff Keller, 
Angela Kessler, Jeremy Kessler, Jean K. Monroe, Phil Nimerskern and Lynn Noel.
October 8, 2016 – Calan
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe
new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
November 12, 2016 – Elias Ladino Ensemble
The Elias Ladino Ensemble is one of the very few Sephardic groups whose vocalists are native speakers of Ladino. They are the real thing, having been born and raised in that musical tradition. Their instrumentalists have mastered “A la Turka” ensemble playing as well as World Class solo virtuosity.
December 10, 2016 – Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky is “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones)
and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song.
He has dug into the deepest reaches of mountain music, while growing his own unique voice.
January 14, 2017 – April Verch Band
While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. 
Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuringacoustic guitar, mandolin,
bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.
February 11, 2017 – Coracree
Coracree melds a transatlantic mix of traditional Celtic, Old-time, European, and original music with a playful, improvisational style. Featuring the lively fiddling of Jane Rothfield,
the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon,  Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr.
March 11, 2017 – Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. This band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion).
April 8, 2017– Lou and Peter Berryman
Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences
for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance.
May 20, 2017 (third Saturday) – Tom Lewis
Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies.
Concerts begin at 8:00 pm
Wheelchair accessible
For more information call: 203-488-7715 or Email:
Branford Folk Music Society - Traditionally, the Best Folk Music in southern Connecticut since 1973
Branford Folk Music Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized as 
tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(3).

Posted on August 24th, 2016

​LIFETIME Care at Home, a private in-home care provider that provides care throughout the shoreline and New Haven County, recently held a training session for their professional caregiving staff to address a growing need, helping those with neurological conditions.
               The reason for this increased training?  According to Guy Tommasi, Managing Director of LIFETIME Care At Home, “we’ve seen an increase in clients with ALS, MS and Parkinson’s diseases.  These diagnoses take a toll on family caregivers and our staff – they create very difficult emotional situations and mobility challenges.” 
               More than 30 professional caregivers attended the evening program that featured three,  hands-on learning models regarding ALS, MS and Parkinson’s diseases.  The expert instructors were: Stacey Rahl, LMSW, Care Services Director of the ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, Stephanie Han, RN, Health Promotion Nurse at VNA Community Healthcare and Lynne Keyser, specialty trained instructor of VNA Community Healthcare’s Parkinson’s Exercise Class. 
               “Our goal is to support and educate our staff as much as possible about issues they are facing, so that our clients and their families will have peace of mind and have the very best care and highly skilled caregivers,” Tommasi added.

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Posted on August 24th, 2016

​Registration is open for the 8th Annual Vista Tour de Shore cycling event and fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 16.
With 5, 25, 40 and 60-mile routes along the Connecticut shoreline, the Tour de Shore is open to cyclists of all levels, from seasoned veterans to those new to the sport. All routes start and end at the Westbrook Elks Lodge and travel along scenic byways, offering participants beautiful views of the shoreline during peak fall foliage. 
The Tour de Shore is an important fundraiser for Vista Life Innovations, a nationally accredited post-secondary program for individuals with disabilities. Fund raised at the Tour de Shore benefit the Vista Endowment Fund, a supporting organization that helps to ensure a vibrant and financially secure Vista exists well into the future.
A post-ride party featuring food, raffle prizes and entertainment will be held at the Westbrook Elks Lodge, 142 Seaside Ave.

Cyclists can start or join a team, or ride solo. To register or for more information, visit
With 250 cyclists, last year’s Tour de Shore raised more than $85,000 for the Vista Endowment Fund.