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Posted on October 4th, 2017

​Shop handmade American craft for gifts at
Guilford Art Center’s “Artistry” holiday shopping event

Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center announces its much-anticipated annual holiday shopping event, Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays, which takes place November 2, 2017 through January 7, 2018. One-of-a-kind, handmade crafts by artisans from across America will be featured, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, leather goods and more.
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during Artistry, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
“The opportunity to shop local, as well as buy American-made goods is very important to people” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director Maureen Belden.  “Every purchase made benefits an American artist, but it also helps to support GAC which provides art experiences in the community all year long.  Plus, shoppers can find truly one-of-a-kind, special objects for everyone on their list.  It’s a win for everyone involved!”
Artistry also offers visitors a variety of shopping experiences: personal shoppers are available for advice and gift-giving ideas; a registry makes gift-selection easy; and businesses can take advantage of personal shoppers and discounts for employee holiday gift-giving.
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 2, 5-8pm, free and open to the public.  Kick off the season with this festive event, including beverages, snacks and great cheer!

MEMBERS’ WEEK—SPECIAL MEMBERS’ BENEFITS: Nov 2 -November 8: Members receive 15% off all items and 10% off throughout the rest of sale. Become a member at any time and immediately receive this benefit.
JEWELRY & CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION: Thursday, November 30, 5-8pm Enjoy a night of sparkle and socializing!  Enjoy glasses of bubbly while viewing the wide range of jewelry made by American artists for all tastes, budgets, shapes and sizes.  Free and open to the public.  
MEN’S SHOPPING NIGHT:  Thursday, December 21, 5-8 pm  Need to do some last minute shopping?  We’re here to help – especially our male customers.  We’ll serve beverages and snacks to keep up the energy levels, as well as have staff on hand to help with shopping and wrapping.  Free and open to the public. 

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact

About The Guilford Art Center
The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on September 28th, 2017

In recognition of his dedication, commitment and service to the Commission and the Branford business community. 

Posted on September 27th, 2017

Michael Bosco of La Cuisine, is a long time Chamber member. Recently in the Texas hurricane, his father lost his home and all his worldly possessions. There is a Go Fund Me page set up to assist him. If you are interested in helping, please follow the link below. ​

Posted on September 27th, 2017

Posted on September 27th, 2017

Posted on September 27th, 2017

Branford, Conn.: A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone Library happens for one weekend only, on October 14 and 15. Children ages 6 and up can experience a magical time when the library is transformed into Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

And this year’s souvenir T-Shirt will say, “When in doubt, go to the library.” This line, said in the story by Ron Weasley about Hermione Granger in the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was chosen as the winning entry in the Hogwarts T-Shirt Caption Contest. C.J. Brinton, 11, of Bethany, CT, submitted the winning entry.
T-Shirts with the winning caption are available for pre-order ($20), and will be for sale at the door. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure your desired size is available. Tickets for all four class sessions are still available, though sessions are filling up quickly. To register for A Hogwarts Halloween, visit
If you’ve ever dreamed of visitingHogwarts, walking its hallowed halls, and climbing its winding stairs, this is your chance! All proceeds from A Hogwarts Halloween at Blackstone will support the programs and services offered by the James Blackstone Memorial Library.

 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

Posted on September 27th, 2017

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Westbrook, CT, September 22, 2017 –  Denise Henry of Oakdale has been named Executive Director of SARAH Inc., succeeding Patricia Bourne, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
“We are pleased to advance Denise to Executive Director,” said SARAH Inc. Board of Directors chairperson Linda Vigorito.  “Our Search Committee conducted an extensive search.  We are impressed with Denise’s depth of knowledge and experience serving people of all ages with differing disabilities. She is clearly the right candidate for this position at this time.”
Henry has been Associate Director at SARAH Inc. for four years.  She has more than three decades of experience including at such organizations as United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern CT and Mosaic.  She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. During the course of her career, she has worked extensively as a behavioral clinician, in quality assurance, project management, and the programmatic oversight for residential, day and employment services.  She also has a strong working knowledge of human resources, fiscal and operational best practices and has co-owned and operated a small business.
“I expect to continue moving ahead with the strategic initiatives already begun by my colleague Pat Bourne, the Board and our management team,” Henry said.  “I recognize both the opportunity and challenges social service agencies such as SARAH Inc. are facing in CT.  I look forward to bringing my skills and expertise to build on the 60 years of progress already achieved by this organization.”
Bourne has served as Executive Director of SARAH Inc. since 2006.  During her tenure, SARAH Inc. has expanded its reach, providing supports and services to more than 600 children and adults with differing abilities. 
“Today, SARAH Inc. serves more people in different ways and in many more communities. SARAH Inc. is a recognized leader in the field. I am honored and humbled to have been part of this extraordinary team for the past 11 years.” Bourne reflected.  “Every day it is a joy to come to work at SARAH, Inc. You cannot walk into a room of our participants and staff without receiving a cheerful welcome and encouragement.”
Vigorito continued, “The Board of Directors, staff and participants applaud our outgoing Executive Director Pat Bourne for moving us ahead as an organization in many important ways. While Denise will officially assume her responsibilities on November 1, Denise and Pat will continue to work closely over the next several months to ensure a smooth and successful transition and we hope Pat will remain connected with us in her much-deserved retirement.”

SARAH Inc. is a community service provider serving more than 600 children and adults with differing abilities in communities across the Greater New Haven and Shoreline Area.  Its Birth to Three Early Intervention program also includes Eastern Connecticut.  SARAH Inc. offers an array of services and supports for children and adults of all ages and abilities including: Birth to Three early intervention, a Family and Children Resource and Information Center, work and life skills training, customized supported employment, school-to-work transition services, advocacy and more.

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

​The girls soccer team at Branford High School is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct 22nd.  This is our last fundraiser of the season and we are striving to make it a community event to show our appreciation for the families and businesses who have supported the girls.  

We have a fun sponsorship opportunity available for your Chamber members!  For only $50 a business can be one of our Table Decoration Sponsors- this means that they can give us tablecloth and box of supplies to decorate a table (Halloween theme), including information about their products and services.  Folks are welcome to offer special discounts and give-a-ways, etc.  (no confetti, bubbles or sand).   We have 12 tables available and will take photos so that you can share them at one of your meetings and use for publicity purposes should you wish to do so.  

We also plan to have a raffle and would welcome any donations for raffle gifts.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards scholarships for players when they graduate from high school.