Branford Festival Guide 2024

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Branford Festival

June 14-16, 2024

Published by “In Bloom” by PJ Cook
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We welcome everyone back to the Branford Green for the 40th Branford Festival.

This festival unites our community and reunites family and friends every June. Many who attend each year have grown up with the festival and are carrying on the tradition with their own kids.

After months of meetings and planning, the festival starts to take shape the Sunday before, with the hanging of the banners on the town hall. Set up continues throughout the week, right up to the start of the festival at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

Everyone who attends has their “thing” within the festival that brings them back each year. Whether it be the variety of foods to select from, the top-notch music each night, the artisan marketplace on Saturday, the road race on Sunday, or just the chance to catch up with friends and family, it is a weekend to celebrate all things Branford. (This booklet contains the full schedule for this weekend.)

The festival relies on the generosity of our corporate sponsors and residential donors to operate each year. We thank you all for your annual monetary support.

We also thank the Board of Selectman, the Department of Public Works, the Police and Fire departments, and Branford Festival’s corporate board for the guidance and support they provide in running the festival.

Finally, we thank our amazing festival committee for the many months, hours, and days you put into producing Branford’s biggest event every year.

So, let us keep the tradition alive, and have a great weekend everyone.

Festival Rules


Friday, June 14 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, June 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 NO DOGS ALLOWED on the Branford Green during the festival




Bradley Ave. north side to dead end Hillside north of Rose St. (both sides) Main St. from Montowese to Harrison Ave. (both sides) Park Place Post Office to Municipal Lot (west side) Rose St. from Main St. to Laurel St. (south side) S. Main Street from Montowese to Main St. Town Hall Dr. from Main St. to Montowese St. Silver St. from Rose St. to dead end (both sides)


Friday, June 14: 4:30 to 11:30 p.m.

1 van at Branford High School

1 bus at Cherry Hill Commuter Lot

Saturday, June 15: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

1 van at Branford High School

1 bus at Cherry Hill Commuter Lot

No bus service Sunday.


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Festival Schedule


FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

5:30 P.M. Branford High School Concert Choir. Directed by Mike Martone, Jr.

6:30 P.M.

Singer/Song Writer Showcase featuring Phoebe Merrill

7:00 - 8:30 P.M. Red Light

8:50 P.M.

National Anthem Legacy Theater by Stephanie Stiefel Williams

9:00-11 P.M. LoVeSeXy Tribute to the Music of Prince


5:00 P.M. The John Moss Scholarship Award

5:15 P.M. Father of the Year

5:30 P.M.

Singer/Song Writer Showcase featuring Bob Crelin (BC)

6:00 -7:00 P.M. The Mediums

7:15 -7:30 P.M. Sponsor Announcements, Festival Committee Introductions

7:30-8:30 P.M. Sunset Drive

8:50 P.M.

National Anthem by Legacy Theater Keely Baisden Knudsen

9:00 -11:00 P.M. “Live and Let Die” A tribute to Paul McCartney

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024

44 th Annual Branford Road Race

9:10 A.M. Fun Run

9:40 A.M. Walk

9:45 A.M. 5 Mile Run

11:30 A.M. The Branford Road Race Awards Ceremony

12:00 AL Raebuck to 3:00 P.M. Food Tent Stage



9:00 to 9:30 A.M. Branford Early Leaming Center

10:00 to 10:30 A.M. Story Time! With the Blackstone Library

10:30 to 11:30 A.M. Dance Unlimited

11:30 A.M.-12:15 P.M. Chips

12:15 to 1:00 P.M. StudioONE Dance Center

1:00 to 1:45 P.M. Shoreline Theatre Company

1:45 to 3:00 P.M. School of Rock

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

5:30 TO 6:30 P.M.,

The Branford High School Concert Choir is a mixed choir for sophomores through seniors. It has been around for over 40 years, improving the quality of its music over time. The students lead the ensemble, while section leaders teach music, and choir officers assist in the planning of events. The group aims to encourage students to be self-sufficient learners while emphasizing the importance of looking at things from other perspectives. This belief reflects its diverse music selections and teaching philosophy, which is highly valued and employed by its director, Mike Martone Jr. The choir explores the role of music in diverse cultures and the origins of the music the group learns, hoping to share their love of music by telling a story through songs and inspiring communities with each performance.


FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

7:00 TO 8:30 P.M.

Red Light is a tribute to party rock music! Modern country rock, pop rock, and your classic party rock dance faves. Red Light has been voted and recognized as one of the top bands in the Northeast for over a decade. Four dynamic lead singers, four-part harmonies, a monster backbeat and rhythm section, hard-driven guitars, and a high-energy stage performance that will keep you moving from start to finish. Come dance all night with Red Light! When the Red Light shines, It’s party time! This is a show you won’t want to miss!



FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

6:30 TO 7:00 P.M.

Phoebe Skye Merrill is a singer-songwriter whose thoughtful lyrics reflect the stories of her own life and imagined ones.

This gifted and multi-talented young woman sings, plays guitar, and writes music that has its heart in the traditions of indie folk music. Think wanderlust, romanticism, and soulful introspection. Her songs are storytelling and dream-telling punctuated by a melancholy yodel and an enchanted whisper with the spirit of an old soul.

Merrill, a Connecticut native, studied voice under Phoebe Madden for over five years and guitar with Becky Kessler of Violent Mae.

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Festival Music



FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

9:00-11:00 P.M.

Based in Boston LoVeSeXy performs a remarkable, spot-on sound-alike, hi-energy show featuring a wide range of songs including all of PRINCE’s greatest hits, from his early years and throughout his long career. LoVeSeXy features a “true to the record” vocals and an honest representation of Prince’s beloved music, his diverse songwriting, high-level musicianship and his amazing connection with the audience. The band can perform over 55 of Prince’s biggest hits including Let’s Go Crazy, Kiss, I Would Die 4 U, Raspberry Beret, 1999, When Doves Cry, Purple Rain and so many more.

LoVeSeXy features lead vocalist/frontman Giovanni Morant, a dynamic seasoned entertainer with a remarkably similar voice a charismatic personality, killer dance moves & a strong stage presence. Gio also plays guitar, keys, and trumpet. Joined by acclaimed guitarist/vocalist Jodee Frawlee (Guitar Player Magazine’s national talent search finalist and “Boston’s Best Guitarist” award winner) and a multi-talented line-up of accomplished players & singers who’ve established themselves as one of the finest six-piece Prince tribute acts in the industry.

LoVeSeXy was nominated “Best Tribute Band” by Motif Magazine (2016), “Favorite Tribute Band” by MyFM music awards (2018), was the featured act at Boston JazzFest (2016) & the New England Music Awards (2018). The band was also nominated by the Worcester Music Awards / Pulse Magazine for “Best Tribute Act,” “Best Live Act,” “Best Male Vocalist,” and “Best Female Vocalist” (2022/2023)

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Festival Music



5:30 TO 6:00 P.M.


This year marks 50 years as a songwriter for Branford native Bob Crelin (also known as BC). His songs reflect life, love, and our changing world. They are imbued with catchy melodies, rocking rhythms, and poetic style. Growing up during the explosion of modern pop music, Bob’s love of ‘hit’ songs began with The Beatles’ U.S. arrival on The Ed Sullivan Show. He grew to appreciate the incredible power of popular music. Bob has found influences in all music genres and drawn inspiration from artists like Todd Rundgren, Dar Williams, and David Bowie.

Bob performed and recorded with a handful of local bands in the 1970s and 1980s and enjoyed local radio airplay with Branford’s Rival. In the 1990s, songs he co-wrote with his band Catwalk found their way to major market rock radio and college station playlists, with feature articles in Billboard magazine and The New York Times. As a solo artist, Bob Crelin has opened for notable artists, including Marshall Crenshaw, blues guitarist Sue Foley, and Jon Herrington of Steely Dan. He continues to perform live, write, and record new material. Watch for the release of new singles in 2024.



6:00 TO 7:00 P.M.

With over 20 years of experience and more than 2,000 electrifying performances, The Mediums have honed an unparalleled sound for an acoustic duo. Frank’s commanding and versatile vocals, combined with Tom’s meticulous arrangements of beloved classic and contemporary hits, evoke the essence of a full-on live band.

Praised for their seamless harmonies, high-energy performances, and remarkable ability to cover a vast repertoire of songs, The Mediums are consistently lauded as one of Connecticut’s foremost acoustic duos.

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7:30 TO 8:30 P.M.

Hailing from New Haven County, Sunset Drive is a high-energy cover band playing hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and today! They play a variety of hits from pop, rock, modern country, and moremusic sure to keep everyone on their feet! Since their formation in late 2021, they have had the pleasure of playing festivals, various bars, breweries, private events, and casinos across Connecticut and Massachusetts

Adam Thomas: bass and background vocals, Ashley Mirando: lead vocals, John Treloar: drums and vocals, David Mattioli: guitar and background vocals.

Adam Thomas is a long time Branford resident that graduated through the Branford school system and enjoys playing locally and spending time in the area.

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Festival Music




9:00 TO 11:00 P.M.

Singer and Recording Artist Tony Kishman is the creator and band leader of Live and Let Die, a full multimedia experience celebrating the music of Paul McCartney and featuring an amazing line-up of world-class musicians.

Tony starred for six years in both the national and international tours of Broadway’s smash hit musical Beatlemania and performs on the International Symphonic Beatles production, Classical Mystery Tour.

For more than a decade, he has been performing his award-winning show to the most successful band of all time around the globe, bringing the music and magic of the Beatles and Paul McCartney to a new generation. He has earned raves from “Beatlemaniacs” for his visual and vocal uncanny resemblance to the beloved Beatle.

A consummate musician and multi-instrumentalist, Tony Kishman had previously performed, recorded, and toured with the critically acclaimed band Wishbone Ash and recorded his own music with both RCA and Mercury Records. He is also proudly endorsed by Hofner.

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Festival Print & Cover Artist

Inspired by the tranquil shores, charming lighthouses, and picturesque seaside villages of the region, PJ Cook brings these scenes to life with the use of color, light, and texture.

Her passion for painting began at a young age and has developed into a lifelong career as an artist since graduating from Paier College of Art with a BFA. As a native of Northford, PJ Cook has spent countless hours boating and fishing in the Branford area. Currently, she spends her time between Northford and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cook is inspired by the works of art that transports viewers to the serene shores of New England and the sundrenched beaches of Florida through the mediums of watercolor and oil paint.

Visit to see her latest artwork or contact

ON THE COVER: In Bloom, a 13” x 20” watercolor captures a summer day along the Branford shoreline. After spending the afternoon sketching, I was inspired by the beautiful variety of colorful flowers and birdhouses.

Let Us Help... Create Your Oasis.

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Kids’ Activities


The 40th Annual Branford Festival, held Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16, on the Branford Town Green, will offer plenty for children.

This year, Marenna Amusements will provide rides for kids’ activities. Teach Art 2 Me will be back on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to do face painting, glitter tattoos, and henna. The Blackstone Library will have a table with activities and information on Saturday. Sand Art will be back on Saturday and Sunday. Kathy and Bob Fadel, kids’ activities co-chairs, are excited to add Spin Art on Saturday and Sunday.

Between the backstage entertainment, Main entertainment, and the fun kids’ activities, families will find good times for kids during the Branford Festival.

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Thank You, 40th Annual

Branford Festival Sponsors

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Branford Festival Food Vendors


What would the Branford Festival be without all the great food selections? Mosaico Cuisine will be joining us again this year. Be sure to check out their new items like homemade mac and cheese and tequeños. Don’t forget the regular favorites like steak and cheese subs, fried dough, stuffed baked potatoes, cinnamon buns, freshly popped kettle corn, soft serve ice cream, novelty ice cream, hand-cut french fries, pizza, fresh squeezed lemonade, strawberry shortcake, homemade cake slices, and pad thai. So come on down for some great food and entertainment this weekend!


Friday – 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Exclusive — Fried Dough

Serving fried dough with sauce & cheese or powdered sugar and cinnamon, bottled water and soda


Exclusive - Hard Ice Cream

Serving sundaes in a box, cookie & brownie sundaes, root beer and creamsicle floats, and novelty ice cream like bomb pops, chocolate eclairs and face pops for kids, and bottled water


Exclusive – Baked Potatoes

Serving baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon or “the works,chicken supreme baked potato, steak supreme baked potato, broccoli supreme naked potato, veggie supreme baked potato, super supreme baked potato


Exclusive – Steak & Cheese Sub

Serving steak and cheese, grilled cheese, hamburgers, Hummel hot dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches, soda and water


Exclusive — Kettle Corn and Fried Oreos

Serving freshly popped kettle corn popcorn, funnel cakes, and deep-fried Oreos

HISTORICAL SOCIETY - (Saturday only)

Exclusive — Strawberry Shortcake

Serving fresh strawberry shortcake with biscuits and whipped cream


Exclusive — Cream Puffs

Serving cakes by the slice, cream puffs, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, soda and water


Exclusive — Cinnabuns

Serving Cinnabuns, cookies, cupcakes, muffins coffee (hot & cold brew), soda and water


Exclusive — Pizza by the Slice

Serving pizza by the slice and chips, soda and water


Exclusive — Sausage/Peppers/Onions Grinder

Serving meatball grinder, pasta Fagioli, Hummel hot dogs, Italian ice, cotton candy, popcorn, and chips, ham/egg/cheese sandwich and coffee (Sunday only), soda and water


Exclusive — Lobster Roll

Serving chicken tenders, roast beef sandwiches, French fries, hot dogs, cole slaw, breakfast: French toast, pancakes, sausage, milk, orange juice, and coffee

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Exclusive — Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Serving fresh squeezed lemonade, original and sugar free


Exclusive - Garlic Chicken (on a stick), Pad Thai (rice noodles), serving garlic chicken, Pad Thai, chicken w/ cashews, veggie fried rice


Exclusive — Pierogi

Serving pierogi, stuffed cabbage, Kielbasa, hunter stew, potato pancakes, soda and water


Exclusive — Assorted Candy

Serving lollipops, cotton candy, assorted sour candy, ring pops, chocolates, licorice, and other novelty candy items.


Exclusive - Tequeños (Latin cheese fingers) Empanadas (chicken, beef, black beans, and cheese), brisket sandwiches (the most original brisket), various toppings and sauces, soda and water

Father of the Year


Everyone has heard of Batman, Superman and Captain America. But there is one hero better than anyone out there and his name is Ryan Adinolfi my dad. My dad is my hero because he is always by my side like at sports games, school parties and whenever I need a little cheering up. He is the best coach, person and best of all dad. And those are just some reasons why I think my dad should win 2023 Father of the Year award.

My first reason why my dad should be 2023 Father of the Year is because he is always by my side. Funny story when I was at the Pine Orchard Club, someone did a truth or dare, and I was not ready for what they would say. I had to jump in the ocean during the storm (sorry I didn’t tell you there was a storm going on). Ok, so when I was about to do it and then my dad runs over to me and says, “you don’t have to do it, but if you do, I am right here if you need me” And at that moment I new my dad would be there for me no matter what. My second reason why my dad should win the 2023 Father of the Year is because he always volunteers to coach any team I am on and sometimes he is the main coach like this summer he is coaching a summer basketball team with me and my friends. I really hope that my dad can coach are team to a championship but like my dad always says, “it’s better to lose trying then to not try at all”. So no matter what my dad is the better version of LeBron James or Tom Brady or anything in between.

And my third reason why Ryan Adinolfi should win 2023 Father of the Year is because he is kind. For example when we were at a water park with are friends and there was a person with a 4 year old and the poor kid was throwing a fit because he was at the back of the line so then my dad said “it’s the right thing to do and then my dad switched spots in line with the mom and the kid.

And that is why I strongly believe that Ryan Adinolfi should win with the 2023 Father of the Year. He is always by my side, always volunteers to be with me and he is kind and if you have a dad show him as much love as I do.

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Road Race

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024


8:00 a.m. — Registration and packet pickup

9:10 a.m. — 1 Mile Family Fun Run starts

9:40 a.m. — 2 Mile Health Walk starts

9:45 a.m. — 5 Mile Race starts

10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. — Stony Creek Brewery

Post-Race Celebration (ticket purchase required during on-line registration).

11:00 a.m. — 5 Mile Awards


In 1979, 600 runners lined up for the first Shoreline Road Race (now Branford Road Race/BRR). Thanks to your help, the race has grown into one of the country’s biggest and best running events. Approximately 70,000 participants have participated in BRR events, with hundreds of thousands of dollars distributed to various Branford organizations and charitable groups over the years. Since the first race, held in 1979 at the Branhaven Plaza, the BRR has grown from a small local fun run into the 5-mile Connecticut State Championship. This low-key, non-commercial event has become an integral part of the weekend-long celebration of Branford Festival. In 1979, good friends Ray Figlewski and Dick Wainman started the 7.5-mile Shoreline Road Race, which later became the 5-mile BRR. At this time, running was not a wildly popular sport and most running events were geared toward small groups of serious participants. However, the running boom of the late 1970s was beginning to sweep the country. Inspired by the Olympic successes of marathon runner Frank Shorter and the writings of fitness authors Dr. Kenneth Cooper and George Sheehan, more and more Americans were lacing up their sneakers (they weren’t even called running shoes back then) and taking to the streets. Although the first year was held at the Branhaven

Plaza, Ray and Dick continued to look at ways they could move the race to the Branford Green, which would satisfy one of their goals, to “provide an event that not only weaves through one of the most beautiful shorelines in Connecticut, but also utilizes the historical charm of the Branford Green.” From 1980 until now, the BRR has started and finished on the Town Green. Today the race is five miles. The event also features a 2-mile Health Walk and the 1-mile Family Fun Run. Both the 1-mile and 5-mile races are USATF certified and timed. The reasons behind more than four decades of success are many, but one is pre-eminent: this is an event that enjoys the support from every corner of Branford. From the hundreds of residents who run, volunteer, or sponsor, to the support the race receives from the governing body and the personnel of the police, fire, first aid, and town maintenance departments, this is a town project. These people come together and provide thousands of runners with a friendly and well-managed event. The BRR is known for the fabulous support of thousands of cheering spectators, proving once again that Branford is a special place.


This year’s event offers all participants a food ticket with several food options on race morning. Options include: a continental breakfast courtesy of the event, a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Branford Rotary Club, or an egg sandwich courtesy of the Italian American Club.

The post-race party will once again be hosted at Stony Creek Brewery 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be unlimited beer for all participants 21+ who purchase a ticket. Tickets are available for purchase during online race registration.

Over the years, Branford Road Race has proudly donated thousands of dollars to local nonprofits and community organizations.Over the years, Branford Road Race has proudly donated thousands of dollars to local non-profits and community organizations. This year we will be partnering with the following charities: Branford Community Dining Room, Camp Rising Sun and American Parkinson Disease Association.

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Branford Road Race

Branford, Connecticut

Measured 5/23/08

Separation between start and finish: 622’

Elevation of start and finish: 80’ USATF Cert. Code CT98010DR

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1 146 146 N Limewood Ave. Hotchkiss Grove Rd. Hotchkiss Grove Rd. Yowago Ave. ArkRd. TaborDr. MeadowSt. BradleyAve. S. Main St. Main St. 9th Ave. 1st Ave. Elizabeth St. PineOrchardRd. PineOrchardRd. Damascus Rd. SeaviewAve. SybilAve. SouthMontoweseSt. MontoweseSt. START FINISH LONG ISLAND SOUND Mile 1 Mile 2 Mile 4 Mile 3 Mile 5 Waterstop Waterstop Waterstop Waterstop Waterstop Waterstop Waterstop BlockIslandRd. LindenAve. 31’ 5” 31’ 5” 11’ 9.5” Storm Drain Manhole Cover POLE #393 Montowese St. P-K Nail & Washer Bradley Ave. START
66’ 5.5” Park Place Manhole Cover Storm Drain P-K Nail & Washer Main Street 35’ 4.5” 6’ 3.5” MAP DESIGN (Branford, Connecticut)

Beauty Henna Orange, LLC B 01

Brandford Honda Car Show

Brandford Hyundai Car Show

Branford Com. Forest Comm. K 07

Branford Counseling Services K 05

Branford Dem. Town Com. K 10

Branford Garden Club C 01


Branford Rep. Town Com. K 06

Branford Soccer Club C 15

Breakfast at Timothy’s J 07

Campus Customs G 01

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Artisan Marketplace Artisan Marketplace Information H01 BCTV J 04
Casanova Remodeling LLC J 02 Chapel Haven C 04 Christine’s Groceries B 12 Clayfully Jules B 18 Cottage Cove C 12 CrossPoint Federal Credit Union C 19 Cutco C 05 Dance Unlimited B 15 SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH 8:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. BRANFORD GREEN presents  VENDORS Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Sound 10’x10’ Exhibitor Space Power Light Pole No Power light Pole Open Space AV Connect SIDEWALK MONTOWESE STREET TOWN HALL DRIVE MAIN STREET PARK PLACE SIDEWALK SIDEWALK 10 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Vaiuso 8 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 2 2 2 1 9 7 6 1 2 3 4 5 BUS BANNER BAND STAND FIRST AID TOWN HALL H J J H H K K G G F E D C C C B A Automotive A B B E F 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 FOOD SIDEWALK ROTARY CHRISTMAS TREE FLAG POLE PORTA JOHN PORTA JOHN PORTA JOHN PORTA JOHN PORTA JOHN MAP KEY Gold Business Partner Sponsor

David McDermott Chevrolet Car Show

DCD Designs LLC J 05

Doozey Designs J 03

DR MLK HERITAGE Foundation G 06

Duckie’s Velvet Crumbcake Fact. B14

Earthart Stoneworks LLC B19

East Shore District Health Dept. K04

Eileen Clark Art E04

Essential Elements C02

Fair Studio Design C16

Fellowship of Christian Farmers G09

Fine Fettle Pets B13

Get Lit Candle &Co F04

Gracious Gifts and Home, LLC C07

Hook & Arrow B08

Hotchkiss Publishing B11

Indigo Culture H04

Joyful Home Cature B04

Joyful Learning B05

Kate Fountain art E05

LADR Creations & ARM Ceramics B07

LeenB Bags B16

Lena’s Lunchbox Dog Bakery C03

lindakoriginals B03

Liquidcozy C14

Lisas Soaps Naked/Natural LLC C08

M Elizabeth Designs B06

Make a Bracelet H07

Maple Craft Foods C11

Move To Heal B17

Neetz Rocks E10

Of Coins & Crystals E11

Papineau Stud. /Olivia Engel Jlry C09

Pawsitively Homemade G02

PGS Designs E12

Polished Boutique D05

Pour Decisions Art C13

Premier Subaru Car Show

Premier Kia Car Show

Renewal By Anderson J01

Rustic Iron Metalwork E14

Shoreline Crafts LLC C17

Shoreline Eldercare Alliance K03

Shoreline Greenway Trail K08

Silver Pleasure Jewelers F01

Skip Marsh Art C18

Sky’s Tie Dyes G03

Soundview Family YMCA B09

Spark Cycle Works Car Show

Steffyy’s Soaps and Candles E06

Studio1758 F03

Taleo Handmade C06

The Legacy Theatre E09

Thomasina Beasley C10

TJJ Sews F02

Vaiuso Farms, inc H08,9,10

Well-Comb Home B10

yan yan liang D04

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KD KLING 203.871.7348 STEPHANIE DONEGAN 203.506.0836 1080 Main Street I Branford I CT 06405 | 21 Whitfield Street | Guilford | CT 06437 Team At William Raveis Real Estate 203-433-4071 1004 Main Street, Branford CT 06405 • Gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Thank You to the

2024 Branford Festival Committee!

BARBARA BARRINGHAM Co-Chairman/Residential Fundraising KRIS KLARMAN Co-Chairman/Secretary


MASOTTA Operations

TODD CLIFFORD Fried Dough/ Volunteers

DIANE HOWE-SULLIVAN Corporate Fundraising

DENNIS NARDELLA Corporate Fundraising & Entertainment



TOWERS Volunteers

BOB FADEL Operations/ Kids Activities

Food Court

MORRELL Souvenirs

Sub-operations committee:

FADEL Kids Activities

JACOB Artisan Marketplace

Committee Members not pictured: Mario DiNoto, Town Hall Entertainment; Chris Lemieux, Backstage Entertainment; Ray Figlewski, Road Race; Sarah Fadel, Souvenirs; Steve Wilson, Publicity; and Jennifer Nardella, Corporate Fundraising

Sub-operations committee: Hal Barringham, Joe Copes, Mike Giordano, Vincent Hanchuruck, Ted Peters, Brad Hotchkiss, Quint Johnson, Jim Thalalas, Pete Bocciarelli, Emma Nyg and Rich Nyg

President: Maria Schilder

2024 Branford Corporate Board Officers

President-Elect: Colin Sheehan

Treasurer: Barbara Frisbie

Asst. Treasurer: Dale Izzo

Secretary: Elaine Johnson

Festival Co Chairs: Kris Klarman and Barbara Barringham

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce: Dee Jacob

Emeritus: William T. O’Brien

Emeritus: Jeff Vailette

Branford Fire: Chief Tom Mahoney

Branford Schools: Kerry Eyrich and Christopher Tranberg

Clergy: Rev. Joe Perdue

Rotary Club: Peter Cimino

Branford Lion’s Club: Alex Paluzzi, Jr.

Business: Justin Gargano

At Large: Rae Fitter

Municipal: Perry Maresca

Attorney: Jim Perito, Esq

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For all who live or come to visit Branford, you must see it from a different beautiful perspective. Enjoy a 90-minute Cruise along the Branford River!

No matter what the day or tide, a calm relaxing ride! See beautiful homes, condos, and marinas, sail boats and yachts of all sizes.

“ISLAND TIME” a 40ft / 28 passenger catamaran with super quiet twin 300 Suzuki outboards. A smooth steady ride with perimeter seating to view an unobstructed view.

We offer a small bar on board with adult beverages, water, and soda. Running water and Head! There are small tables for food or snacks should you choose to bring them.

Three departures daily (Closed Tuesdays) from Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnson’s Marina, across from Dock Side Restaurant! Private Charters are also available!

203-488-8905 M/W/T/F 9:AM TO 3:PM

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