2017 FESTIVAL

More than 3,600 people attended the first Guilford Performing Arts Festival, in October 2017. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the hard work of 34 volunteers, we presented 44 concerts, plays, recitals and workshops in 17 venues: churches, schools, restaurants, markets, the library, the community center and two historic farms. Downtown Guilford was electric, and merchants took note of an increase in business.

Thank you to everyone who made the debut Guilford Performing Arts Festival a terrific success!

2017 Performers

  • Almost the Whole Damn Trio
  • Another Octave: Connecticut Women’s Chorus
  • Katherine Arndt
  • Ballroom Dance Workshop
  • Carly Callahan
  • Cherry Pie
  • Circle Consortium
  • Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate
  • Laura Clapp
  • Bob Crelin
  • Dances of Universal Peace
  • Marc Deaton
  • Eric Dillner
  • DoSo Dance Band
  • Dudley Farm String Band
  • Eastern Connecticut Ballet
  • Elm City Consort
  • Festival Ensemble (Stephen Roberts & Steve Routman)
  • Joe Flood
  • George Manstan Big Band
  • Gary Grippo
  • Guilford High School Jazz Ensemble (Thomas Boates, director)
  • Guilford High School Voices (Kevin Buno, director)
  • Guilford Ramblers
  • Guilford Town Band (Mark Gahm, director)
  • Dan Hague
  • Diana Harris
  • Julie Harris/Stephen Roane Duo
  • Dae Hee Ahn
  • Thomas Heilman
  • Lara Herskovitch
  • Jenny Kwak
  • Legacy Theater Acting Workshop (Keely Baisden Knudsen)
  • Limelight Dance
  • Madison Lyric Stage
  • Natural Law
  • Neighborhood Music School
  • Opera Theater of Connecticut
  • Rachel Ostler
  • The Racket Downstairs
  • The Red Planet Duo
  • James Rosamelia
  • Phil Rosenthal
  • The Sandy Connolly Band
  • Skunk Misery Ramblers
  • Starship Dance
  • Stepping Sounds (Jarrod Ratcliffe)
  • Jillian Swanson
  • Tuxedo Junction: The Sounds of Swing (Pat Todd, director)
  • Vivid Ballet
  • Susan Yankee

2017 Venues

  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio
  • A.W. Cox Middle School
  • Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery
  • Bittersweet Farm Barn
  • Calvin Leete Middle School
  • Christ Episcopal Church on the Guilford Green
  • The Dudley Farm Museum
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • First Congregational Church
  • Guilford Free Library
  • Guilford High School
  • Guilford Lakes Middle School
  • The Marketplace at Guilford Food Cente
  • Melissa Jones Middle School
  • Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
  • Quattro’s Italian Restaurant
  • Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society

2017 Sponsors

  • The Guilford Foundation
  • Guilford Savings Bank
  • Bishop’s Orchards Guilford Farm Market & Winery
  • Page Hardware & Appliance Co.
  • Royal Printing Service
  • Shoreline Theatrical Arts
  • Zip06/Shore Publishing
  • Mercy by the Sea Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center
  • The Rotary Club of Guilford, Connecticut
  • Shoreline Arts Alliance

2017 Auction Donors

  • Ballou’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Mary & Jeff Beeman, Victorian on the Village Green Bed & Breakfast
  • Centro Pizza
  • Coastal Home & Lawn Care
  • The Guilford Chocolatier
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra
  • Sarah’s Nail Nook
  • Shoreline Diner & Vegetarian Enclave
  • Soundview Family YMCA
  • The Tea & Spice Exchange of Guilford

2017 Patrons

  • Anonymous •
  • Nancy Arnold •
  • Donita & John Aruny •
  • Carl & Linda Balestracci •
  • Jeffrey & Mary Beeman •
  • William & Jan Boughton •
  • Edie & Howard Brown •
  • Matthew & Carly Callahan •
  • Richard & Joann Carson •
  • Anita Catardi •
  • Howard & Christine Cohen •
  • Sandra Connolly •
  • Thomas & Patricia Corradino •
  • MaryAnn & Carl Dickinson •
  • Sister Eileen Dooling •
  • Frank & Carolyn Dranginis •
  • Vicki & Steve Fisher •
  • Roberta Flannery •
  • Michael Forgetta •
  • Lydia Forgetta-Sheffield •
  • Alan Friedman •

2017 Patrons

  • William & Margie Fusco •
  • Brian Gillie •
  • Marc Halsema •
  • Peter Hawes & Meg Smith •
  • John & Kathy Hwa •
  • Legacy Theater •
  • Richard LoPresti •
  • Clyde and Maryellen Lynn •
  • Maggie Moffett •
  • Brian & Susan McGlone •
  • Stephen & Ann Page •
  • Fran and Alan Pease •
  • Anthony & Ruth Pinto •v
  • Richard Proffitt •
  • Thomas Richardson •
  • Barbara Ryden •
  • Tracey & David Scheer •
  • Daniele Scheltens •
  • Carol Sirot •
  • Rev. Stephen Sledesky •
  • Tony Smaldone •
  • Patricia Widlitz

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