Schedule

Sep
26
Thu
Guilford Poets Guild @ Breakwater Books
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Guilford Poets Guild @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Members of the Guilford Poets Guild will do readings of their latest works, many of which are to be collected in the guild’s forthcoming anthology, Our Changing Environment.

Artist Bio

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of 15 award-winning, published poets from the Shoreline who meet regularly to share poems and promote the love and engagement of poetry within the community. The mission of this nationally recognized group is to enhance awareness of poetry by providing a forum for it to be heard, read, written and enjoyed. The guild sponsors eight readings a year at the Guilford Free Library, stages a Holiday Roundtable, conducts an annual poetry contest for Guilford High School students, and coordinates poetry and art events with the Guilford Art Center, Madison Art Society and Florence Griswold Museum. The guild is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and plans to publish its third anthology, Our Changing Environment, in the fall.

Breakwater Books

Sep
27
Fri
Dolores Hayden: Exuberance @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Dolores Hayden: Exuberance @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Dolores will give a reading from her most recent book of poems, Exuberance, set in the earliest years of American aviation, when daredevil pilots—women and men—thrilled spectators who had never seen an airplane. She will also conduct a discussion with the audience on poetry, history, aviation and the writing process.

Artist Bio

Urban historian and poet Dolores Hayden writes lyric poetry with a strong storytelling component. A Guilford resident, she is the author of three poetry collections: American Yard; Nymph, Dun and Spinner; and Exuberance. She’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club. Dolores is professor emerita of Architecture and American Studies at Yale University and is the author of six books on the history of American landscapes, towns and cities.

Breakwater Books

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II: BlackRoseCity @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II: BlackRoseCity @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Award-winning spoken-word artist, educator and activist Frederick-Douglass Knowles II—the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford—will do a reading of work from his collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity.

Artist Bio

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist, an associate professor of English at Three Rivers College and the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity, was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs. His poem Mason Freeman Cuts Jenkins Down has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his sonnet Sunday School in the 90’s (the way I understood it) won the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award. His work has been published by the Connecticut River Review, Sinkhole Magazine, Yale University Press, Lefoko Magazine and Third World Press.

Breakwater Books

Carlos Eire @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Carlos Eire @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Come hear author Carlos Eire, whose book Waiting for Snow in Havana won the 2003 National Book Award in nonfiction, read from his work and lead a timely discussion of escape from political repression, immigration, self-discovery and belonging. 

Artist Bio

Not many people can say that being declared an enemy of the state is their life’s highest honor. Carlos Eire can. An exile who fled Cuba without his parents and bounced around foster homes before settling in the United States and embarking on a career as a historian, Eire wrote a best-selling memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award in 2003—and earned him the distinction of being declared an enemy of the Castro regime. A professor of history and religious studies at Yale, Carlos specializes in the social, intellectual, religious and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of the supernatural, and the history of death.

Breakwater Books

Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Event details to come!

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Sep
28
Sat
Dennis Culliton: Witness Stones Tour @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Dennis Culliton: Witness Stones Tour @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Dennis Culliton, co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, will give a walking tour of downtown Guilford, where a number of bronze “stones” have been installed to honor the contributions of enslaved people in Guilford’s establishment, growth and development.

Artist Bio

Dennis Culliton is a social studies teacher at Guilford’s Adams Middle School and the co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, which installs markers in front of places where enslaved people lived, worked or prayed. The purpose of the project, which was started under the Guilford Preservation Alliance and engages local schools and historical societies in research and documentation, is to honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved in the building of their communities.

WTNH-TV covered a Witness Stones installation ceremony in 2017:

Breakwater Books

Guilford Town Band @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Guilford Town Band @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A performance by the Guilford Town Band, 100 musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80.

Artist Bio

The Guilford Town Band is directed by Mark Gahm, director of the concert band and wind ensemble at Guilford High School. Musicians, many of whom perform professionally, come from Guilford and surrounding towns. Founded in 2002, the band performs at Guilford’s annual summer picnic and gives a winter concert at Guilford High School every year.

7/13 Guilford Town Band Summer Concert on the Green

THIS SATURDAY July 13th! 5PM on the Guilford Green, come hear the Guilford Town Band in our annual summer concert! We will be featuring some incredible local talent, including GHS Alum Sara Trenner on this beutiful aria from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia."

Posted by Guilford Town Band on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Guilford Community Center

Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Explore the power of the human mind with mindreader and hypnotist Keith Zalinger, as he connects with every member of his audience through thoughts, feelings and imagination.

Artist Bio

A mindreader and licensed hypnotist with scores of corporate and educational clients, Keith Zalinger is also an acclaimed paranormal entertainer. He divines the thoughts of audience members, answers their personal questions and predicts their actions. A recipient of Gigmasters’ best-of awards for 2012-2018, he is the author of Palmistry, Love and You; Learn the Tarot (in Three Simple Steps) and Practical Astrology.

Here’s a segment of a 2018 appearance at the Thimble Islands Brewery in Branford:

Breakwater Books

Rob Rosenthal @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rob Rosenthal @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Rob will read from his books Playing for Change and Homeless in Paradise, then guide a discussion on music and art in community building and social movements.

Artist Bio

Rob Rosenthal writes, researches and teaches in the areas of housing and homelessness, the use of music in social movements and community-based learning. A professor of sociology and interim provost/senior vice president for academic affairs at Wesleyan University, Rob is the co-author of Playing for Change, which documents and analyzes the use of music in social movements in the United States and around the world over the past 100 years. He also co-edited an anthology of Pete Seeger’s letters and writings, Pete Seeger in his Own Words, and wrote Homeless in Paradise: A Map of the Terrain, in which he explores the politics and policies of poverty, unemployment, a lack of human services and other problems that often lead to homelessness. For Homeless in Paradise, he won the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award in 1995.

Breakwater Books

Wheel Life Theatre: That’s Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wheel Life Theatre: That's Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Wheel Life Theatre performs That’s Just Me, in which actors who ambulate via crutches or wheelchairs create real-life situations and riff on them, improv-style.

Artist Bio

Keely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of Legacy Theatre, created Wheel Life Theatre Troupe to provide an acting outlet for people who ambulate with crutches or use wheelchairs, and their family members. The troupe, which has members of all ages and range of mobility, performed at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June. Interested new members should contact info@LegacyTheatreCT.org.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Battle of the Big Bands-Round 1 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Battle of the Big Bands-Round 1 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The joint’ll be jumping as two of the Shoreline’s most popular swing bands—Tuxedo Junction and The String of Pearls—face off in round one of a two-round Battle of the Big Bands, with the audience crowning the winner by applause.

Artist Bios

For more than 20 years, the 17-piece String of Pearls Big Band has performed a wide repertoire of jazz standards, early rock ’n’ roll and dance tunes featuring the cha cha, waltz, Tango and swing. Musical director Dick Campo toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and played with Sammy Kaye and Vaughan Monroe. The band plays extensively along the Shoreline.

New 5 Minute Demo

View our new 5 minutes demo tape

Posted by String of Pearls Big Band on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuxedo Junction is an 18-piece, Shoreline-based swing band with a full brass section, bass, drums, piano, guitar and and vocals. Formed in 1989 by Pete Jacobs as a Dixieland band, it’s now run by Patricia Todd. It’s been a staple at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook for 21 years and performs often in New Haven, Wallingford, Avon, and at the Guilford Rotary’s LobsterFest.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Battle of the Big Bands-Round 2 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Battle of the Big Bands-Round 2 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The joint’ll be jumping as two of the Shoreline’s most popular swing bands—Tuxedo Junction and The String of Pearls—face off in the second round of a two-round Battle of the Big Bands, with the audience crowning the winner by applause.

Artist Bios

For more than 20 years, the 17-piece String of Pearls Big Band has performed a wide repertoire of jazz standards, early rock ’n’ roll and dance tunes featuring the cha cha, waltz, Tango and swing. Musical director Dick Campo toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and played with Sammy Kaye and Vaughan Monroe. The band plays extensively along the Shoreline.

Tuxedo Junction is an 18-piece, Shoreline-based swing band with a full brass section, bass, drums, piano, guitar and and vocals. Formed in 1989 by Pete Jacobs as a Dixieland band, it’s now run by Patricia Todd. It’s been a staple at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook for 21 years and performs often in New Haven, Wallingford, Avon, and at the Guilford Rotary’s LobsterFest.

Check out The String of Pearls’ latest demo:

New 5 Minute Demo

View our new 5 minutes demo tape

Posted by String of Pearls Big Band on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Here’s Tuxedo Junction’s demo video:

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Sep
29
Sun
Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Three dance companies—Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Shoreline Ballet and Starship Dance—combine to present a showcase of each company’s latest repertoire.

Artist Bios

Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) has been one of Connecticut’s premier dance schools since 1992. Offering a curriculum that includes ballet, pointe, modern, character and jazz for students of all ages, ECB provides high-caliber training that challenges students to reach their full potential. Executive Director Lise Reardon and Artistic Director Gloria Govrin offer professional, New York City-level instruction to aspiring dancers and bring joy to thousands every year with live performances.

Shoreline Ballet provides students with the highest quality dance education and an environment where every student is valued and respected. It offers training in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, musical theatre and tap, and adult barre fitness. Director Kathryn Contessa danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Peter Sparling Dance Company and Jacobs Campbell Dance.

Sneak peek of just one of the dances from our Greatest Showman camp, these girls are looking awesome! #workingit #greatestshowman #theotherside #summerdance #summercamp #summerdancecamp #shorelineballet choreography credit @thepatrickjohn

Posted by Shoreline Ballet on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Starship Dance Studio offers superior technical dance training in an atmosphere that fosters creativity, motivation and a positive self-image. Its dance company comprises students as well as professionals and performs original children’s ballets in schools and other venues throughout the Shoreline. Artistic Director Joyce DiLauro studied at The American Ballet Theatre School, The American Ballet Center and Luigi’s Broadway Jazz Center. She has also studied modern dance, African dance and belly dancing, and is a certified Yoga teacher.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center