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

Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Watch, experience and taste this bread-making demonstration and conversation, while Smith bakes over an open fire and onlookers eat the results fresh from the flame. Conversations about bread and its place in history and culture extend the performance beyond the palette.

Artist Bio

Lexie Smith is a New York-based baker, writer and artist who utilizes bread as a way to explore culture and society. Smith believes bread is essential to a large slice of human experience, and that there is nothing more telling than the way people engage—or don’t engage—with bread. Her publishing platform, Bread on Earth, is a “bread web,” built to support the diverse dialogues that stem from our relationship to grain. Smith recently collaborated on Landing Pages, a two-month literary performance project in a defunct Hudson News at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She was named to the 2019 list of Forty under Forty by the New York Food Policy Center. Her writings and recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, and she has exhibited in galleries and conducted residencies around the world.

The Guilford Green

Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Guilford native Schulyer Beeman performs Three Bags Full, his new cabaret show, which takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of his life, flipping between jobs of handling animals on stage for the theatre and sheep farming. The show serves up a large helping of touching and funny storytelling, with songs from musical theatre, standards and pop to pull everything together.

Artist Bio

Schuyler Beeman is a singer, dancer and actor with a passion for sheep farming. He’s brought these all together as an animal handler for the stage, and has been on tour with Isabella Rossellini as her dog handler and puppeteer in the whimsical show, Link Link Circus. The show explores animal cognition and communication—which is also something of the theme of the cabaret show/dramatic memoir Three Bags Full, that he’ll perform at the festival. A Guilford native, he performed his solo cabaret show Home for the town’s 375th birthday celebration in 2013.

First Congregational Church

Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Be the music in this all-ages workshop/class/celebration of rhythm, drumming and improvisation led by Peter Hawes, percussionist/teacher and team-building facilitator. We’ll use voice, body percussion, movement, drums and other instruments to make a joyous, heartfelt and synchronous racket on the Guilford Green—while learning about the rhythmic traditions and music of West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere. Instruments provided; bring your own if you’d like. Drums and percussion instruments provided, or bring your own.

Artist Bio

Peter has studied West and North African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and central Asian drumming, as well as music improvisation, and is a certified Music for People teacher of improvisation as a mode of self-expression, creativity, communication and collaboration. A former member of Framework Percussion Ensemble, he’s led community drumming circles throughout the Northeast and facilitated drumming- and improvisation-based team-building programs for USAA Financial Services, Silicon Graphics, Oppenheimer Funds and the American Society for Training and Development. He’s taught at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, and Norwalk Community College.

The Guilford Green

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

Shoreline Jazz Quartet @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Shoreline Jazz Quartet @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

SJQ provides its interpretations of classic and modern jazz, from the Great American Songbook to Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie and Joshua Redman.

Artist Bio

This four-piece band led by saxophonist Dr. Cyril D’Souza plays a mix of classic and modern jazz. Drummer Mike Bimonte, bassist Adam Anderson and guitarist Stephen Wood round out the ensemble, which plays regularly along the Shoreline at such places as the Elm City Market in New Haven, Chamard Vineyards in Clinton and Quattros restaurant in Guilford.

SJQ at Medad Stone Tavern

It was our second time playing for the Guilford Keeping Society at the Medad Stone Tavern and we had a blast! Great food, wine, and a great cause. We're looking forward to coming back in the fall for their beer tasting!

Posted by Shoreline Jazz Quartet on Sunday, April 28, 2019

First Congregational Church

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

Proud Duo @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Proud Duo @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A combination of original new works for oboe and saxophone, and arrangements of compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Musgrave and others.

Artist Bio

Oboist Teodora Pejasinovic Proud, from Serbia, and saxophonist Joseph Proud, from Connecticut, form a contemporary classical duo that explores diverse cultural terrain. Doctoral graduates from the University of Alabama, the pair actively commissions new works for oboe and saxophone while also performing transcriptions of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Musgrave and others.

Here’s Proud Duo performing Stanislava Gajic’s Maiden’s Dance for Oboe and Saxophone:

 

 

First Congregational Church

Duo Beltenstrum: Songs from the Time of Hamilton @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Duo Beltenstrum: Songs from the Time of Hamilton @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Songs From the Time of Hamilton will present music from the period of the American Revolution, interspersed with talks and a Q&A about the history of the composers and music. The repertoire will be familiar (Mozart, Bellini, Schubert) as well as obscure.

Artist Bio

Duo Beltenstrum is guitarist Hideki Yamaya and mezzo-soprano Sara Henry, a duo that specializes in late 18th-century and early 19th-century song repertoire. The duo’s focus is to revive works that are often forgotten, but also to perform well-known pieces by famous composers. Yamaya is a specialist in historic performance on lutes and early guitars. Henry is an acclaimed singer who has performed in more than 40 operas.

Here’s Yamaya performing Alessandro Piccinini’s Toccata XIIIa on theorbo:

First Congregational Church

Sep
29
Sun
Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A contemporary pop musical created by high-school and middle-school actors, singers and musicians, Just One Sip is a coming-of-age-story with humor, romance and drama, set in a local coffee shop.

Artist Bio

Writers Gaby Onorati and Carlin Steere, sophomores at Madison’s Daniel Hand High School, are interested in the different ways kids mature into young adults. Just One Sip, their original, 17-song musical, had its first public stage reading in Guilford in 2018, and it’s been reworked for performance at the festival.

Here’s that full, first staged reading, from May 2018:

First Congregational Church

Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Les Tordus will perform and teach traditional music from Québec, Appalachia and Scandinavia. Learn the history, rhythms, music and instrumentation of this old-time dance music—and the toe-tapping reasons for its resurgence in popularity today.

Artist Bio

Les Tordus are four Shoreline musicians who play traditional, upbeat Québécois and American old-time music, along with a smattering of tunes from Scandinavia and elsewhere. “Tordus” is French for bent, crooked, or off-kilter … and so is the band’s music, which is sure to get your toes tapping! The band features Guilford High School student Rosalie Coleman on fiddle; John Zachos on guitar; Sarah Prown on whistles, mandolin and banjo; and Ken Karpowicz on accordion, tenor banjo and foot percussion.

Hyland House Museum

Julie Fitzpatrick: 77 U-Turn @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

77 U-Turn is a fully staged theater piece that uses poetic storytelling and song to reflect on coming home, parenting, love, loss, confusion and what happens when we turn around and look back before moving forward. Keely Baisden Knudsen of Legacy Theatre directs and Bill Speed plays piano. Talkback follows.

View or download show playbill.

Artist Bio

Julie is an actress, acting coach and writer who also works in her family’s car dealership. She recently returned to her hometown of Guilford after 15 years working as an actress in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania and California. She’s a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and went to the American Conservatory Theater for her MFA. She’s been working on 77 U-Turn, about her return to Guilford, for approximately a year.

First Congregational Church

Open Old-Time Musicians’ Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Old-Time Musicians' Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

With probably half of the fiddlers in the Western Hemisphere already present at the Hyland House for the Skunk Misery Ramblers’ performance, rosin up your bow, grab your guitar, your horn, your whatever and join the fun. Sarah Prown, who plays in the Skunks, Les Tordus and The Racket Downstairs, plus plays almost every instrument ever made, leads a musicians’ jam based on the age-old tradition of community music making. All ages, all instruments and all levels of experience welcome!

Artist Bio

Sarah Prown plays almost every instrument ever made: guitar, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, fiddle, mandolin; we could go on. She heads the band Les Tordus, which performs Quebecois, American and northern European old-time music, plus plays in the Skunk Misery Ramblers and The Racket Downstairs.

Hyland House Museum