Schedule

Sep
27
Fri
The Derek Grippo Project @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Derek Grippo Project @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Derek Grippo Project performs classic songs in a jazz and bebop style. Vocalist Derek Grippo, accompanied by locally known guitarist Dr. Gary Grippo and bassist Preston Murphy, will perform songs such as Route 66, Georgia On My Mind and Tracy Chapman’s rocking Give Me One Reason and Aretha Franklin’s soul anthem Think.

Artist Bio

This four-person combo features vocalist Derek Grippo, a New Haven resident with a unique style ranging from low baritone to tenor. Accompanied by bass, drums and Gary Grippo on guitar, Derek Grippo performs its own unique renditions of jazz, R&B, soul pop and rock, with an emphasis on bebop.

Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Herstory Theater will present Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say, a one-woman, costumed performance that brings to life the stories of women were accused of witchcraft in 17th-century Connecticut. An audience Q&A will follow.

Artist Bio

Actress and playwright Virginia Wolf founded Herstory Theater to produce three shows about little-known women in American history: Panic in Connecticut, Accused Witches Have Their Say; Katy Leary and Mark Twain; and Mary Rowlandson, Indian Captive, about a 17th century woman held captive by Native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe during King Philip’s War. Herstory Theater has since become a home for other projects about lesser-known women in history, including works written by other Connecticut playwrights and staged by ensemble casts.

The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The group will perform Bad Children, an entertaining and eclectic collection of music that uses original librettos by adults and children, and celebrated poetry, to explore the dark meanings behind some of the most popular children’s stories in history.

Artist Bio

The Bassless Trio is an innovative classical/contemporary chamber ensemble featuring world-class musicians who explore traditional and new music, untapped instrumentations and genres. The soprano voice of Lisa Williamson, cello of Cara Cheung and saxophone of Joshua Thomas combine in an unexpected way, bringing fun and thoughtful music to the stage.

Christ Episcopal Church

FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The 15 talented kids of FOCUS Teen Improv conjure stories out of thin air, using improvisational theater to spark a spontaneous, interactive relationship with their fellow performers as well as the audience. Structured improv games provide the foundation for a creative, fun and unpredictable afternoon of collaborative dramatic play.

Artist Bio

FOCUS Teen Improv is a group of Shoreline kids, ages 12-16, who study improvisational theater with Lara Morton, founder/director of Handful Productions of Madison. Lara is passionate about the power of theater to transform lives and has been working professionally in theater for more than 20 years.

Check out this promo for the group’s spring 2019 classes.

Christ Episcopal Church

Seat of Our Pants @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Seat of Our Pants @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Seat of Our Pants (SOOP) plays a distinctive brand of American roots music featuring rock-influenced songwriting, intricate harmonies and unique instrumentation that includes mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, and the percussion box known as the cajon. A SOOP show is heartfelt, humorous and contagiously fun!

Artist Bio

Seat of Our Pants plays at the forefront of the Connecticut roots music scene with heartfelt, humorous songs and unique instrumentation. The distinctively all-American tone of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the visual intrigue and rhythmic thump of the electric upright bass, the energetic beat of the cajon, the melodic play of fiddle and guitar, plus impeccable intricate vocal harmonies distinguish this one-of-a-kind Connecticut ensemble.

Enjoy this cover of Rattlin’ Bones, by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

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

Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

From Ellington to madrigals to Sting, the Doobies and doo-wop, plus a dose of comedy and satire, this men’s a cappella singing group does it all—defying audiences’ preconceived ideas of what an a cappella show should be.

Artist Bio

The Conn Artists is a highly acclaimed, seven-member a cappella singing group based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It’s a genre-defying ensemble that, in spite of the fact that none of its members are professional musicians, placed second in the New York regionals of the national a cappella competition Harmony Sweepstakes. The members are Martin Brayboy, bass; Gary Schanzer, really low bass; John Carlson and Doug Rollins, baritones; and Charlie Dear, Peter Sachner and Dave Callahan, tenors. Each of them sang with one of the top collegiate a cappella groups, including the Princeton Tigertones, Amherst Zumbyes, Williams Ephlats, Trinity BMOC and New Hampshire Gentlemen. They’re talented, fun and unpredictable. And if you need a lawyer, orthodontist, financial planner, wealth manager, insurance policy, marketing plan or organic garden …

Christ Episcopal Church

Hagner-McKay Nonet @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hagner-McKay Nonet @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Hagner-McKay Nonet covers the breadth of modern jazz with imaginative soundscapes and high-intensity swing. Enjoy modern jazz and new music in a performance of original compositions and reimagined American songbook classics and art songs. Creative ensemble passages combine with powerful solos to generate an intense listening experience.

Artist Bio

With alto, tenor and baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, drums, piano and bass, the Hagner-McKay Nonet performs modern jazz and new music influenced by the likes of Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Maria Schneider and Warne Marsh. The band is co-led by saxophonist-composers Skyler Hagner, a Guilford native and adjunct professor at the University of New Haven; and Hunter McKay. Hagner has performed with Michael Feinstein, Lil’ Kim, Bobby Rydell and others. McKay has performed with Godsmack’s Sully Erna and America’s Got Talent winner Eugene Murphy Jr.; his compositions have been described as “the music that will soundtrack the future.”

Noah Baerman & Friends: Cliff Palace @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Noah Baerman & Friends: Cliff Palace @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Noah Baerman and Friends, a six-piece ensemble featuring piano, trumpet, alto saxophone, euphonium, bass and drums, will debut a jazz composition commissioned in part by the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. The piece, called Cliff Palace, is part of a larger body of work dedicated to former band member Claire Randall, who was murdered at the age of 26 in a domestic incident.

Artist Bio

Noah Baerman is a pianist, composer and educator who has spent much of his recent career composing and performing “message music,” exploring themes of social justice and community engagement, disability (he has an incurable connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) and the American foster care crisis (he’s a foster parent). Noah has released 10 CDs and published 10 instructional books and was a 2008 recipient of a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. He was the recipient in the music category of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival’s inaugural Artists’ Award. His festival band is an extraordinary collection of musicians: Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet, Kris Allen on alto sax, Kate Ten Eyck on euphonium, Henry Lugo on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

Check out this trailer for Noah’s most recent album, The Rock and the Redemption, which features the vocals of Claire Randall, to whom his festival piece is dedicated.

Madison Lyric Stage: From Broadway to the Met @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Madison Lyric Stage co-founders Marc Deaton and John Johmann, plus members of the company’s Emerging Artists Program, will perform selections from the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, The Secret Garden, Pippin and Phantom of the Opera; from the operas Der Rosenkavalier, Pearlfishers and Madama Butterfly; and from the company’s upcoming October production of Hansel and Gretel.

  View or download From Broadway to the Met playbill

Artist Bio

Madison Lyric Stage is a professional theater company that presents high-quality entertainment from the worlds of opera, musical theater and drama. Founder and Artistic Director Marc Deaton is a producer, director, playwright, actor and tenor who has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. His performance in the title role of Tristan und Isolde, recorded with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra, was released by Centaur Records, as was his solo CD of excerpts from Wagner recorded with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. He has played key musical theatre roles including Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony in West Side Story and the title role in Candide on leading stages in Europe. Past Madison Lyric Stage productions include A Little Night MusicAgnes of God, Blithe SpiritCompanyEvita, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, MacbethPeter GrimesSalome, The Glass Menagerie and The Turn of the Screw.  

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Sep
28
Sat
Laura Clapp @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Laura Clapp @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Singer-songwriter Laura Clapp will bring her passionate, folksy rock to the stage, telling true stories in song form.

Artist Bio

Laura Clapp’s career has taken her from Berkeley College of Music to demo sessions in Nashville, to singing backup for ’80s legend Howard Jones to demonstrating products for music equipment manufacturers. She lives in Guilford and is working on her fourth album as well as her latest labor of love: songwriting workshops. A brash, honest and happy New Englander, she’s an artist who’s not afraid to tell it like it is and who thrives on love, excitement and a passion for life.

Check out her music video for First Shade of Winter:

OK, you also have to see and hear Laura sing backup with synth legend Howard Jones:

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Cherry Pie @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cherry Pie @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Cherry Pie will put on an eclectic, fun-for-the-whole family show featuring swing, Latin and other favorite dance music with a bit of cabaret and storytelling on top.

Artist Bio

Featuring Guilford’s own Jilian Grey and Ric Haddad, Cherry Pie Band is a delicious, freshly baked musical dance party with just enough retro sprinkled on top for a sweet-stepping good time! Grey and Haddad have been performing together for more than 20 years. Together with Michael Frishman from the Shiny Lapel Trio and Mike Savino on guitar, they are frequent and favorite performers at venues across the Shoreline.

Very cool demo here:

Cherry Pie

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Posted by Cherry Pie Band on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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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.

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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.

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Green Light @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Green Light @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Green Light has shifted gears from doing Beatles, Grateful Dead, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift covers, and is now writing and performing original music with the flavor of alt-folk or indie pop.

Artist Bio

This Shoreline trio never lived up to its original name, One and Done, and has moved on from rock and pop covers to writing, recording and performing original music. The band—keyboardist Bill Cox, drummer Dan Coca and guitarist-singer Courtney Seely—released its first EP, Where to Fit, in August.

Here’s Only a Moment from the EP:

Check out “Only a Moment” from Where to Fit – out on 8/19/19!

Posted by Green Light on Friday, July 26, 2019

Arthur Murray Dance 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

DittyMack @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DittyMack @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Artist Bio

With D.W. Ditty on guitar and vocals, and Kenny Mack on sax, flute and vocals, DittyMack covers tin pan alley, pop standards, blues and almost anything else that grafts to their heads. Look for Tom Waits and turn left.

Arthur Murray Dance Center

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

Youth XL @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Youth XL @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Youth XL has a fresh and unconventional garage-pop sound and a quirky, engaging stage presence in which the line between music and comedy is never wholly clear.

Artist Bio

Youth XL is a kooky, garage-pop band from New Haven. Formed in 2018 as an evolution of frontman Alex McGuire’s live act, it writes and performs tunes characterized by crunchy guitars, sweet harmonies and charmingly irreverent lyrics about breakups, acid reflux and flirtatious nomads.

Here’s the band’s Summer Bummer:

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Driving Route 9 @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Driving Route 9 @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Driving Route 9 plays original music grounded in Americana and Irish traditions, and puts on a high-energy show with plenty of Celtic-style audience participation.

Artist Bio

Based in New England and inspired by Ireland, Driving Route 9 performs original music that lives at the intersection of Americana and Celtic—the unforgettable sound of the Irish whistle giving the music a haunting, lyrical quality. The band—lead vocalist Rebecca Gripp, drummer Jim David, whistle/sax player Geoff Cox, guitarist Barry O’Doherty and bass guitarist Paul Emmerling—is working on its first album, Matter of Time.

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Susan Cinoman: Guenevere @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

* Note: This show is intended for mature audiences. Some content is not appropriate for children under 16.

Susan will hold a staged reading of her full play Guenevere, which she completed with the support of a 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award. The work uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play.

View or download show program

Artist Bio

Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for the ABC television shows The Goldbergs and Schooled. Her one-act plays Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York. Her short play Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys was staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. Susan was the recipient of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award in drama.

Christ Episcopal Church

The Racket Downstairs @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Racket Downstairs @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Like a roller skate in a tumble dryer, The Racket Downstairs performs offbeat original rock songs and neglected covers. Wear purple!

Artist Bio

The Racket Downstairs is an indie rock band that defies description, playing original music and obscure covers with an offbeat, theatrical aesthetic. Behind frontman-electric uke player-singer John Liebler are Jack Liebler on bass, Steve Shelton on guitar, Justin Paglino on keys, Pete Magnotti on drums and Sarah Prown on mandolin, bouzouki, sax and everything else under the sun. They’re a little zany—finding inspiration in everything from Canadian traffic signals, to fresh fruit and the existence of God.

The show stopper from their 2017 performance at the Guilford Performing Arts Festival:

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Sep
29
Sun
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk presents a theatrical and highly interactive performance of classic and original Faerie tales featuring varied voices, characterization and period garb.

Artist Bio

Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and daydreams. He acted in a teen travel camp, told stories to his younger brother, and in 1989 turned his passion into a career, leaving a job watering Henry Kissinger’s office plants to become storyteller in residence at Freeport Schools on Long Island. Since then, he’s performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites and festivals, and has appeared on The Today Show, the Travel Channel and BBC. Probably best known for his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol shows, he performs work whose subjects span Greek mythology, regional history, Medieval stories and Hudson Valley lore. His newest book is Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.

Hyland House Museum

Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The quartet will perform a selection of works, from light and fun to intricate, pensive and intense, drawing from classical, jazz, contemporary and movie music. 

Artist Bio

The Argyle Sax Quartet performs a repertoire that spans genres from classical, jazz and waltzes to contemporary music and movie themes. Comprised of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, the ensemble highlights the instrument’s wide range and tonality.

Here’s the ensemble at a 2016 performance at Branford’s Blackstone Library:

Christ Episcopal Church

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

No Boundaries Youth Theater: Estrellita de Oro @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
No Boundaries Youth Theater: Estrellita de Oro @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

NBYT will perform a short Cinderella story, Estrellita de Oro, followed by acting games in which performers and the audience interact to explore the characters just seen on stage. Based on a Mexican folktale, Estrellita de Oro (Little Gold Star) has familiar elements to the Cinderella story that we all know—but with fun twists and changes!

Artist Bio

NBYT is a professionally run community and educational children’s theater company based in Berlin, Connecticut. Inviting kids from all communities and with all levels of ability and experience, it was named by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017. NBYT enriches lives by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, and developing self-confidence, social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the creative arts.

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The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Skunks will play a set of old-time tunes drawn from both American and immigrant culture. Got an old fiddle or guitar in your closet? Dust it off and join the fun.

Artist Bio

The Skunk Misery Ramblers is a loud, fun, old-time string band made up of players of all ages and abilities. It evolved from the Fire in The Kitchen Concerts and Workshops, which brings some of the world’s greatest string players to the Shoreline. The Ramblers play a mostly Celtic repertoire and want everyone to get up and dance. Better yet, they want you to grab a fiddle or guitar and join in, no matter how new or rusty you are.

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