Branford Festival
Dear Branford Festival Community, Supporters, Family and Friends,
 
We hope that this letter finds you healthy and safe. During this unique and challenging time of COVID-19 we need to come together to support each other and our community. The Branford Festival has always been the kick off to summer bringing the community together. Since the very beginning of the pandemic, we have closely followed communications from federal, state
and local authorities, our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As more information has continued to emerge, it has become clear that the Branford Festival Corporate Board would be faced with a heartfelt decision of canceling the 2020 Branford Festival.
 
The Branford Festival Corporate Board met virtually on Friday, April 17th to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on this year’s festival celebration. Unfortunately, after careful deliberation and discussion, the Board unanimously decided to suspend all Branford Festival activities for this year. This decision was painful and not easy for all involved, as this was the
first time in 36 years that a festival had to be cancelled. We are confident with our decision as it was necessary in keeping our community safe. While we won’t be coming together for our festival traditions of music, strawberry shortcake, pancake breakfasts, laughter, reunions with family and friends and the Father’s Day Road Race, we will continue with the planning in order to have the green alive in 2021. The Corporate Board along with the committee will continue working to bring the community back together for the 2021 Branford Festival. Just as you have supported the festival over the years, we ask that you continue to support each other during these trying times.
 
The Corporate Board and Branford Festival Committee eagerly await the time when we can welcome you all back to the Branford Green to reunite us as a community to share good food, our headliner bands; Almost Queen and The70’s Rock & Roll Roadshow, children’s activities, the craft and business expo and more!
 
Wishing you and your families strength, health and safety
 
Sincerely,
 
Dale B Izzo
Dale Izzo, President
Branford Festival Corporate Board
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(18) comments

Guest

The festival is in late June..everything will be back to normal for over a month by that time sooo??

Guest

In your dreams!!

Guest

Things won’t be back to normal until there is a vaccine.

judith

In her letter, Dale mentions that the Branford Festival has been a time for us to come together as a community. Wouldn't it be great if we each could make a contribution in honor of the Festival to those agencies that are helping our neighbors in need, such as the Community Dining Room and the Branford Food Pantry. That would be putting all of our hot air to goo use!😊

Guest

Sure because you would benefit with us contributing to the Community Dining Room. Ms. Baron only wants to look good.

gobballfan

I would love to know what the end game is. There is a vaccine for the flu and and it kills tens of thousands of people every year. People walk around with it all the time, no masks. The country can't shut down every time people die from the China virus. It's not going away. Cigarettes kill more people, we continue to sell them. Drunk drivers kill people, we still sell alcohol.

Guest

Agreed on your points re. the flu and such. That cigarettes, cars, and alcohol are choices and not contagious, so back to this virus. In two months 40,000+ people have died and more will, a rate much, much higher than the average flu, which is why response to this needs to be different.

Guest

Drunk driving and cigs aren’t contagious. I’m sure you already knew that though

gobballfan

I get it, but in the end,the economy is being shut down to protect people from something that MAY kill them. Why not ban cigarettes which we can all agree are at the best, not healthy, and at worse, cancer sticks. And it's pick and choose by these politicians, In NYC you can't be within 6 feet of someone on the street, but subway cars are packed with people not wearing masks. Is it any wonder NYC is the epicenter of the virus? And why do I need to wear a mask into a store, but the workers in the stores do not? None of this makes sense.

gobballfan

Cigarettes, and alcohol are choices people make, but if gov't was so concerned with avoidable deaths, they would make both illegal. And if those are choices, why shouldn't it be my choice to wear a mask? As far as the flu goes, 40,000-60,000 die each year in America, and that is with an available vaccine. Chances are we won't reach that 60,000 with the China virus, with no vaccine or known cure. I'm not saying this virus doesn't exist, but the scare tactics are ridiculous. You know how many of the extra beds set up in off site in New Haven were used? ZERO. I know first hand that YNHH is a ghost town.

Guest

Number is already at 47,000, with approximately 20,000+ new cases a day and 1900-2100 death per day of late.

Guest

Branford citizens need to be more careful. I see sloppy social distancing and the vast majority walking around without masks, despite CDC and our governor's guidelines. Branford's per capita death rate (given testing variations, probably the best measure of local disease albeit with a 2 week lag ) is 25% higher than New Haven County's and Connecticut's as a whole. It is still half that of New York State's, the recent world epicenter, but that should not be comforting. Branford COVID deaths are doubling every 4 days compared to every 8 days for New York State. If those doubling rates persist, our per capita COVID death rate will exceed New York's by early May.

Guest

Not that many people have died - the numbers of death DO NOT JUSTIFY SHUTTING DOW THE STATE" If you are scared of your own shadow - stay in and watch oprah....if you like freedom and want to live...go out and work and don't watch the news and Yale - they want to scare you into poverty.....

Hey, if the guy at Big Y can work - So can everyone.....teachers/state workers want a shut down for they get paid regardless...they will be babies for years to come always stating about safety teachers/kids....I can't take it already....Here is an idea....SHUT UP AND GO TO WORK - THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL....PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT WORSE IN PAST... YOU ARE A WEAK GENERATION THAT GETS SCARED OF YOU OWN SHADOW...

SHUT UP AND GET TO WORK AND STOP THANKING YOUR SELVES FOR EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO....NO ONE CARES....GET TO WORK TO GET BUSY DYING IN YOUR OWN HOME THINKING YOU ARE ARE DOING GODS WORK ...YOU ARE NOT

gobballfan

The numbers are so inflated and inaccurate at this point, nobody even knows what the actual virus deaths are. My grandmother passed away 2 weeks ago. 96 years old, already very sick. Was not tested, but death certificate said related to COVID 19. There is an agenda to show a high death rate. Remember the EXPERTS 5 weeks ago saying 2 million people will die?

Guest

Hospital/States inflate the numbers so they get more money ....ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY....NEVER LISTEN TO MODELERS OR DOCTORS OR POLITICIAN...THEY ALL WANT TO SCARE PEOPLE FOR IT GIVE THEM MORE POWER/MONEY.....HAVE COMMON SENSE AND LOOK AFTER YOURSELF...HAVE CASH AND HAVE GUNS - THEY EQUAL FREEDOM!

Guest

I would rather die living than die dead!

Give me liberty or give me death

hahahahahahahhaghagha,..,Iive my life and if you want to crawl in corner..then do it...but leave me alone MFers!!!

Guest

The issue that seems to be too complicated for your brain, is you might be a Typhoid Mary, someone who carries the virus without getting sick but you may infect and kill many other people. Not that you would care!

Guest

as we will all shall see....most people had this virus and are a fine (CA had virus in NOV)...mortality rates will be way under flu and folks will NEVER listen to so call scientists (who are paid by taxpayers and think they are beyond approach)....NO More will will listen to eggheads with MODELS that predict 2.2 million dead....

How do you like staying home and not making money while government workers get paid (by taxpayer suckers) How do you like not leaving your house? How do you like living like a communist?

Well, this a is democrats dream...AOC Green New Deal...

if you like living like you were in Nazi Germany...then vote Democrat...If you like freedom and know scientiest/experts/doctors skew numbers to get more power/money...then vote republican or be doomed to this type of life.

ME...I am moving to red state for sick of supporting state workers who retire at 40 years old.

Good by commie state...er...i mean CT

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