More than 250 people showed up on the grounds of the this past Sunday to partake in the annual Books, BBQ & Blues event. Despite a severe thunderstorm warning, the planned activities went off without a hitch and just as the entertainment, Travis Moody Band, wrapped up their set, the first drops or rain fell.
More than $8,000 was reported raised by the BBB event, with much of the funds coming from sponsorships by area businesses. First Niagara Bank was a top donor offering $2,000 to the cause. A silent auction and ticket sales helped to raise additional funds as well.
Apart from raising money to support the many programs of the free library, the event was all about having fun, hearing live music and enjoying delicious barbecue. Host got the event moving as he entertained the crowd in between guests enjoying the plates of food from and cups of beer from SBC.
The seed-spitting contest and water balloon toss kept the kids busy while several of Branford’s elite men prepared for the annual Mr. Blackstone competition.
Taking the event’s western theme, local politicians, a school official, a reverend and area businessmen strut down the steps of the library clad in their best John Wayne attire. Announcer Chris Velardi, of WTNH, called the men out one by one for their moment to wow the crowd.
A panel of all-female judges observed the hat flips and gun twirls before casting their votes. Last year’s winner, Senator Edward Meyer-D was present to pass the crown to the victor, of . After winning the title of Mr. Blackstone, Woody’s first duty was to call out the winners of the raffle.
Throughout the day, Travis Moody Band played for the crowd, celebrating their release of Resurrection, Travis Moody’s first album since his electric accident in 2010. Check back for more details on the album release.
Stuffed with barbecue and reeling from fun, the day was a success both for the library and for the attendees who kept repeating what a beautiful building the town has and how lucky we are to have it.
Full disclosure: Branford Patch editor’s husband was the volunteer graphic designer for the BBB committee.