Aug 23, 2013
07:43 AMArts & Entertainment
Live Bands, Connecticut Radio Stations, Team Up for Woofstock in Branford Saturday, to Help Dogs, of Course
The Branford Green is going to the dogs Saturday — as well as cats and the other furry homeless creatures that the town’s Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter cares for — when the inaugural Woofstock takes over from noon to 8 p.m.
You may have seen the Deborah Frano-designed red posters around town, which K & G Graphics printed for free. Taking artistic license with Woodstock’s guitar-neck logo and motto, with the dove replaced by a Chihuahua-like dog, this Day of Peace and Music is a fundraiser for the Branford shelter. Volunteer Ken Engelman, who handles sponsorship and business fundraising for the shelter and this event (203-208-0547), calls it “a different way to bring people together throughout the community to enjoy music in a festival atmosphere.
”There are “six outstanding bands” from around the area providing live music — Downstairs Sally, Hubinger Street, Four Barrel Billy, Dizzy Fish and Caliber — that will play an hour set each, with intros and crowd teasing by Country 92.5 radio personality and animal lover John “Cadillac” Seville. Street teams from WPLR and WCCC The Rock radio stations, hopefully live broadcasting, are also expected, says Engelman.
“I have a silent auction with lots of donations, from restaurants, day spas, even landscapers, a very diverse amount of products and services from all over the Shoreline,” Engelman says.
Pals of Paws and Claws, a company of 10-year-olds which raises funds for animal shelters, will be running Spots Fur Shots, the raffle it created.
“Dalmatians are born without spots, so people can buy spots through a raffle and fill the Dalmatian with spots,” says Engelman.
The spots are tacked to a Dalmatian cutout, which he estimates is about 5 by 6 feet.
Top raffle prizes are a baby grand piano, acoustic guitar and a Wii entertainment system.
That’s not the only item that kids will enjoy. There’s a moon bounce, face painting by TDP Art Studio of Westbrook, a dunk tank for which Engelman is “still working on trying to get some Branford High football players.” (C’mon, guys.)