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Town Green
Branford, CT

GENEROUS SUPPORT from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, New Alliance Foundation, Inc., The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven

Projects2k, in partnership with The Town of Branford, premiered BRANFORD LUMINATA on Columbus Day weekend 2009 celebrating the rich history of Branford and its relationship to the industry and natural resources of the state of Connecticut. The program was presented with a light and sound spectacle projected onto the historical Branford City Hall and filled the Branford Green with magical light effects. The performance on the Branford Green drew over 1,000 viewers from across Connecticut the Northeast during their holiday weekend.

The BRANFRORD LUMINATA event series presented a variety of Branford's heritage which included: little known facts about the early inhabitants, natural phenomenon, local luminaries and characters, industries, and more that continues to evolve Branford's rich profile. Projects2k looks forward to continuing partnerships with The Town of Branford, local businesses and organizations to make BRANFORD LUMINATA an annual event.

Local Sponsors

The Town of Branford

Branford Festival

CGI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The Sound



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Creation Team

Jamie Burnett
Director, Production & Lighting Design, Principal, Luminous Environments LLC

Joy Wulke 

Producer, Founding Director Projects2k

Robin Comey,

Istvan B'Racz,
Music & Voiceover

Dave Baker,
Sound Effects & Sound Design

Kathy Crockett,
Graphic Design

Madelyn Paskiewicz,

Light Brigade, Branford High School

Judy Sirota Rosenthal,

T. Charles Erickson,


Early History of Branford, John Carr, 1985

A Brief History of the Thimble Islands, Archibald Hanna, 1970

Folk Tales of Connecticut, Glenn White, 1977

An Atlas of Natural Resources
Branford 1644-1994, 350th Commemorative Committee

Poems by Jennie L. Vedder
, Vedder-Symonds Family, 1984

Participants without whom BRANFORD LUMINATA would not be possible

Luminous Environments Associates:

Ian Dunn, Ben Haverkampf, Margaret Carl, Ted Elton - Volunteer

Sound Equipment by Horizon Sound:
Fred Santore, To Ivanovich

Lighting Equipment Provided by: 

Altman Rentals

Projection Equipment Provided by
Pro-Systems, Todd Bires

Terry Elton, Town of Branford

Unk DaRos,
Branford First Selectman

Branford Police

Blackstone Memorial Library, Reference 

Alana Abbott

Barbara Cangiano

Deborah Trofatter

Dianna Perron, Artist

Bill O'Brien, Photographer

Wayne Jacobson, history consultant, Stony Creek Congregational Church

Darrell Petit, Sculpture & Stony Creek Quarry advisor

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Poet

Jennie L. Vedder, Poet


terre verde


A good time was had by all at TERRA VERDE banquet at Vaiuso's Nursery in Branford, Connecticut in support of a Branford Luminata. The proceeds went to match a Challenge Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Grateful Thank You to:
Vaiuso Nursery for generously sharing their greenhouses; Ben at LaCuisine for spectacular food and service; Jamie Burnett, Director of Luminous Environments LCC, for magical light; Robin Comey & Joy Wulke beautiful environment making; Joyce DiLauro - StarShip Dance Theatre Shadow Dancers; Branford Shellfish Commission; Judy Sorota Rosenthal – Photos; and Coastal Wine & Gabel's Wine for contributions.

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