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Barbara J. Neff

Barbara J. Neff is the founder and driving force behind Neff Productions. A successful business owner in Downtown New London, Barbara operated her family’s store for twenty years. While running the business, Barbara also began planning numerous community events. Years later, Barbara founded Neff Productions and now devotes herself to full-time event planning.

Barbara is a life-long resident of Southeastern Connecticut: and very active in her community. Named the New London Elks’ Person of the Year in 2005, she can frequently be found behind the scenes running some of regions’ most popular events. Most well-known for her revitalization of Sailfest, Barbara works tirelessly to ensure every detail of every event is meticulously planned. Her expertise extends from smaller, more intimate receptions, to large-scale regional events. No matter the occasion, Barbara is up to the challenge and will do everything in her power to turn your ordinary event into something extraordinary.

Mission: Premium Event Coordinator and Services

The goal of Neff Productions is producing high quality events of any size in the New London County region and across Connecticut. Successful events produced by Neff Productions include:

  • Sailfest

    Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut’s premiere summertime event attracting over 300,000 people over the three-day festival. Complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ship, and over 100 vendors lining the downtown streets. Barbara J. Neff has been the coordinator of this event for the last 17 years.

  • KCBS CT State BBQ Cook Off

    Where barbecue and grilling enthusiasts throughout the country will compete for top recognition in the State. Enjoy a BBQ competition where you can interact with the chefs while taking in the aromas of their grills, watch food demos from local restaurants and absorb the sounds of live entertainment.

  • Music Events

    IAM Music Festival is Connecticut’s premier indie music festival, set on the piers of the gorgeous New London Waterfront Park.

  • Fishing Events

    The Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series live release saltwater striper bass fishing tournament hosted 76 teams from around the area all competing for a top prize of $30,000.

  • Sport Events

    3-on-3 basketball competition.

  • Fund Raising Events

    The Festivals of Trees is an event held for the past ten years, to help raise money to feed needy families during the holiday season.

    Here’s how it works: The DNLA provides live Christmas trees. Some themes from last year included: Vintage Maritime, Circus, Seashore and Peacock feathers. Then we auction the decorated trees to the highest bidder. We then deliver the decorated Christmas trees to the winning bidders’ homes the next day.

  • Kids and Family Events

    New London Haunted House events, one of which was held in conjunction with the presence of the ship used in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

  • Cruise Ship Welcome Center

    Coordinated the welcome center for the 3,000 passenger cruise ship, Explorer of the Seas, bringing local vendors and businesses together to meet and greet the visitors and introduce them to the rich cultural history of New London.

  • Whaling City Film Project

    Neff Productions, in association with SECT Film and the New London Film Commission, proudly produced the first filmmaking competition in New London. The project gave film teams four days to script, shoot, edit and score a short film with a running time between 4 – 7 minutes, all within a four day period, culminating in a filled to capacity public viewing attracting over 200 people.

  • Cigar Dinners

  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    The first outdoor St Patrick’s Day festival in New London and New London  ST.  Patrick’s  Day Parade and now the New London ST. Patrick’s Day Parade.