Community Activities

Updated April 25, 2016

Community Calendar

The Recreation Department serves as editor of the Community Calendar. The Community Organizations Council twice per year publishes the Calendar, in January and August. The Calendar includes information on a wide variety of opportunities open to townspeople to further their learning, to obtain guidance in personal growth, and to find opportunities for the constructive use of their leisure time. The publication is offered to stimulate and encourage more participation and involvement in community activities. It serves as a handy reference.

Trips

The Stratford Recreation Department, in conjunction with Silver Mill Tours, is now offering the following bus trips in 2016:                                                  

                                                2016 Bus Trips

ACTIVITY #529101, SECTIONS 01 - 20

            
Feb. 13 Chocolate Buffet in Boston $109
Mar. 19 Norman Rockwell & Maple Sugaring in the Berkshires $97
Apr. 16 9/11 Museum and 9/11 Memorial $125
May 7 U.S. Military Academy at West Point $119
June 11 Lobster Bake in Gloucester & Rockport on Cape Ann $127
July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks $73 
   
July9 Martha's Vineyard with tour  $113
   
July 24 Cape Cod Jazz Cruise $127
Aug. 7 World Yacht Brunch Cruise & Empire State Building $159
Aug. 13  Whale Watching $99 adult/$89 12U 
     
Sept. 17  Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise  $107
     
Sept. 24 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival & River Foliage Cruise $104
Oct. 1 New Hampshire Fall Foliage (with cruise & lunch on scenic train ride) $155
Oct. 8  Vermont Fall Foliage (with dinner at New England House)   $137
     
Oct. 22 Salem, MA with Witch Museum $83
Nov. 12 Radio City Christmas show with lunch at Carmine's $171
Nov. 19  Plymouth Mass. Thanksgiving Parade   $131
     
Nov. 24 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade  $71
     
Dec. 4 Newport Holiday at the Breakers $85
     
Dec. 10  Sturbridge Village Christmas with 4 course dinner 4-9 pm  $133

These trips are for all ages.  The bus picks up passengers at the Stratford Hotel (225 Lordship Blvd.) in the morning and returns later the same day.  Specific itineraries will be mailed to you within one week prior to the trip.  All Sales are Final! Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through Travel Insured International.  No smoking and/or alcohol permitted on bus.  

Registration is available online at www.townofstratford.com/recreation.  You can also download a Participant Waiver Form and mail it in with a check payable to the Town of Stratford, or in person at the Recreation Department Office (468 Birdseye Street).  There is an additional $5 fee for non-residents.   

Seats are limited.  Registration accepted up to two weeks prior to the trip.

Stratford Natural-ly Nature Walk Program

Come join Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, David Wright, for informative spring and summer discovery walks, “Exploring Natural Stratford – Forest to Shore”.  Walk Stratford’s shore and trails and see them as you have never seen them before.  Walks are free.  Get in shape while enjoying the great outdoors.  Advanced Registration requested.

Activity # 449910 Sections 14, 13, 10, 04, 08, 11, 19, 05

 

Stratford, Natural-ly
Nature Walks & Hikes - Winter/Spring 2016

Walk

Date

Location

Time

Mid-winter Forest Walk

1/9

Roosevelt Forest

9-11

Eagle Festival

2/6

Ryder's Landing/Shepaug Dam

9-2

Spring Town Park Walk

3/12

Wooster Park

9-11

Spring Shorebird Walk

4/9

Long Beach/Pleasure Beach

9-10

Greenway Walk

5/7

Greenway/DeLuca Field/Frash Pond

8-10

National Trails Day Walk

6/11

Pequonock Valley/Jones Vineyard

1-4

Forest to Shore Walk

7/10

Peck's Mill to The Dock

8-10

Summer River Walk

8/14

Bond's Dock/Selby's Pond/Birdseye Dock

8-10

Woods, Warblers and Wine                  449910      Section 11
The Pequonnock Valley is one of the largest state parks in our area. “The Valley” is well known by biking and hiking enthusiasts throughout the tristate area. The Pequonnock has a long history dating back to Stratford’s earliest days as a town. This “north Stratford” park, located in the center of Trumbull, was home to several mills, a reservoir, a passenger rail line, and a large amusement park. Today, “the Valley” is home to a wonderful variety of birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, trees and plants.  Join us as we look and listen for Spring songbirds and discuss the Pequonnock Valley’s storied history including its recent preservation from development.  Following the walk, we’ll travel to a local vineyard to recount our day’s findings from our walk and enjoy some of the area’s fine local wines!  The trip is Saturday, June 11, leaving at 1:00 pm from the commuter parking lot across from Ryder’s Landing. Fee is $15 food and drink not included. Registration is May 16-June 3. An adult must accompany children under 18.

CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Kite Flying Contest                                349010  Section 10
Come Fly a Kite at Short Beach Concession Stand on April 24 from 10:00am.  Prizes for the Best, the Smallest, the Largest and many more categories.  Register April 4-21. Contest is free to enter and watch.
First Place     Archer White          Second Place     David Pecho
Third Place     Madalena Pech    Smallest Kite     Gwendolyn Sokolovic
Largest Kite     Gwen Delima       Most Unique     Emilia Giannetto
Highest Flying     Ruby White       Most Fun     Nelson Rodriguez
Most Colorful     Jayden Muniz     Youngest     Any Sutopoke
Longest Tail     Arianna Gjonbe    Original     Aden Shaham
Judges Favorite    Kaleigh Foito

Fishing Derby                                419630      Section 42
The Stratford Recreation Department will have a Fishing Derby on Saturday May 7 at Brewster Pond, located at Longbrook Park from 6:30 -8:30am.  Fee is $5 and registration is required to participate. Registration will be April 18-April 30.

Special Discount Ticket Programs:
Beginning in June, the Recreation Department also sells discount tickets to Lake Compounce, Six Flag Amusement Park and Connecticut Science Center.

Stratford Community Concert Band
The Stratford Community Concert Band was founded in 1961, providing area musicians of all ages and skill levels with a place to rehearse and perform together.  Current members range in age from middle-schoolers to middle-agers, to seniors, and represent a wide variety of professions.  The common bond has always been a love of music.

The band performs annual gazebo concerts on Paradise Green, along with a Holiday concert, with occasional other engagements as they arise.

There are no auditions for membership and there are no fees for music or rehearsals. The only requirements for continuing membership are average performing ability on a standard band instrument and reasonable regularity in attending rehearsals.  Band meets at Stratford High School from 7:30-9:30pm Tuesday evenings. 

To inquire about membership, please contact us at footdoc7777@gmail.com or at (203) 714-6137.

Tentative Concert Dates:

            Tuesday, June 14 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date June 16, 7:00pm)

            Tuesday, July 12 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date July14, 7:00pm)

Summer Concert Series

Held at Paradise Green (unless noted) on the following (tentative) dates:

The Baron’s – Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 pm (rain date June 23)   doo wop/motown

Connecticut Symphonic Band – Tuesday, June 28, 7:00pm (rain date June 30, 7:00pm)

 Kenn Morr Band – Wednesday, July 6, 7:00pm (rain date July 7, 7:00pm)  Alternative folk/rock

Kathy Thompson Band – Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 pm (rain date July 21, 7:00 pm)  R&B

Robert Atwood Band - Tuesday, July 26, 7:00pm (rain date July 28, 7:00pm) rock n roll

Bob Button Big Band – Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 pm (rain date August 4, 7:00 pm)

Slammin Band - Tuesday, August 9, 7:00pm (rain date August 11, 7:00pm) R&B

Signature Band - Tuesday, August 16, 7:00pm (rain date August 18, 7:00pm)

Truck Stop Troubadours - Tuesday, August 23, 7:00pm (rain date August 25, 7:00pm)  Country

Fools on a Hill – Tuesday August 30 7:00 pm (rain date September 1, 7:00 pm)  Beatles

           

 

 

Additional Links

Contact Information

Patricia Patusky
Superintendent of Recreation
Stratford Recreation Department
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Email: recreation@townofstratford.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/STFDREC

Voice: (203) 385-4052
Fax: (203) 381-2072
Permits: (203) 385-4053
Youth Programs: (203) 385-4129
Cancelations: (203) 385-4129

Recreation Office Hours:
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday – April 23 through September 24