Community Activities

Updated August 13, 2015

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.


The Stratford Recreation Department, in conjunction with Silver Mill Tours, is now offering the following bus trips in 2015:                                                  

ACTIVITY #529101, SECTIONS 07 - 16

Sept. 13 Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise (includes lunch) $105
Sept. 26 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival & River Foliage Cruise $99
Oct. 3 New Hampshire Fall Foliage (includes lunch on scenic train ride) $149
Oct. 24 Salem MA (includes Gallows Hills of Salem) $89
Nov. 14 Radio City Christmas Show (includes lunch at Carmine’s) $169
Dec. 6 Newport Holiday at the Breakers   $83
Dec. 12    Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village (4-9pm) $129
            (includes four-course Christmas dinner)
Dec. 27 New York Jets vs. New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium $195



2016 Bus Trips

ACTIVITY #529101, SECTIONS 01 - 13

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 9 Martha’s Vineyard with tour $113
Aug. 7 World Yacht Brunch Cruise & Empire State Building $159
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. 22 Salem, MA with Witch Museum $83
Nov. 12 Progressive Meal in New York City $131
Dec. 4 Newport Holiday at the Breakers $85


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. 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).

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 fall discovery walks, “Exploring Natural Stratford – From Forest to Shore.  Walk Stratford’s shore and trails and see them as you have never seen them before.  Walks are free but registration is requested.  Get in shape while enjoying the great outdoors.  Register online at Activity# 449910 or at the Recreation Department.


Stratford, Natural-ly
Nature Walks & Hikes - Fall 2015

Walk Date Location Time/Section
Sikorsky Bridge Trail 9/13 Sikorsky Bridge Trail parking lot 9-11 02
Boothe Park Walk 10/11 Boothe Park 9-11 20
Fall River Walk 11/8 Far Mill River 9-11 23
End of Fall Walk 12/13 Short Beach/Stratford Point 9-11 26
Mid-winter Greenway 1/10 Stratford Greenway 9-11 08

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 Baldwin Center from 7:30-9:30pm Tuesday evenings. 

Holiday Concert is Sunday December 6 at 1:00 pm at the Baldwin Center.

To inquire about membership, please contact


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

 Airborne  Tuesday, June 16 7:00pm   rain date June 17, 7:00pm
 Connecticut Symphonic Band  Tuesday, June 23  7:00pm  rain date June 25, 7:00pm
 Frank Porto Band  Tuesday, June 30  7:00pm  rain date Wed July 1, 7:00pm
 Big Beat Band  Tuesday, July 14  7:00pm  rain date July 16, 7:00 pm
 42nd Street Band  Tuesday, July 21  7:00pm  rain date July 23, 7:00pm
 Coastal Chordsman  Tuesday, July 28  7:00pm  rain date July 30, 7:00 pm
 Gunsmoke Band   Tuesday, August 4  7:00pm  rain date August 6, 7:00pm
 Pocket Full of Soul Band  Tuesday, August 11  7:00pm  rain date August 13, 7:00pm
 Tony Ferrigno  Tuesday, August 18  7:00pm  rain date August 20, 7:00pm
 Royal Kings  Tuesday August 25  7:00pm  rain date August 27, 7:00 pm

Stratford Sister Cities Chorus
Chorus is accepting new members! Come sing and travel with us to the Reunion of the Stratfords of the World 2016 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, April 2016.
Meets on Mondays: 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Stratford High Music Room 104 with Director Jeffrey Leinen.           

This is a multi-generational four-part ensemble made up of high schoolers and post-high schoolers of all ages. Join with a relative. Join with a friend. Just join!

Additional Links

Contact Information

Patricia Patusky
Superintendent of Recreation
Stratford Recreation Department
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, CT 06615


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 25 through September 26