Community Activities

Updated April 30, 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 Dept., with Silver Mill Tours, is now offering the following bus trips in 2015:

ACTIVITY #529101, SECTIONS 01 - 14

Feb. 14 Chocolate Buffet in Boston $119
Mar. 28 Norman Rockwell & Maple Sugaring in the Berkshires $94
Apr. 12 9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorial & Circle Line Liberty Cruise $109
May 2 U.S. Military Academy at West Point $149
June 13 Lobster Bake in Gloucester & Rockport on Cape Ann $121
July 11 Martha’s Vineyard $109
Aug. 8 Whale Watch in Plymouth, MA $95 ($85 kids)
Sept. 1 Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise (includes lunch) $105
Sept. 2 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival & River Foliage Cruise $99
Oct. 3 New Hampshire Fall Foliage (incl. lunch on scenic train ride) $149
Oct. 24 Salem MA (includes Gallows Hills of Salem) $89
Nov. 26 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade & Radio Christmas Show $169
Dec. 6 Newport Holiday at the Breakers $83

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.

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 24, 13, 16, 22 04, 08, 18, 20

Nature Walks & Hikes - Winter/Spring 2015

 Walk  Date  Location  Time
 Mid-winter Forest Walk  1/11  Roosevelt Forest    9-11am
 Eagle Festival  2/8   Ryders Landing/Shepaug Dam    9-4pm
 Spring Town Park Walk  3/8   Wooster Park    9-11am
 Historic Town Walk  4/12  Stratford Historical Society/Academy Hill    9-10am
 Migrant Shorebird Walk  5/10  Long Beach/Pleasure Beach    8-10am
 Greenway Walk  6/14  Greenway/DeLuca Field    8-9am
 Mid-summer Shore Bird Walk  7/12   Short Beach to Stratford Point    8-10am
 Summer Marsh Walk  8/9 Great Meadows Marsh at Long Beach Blvd    8-1am

Birds, Beans and Burgundy 449910 Section 13
Come join us for a fun-filled winter romantic get away close to home and view America's symbol on the wing and in the air. On Sunday, February 8 meet us at the commuter parking lot across from Ryder's Landing at 9:00 am. We'll walk to the Sikorsky Bridge and try to catch a glimpse of any bald eagles in the area. Then, we'll board our bus to travel up the Housatonic River stopping at Lake Zoar to view eagles on the wing over the dam. From Lake Zoar we'll continue on to Southbury looking for eagles along the way and observing eagles hunting at the Shepaug Dam. We'll be able to locate and observe many other wintering water birds and songbirds on our trip to and from the eagle observation area at Shepaug. The staff from Horizon Wings will bring their hawks, falcons and owls to the dam so, even if the “eagling” is not up to par, at least there’ll be something of interest on hand at the dam.
After our visit to the Shepaug Dam, we'll all need some warming so we'll travel to a local Vineyard. Once we're cozy and warm from some romantic red or white liquid cheer at the Vineyard, we'll reboard our bus for a return to Stratford around 2 pm. Fee is $12 food and drink not included. Registration is January 5-30. An adult must accompany children under 18.
For more information on the bald eagles of Shepaug Dam, please visit

Harlem Globetrotters Family Fun Night 349010 Section 04
The Recreation Department has discounted tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters Night at Webster Bank Arena on Thursday March 19 at 7:00 pm. Seats are limited. Tickets are $28, and will be sold February 2-March 6.

Special Discount Ticket Programs:
The Recreation Department sells discount movie tickets for Regal Cinemas. Tickets are $8.50 each with a minimum of 4 tickets. The tickets are good for all shows.
Beginning in June, the Recreation Department also sells discount tickets to Lake Compounce, Six Flag Amusement Park and Connecticut Science Center.

The Recreation Department is pleased to have the world famous Keith Johnson and his Bubbleology Show Saturday March 21 at Wooster Middle School at 1:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 pre-sale and $6.00 the day of the show. Performance is great for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the Recreation Department Office or online starting January 19-March 20

Kite Flying Contest 349010 Section 10
Come Fly a Kite at Short Beach Concession Stand on April 26 from 10:00am. Prizes for the Best, the Smallest, the Largest and many more categories. Register April 6-24. Contest is free to enter and watch.

Isaac Pech First in Competition, Most Fun
Ben Lothson Second in Competition, Most Original Kite
Isabelle Charity Third in Competition, Highest Flying Kite, Longest Tail Kite
Sammy Martinez Largest Kite, Most Unique Kite
Arabella Martin Smallest Kite, Youngest Kite Flyer, Judges Favorite
Ruby & Archer White Most Colorful Kite
Click here to view photos of the 2015 Kite Flying Contest

Fishing Derby 419630 Section 42
The Stratford Recreation Department will have a Fishing Derby on Saturday May 2 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 13-May 1.

Fishing Derby Winners

The Stratford Recreation Department announces the winners in the annual Fishing Derby held Saturday, May 2, at Brewster Pond. The Black Hawk and Rowledge Pond Aquaculture were sponsors for this event.  First place prize was an excursion for one adult and child with rod and reels on the Black Hawk Fishing Boat out of Niantic. The winners were as follows: Smallest fish caught was Scott Ezarik, youngest fisherman was Arabella Martin, Biggest Fish was Emily Nazar, First place in the Large Mouth Bass was Luke Gombas,second was Paul Litchfield, and third was Lucy Hill. In the largest Carp category Danielle Bisch was second place Genevieve Horne was third place. Lily Flockhat won the first trout caught big with help from big sister Anna, and Logan Ficke coming in second place. Next year derby will be the first weekend in May. Visit Stratford Recreation Department on for additional programs and events.
Click here to view photos of the 2015 Fishing Derby

NEW Movie Night at Paradise Green FREE
Movie is Monday August 10 at 8:30pm. Movie to be announced. Rain date is Wednesday August 12.            

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 or at (203) 714-6137.
Tentative Concert Dates:
Tuesday, June 9 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date June 11, 7:00pm)
Tuesday, July 7 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date July 9, 7:00pm)

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

 Airborne  Tuesday, June 16 7:00pm   rain date June 18, 7:00pm
 Connecticut Symphonic Band  Tuesday, June 23  7:00pm  rain date June 25, 7:00pm
 Frank Port Band  Tuesday, June 30  7:00pm  rain date July 2, 7:00pm
 Memories Unlimited DJ  Wednesday July 8  7-8pm  rain date July 15 7-8 pm
 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.
Registration and information session: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Second semester (January - June) tuition $20 for students and $35 for adults
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!

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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