Community Activities

Updated April 6, 2018

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.


Kite Flying Contest                                                349010  Section 10

Come Fly a Kite at Short Beach Concession Stand on April 22 from 10:00am.  Prizes for the Best,
the Smallest, the Largest and many more categories.  Register April 2-20. Contest is free to enter
and watch.

Fishing Derby                                             419630           Section 42

The Annual Fishing Derby is Saturday May 5 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 9-May 4. All are welcome from novice to advanced angler!

Movie Nights – Co-sponsored by the Stratford Orthodontists

Movie Night is Monday June 18 at Paradise Green at 8:30pm. Movie to be announced.
Rain date is Wednesday June 20.

Movie Night is Wednesday August 8 at 8:30 Paradise Green Movie to be announced. 
Rain date is Wednesday August 15.

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 or at
(203) 714-6137.

Tentative Concert Dates:

            Tuesday, June 12 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date June 14, 7:00pm)

            Tuesday, July 10 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date July12, 7:00pm)

Summer Concert Series

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

Raging Gracefully – Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 pm (rain date June 21)   rock n roll

Connecticut Symphonic Winds – Tuesday, June 26, 7:00pm (rain date June 28, 7:00pm)

*The Baron’s – Tuesday, July 17, 7:00pm (rain date July 19, 7:00pm)  DooWop, Motown

Nashville Drive Band – Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm (rain date July 26, 7:00 pm)  Country

Fools on a Hill Band - Tuesday, July 31, 7:00pm (rain date Aug 2, 7:00pm) Beatles

Vinny & Ray Band - Tuesday, August 7, 7:00pm (rain date August 9, 7:00pm) Afro Cuban Latin

*Kathy Thompson Band – Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 pm (rain date August 16, 7:00 pm) 

Reentry Band - Tuesday, August 21, 7:00pm (rain date August 23 7:00pm)  Classic Lite Rock

Signature Band - Tuesday, August 28, 7:00pm (rain date August 23, 7:00pm)

Slammin Band – Tuesday Sept 4 7:00 pm (rain date Sept 6, 7:00 pm)  R&B, Funk

The Bernandette’s – Tuesday September 11 7:00 pm (rain date September 13, 7:00 pm) 

  • Moonbounce and Shriners Clowns will be at the Green

The Stratford Recreation Department, with Silver Mill Tours, is offering the following bus trips in 2018:


April 21           9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory                   $149

April 22           Hyde Park with lunch at Eveready Diner                                              $115

April 28           West Point Parade Review with lunch at Thayer Hotel                        $143

May 12            Albany Tulip Festival                                                                            $  89

June 16            Lobster Bake in Gloucester & Rockport on Cape Ann                         $159

June 16            Erie Canal Cruise & lunch at Waterfront Grill                                     $159

June 24            Newport Flower Show                                                                         $107

June 24            Harlem Apollo Theatre with lunch at Sylvia’s Restaurant                  $159

July 14             Martha’s Vineyard with island tour                                                      $139

July 28             Kennebunkport, ME Lighthouse & trolley tour                                    $129

July 29             Cape Cod Live Music Cruise & lunch                                                 $149

July 31             Newport Playhouse – Lobsterfest & show                                           $159

Aug. 4              Plymouth, MA Whale Watch                                                               $109

Aug. 5              Saratoga Races                                                                                     $107

Aug. 10            Portland, ME – city tour, lobster lunch & ocean walk                          $163

Aug. 12            Boston Pops in Hyannis with harbor cruise                                         $159

Aug. 19           Berkshire Cottages tour with lunch at Red Lion Inn                             $153

Sept. 8             9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory                   $149

Sept. 16           Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise with lunch                                         $135

Sept. 22           Bourne Scallop Festival                                                                        $105

Sept. 22           Brooklyn & the Bridge                                                                          $115

Sept. 30           Hudson Valley Garlic Festival & River Foliage Cruise                       $109

Oct. 3               Newport Playhouse – Surf & Turf  buffet and show                           $169

Oct. 6               New Hampshire Fall Foliage with cruise & lunch on scenic train ride $189

Oct. 13             Boston Freedom Trail & Constitution Cruise with Quincy Market       $109

Oct.14              Vermont Fall Foliage with dinner at the New England House              $169

Oct. 21             Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island                                                         $  99

Oct. 28             Salem, MA with Witch Museum & Cry Innocent                                 $109

Nov. 10            Kittery, ME Lobsterbake at Fosters & holiday shopping                      $129

Nov. 10            Philadelphia Food Tour with samples                                                  $119

Nov. 18            Radio City Christmas Show with lunch at Carmine’s                           $199

Dec. 8              Sturbridge Village Christmas (includes 4-course dinner) *4-9pm         $159

Dec. 9              Newport Mansions – Christmas at the Breakers                                   $  99

Dec. 16           A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre                                $173

Bus departs from the Perry House parking lot (1128 West Broad Street).  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. Register online at or 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 a $5 additional fee for non-residents.


“Play for grown people is recreation – the renewal of life, for children,
it is growth – the gaining of life.” – Joseph Lee

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.  Advanced Registration requested.

Activity # 449910

Stratford, Natural-ly
Nature Walks & Hikes - Winter/Spring 2018



Location of Walk


Meeting Location

Winter Beach Walk 03


Long Beach/Pleasure Beach


parking lot at Long Beach

Bald Eagle Observation 13


Shepaug Dam Fee $15


commuter lot at Ryder's Landing.

Winter Beach Walk 07


Short Beach


Main Pavilion at Short Beach

Spring Forest Walk 24


Roosevelt Forest


Forest parking lot

Old Postal/Stratford History 22


Elm Street - Stratford Center


St James Church just off Main Street

Greenway Walk 08


Greenway Walk


DeLuca Field lot near Greenway entrance

National Trails Day Walk 11


Judson House History Walk


Judson House on Academy Hill Road

Peck's Mill Walk 19


Peck's Mill to The Dock


parking area E Main Putney and Main St

Town Park Walk 16


Wooster Park


Wooster School lot on Freeman Avenue




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 21 through September 29