Updated August 16, 2016
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 2016:
2016 Bus Trips
ACTIVITY #529101, SECTIONS 01 - 20
||Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise
||Hudson Valley Garlic Festival & River Foliage Cruise
||New Hampshire Fall Foliage (with cruise & lunch on scenic train ride)
||Vermont Fall Foliage (with dinner at New England House)
||Salem, MA with Witch Museum
||Radio City Christmas show with lunch at Carmine's
||Plymouth Mass. Thanksgiving Parade
||Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
||Newport Holiday at the Breakers
||Sturbridge Village Christmas with 4 course dinner 4-9 pm
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 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.
Nature Walks & Hikes - Fall 2016
|Fall Beach Walk
||Meet in the Long Beach parking lot at the far (western) end
|Fall Forest Walk
||Meet in the parking lot at the end of Peters Lane
|Cupheag History Walk
||Housatonic Boat Club
||Meet on Shore Road near the Housatonic Boat Club
|Fall Marsh Walk
||Great Meadows Marsh
||Meet in the USFWS parking lot at the end of Long Beach Drive (left hand side of road)
|End of Fall Walk
||Short Beach/Stratford Point Lighthouse
||Meet in the Short Beach parking lot by the main pavilion.
|Early Winter Walk
||Sikorsky Bridge Trail parking lot
||Meet in the trail parking lot at the end of Ryder's Lane nearest the Housatonic River
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (203) 714-6137.
Tentative Concert Dates:
Holiday Concert is Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm at the Baldwin Center.
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