Community Activities

Updated August 25, 2017

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.

NEW Forest to Shore day
Join in the fun learning about the forest and shore.  Forest to Shore Day is Saturday September 23 from 12-5 pm with the assistance of David Wright, Master Wildlife Conservationist, Christina Batoh, Conservation Administrator and the Roosevelt Forest Commission.  We will have nature walks for all ages, historical talks, guest speakers, nature art and live animals.  Add in games, face painting and henna, something for everyone and free.  Visit Ct Audubon for bird walks and talks. Experience a concert at Paradise Green.  Top it all off visit Shakespeare Theater Grounds for Mid Summer’s Nights Dream production sponsored by the Mighty Quinn Foundation and Cambridge American Stage Tours at 7:00 pm.


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.

NEW Bike Club

The Stratford Bike Club and Stratford Recreation Department are sponsoring Bike Rides on Wednesdays and Sundays in August, September and October.  The ride is open to all levels and ages although all 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All bicycle riders under 16 must wear a helmet and it is recommended for all riders.  Maps will be available on the Facebook page:

Stratford Housatonic Greenway.  Sunday Aug 27     Dock Shopping to Silver Sands Park    10-2 pm   16 miles
Wed Sept 13             Shakespeare Theater to Paradise Green            6-7 pm                        6 miles
Sat Sept 23               Shakespeare Theater to Long Beach                  10-2 pm                     12 miles
Wed Oct 11               Wooster School to Longbrook Park                      6-7 pm                       6 miles
Sun Oct 22                Shakespeare Theater to Great Meadow  10-2 pm          12 miles

2017-18 Bus Trips

 

The Stratford Recreation Dept., with Silver Mill Tours, is offering the following bus trips in 2017-18:

 

Sept. 9             9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory                   $143

Sept. 17           Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise with lunch                                         $121

Sept. 23           Brooklyn &The Bridge tour with Cheesecake at Junior’s                    $109

Sept. 24           NY Circle Line Cruise & Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum               $123

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

Oct. 1               Vermont Fall Foliage with dinner at the New England House             $149

Oct. 7               New Hampshire Fall Foliage with cruise & lunch on scenic train ride $165

Oct. 16             Newport Playhouse – Surf & Turf buffet and show                            $159

Oct. 21             Boston Freedom Trail & Constitution Cruise with Quincy Market       $ 93

Oct. 22             Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island                                                         $ 99

Oct. 28             Salem, MA with Witch Museum & Cry Innocent                                 $103

Nov. 11            Kittery, ME Lobsterbake at Fosters & holiday shopping                      $125

Nov. 11            Radio City Christmas Show with lunch at Carmine’s                           $185

Nov. 24            Broadway “CATS” with lunch at Buca di Beppo                                  $209

Nov. 25            Philadelphia Food Tour with samples                                                  $109

Dec. 9              Sturbridge Village Christmas (includes 4-course dinner) *4-9pm        $149

Dec. 10            Newport Mansions – Christmas at the Breakers                                    $ 99

Dec. 15            Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall                                           $125

March 3           Philadelphia Flower Show                                                                   $133

March 11         Norman Rockwell & Maple Sugaring in the Berkshire’s                      $109

March 17         Boston Flower & Garden Show                                                             $ 99

March 24         NY Food & Markets Tour with Katz’s Deli                                         $ 85

April 7             Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island                                                            $ 99

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                          $149

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

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

 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 www.townofstratford.com/recreation 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.            

Lifetime Programs & Special Events

Town Wide Musical Play              514060     Section 02

We will be performing our third annual town-wide play, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot. It will be a family-friendly show.  The play will be held on January 12 and 13, 2018.

Auditions for actors, singers and dancers will be held September 12 and 22 at 6:00 pm at the Birdseye Complex.  Please be prepared to read from the script and perform a vocal selection of your choice, as well as perform choreography.  We are also looking for backstage help with sets, costumes, props, lighting, music, marketing, etc.  The play is for adults and youth in grade 6 and up. This is a great experience for youth, middle schoolers, middle agers and seniors to work together.  The fee is $95 per actor, which can be offset by selling advertisements for our playbill.  Practices will be established after auditions are held beginning in October.  They will be held in the evenings Monday-Thursday with occasional rehearsals on Saturdays. Participants should commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule with some flexibility in rehearsals.  We welcome and encourage families to participate in this show together.  Please contact the Recreation Department if you need more information regarding auditions or rehearsals.

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 3 at 1:00 pm at the Baldwin Center.

To inquire about membership, please contact info@stratfordcommunityband.org.

 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 2017

Walk Name

Date

Walk Location

Time

Meet up location

Fall Beach Walk

9/9

Long Beach

9-11

Meet in the Long Beach parking lot at the far (western) end

Fall Marsh Walk

10/14

Great Meadows Marsh

9-11

Meet in the USFWS parking lot at the end of Long Beach Drive (left hand side of road)

Cupheag History Walk

10/28

Housatonic Boat Club

11-1

Meet on Shore Road near the Housatonic Boat Club

Fall Forest Walk

11/11

Roosevelt Forest

9-11

Meet in the parking lot at the end of Peters Lane

Early Winter Walk

12/9

Sikorsky Bridge Trail parking lot

9-11

Meet in the trail parking lot at the end of Ryder's Lane nearest the Housatonic River

Pacific Northwest & California  April 22-29, 2018

Featuring Washington, Oregon and California

Book Before Oct. 22nd and get $150 off per person!!!

Special Presentation Wednesday September 20 at 4:00 pm at the Baldwin Center

 8 days, 10 meals, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Highlights:  Seattle ● Mount St. Helens Visitor Center ● Portland ● Columbia River Gorge ● Portland Spirit Cruise ● Newport ● Bandon State Natural Area ● Redwood National Park ● Eureka ● Avenue of the Giants ● San Francisco ● Choice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco

 Rates per person: Double: $2,999; Single: $3,899 (must book by Oct. 22nd to get special rate)
Includes: roundtrip airfare, air taxes/fees, hotel transfers plus grp transportation to/from airport
Not included: cancellation waiver and insurance of $250

 For a more detailed itinerary call Stratford Recreation at 203-385-4052 or email recreation@townofstratford.com

 Coming up later in 2018-

Shades of Ireland

Sept. 29th, 2018
10 days, 13 meals, 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Highlights: Dublin ● Irish Evening ● Kilkenny ● Waterford ● Choices on Tour ● Blarney Castle ● Killarney ● Ring of Kerry ● Farm Visit ● Jaunting Car Ride* ● Limerick ● Cliffs of Moher ● Galway ● Castle Stay

 For a more detailed itinerary call Stratford Recreation at 203-385-4052 or email recreation@townofstratford.com


Summer Concert Series
Held at Paradise Green (unless noted) on the following (tentative) dates:
Frank Porto Band – Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm (rain date June 22) easy listening
Connecticut Symphonic Band – Tuesday, June 27, 7:00pm (rain date June 29, 7:00pm)
Tony Ferrigno Band – Thursday, July 6, 7:00pm (rain date July 12, 7:00pm) Classic rock & blues
Gunsmoke Band – Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 pm (rain date July 20, 7:00 pm) Country
*Alpaca Gnomes Band - Tuesday, July 25, 7:00pm (rain date July 27, 7:00pm) rock n roll
On the One Band - Tuesday, August 1, 7:00pm (rain date August 3, 7:00pm) R&B
Royal Kings Band – Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 pm (rain date August10, 7:00 pm) doo wop
*Pocket Full of Soul - Tuesday, August 15, 7:00pm (rain date August 17 7:00pm) R&B
Coastal Chordsman - Tuesday, August 22, 7:00pm (rain date August 24, 7:00pm) barbershop
Airborne – Tuesday August 29 7:00 pm (rain date August 31, 7:00 pm) jazz
Big Beat Band – Tuesday September 5 7:00 pm (rain date September 7, 7:00 pm) 50’s 60’s
• Moonbounce and Shriners Clowns will be at the Green
 
Click on image above to download a copy of the schedule.

Stratford Tennis Association
The following is the 2017 tentative STA Calendar of Events:
1) Mystery Mixed Doubles Social Round Robin. Saturday May 13th
10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Flood Tennis Courts.
2) Mystery Mixed Doubles Social Round Robin. Saturday June 10th
10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Flood Tennis Courts
3) 44th Annual Stratford Town Tennis Tournament. Saturday June 17th to Sunday July 2nd at the Flood Tennis Courts.
4) 2017 Stratford Local Qualifier for the Connecticut Open Family Classic. Saturday June 17th to Sunday July 2nd at the Flood Tennis Courts.
5) Mystery Mixed Doubles Social Round Robin. Saturday July 22nd
10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Flood Tennis Courts.
6) Mystery Mixed Doubles Social Round Robin. Saturday September 2nd
10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Flood Tennis Courts.
The final 2017 STA Schedule and Entry Form will be available in late April of 2017. 2016 STA members will receive same by email or mail. Others can receive same by email request to kengraham@sbcglobal.net

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