Updated December 18, 2014
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.
NATURE WALKING PROGRAMS
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
| Mid-winter Forest Walk
|| Roosevelt Forest
| Eagle Festival
|| Ryders Landing/Shepaug Dam
| Spring Town Park Walk
|| Wooster Park
| Historic Town Walk
|| Stratford Historical Society/Academy Hill
| Migrant Shorebird Walk
|| Long Beach/Pleasure Beach
| Greenway Walk
|| Greenway/DeLuca Field
| Mid-summer Shore Bird Walk
|| Short Beach to Stratford Point
| Summer Marsh Walk
||Great Meadows Marsh at Long Beach Blvd
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 www.shepaugeagles.info.
CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
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.
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.
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.
The Town’s Annual Fireworks Display will be on a date to be announced at Short Beach Park. A concert will be on the Deck near the concession stand at 7:00pm. A Moon Bounce will be located at the Pavilion Area. The Fireworks Display will be at 9:30pm. Parking will be available within Short Beach Park and at the south parking lot of the Stratford Army Engine Plant. Handicapped Parking is available at the Golf Course Parking Lot. Bathrooms will be available at the Concession Stand, Picnic Area, Ballfields, and at the Golf Course. The Concession Stand will be open. The EMS will patrol the park and will have their control center in the parking lot of the Golf Course.
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 email@example.com 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:
|| Tuesday, June 16
|| rain date June 18, 7:00pm
| Connecticut Symphonic Band
|| Tuesday, June 23
|| rain date June 25, 7:00pm
| Frank Port Band
|| Tuesday, June 30
|| rain date July 2, 7:00pm
| Memories Unlimited DJ
|| Wednesday July 8
|| rain date July 15 7-8 pm
| Big Beat Band
|| Tuesday, July 14
|| rain date July 16, 7:00 pm
| 42nd Street Band
|| Tuesday, July 21
|| rain date July 23, 7:00pm
| Coastal Chordsman
|| Tuesday, July 28
|| rain date July 30, 7:00 pm
| Gunsmoke Band
|| Tuesday, August 4
|| rain date August 6, 7:00pm
| Memories Unlimited DJ
|| Wednesday August 5
|| rain date August 12 7-8 pm
| Pocket Full of Soul Band
|| Tuesday, August 11
|| rain date August 13, 7:00pm
| Tony Ferrigno
|| Tuesday, August 18
|| rain date August 20, 7:00pm
| Royal Kings
|| Tuesday August 25
|| 7:00 pm
|| 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!
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