Community Activities

Updated July 15, 2014

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.


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. 

Winter/Spring 2014





Mid-winter Forest Walk


Roosevelt Forest


Looking for bald eagles in Stratford


Ryders Landing


Eagle Viewing on the Connecticut River


Stratford Town Hall


Late Winter Beach Walk


Short Beach to Stratford Point


Early Spring Forest Walk


James Farms Road Open Space


Spring Marsh Walk


Great Meadows Marsh at Long Beach Blvd


Beginning Birding Walk


Town Hall/Union Cemetery


Mid-summer Shore Bird Walk


Short Beach to Stratford Point


Summer Migrant Birding Beach Walk


Long Beach


Come Celebrate Stratford’s 375th Anniversary at the following events

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.

Kite Flying Contest                                    349010       Section 10
Come Fly a Kite at Short Beach Concession Stand on April 27 from 10:00 am. Prizes for the Best, the Smallest, the Largest and many more categories. Register April 7-25. Contest is free to enter and watch.
Contest Winners:(we apologize for any misspellings)
Best in Competition - Mallory Papin
2nd Place - Searah Garcia
3rd Place - Giovanni Diaz
Largest Kite - Ginar Eren
Smallest Kite - Amanda Levin
Most Unique Kite - Tara Troutman
Highest Flying Kite - Riley Bugskes
Most Fun Kite - Jayuan Perez
Most Colorful Kite - Justin Lengyel
Youngest Kite Flyer - Robert Garcia
Longest Tail Kite - Tara Troutman
Most Original - Samara Garcia
Judges Favorite Kite - Barry Libowitz

Thank you all participants.

Fishing Derby                                              419630        Section 42
The Stratford Recreation Department will have a fishing derby on Saturday May 3 at Brewster Pond, located at Longbrook Park. Fee is $5 and registration is required to participate. Registration will be April 14-May 2.
First catch of the day: Large Mouth Bass by Anna Silkman
Largest catch of the day and overall winner Anna Flockhart 16 ¾ inches
Cumulative Boys: first place Casey Rossomando
Overall Cumulative second place: Quinn Carter
Third place cumulative boys Marcus Huydic
Cumulative Girl first place: Lily Bortnik
Youngset Fisherman: Anderson Glad
Largest Large Mouth Bass Jack Cater
Largest Carp Lucius Huydic

Thank you to all participants. 

Stratford Fireworks   Postponed to Saturday July 5 at 9:30 pm at Short Beach.
The Town’s Annual Fireworks Display will be Thursday July 3 at Short Beach Park. The rain date is July 5. A concert will be on the Deck near the concession stand at 7:00pm. A Moon Bounce will be located at the Mini Golf Course. 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

Tentative Concert Dates:
Tuesday, June 10 7:00pm at Paradise Green (raindate June 12, 7:00pm)
Tuesday, July 8 7:00pm at Paradise Green (raindate July 10, 7:00pm)

Summer Concert Series
Held at Paradise Green (unless noted) on the following (tentative) dates:
Nashville Drive – Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 pm (raindate June 19)
Connecticut Symphonic Band – Tuesday, June 24, 7:30pm (raindate June 26, 7:30pm) 
The Baron’s – Tuesday, July 15, 7:00pm (raindate July 17, 7:00pm) Postponed to Thurs. July 17
Paul King Big Band Sound - Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 pm (raindate July 24, 7:00pm) 
Signature Band - Thursday, July 31, 7:00pm (raindate August 6, 7:00pm)
Atwood Express – Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 pm (raindate August 7, 7:00 pm)
Slammin’ Band - Tuesday, August 12, 7:00pm (raindate August 14, 7:00pm)
Fools on the Hill Band - Tuesday, August 19, 7:00pm (raindate August 21, 7:00pm)
Forgotten by Friday - Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 pm (raindate August 28, 7:00 pm)

Concerts at Short Beach sponsored by the Short Beach Concession Stand
Bands and entertainers will be scheduled on weekends at the Concession Stand Deck beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
More events to come! Check us out on Facebook.

Stratfords of the World ‐ Sister Cities Organization
Twenty‐nine years ago with the approval of both local governments, Stratford Connecticut USA and Stratford Ontario Canada became official “Sister Cities”. Since then, Stratford Upon Avon UK, Stratford Prince Edward Island, Stratford New Zealand and Stratford Australia have joined the alliance. All citizens of these communities are invited to participate in various Sister Cities activities. For example, the “Stratford Sister Cities Chorus”, organized 20 years ago, which presents several concerts each year.
The most important activity of the program is a reunion which is held every two years with each Stratford taking its turn as host. In 2014, our Stratford will be the event organizer and will host the “Stratfords of the World Reunion” for six days from Thursday July 31st thru Tuesday August 5th.
The Reunion will encompass a multitude of events celebrating our town and our New England heritage while sharing good‐will with our international Stratford guests. We are planning tours of our town from forest to shore, the Helicopter Museum, our own newly established Two Roads Brewery, along with enjoying our beautiful river and coastline highlighted with a clambake at the Housatonic Boat Club. Two deluxe motor coaches will take our guests to the Pequot Museum, Foxwoods Casino, and a shopping spree at Olde Mistick Village. Our guests will also enjoy a performance of a full scale professional Shakespearean play on the lawn of the Shakespeare Theatre during Festival!Stratford.Of particular importance will be the combined talent of all the Sister Cities Choruses as they present the Catalano Concert, dedicated to the memory of Sister Cities’ founder, Hugh Catalano.
Many of these activities will be available to those of us who open our homes as hosts for our international friends while they enjoy their visit here. Members of the community interested in offering bed and breakfast to one of our international Stratford guests, can go to to fill out an on line application. Click on the HOST FAMILIES tab. Those interested in joining the Sister Cities Chorus should email their interest or inquiry to: The chorus meets weekly on Mondays at Stratford High School under the direction of Jeffrey Leinen. The group is open to all men and women in the community from high school through retirement age. 

Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for May 26. Memorial Services will begin at 10:30am on Academy Hill and immediately after the Parade steps off heading north on Main Street and ending at Paradise Green. The Stratford VFW organizes the Parade.  Watch for the Mayor's Float.


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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 26 through September 27