Updated December 19, 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.
Trips ACTIVITY #529101
The Stratford Recreation Dept., with Silver Mill Tours, is now offering the following bus trips in 2017:
March 11 Norman Rockwell & Maple Sugaring in the Berkshire’s $109
March 18 NY Food & Markets Tour with Katz’s Deli $ 79
March 25 Boston Flower & Garden Show $ 95
April 8 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island $ 99
April 22 9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorial & One World Observatory $143
April 29 West Point Parade Review with lunch at Thayer Hotel $141
May 13 Albany Tulip Festival $ 89
June 10 Lobster Bake in Gloucester & Rockport on Cape Ann $143
June 17 Erie Canal Cruise & lunch at Waterfront Grill $153
June 25 Newport Flower Show $ 99
June 30 Deerfield – The Cook’s Garden with tour, demo & lunch $109
July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks (bus leaves 1pm – returns Midnight) $79
July 8 Martha’s Vineyard with island tour $129
July 16 Yankees vs. Red Sox at Fenway Park $159
July 22 Kennebunkport, ME Lighthouse & trolley tour $121
July 29 Cape Cod Jazz Cruise & lunch $147
July 31 Newport Playhouse – Lobsterfest & show $139
Aug. 5 Plymouth, MA Whale Watch $109
Aug. 12 Portland, ME – city tour, lobster lunch & ocean walk $149
Aug. 13 Boston Pops in Hyannis with harbor cruise $145
Aug. 20 Berkshire Cottages tour with lunch at Red Lion Inn $139
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
These trips are for all ages. The bus picks up passengers at the Commuter parking lot Route 113, corner of Surf Ave & 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.
“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. Get in shape while enjoying the great outdoors. Advanced Registration requested.
Activity # 449910 Sections 16, 18, 28, 04, 21, 14, 11, 05, 02
Walk Date/Location of Walk/Time/Meeting Location
Mid-winter Town Park Walk/1/14/Wooster Park/9-11am parking lot on Freeman Avenue
Winter beach walk/2/4/Short Beach/9-11am/Main Pavilion at Short Beach
Spring Greenway Walk/3/11/Greenway Walk/9-11am/DeLuca Field lot near Greenway
Spring Shorebird Walk/4/8/Long Beach/Pleasure Beach/9-10am/parking lot at Long Beach
Cupheag History Walk/Earth Day/4/22/Housatonic Boat Club Shore Road/11-1pm/Shore Road near Boat Club
Spring Forest Walk/5/6/Roosevelt Forest/8-10am/parking lot on Peters Lane
National Trails Day Walk/6/3/Judson House History Walk/1-3pm/Judson House on Academy Hill
Spring Beach Walk/7/8/The Dock to Broad Street/8-10am/Dock parking lot Washington Bridge
Summer River Walk/8/12/Sikorsky Bridge/8-10am/walkway parking lot Ryder's Landing
CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Legally Blonde: The Musical Tickets: Town Wide Musical Play 349010 Sections 18, 19
Legally Blonde: The Musical, with director Kevin Miller, is a family-friendly show. The play will be held on January 6 and 7, 2017 at 7pm. Tickets to the show are $8, seniors $7 in advance, and $10 at the door. The play features local adults and youth in grade 6 and up.
We are also looking for volunteers to assist with backstage help including sets, costumes, props, lighting, music, etc. Legally Blonde is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Movie Nights in the POOL
We will be showing a movie while you swim on Fridays January 27, February 17, March 24, April 21, and May 19 at 6:15 pm. Open Swim fee will be charged, free for spectators in the bleachers. Movie to be announced but will be appropriate for all ages. Co-sponsored by the Arts Commission.
Harlem Globetrotters at Webster Bank Arena 349010 Section 04
The Recreation Department has discounted tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters at Webster Bank Arena on Friday February 24 at 7:00 pm. Seats are limited. Tickets are $30 for corner section seats. Tickets go on sale January 3-February 10 or until sold out.
NEW Magic Show 349010 Section 23
On Saturday, March 11, Brian Miller, magician extraordinaire will perform at Wooster School at 1pm. The show is open to all ages. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10 the day of performance. Tickets go on sale January 30 - March 4.
Women’s NCAA Basketball Regional Tournament 342618 Section 01
The Recreation Department has discounted tickets for the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament at Webster Bank Arena for Saturday March 25 at 11:30 & 2:00 pm and Monday March 27 at 7:00 pm (subject to change). Seats are limited. The 2 session tickets are $56. Tickets go on sale January 3-February 24 or until sold out.
NEW Stratford Day at the Shelton Sports Center 449510 Section 01
In cooperation with the Sports Center the Department is planning an evening of activities on April 1 from 5-8 pm. More details to be announced.
Kite Flying Contest 349010 Section 10
Come Fly a Kite at Short Beach Concession Stand on April 23 from 10:00am. Prizes for the Best, the Smallest, the Largest and many more categories. Register April 3-21. Contest is free to enter and watch.
Fishing Derby 419630 Section 44
The Stratford Recreation Department will have a Fishing Derby on Saturday May 6 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 10-May 3. All are welcome from novice to advanced angler!
Movie Nights – Co-sponsored by the Arts Commission and Stratford Orthodontists
Movie Night is Monday June 19 at Paradise Green at 8:30pm. Movie to be announced. Rain date is Wednesday June 21
Movie Night is Wednesday August 9 at 8:30 pm.at Paradise Green Movie to be announced. Rain date is Wednesday August 16.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (203) 714-6137.
Tentative Concert Dates:
Tuesday, June 13 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date June 15, 7:00pm)
Tuesday, July 11 7:00pm at Paradise Green (rain date July13, 7:00pm)
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
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 email@example.com
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 23 through September 24