What's On in Stratford and Area Thursday February 22, 2018 to Friday February 23, 2018
NEW NEIGHBOURS NIGHT
Ever wonder… how to meet new people when you are new to the area? Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings for refreshments at New Neighbours Night, the perfect opportunity to gather at the library and meet new people! Special guests each evening!

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Feb. 22nd, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
http://www.stratford.library.on.ca/newneighbours
BEER INSPIRED DIY BEAUTY NIGHT
Join us for this 3 hour hands-on seminar where you'll learn how to make 3 different take-home products that incorporate beer, about ingredients, their formulating, therapeutic and environmental effects, how to customise your recipes to YOU and more.  We'll be making the following three (all-natural, eco-friendly, vegan) products - Hops-Infused Balm (Can be tailored as a hand-balm, beard-balm, lip-balm etc....), Boozy Bath Bombs and Beer Body Scrub. All of the material provided is eco-friendly and all of the content taught is evidence-driven. Purchase tickets on-line here. In partnership with The Eco Well.

Cost: $40/A (Includes all three take-home products, materials, take home recipe booklets and a flight of beer from Shakespeare Brewing Company)

When: Thursday Feb. 22nd, 2018
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Shakespeare Brewing Company, Shakespeare, 2178 Line 34
ST. MARYS HERITAGE FAIR
Learn about the heritage-related projects happening in and around St. Marys, visit the exhibit booths and take part in the silent auction.

Cost: Free

When: Friday Feb. 23rd, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: Pyramid Recreation Centre, St. Marys, 317 James Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
2018 BOAR'S HEAD ENTERTAINMENT
Brad Canning-- With roots in country gospel, Brad plays genres such as blues, pop, rock, folk, etc.

Cost: Free

When: Friday Feb. 23rd, 2018
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Where: Boar's Head Pub, Stratford, 161 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1400
https://www.bandmix.ca/brad-canning/
DEREK CAVEN AND SCOTTY KIPFER LIVE - THE HUB
Join The HUB Stratford, Derek Caven and Scotty Kipfer for a night of unreal talent. Covering everything from Country to Rock & Roll - this duo is one you DON'T want to miss!

Cost: Free

When: Friday Feb. 23rd, 2018
Open: Open Fridays
Time: 6 pm - 10 pm
Where: The Hub, Stratford, 31 Marketplace
Contact: 519-508-2337
www.27marketplace.com
DJ DANCE NIGHT AT THE HUB
Join The HUB Stratford and our DJ for a night of dancing!!! Spinning all the hottest hits, ALL night long!

Cost: Free

When: Friday Feb. 23rd, 2018
Open: Open Fridays
Time: 10 pm - 2 am
Where: The Hub, Stratford, 31 Marketplace
Contact: 519-508-2337
www.27marketplace.com
RAILWAY CENTURY EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit tells the story of Stratford as a railway hub, and highlights the prosperity that Perth County’s extensive railway links brought to farmers and businesses in the region. The Locomotive Repair Shop, operated by the Grand Trunk Railway and later the Canadian National Railway, was the driver of Stratford’s early economic development. Agriculture, dairy, furniture making, and knitting mills, now connected to the world by rail, were just a few of the industries that made Perth County one of Canada’s most prosperous counties.  

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
STEPS TO STARDOM EXHIBITION
Steps to Stardom, tells the story of Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre to becoming one of the most popular pop stars in the world. The exhibit, created by the Museum in conjunction with Justin and his family, was given access to hundreds of items – awards, clothing, pictures, credentials, personal letters and even running shoes and we are now in the process of choosing the items for exhibit. In addition, a number of things have come forward from Stratford residents that have also been offered to the Museum — team pictures, hockey jackets, drum sets that were used by Justin long before he was an international pop star. The exhibit tells the story of the Stratford native’s career from those early years – busking in Stratford and performing in local talent shows – to the largest venues and stages in the world. Photo credit:  Stratford Perth Archives, The Beacon Herald collection.  July 2002.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from Feb. 20th – Apr. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am – 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm – 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
SAVOUR STRATFORD BACON AND ALE TRAIL
Bacon and Ale - two of life's greatest creations!  You'll gain a whole new appreciation for your favourite obsessions.  This self-guided walking trail includes vouchers that you can use at 5 stops.  Each voucher will entitle you to a "tasting" of a unique bacon and ale inspired treat and the chance to speak to Stratford and area's culinary stars while visiting our unique restaurants and retail locations.  This trail is offered year round and is valid for three days from the date of purchase.  Bacon and Ale Trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts, which can be redeemable at a later date.  Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.  

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Jan. 2nd – Mar. 31st, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Tues - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm - Sat
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca/bacontrail
WHAT'S IN A NAME EXHIBITION
Many landmarks in town bear the names of significant citizens or historical figures and you may not even know it. Find out the history behind some of these landmarks in our exhibit.

Cost: By donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Feb. 20th – Mar. 29th, 2018
Time: 9 am -12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
PARTY ROCK DJ NIGHTS
Local DJ's spinning the best top 40, Electro-house, retro remizes and club hits with DJ Wigs, DJ Joel, DJ Michael Fuego and DJ Higgy.    19 plus.  

Cost: No cover charge

When: Friday, 10:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Fridays
Time: 10 pm - 2 am
Where: Molly Bloom's Irish Pub, Stratford, 26 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2778
www.mollybloomsstratford.com
PERTH UP ! A RETROSPECTIVE OF DUTY AND VALOUR EXHIBITION
This exhibit traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to present day.  The themes of duty, sacrifice, valour, brotherhood, and remembrance are used to highlight the development of the Regiment from its earliest days as a volunteer militia company fighting in the Fenian Raids, through to its role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II. This exhibit showcases objects, letters, photos, and personal stories from throughout the regiment’s history. This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Families

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34, R.R.5
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
DUFFY DENT - A SOLDIER'S ART
Capt. John “Duffy” Dent served in the Perth Regiment during WWII. He was an accomplished artist who captured moments of military life, its conditions and situations, in his striking black and white drawings. Dent redesigned the Perth Regiment hat badge, was the editor-in-chief of “The Perthonian,” and an illustrator for the Royal Military College Journal. This exhibition displays samples of his work and personal memorabilia.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Family (These prices include HST)

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
THURSDAY MORNING SNOWSHOEING/CROSS COUNTRY SKIING HIKES
Dependent on snow conditions - Meet at 9 am at various locations in and around Stratford to take advantage of snow conditions. Participants need own skis and/or snowshoes. Notices sent by email on Wednesday evening to announce location when favourable. Participants wishing to be on contact list, please email Bernard: berngowa@gmail.com

Cost: Free

When: Open Thursdays from Jan. 4th – Mar. 29th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Where: Various locations in Stratford
www.AvonTrail.ca
YOU ARE HERE EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of Stratford and Perth County from settlement in the 1830s to today. Drawing on the museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, and archival documents, the exhibit highlights the people, businesses, organizations, and events that make Perth County the vibrant destination that it is today. At You Are Here, experience a unique mix of poets and politicians, parades and plowing matches, settlement and sport history, and more that you can find here at the Museum and all across Perth County.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
STRATFORD CHEFS SCHOOL: CANADIAN GUEST CHEF SERIES
Experience the cuisine of Stratford Chefs School student chefs as expressed through their culinary creations.  Seatings available at 6:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 7 pm.  Price includes wine pairing (15oz) and coffee or tea. HST additional. Dates and menus subject to change.  Visit http://stratfordchef.com/dinners or call 519.271.1414 for more information.

Cost: $70/A

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Feb. 6th – Mar. 2nd, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 10 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519.271.1414
www.stratfordchef.com/dinners
SAVOUR STRATFORD CHOCOLATE TRAIL
EXPLORING THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL BURNS CALORIES. GOOD THING. The Chocolate Trail is a self-guided tour that introduces you to our world-famous confectioners and bakers.  You’ll get to sample our decadent treats and meet the makers who craft these indulgences year round.   Purchase your Chocolate Trail Pass in person at the Stratford Tourism office, which includes vouchers that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour.  The Chocolate Trail is offered year-round and is valid for 1 week from date of purchase. You can also give a gift certificate that the recipient can redeem for a Stratford Chocolate Trail Pass — those can be purchased online or in person.  Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Jan. 2nd – Mar. 31st, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Tues - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm - Sat
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
CAN YOU DIG IT PERTH COUNTY'S AGRICULTURAL ROOTS EXHIBITION
Celebrate Perth County's rich agricultural history with this exploration of early settlement and farming practices. Imagine standing outside and looking out across the land.  Instead of rolling fields and crops dotted with farmhouses and towns, picture endless forests and swamps.  That is how Perth County looked before the late 1820-'s, when the first European settlers arrived.   You will learn about the early days of building communities, homes and farms in Perth County.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST/CH, $20/Family (These prices include HST)

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 31st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
PLAYING WITH SHAKESPEARE
Ever wonder... if Shakespeare is fun?  Meg Westley says SURE! Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed, not read! Join this 8-week program and deepen your understanding of Shakespeare by exploring, adapting, designing and staging scenes from Coriolanus. No theatrical experience necessary! Just come and have fun at Playing With Shakespeare!  Register at 519-271-0220 x132 or via email rgodfrey@stratford.ca Meg Westley, PhD in Shakespearean Staging and a former assistant director / stage manager at the Stratford Festival.

Cost: Free

When: Open Thursdays from Jan. 18th – Mar. 8th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library auditorium, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
http://www.stratford.library.on.ca/Playing