What's On in Stratford and Area Thursday September 21, 2017 to Friday September 22, 2017
STRATFORD FALL FAIR
From the Midway to the Farm To You Exhibit... there is something for everyone... and everyone can get involved... enter the Ambassador of the Fair competition.... showcase your talents by entering the exhibits... or Talent Show... take your pet to the fair and show them off at the Pet Show... don't forget the Baby Show or the Seniors Baseball Tournament, it's sure to be a home run event.... trump your way to victory with the Euchre Tournament... .... enjoy some time with the family at the FAMILY BBQ.... don't miss out it's always been a childhood memory and now it's an adult memory too!!!

Cost: Free

When: Sep. 21st until Sep. 24th, 2017
Open: Open Sun., Thu. to Sat.

Time: 4 pm - 10 pm - Thurs, 10 am - 10 pm - Fri & Sat, 10 am - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford, 353 McCarthy Road
Contact: 519-271-5130
www.stratfordfagriculturalsociety.com
TRANSFORMATIONS: ART/ARTIST EVOLVING BY BARBARA L.B. STOREY OPENING RECEPTION
A dynamic multimedia experience of photography transformed into digital art and pattern design.  This show demonstrates what can truly be done with a digital paintbrush!!!

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Sep. 21st, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Factory163, Stratford, 163 King Street
Contact: 519-301-3712
www.artfinder.com/barbara-storey-digital-art#/
THE PIGEON KING
Written by The Company. Ripped from the headlines: Arlan Galbraith is a pigeon fancier and The Pigeon King is a country parable for our times, reminding us that what takes flight always comes home to roost. 

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Friday Sep. 22nd, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 1.877.862.5984
www.blythfestival.com
2017 BOAR'S HEAD WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
The Boars Head Pub features live entertainment on most weekends. Tonight's entertainment includes David Cavin Frasier.  
When: Friday Sep. 22nd, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Where: Queen's Inn, Stratford, 161 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1400
www.queensinnstratford.ca
TRANSFORMATIONS: ART/ARTIST EVOLVING BY BARBARA L.B. STOREY
A dynamic multimedia experience of photography transformed into digital art and pattern design.  This show demonstrates what can truly be done with a digital paintbrush!!!

Cost: Free

When: Friday Sep. 22nd, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 7 pm
Where: Factory163, Stratford, 163 King Street
Contact: 519-301-3712
www.artfinder.com/barbara-storey-digital-art#/
THE PIGEON KING
Written by The Company. Ripped from the headlines: Arlan Galbraith is a pigeon fancier and The Pigeon King is a country parable for our times, reminding us that what takes flight always comes home to roost. 

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Thursday Sep. 21st, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 1.877.862.5984
www.blythfestival.com
AUTUMN LEAVES MASON JAR CANDLE WORKSHOP
Create a beautiful mason jar candle just in time for the most colourful season of all!  This project features bright leaves and a lovely candle to match, sure to fit any decor. Drop by on September 21, 2017, between 4pm and 7pm to make your own for $15.00. No registration is required, class takes about roughly 30 minutes to complete. See you then!

Cost: $15/A

When: Thursday Sep. 21st, 2017
Time: 4 pm - 7 pm
Where: The Candle Bar, St Marys, 158 Queen Street East
Contact: 519-284-9900
www.vccandle.com
PEACE DAY MUSIC AT BARD'S STEAKHOUSE WITH YEAGER AND FRIENDS
Join Bard's Steakhouse for acoustic music performed by Yeager and friends centered around peace and love.  Reservations recommended.

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Sep. 21st, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Bard's Steakhouse, Stratford, 27 Marketplace
Contact: 519-508-2337
www.27marketplace.com
HISTORY OF TIMEKEEPING SEMINAR
Join local expert, Reed Needles, as he traces the history of time-keeping from simple sundials to systems of gears, weights and pendulums as clock-making grew in complexity. He will also discuss some of the clocks in the Museum's collection. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $12/Non-Museum members ($10 for museum members)

When: Thursday Sep. 21st, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
HIP HOP AND REGGAE DANCE PARTY AT THE HUB
Join The Hub and DJ OXX for a night of Hip Hop and Reggae. Grab a drink and get on the dance floor!!! DJ taking requests all night long!

Cost: Free

When: Friday Sep. 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 pm - 2 am
Where: The Hub, Stratford, 31 Marketplace
Contact: 519-508-2337
www.27marketplace.com
CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Looking to hit a home run with your friends and family this summer?  Located adjacent to the Quarry, Canada's largest outdoor swimming pool, the Hall is housed in a century-old building, the shrine pays homage to 106 inductees who have left their mark on Canadian baseball.

Cost: $7.50/$6/SR, $3.75/CH(6-16), $15/Family (2 adults, 2 kids)

When: Open Sun., Thu. to Sat., from Sep. 1st – Oct. 7th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 4 pm - Thurs - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Marys, 386 Church Street, South
Contact: 519-284-1838
www.baseballhalloffame.ca
JUST LOOK AT YOURSELVES!
In honour of Canada's 150th, Just Look at Yourselves is the ultimate celebration of celebrations!  Perth County and the City of Stratford have a history of making a big deal out of major events.  This exhibit shows off some the biggest and best parades, fairs, and other happenings from throughout the decades.  You can also join in on all this merriment by visiting our selfie station where you can take your picture in front of a historic Stratford street scene and add your photo to our Celebration Selfie Slideshow (ask Archives staff for assistance)!   

Cost: Free

When: Open Mon. to Sat., from Jun. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Archives, Stratford, 4273 Line 34
Contact: 519-271-0531, ext 259
www.perthcounty.ca/archives
SAVOUR STRATFORD PUMPKIN TRAIL
Experience the flavours of fall in Stratford as you treat yourself to six fall flavours inspired by pumpkin.  Take this self-guided seasonal trail choosing from 26 pumpkin inspired offers during September and October. We’ll tempt you with Thai curry pumpkin soup, a warm pumpkin tart, apple pumpkin butter and pumpkin spice fudge. Or enhance your fall décor with take away candles, napkins and posies. Many are within walking distance in downtown Stratford and in St. Marys with five wonderful offers. Purchase your trail in Stratford at Stratford Tourism, 47 Downie Street OR in St. Marys at Village Craft and Candle Inc. Gift certificates can be purchased on-line until October 31, 2017. One voucher per stop. Limited offerings on Sundays and Mondays. Smashingly delicious, but only until October 31. 

Cost: $25/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Sep. 1st – Oct. 31st, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat (Sept), 10 am - 5 pm - Sat (Oct), 10 am - 2 pm - Sun
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: hello@visitstratford.ca
www.visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
SAVOUR STRATFORD CHOCOLATE TRAIL
Many visitors to Stratford claim that they come for the chocolate and stay for the plays.  We are the perfect destination for choco-holics.  What could be better than spending an afternoon (or two!) strolling the Victorian streets of Stratford and sampling chocolate?  The self guided Chocolate Trail is great for a girls' getaway, a couple's diversion or just for fun.  These vouchers are offered year round and can be used at six of the 25 stops on a self-guided tour and are valid for 1 week from the date of purchase.  Chocolate trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts which can be redeemable at a later date.   Limited offerings on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $25/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Sep. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat, 10 am - 2 pm - Sun
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
TO CANADA, WITH LOVE FROM WILMOT EXHIBITION
In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, this exhibit will feature the events, people and products that put Wilmot Township on the national stage.

Cost: $6.50/A, $5.50/SR/ST, $4.50/CH, $19/Family

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Jul. 4th – Nov. 10th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Tues - Fri, 1 pm - 4 pm - Sat and Sun
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Site, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlekilbride.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 1 week 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 offerings on Sundays and Mondays.  

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Sep. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat, 10 am - 2 pm - Sun
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/bacontrail
STRATFORD FESTIVAL - 2017 SEASON
Be dazzled by some of the greatest theatre in the world. With 14 different productions to choose from, in four distinctive venues, the Stratford Festival offers something for every taste. Hilarious comedies, heartrending tragedies, delightful romance – our electronic gift certificate gives you access to it all. Enjoy the rousing Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, the spectacular family adventure Treasure Island or such beloved Shakespeare classics as Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night – to name just a few. As you marvel at the brilliant performances and stunning designs, you’ll discover that a visit to the theatres of Stratford is an experience to be treasured forever. The 2017 Stratford Festival Playbill includes the following productions: Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Treasure Island, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, The Changeling, Bakkhai, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Komagata Maru Incident, The Virgin Trial, and The Breathing Hole.

Cost: Varies according to seating

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from Apr. 15th – Oct. 29th, 2017
Time: 2 pm and 8 pm performances
Where: Stratford Festival Theatre, Avon Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre and the Studio Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/
PARTY ROCK DJ NIGHTS
With local DJ's which could include DJ Wigs, DJ Joel, DJ Michael Fuego, Retro Dance, Top 40 Remix, House and Club Bangers, Reggae and Hiphop.  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
STEVE DRISCOLL - JUST A SLIVER OF THE ROOM EXHIBITION
Like the water coursing through so many of his landscapes, painter Steve Driscoll moves ever forward, injecting fresh energy into a most traditional Canadian genre. The exhibition Just a Sliver of the Room marks the latest point in Driscoll's ongoing exploration of this fertile terrain. The centerpiece, Recovered Shore, is a stunning eight-panel shoreline scene, ablaze with the colours of late summer. At forty feet in length, it is comparable in scale to Monet's Water Lilies, and is Driscoll's largest work to date. Special thanks to Angell Gallery Image: Installation image from Angell Gallery

Cost: Free (Thanks to Orr Insurance and Investment)

When: Open Daily from Jul. 15th – Sep. 24th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
OUR BOYS IN BATTLE EXHIBITON
Learn about local involvement in WWI through this exhibition commemorating soldiers who lost their lives in 1917.

Cost: By donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Sep. 11th – Oct. 6th, 2017
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
THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION
This pop-up display, presented in conjunction with Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum, examines the mysteries surrounding the Franklin Expedition and sheds light on the historical context of science and exploration in the 19th century. The display focuses on Inuit traditional knowledge, the reasons behind the fatal expedition and the clues collected during the initial research efforts. It allows the visitor to create links with contemporary research in the Arctic and the methodology and progress of ongoing scientific work in the Canadian North. Supporting the exhibit will be a number of reproductions of Franklin Expedition artifacts, dive equipment, photos and resource materials.

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

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 23rd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
TREASURE ISLAND: LIVE THE ADVENTURE EXHIBITION
This interactive exhibit augment’s the Stratford Festival production of Treasure Island being mounted this season at the Avon Theatre. Geared for children, the exhibit explores the classic children’s story, its cast of unsavory characters as well as the book’s author Robert Louis Stevenson. Visitors to the Museum, both young and old, can dress up like Long John Silver, grab a sword, sport an eye patch and pose for a picture on the deck of a pirate ship. Or you can be a young Jim Hawkins and quietly hide in a barrel for safety. And, there’s even a treasure map.

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

When: from Sunday to Saturday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Daily
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
BLYTH FESTIVAL ART GALLERY - JULIAN MULOCK
Julian Mulock is a nationally renowned Toronto artist who will present a series of paintings of “Silent Spaces,” each executed with architectural precision, yet inviting and warm. Imagine you’ve just walked into a room, empty now, but bathed in light and shadow. What or who had been here?

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Mon. to Sat., from Sep. 1st – Sep. 23rd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm (Evening performance days until 9 pm)
Where: Bainton Gallery, Blyth Memorial CommunityHall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
CONCEAL/REVEAL: IDENTITY AND THE STAGE AT STRATFORD
The Stratford Perth Museum is proud to be the venue for this exhibit created and curated by the Stratford Festival Archives. The masks we hold up to face the world – to reveal our desired identity or conceal an inner self – are many and varied. Through a dazzling range of props and costumes, at the Stratford Festival this 2017 exhibition will show how onstage masks and disguises are at the heart of drama.

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

When: Open Daily from May. 29th – Oct. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
YOU ARE HERE EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit, created especially for the sesquicentennial, highlights, through hundreds of images and artefacts, the people and events that established Stratford and Perth County. You Are Here not only speaks to the earliest days of settlement and the mapping of the Huron Tract but creates that important link to the present. We explore a century and a half of innovative development in agriculture, manufacturing and technology and the bold decisions and ideas that have helped create our home.

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

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
CONNECTIONS FIBRE ARTISTS - RUNNING WITH FIBRE EXHIBITION
Connections Fibre Artists is dedicated to the exploration of fibre – cloth, thread, paper and mixed media, as an art form. Established in 1999, members come from diverse creative backgrounds, and are connected by this common thread. Artists work together to raise the awareness of fibre art, and to develop their talents by exchanging ideas and sharing new skills and techniques. Members teach, give lectures, exhibit independently and show internationally.  Image details: Maggie Vanderweit, All of Us and Aliens Too, 46 x 46 inches, Commercial cotton, hand stamped machine pieced and quilted textile

Cost: Free (Thanks to Orr Insurance and Investments)

When: Open Daily from Jul. 15th – Sep. 24th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
NANUK'S JOURNEY: INUIT ART FROM THE SAMUEL AND ESTHER SARICK COLLECTION AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
Nanuk’s Journey will feature approximately 40 major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Focussed on the subject of Nanuk (the polar bear) the exhibition compliments the Stratford Festival’s The Breathing Hole, a new play by Colleen Murphy directed by Reneltta Arluk (Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree). Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) in consultation with Inuvialuit Reneltta Arluk. The exhibit includes work by: deceased Cape Dorset artist and hunter Tim Pitsiulak, Tudlik, Niviaksiak, Matthew Aqugaaq, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Osuitok Ipeelee, Pauta Saila, Andy Miki, Parr and  Bill Nasogaluak, among other notable Inuit artists. Following its presentation at the Stratford Perth Museum, the exhibition will be featured in the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Gallery.

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

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 23rd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
RAILWAY CENTURY EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
The influence of rail is a major element of the sister exhibit “You Are Here.” Rail connects two momentous events that transformed Perth County – the linking of the railways and the establishment of the Locomotive Repair Shops in Stratford. For a hundred years the railway lines that connected this region to the rest of world were responsible for a growth in industry – the ability to get materials to Stratford and the ability to get finished products, both industrial and agricultural, to the rest of the world and markets. Even more significant was the establishment of CNR Repair Shops. A monster employer, during their heyday, nearly 40% of Stratford homes had a member that worked at The Shops.

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

When: Open Daily from May. 6th – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca