What's On in Stratford and Area Wednesday July 26, 2017 to Thursday July 27, 2017
ST├ęPHANE T├ęTREAULT, CELLO, IN RECITAL - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Just as Summer Music first introduced Jan Lisiecki to our audiences in 2010, so, this year, we are pleased to welcome Stéphane Tétreault before he undertakes a major European tour of seven concerts in six cities with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Quebec’s Orchestre metropolitain later this year.  With Stéphane in Stratford will be the same shiny cello to which the Toronto Star critic referred:   a priceless 1707 ‘Countess of Stainlein, ex-Paganini” Stradivarious instrument, on generous loan to him by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais. In addition to innumerous awards and honours, Stéphane was selected as laureate of the 2015-2016 Classe d'Excellence de violoncelle Gautier Capuçon from the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and received the 2015 Women's Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award. He was the very first recipient of the Fernand-Lindsay Career Award as well as the Choquette-Symcox Award laureate in 2013. First Prize winner at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition, he was named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music, received the Opus Award for Discovery of the Year in 2013, and was chosen as Personality of the Week in La Presse newspaper in 2012. For three straight years, Stéphane was ranked amongst "CBC Radio's 30 Hot Canadian classical musicians under 30".

Cost: $45/Per person + HST (+5 at the door)

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
Where: The Bruce, Stratford, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | BOOT CAMP | FERMENTATION: VEGETABLES
Introduce yourself to the wonderful world of do-it-yourself fermentation. Chef Eli Silverthorne teaches you how to make fermented vegetables and provides you with the theoretical background necessary to safely and easily ferment almost anything! Perfect for the beginner or intermediate home chef, or even trade professional.    

Cost: $60/Per person + HST

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/boot-camp-fermentation-vegetables-tickets-62SR09
BARGEMUSIC - THE ALLISON LUPTON TRIO - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
On glorious summer days, what could be finer than 30 free concerts with wonderful musicians on the MusicBarge, docked beside the gently flowing Avon at the heart of downtown Stratford! Be our guests! Bring your lawn chairs or sit on the steps under the willows.  Thursdays & Fridays at 12 pm Saturdays & Sundays at 12 pm and 3pm   Beside the Avon Boathouse, along the river. * In case of inclement weather, please note that the Barge Music will be moved to the University of Waterloo - Stratford Campus, 125 St Patrick Street, Stratford. (Thursdays and Fridays only) The Allison Lupton Trio July 27 - 30 |  Celtic Folk

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Where: Avon River at York Street, Stratford
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
KIN SUMMERFEST
Enjoy thrilling rides, midway amusements, and nightly entertainment on Milt Dunnell Field - just a ball toss from our equally exhilarating downtown!

Cost: Various pricing

When: Jul. 27th until Jul. 29th, 2017
Open: Open Thu. to Sat.

Time: 12 pm - 12 am
Where: Milt Dunnell Field, St. Marys, 86 Water Street North
https://campbellamusements.com/event/st-marys-kinsmen-summerfest/
MULTI-COLOUR ICE CANDLE WORKSHOP
A new twist to the old “ice candle”. Learn how to make multi coloured candles.  CLASSES are $20 each. KIDS welcome 10-11:30 am and again from 1-2:30 pm ADULTS 6:30 – 8pm ONLY 8 spots per class Pre register by calling 519-284-9900 

Cost: $20/Per person

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am -11:30 am - Kids, 1 pm - 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Village Craft and Candle, St. Marys, 158 Queen Street East
Contact: 519-284-9900
https://villagecraftandcandle.com/instructions/in-person-classes
THE BERLIN BLUES
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor. Two German developers arrive unannounced on the sleepy, fictional Otter Lake reserve.They have with them international investors, $164 million dollars, and blueprints for a “Native Theme Park,” complete with bumper canoes, an international longhouse of pancakes, and a giant laser dream catcher. What ensues is a hilarious, laugh-a-minute riot, as some members of the community try to shut down the development, while others leap in with both feet. Full of absurd gags and indelible, larger-than-life characters, The Berlin Blues is a slap down drag ’em out cultural appropriation comedy of the highest (and lowest) order. 

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Wednesday Jul. 26th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
EXPLORING STRATFORD: PUBLIC WORKS
Happy 150th Canada!   While we celebrate our great country this summer, let’s not forget to celebrate the great community of Stratford!  Join us for “Exploring Stratford” a weekly program that highlights Public Works!

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
Where: Stratford Public Works, Stratford, 303 King Street
Contact: 519-271-0220ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
CANDLES MADE IN SAND WORKSHOP
This candle is formed in wet sand. Redo this fun project at the cottage.  CLASSES are $20 each. KIDS welcome 10-11:30 am and again from 1-2:30 pm ADULTS 6:30 – 8pm ONLY 8 spots per class Pre register by calling 519-284-9900

Cost: $20/Per person

When: Wednesday Jul. 26th, 2017
Time: 10:00-11:30am - Kids, 1:00-2:30pm - Kids, 6:30-8:00pm - Adults
Where: Village Craft and Candle, St. Marys, 158 Queen Street East
Contact: 519-284-9900
https://villagecraftandcandle.com/instructions/in-person-classes
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | TRADE SECRETS | WHAT WINE GOES BEST WITH BBQ?
Not sure what wine to serve at your next BBQ? Sommelier Bob Latham will guide you through the best wines to pair with your BBQ burgers, chicken or vegetable mains. Experience how the presented wines taste with different BBQ flavours and learn where to look for the best pairings perfect for your next backyard meal. This fun and accessible three hour tasting is sure to up your BBQ dinner party game! Perfect for the beginner to intermediate wine enthusiast. Instructor: Bob Latham Participants are required to be 19 years of age or older.

Cost: $60/Per person + HST

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/trade-secrets-what-wine-goes-best-with-bbq-tickets-XS6GFB
THE BERLIN BLUES
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor. Two German developers arrive unannounced on the sleepy, fictional Otter Lake reserve.They have with them international investors, $164 million dollars, and blueprints for a “Native Theme Park,” complete with bumper canoes, an international longhouse of pancakes, and a giant laser dream catcher. What ensues is a hilarious, laugh-a-minute riot, as some members of the community try to shut down the development, while others leap in with both feet. Full of absurd gags and indelible, larger-than-life characters, The Berlin Blues is a slap down drag ’em out cultural appropriation comedy of the highest (and lowest) order. 

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
MR. NEW YEAR'S EVE: A NIGHT WITH GUY LOMBARDO
Written by David Scott. Though his own father adamantly opposed Guy’s love of Jazz, and Canadian radio stations showed active disinterest, Guy’s dedication to his craft was all consuming, and no obstacle could block his path to his dreams. Friend and influential colleague of some of the biggest names in show biz, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians blazed a path from Huron County to the Big Apple, the likes of which has never been seen, before or since.

Cost: $39/Per person

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
TABLE TALK: BAKKHAI | STRATFORD FESTIVAL FOURM
Speaker: Ann Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Guelph. Buffet lunch followed by a talk on one of the season's productions. Please book at least 48 hours in advance. Cash bar. 

Cost: $42/Per person

When: Thursday Jul. 27th, 2017
Time: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Where: Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Festival Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/TheForum/Table-Talks
THEATRE OF EARLY MUSIC CHORUS WITH DANIEL TAYLOR - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Returning to Stratford Summer Music for its third visit, The Theatre of Early Music choir stands out for the choral beauty it has added to our recent seasons.  With the leadership and the occasional vocal participation of Canada’s renowned countertenor, Daniel Taylor, this ensemble has thrilled Stratford audiences with programs of music and ceremony from the Coronation of King George II and Great Baroque Choruses. For 2017 the Choir presents a choral pilgrimage of Tudor counterpoint and 20th-century works enhanced with the choreography of another outstanding Canadian artist, David Earle.  The pinnacle of the program will feature members of Dance Theatre David Earle interpreting the Choir’s presentation of Miserere, a glorious setting of Psalm 51 (Have mercy on me, O God) originally penned by the Italian composer Gregorio Allegri in the 1630’s. Legend says that for more than a century the Papacy strictly kept the score in its archives for exclusive use in the Sistine Chapel, but in 1770 the fourteen-year old Wolfgang Mozart heard the work on a visit to Rome and copied it, by memory, so that others could sing the music.  Today, this work is recognised as one of the musical treasures of centuries past, receiving more performances around the world than any other work of sacred music;  in honour of its creator, its title is generally presented as the Allegri Miserere. In a season where the focus will often be on other musical genres and performances, this concert will be a choral highlight, not to be missed!

Cost: $40/$35/$30/Per person + HST

When: Wednesday Jul. 26th, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519-271-2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/
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 Jun. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat and 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
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 Jun. 1st – Sep. 30th, 2017
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat and 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
ACORNS AND OAK TREES
Join Stratford Public Library & Ontario Early Years for this exciting intergenerational storytime! Participants of all ages enjoy books, puppets, felt boards, games, finger plays and crafts. 

Cost: Free

When: Open Thursdays from Jul. 6th – Aug. 17th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
Where: Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence, Stratford, 480 Downie St.
Contact: 519-271-0220, ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
HOOKED ON OUR HERITAGE EXHIBITION
Fibre artists from Kitchener-Waterloo Rug Hooking Guild have captured their take on heritage in a very unique way.  Each piece has been created with influences from what makes them proud to be Canadian whether it is on a personal, regional or national level.  On display in the Belvedere Gallery.

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

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from May. 28th – Aug. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Tues - Fri, 1 pm - 4 pm - Sat and Sun
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Stie, Baden, 634 Snyder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlebride.ca
BICYCLE RENTALS
Traverse the picturesque parklands of Stratford and take in the scenery at your own pace when you rent a bike.  Light lunches are available on the patio. Bicycle rentals include helmet and lock.  Great rates for 2 or more days, please enquire.

Cost: 1 hour/$16, Half Day/$25, $30/Full Day

When: Open Daily from May. 16th – Oct. 9th, 2017
Time: 9 am - Dusk
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
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
PERSONALITIES OF STRATFORD - RIVER WALK HERITAGE TOUR
Come join us on a guided tour of Stratford’s scenic Avon River and its surrounding residential areas. Take pictures and ask questions as you see the homes of some of Stratford’s most interesting figures and learn their stories. Visit some of Stratford’s most beloved landmarks and get acquainted with some of our fine-feathered ambassadors, the swans. Tickets are available on-line, one half hour before the start of this tour or by chance at the beginning of this tour in person. Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (includes HST)

When: Open Tue., Thu.Sat., from Jul. 4th – Sep. 2nd, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca
SENSORY STORYTIME
Stratford Public Library’s new Sensory Storytime is ideal for children with sensory integration challenges, difficulty sitting still, difficulty in large groups, or children who have autism spectrum disorders. Funded by a grant from the Stratford & District Leisure Activity Council, this program is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play.  Our goal is to create an inclusive, welcoming and judgment-free environment for learning and play.  All Sensory Storytimes will follow the same format of songs, activities, and books. A visual schedule of activities will be available for children to follow. Registration is required, contact Trish at 519-271-0220, ext. 140

Cost: Free

When: Open Thursdays from Jul. 6th – Aug. 17th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 10 am
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220, ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
JUNCTION 56 DISTILLERY TOUR
Come visit Southwestern Ontario's premier craft distillery. Learn about the history of the distillery and the building we are in, and walk through the process of how we take locally grown corn and wheat and create unique and delicious spirits such as Gin, Vodka, Moonshine and Whisky. Tour includes a sampling of each product, and there is a store on site where all products and other merchandise are available to purchase

Cost: $10/Per person

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Jun. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2017
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Junction 56 Distillery, Stratford, 45 Cambria Street
Contact: 519-305-5535
www.junction56.ca
UNDER A SHADY TREE
Babies and parents can socialize, learn rhymes and activities while relaxing in Marsh Pond Park. A great way to kickstart your baby's love of literacy.

Cost: Free

When: Open Wednesdays from Jul. 5th – Aug. 16th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 11 am
Where: Marsh Pond Park, Stratford, 211 Lorne Avenue, West,
Contact: 519-271-0220ext. 140
stratford.library.on.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
OPEN STUDIO LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS
Draw from a model each week.  Started by the Gallery's first Director Robert Ihrig, the current program is hosted by Stratford artist Ken Nutt.  Bring your own drawing supplies. 

Cost: $10/A

When: Wednesday, 8:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Wednesdays
Time: 8 pm - 10 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
CULTURAL TOPOGRAHIES: THE COMPLEXITIES OF HISTORY AND IDENTITY IN CANADA EXHIBITION
This exhibition features concept-driven artworks in ceramic and glass that explore identity, culture and history in Canada. Exhibiting artists include: Ann Beam, Adrian Blackwell, Laurent Craste, Chris Curreri, Léopold L. Foulem, Mathieu Grodet, David R. Harper, Sarah Maloney, Kelly Mark, Nadia Myre, Tasman Richardson and Tim Whiten. These artworks are outstanding examples of the potential of ceramic and glass art works to examine the complexities of our culture, inspiring fresh perspectives and new considerations. Curated by Julie Rene de Cotret.

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Apr. 9th – Aug. 24th, 2017
Time: 11 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat, 1 pm - 5 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street, North
Contact: 519-746-1882
www.theclayandglass.ca
BLYTH FESTIVAL ART GALLERY - MICHELLE ZARYTSHANSKY
Michelle Zarytshansky is a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, presently working on her Master of Arts degree. Her exhibition will feature a number of large abstract paintings, using sharp black and white geometrics with subtle textural components to create her startling images.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Mon. to Fri., from Jun. 30th – Jul. 31st, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm (Evening performance days until 9 pm)
Where: Bainton Gallery, Blyth Memorial CommunityHall, Blyth, 431 Queen Street
Contact: 519-345-2184
www.blythfestival.com
CASTLE CONCERT
Thursday evenings in the summer,  bring your lawn chairs and enjoy unique music every time on the front lawn of Castle Kilbride from 7 pm - 8 pm.  June 29 - Prime Minister Unveiling followed by concert by Shananigans July 6 - Twas Now July 13 - Royal City Big Band July 20 - The Stetson Brothers July 27 - Corduory Gordon August 3 - Kitchener-Waterloo Musical Society August 10 - String Bone August 17- "Elvis" August 24 - Onion Honey August 31 - Lady D and the Barrelhouse Gents September 7 - Festival City Big Band

Cost: By donation

When: Open Thursdays from Jun. 29th – Sep. 7th, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
http://www.castlekilbride.ca
STORIES OF STRATFORD - DOWNTOWN HERITAGE TOUR
Come join us on a scenic tour of Stratford’s historic downtown core. Taking approximately one hour, this guided tour will take you along a route filled with beautiful architecture and many interesting tales of Stratford’s past. What famous inventor stayed here in the 1860s? What could Jack the Ripper have to do with Stratford? What happened on November 23 1897? Find the answers to these questions and more as you delve into the rich heritage of our beautiful city.   Tickets are available on-line up to one half hour before the tour starts or by chance at the beginning of this tour in person. Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (HST included)

When: Open Sun. to , Wed.Fri., from Jul. 3rd – Sep. 1st, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.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
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
PAWS 4 READING
The best listeners are our four-legged friends, so who better to read to than our furry companions? St. John Ambulance volunteers will be visiting us with their therapy dogs to join in the fun.

Cost: Free

When: Open Thursdays from Jul. 6th – Aug. 17th, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
POKEMON PARTY
Celebrate all things Pokemon each week in the Program Room at the library. Drop-in to meet fellow Pokemon enthusiasts while enjoying themed activities and crafts.

Cost: Free

When: Open Wednesdays from Jul. 5th – Aug. 16th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 11 am
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220, ext. 140
stratford.library.on.ca
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
AVON BOAT RENTALS
Paddleboat not for you, then how about a canoe?   Canoes have been on the river for over 135 years - why not wee why with a quiet paddle down the Avon River?   More adventurous than a paddleboat or a canoe, why not then try one of our kayaks?  

Cost: $21/hr/Paddleboats, $24/hr/Canoes, $16/hr/Kayaks, $40/1.5 hours/Rowboats (Includes all equipment and taxes)

When: Open Daily from May. 16th – Oct. 9th, 2017
Time: 9 am - Dusk
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
JULIET III CRUISE BOAT TOURS
The Tour Boat, running every half hour, is a great way to spend the afternoon on the River.  There have been a few tour boats over the years spanning from the mid 1800's up to today. Officially their has been the Juliet I, II, and now III, but predating this there has also been a Juliet tour Boat back in the mid 1800's as pictured below. Countless tours have taken place over the years and proudly for more than 50 years the Herr family has carried on this tradition. Come enjoy a relaxing ride down the river and discover why this has been a tradition for many year and many more to come.

Cost: $8/A, $7/SR, $3.50/CH (12 and under), $5/Youth (13-18 years)

When: Open Daily from May. 16th – Oct. 9th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 7 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.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
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 May. 29th – Aug. 4th, 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
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
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 Daily from Jun. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 4 pm - Mon - 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
STRATFORD ART IN THE PARK
Stratford Art in the Park Association presents a juried fine art and craft outdoor show along the banks of the Avon River between the Festival Theatre and Tom Patterson Theatre.  They're entering their 49th year of bringing art to the public in Canada's Premier Arts Town.  Meet the artists and enjoy the visual arts in this idyllic setting.   Weather permitting.  

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed.Sat., from May. 20th – Oct. 1st, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Lakeside Drive and North Street, Stratford
Contact: 226-880-2972
www.artintheparkstratford.ca
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/
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
2017 CONCERTS IN THE PARK
The Sunday summer concert series are provided by the Kiwanis Club of Stratford and the Stratford Concert Band and take place in the beautiful setting of Upper Queen's Park.  Bring your family and friends and lawn chairs to experience the live performance of music! 

Cost: Donations greatly accepted

When: Open Sun.Wed., from Jun. 28th – Aug. 30th, 2017
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Upper Queens Park Bandshell, Stratford, 1 Richard Monette Way
YOGA BY THE RIVER!
Join Moksha Yoga for a FREE class by the beautiful Avon River! This class is open to EVERYONE! We will be there every Thursday at noon (weather permitting) throughout the summer and also in the evening at 7pm on Monday July 17th and 6pm Monday August 28th! We have a few mats with us but if you have one bring it and come hang out with the Geese, Swan, and Ducks and take in the beauty of Stratford! Bring the kids or come alone this class is for all levels and everyone is welcome.

Cost: Free

When: Open Thursdays from Jun. 22nd – Aug. 31st, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Where: Front Street and Lakeside Drive, Stratford
Contact: 519-694-4426
www.mokshayogastratford.com
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
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
AGORA GALLERY - SUMMER EXHIBITION
Agora Gallery's most popular exhibition of the year, featuring fine art by more than 20 local artists in a range of media, including photography, drawing, painting and sculpture.  Join us for Artists' Talks Sundays taking place at 11 am throughout the summer. 

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed. to Sat., from May. 21st – Sep. 10th, 2017
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-509-8700
www.agoragallery.ca