What's On in Stratford and Area Saturday May 27, 2017 to Sunday May 28, 2017
SPRINGTIME FORAGING WITH PUCK'S PLENTY

From the time the snows recede until it returns late in the year, wild ginger, a wonderous ground cover, dominates in certain areas of the forest. Found along darkened hillsides this resilient edible will enhance your culinary imagination. Although part of the same family as its commercial counterpart it stands alone in fragrance and taste as it brings the wild into teas, stir fry, soups and stews. Join us on trails only minutes from Stratford as we search for these and other Springtime edibles such as wild leek bulbs, fiddleheads, day lily shoots and pheasant back mushrooms.

Cost: $35/Per person

When: Saturday May. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Meet at 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford
Contact: Peter Blush
http://www.pucksplenty.com
FOR THE LOVE OF MOZART - INNERCHAMBER

Factory Arts String Quartet. "He gave the first impulse to my musical powers and made me love music more than anything else in the world". - P Tchaikovsky.  After sharing the lettes that he wrote regarding the music of his idol, W.A. Mozart, we will perform Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 2, followed by Mozart's String Quartet No. 17 titled The Hunt.  Tickets are available at Fanfare Books and on-line.
To include a light dinner, purchase by Friday, May 26th. After that, concert-only tickets are available at the same prices online, or at the door from 6:30 p.m.

 

Cost: $42/A, $10/ST (Thanks to the generosity of TD Bank Group)

When: Sunday May. 28th, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 8:45 pm
Where: Factory163, Stratford, 163 King Street
www.innerchamber.ca
TWO QUILT EXHIBITS - LIVE A LITTLE AND SEEMS LIKE MAGIC

Live A Little - Miniature quilts by Quilt Artist Henny Bremer - unique adventures in colour & design.

Seams Like Magic - Be charmed by the diverse talents of this enthusiastic group by the Shakespeare Quilt Club.

Part of the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival Waterloo Region and Beyond.

Cost: Free

When: May. 28th until Jun. 19th, 2017
Open: Open Daily
Time: 10 am - 5:30 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm
Where: The Quilt Place, Shakespeare, 3991 Perth Road 107
Contact: 519-625-8435
www.thequiltplace.ca
STRATFORD & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY PLANT SALE

The Stratford and District Horticultural Society will be having its annual plant sale at the Local Community Food Centre on Saturday May 27 from 8am to 2pm.

When: Saturday May. 27th, 2017
Open: Open Saturdays
Time: 8 am - 2 pm
Where: The Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie Street
Contact: 519-508-3663 ext. 1
https://www.thelocalcfc.org/events-1
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: May. 27th until May. 28th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 4 pm - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Marys, 386 Church Street
Contact: 519-284-1838
www.baseballhalloffame.ca
2017 BOAR'S HEAD WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

The Boars Head Pub features live entertainment on most weekends. Tonight's entertainment includes Derek Barnes.

 

 

When: Saturday May. 27th, 2017
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Where: Queen's Inn, Stratford, 161 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1400
www.queensinnstratford.ca
LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR - CANDLE SCIENCE 101

Your unique code and sign in instructions will be emailed to you after your purchase. You will participate in real time with the ability to ask questions as the class progresses. You will also receive a video copy to keep after the class at no extra charge. On the day of our event, you will need to enter your unique password into the live stream player, hosted on our website.

First ever – Live Stream Candle Class! 

Join us online for a two hour crash course on the science of candle making.

The first 45 minutes will cover off general information

Waxes- questions such as

– where does paraffin come from

– why is soy called natural

– what’s special about palm

– do beeswax candles really remove dust

– different waxes for different projects

Wicking

– cored wick, is the “lead” scare real

– how do I know which wick to use

– why do I get a hole down the middle of my candle

Colour

– can I use crayons

– can I use food colouring or lipstick

– is there such a thing as natural colour

Scents

– are there different grades of fragrances

– can I use essential oil in candles

– can I use perfume

– does scent go bad

and then the candle making will begin!

Watch the process of making a candle in soy, paraffin and palm wax. Observe how different waxes take on colour, and how temperature can affect your final product.

Ask questions in real time via Facebook and get your answers during the class, hosted on our website.

We are super excited, and hope to see you “in class!”

Cost: $69.99/Per person

When: Sunday May. 28th, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Village Craft and Candle, St. Marys, 158 Queen Street East
Contact: 519-284-9900
https://villagecraftandcandle.com/webinar-online?search=webinar
BLYTH FESTIVAL SINGERS

Blyth Festival Singers presents Huron Shores & Beyond - Dinner Cabaret

Rounding out the season’s musical journey will be the Singers’ Cabaret dinner/concert/auction. Their musical guests, Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge, have a Celtic flair and we will also pay tribute to music from this area that we call home — music both near and far. The trio has just finished recording their CD and we look forward to hearing their great tunes. Enjoy the music, the full-course dinner, and fantastic silent auction.

Cost: $30/A, $15/CH (6-12)

When: Saturday May. 27th, 2017
Time: 6 pm - Doors open, 8 pm - 10:30 pm - Concert
Where: Stanley Township Hall, Varna, 38594 Mill Road
Contact: 877-862-5984
www.blythfestival.com
BLYTH FESTIVAL ART GALLERY - STUDENT SHOW 2017

The annual Student Show will feature work from art students in Perth and Huron County secondary schools.

Cost: Free Admission

When: May. 25th until Jun. 8th, 2017
Open: Open Mon. to Fri.

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
BLUEGRASS BRUNCH WITH THORN & ROSES

On the last Sunday of every month (except June, July, August and December) the Local Community Food Centre hosts its Bluegrass Brunch. This month's special musical guests are Thorn & Roses who will be serving up their incredible harmonies alongside a delicious brunch!

Cost: Pay What You Want (All Donations to support the Local CFC)

When: Sunday May. 28th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: The Local Community Food Centre, 612 Erie Street
Contact: 519 508 3663 ext. 3
www.thelocalcfc.org
CONCERT IV - HAPPY 150TH CANADA - A THREE CHOIR FESTIVAL WITH THE STRATFORD CONCERT CHOIR

We round out the season with a tribute concert celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. For this choral extravaganza, we will be joined by two other choirs, The Cathedral Singers of Ontario and Scola Cantorum of Toronto. We are expecting to number 150 voices to lift the rafters of St. James church as we pay tribute to a wonderful national milestone.  Tickets are available on-line on or before May 27, 2017 at 3 pm or may be available at the door.

Cost: $20/Per person plus a handling fee and HST/In advance, $25/Per person at the door

When: Saturday May. 27th, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: St. James Anglican Church, Stratford, 6 Hamilton Street
Contact: 519-393-6879
www.stratfordconcertchoir.com
SPRINGTIME FORAGING WITH PUCK'S PLENTY

It's safe to say the Month of May could very well be called The Green Month. It's a wonderful illustration of the richness that exists in Southwestern Ontario. Wild leeks, wild ginger, fiddleheads, slender nettles, marsh marigolds, pheasant back mushrooms. They all add to the unique experience we call foraging. Find out what our ancestors knew all along as we take to beautiful trails 20 minutes from Stratford. Learn to harvest the sustainable way and then take home your bounty along with recipes of the wild.

Cost: $35/Per person

When: Sunday May. 28th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Meet at 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford
Contact: Peter Blush
http://www.pucksplenty.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 May. 2nd – Jun. 30th, 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
SLOW FOOD SUNDAY MARKET

Featuring Perth County's best locally produced food, drink and crafts. Stratford's Slow Food Market runs every Sunday between 10 am and 2 pm. From May to mid-October, the market is outdoors.  During the winter, the market can be found at Falstaff Family Centre, just across the William Hutt Bridge at the corner of Waterloo and William Streets.

Cost: Free

When: Sunday, 10:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Sundays
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Wellington Street between Market Square and St. Patrick Street, Stratford
www.slowfoodperthcounty.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
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 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
JULIET III CRUISE BOAT TOURS

The Tour Boat, running every half hour, is a great way to spend the afternoon on the River. Great gift for your mom to enjoy on Mother's Day or any day that she wants to go!!!

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
TWO QUILT EXHIBITS - LIVE A LITTLE AND SEEMS LIKE MAGIC

Live A Little - Miniature quilts by Quilt Artist Henny Bremer - unique adventures in colour & design.

Seams Like Magic - Be charmed by the diverse talents of this enthusiastic group by the Shakespeare Quilt Club.

Part of the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival Waterloo Region and Beyond.

Cost: Free

When: Open Mon. to Sat., from May. 19th – May. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Where: The Quilt Place, Shakespeare, 3991 Perth Road 107
Contact: 519-625-8435
www.thequiltplace.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: 647-456-7002
www.artintheparkstratford.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 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
ST. MARYS STATION GALLERY EXHIBIT: QUILTS

Visit the St. Marys Station Gallery for the Quilts exhibit - a display of 12-inch designs for quilts by local artists.

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from May. 16th – Jun. 10th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: St. Marys Train Station, St. Marys, 5 James Street North
Contact: 519-284-1508
SUSAN DOBSON: VIEWFINDER EXHIBITION

Susan Dobson is interested in the ways that our present day understanding and uses of digital and electronic photography are informed by the technologies, aesthetics, and values of photography of the past. With her works in Viewfinder, Dobson depicts large-scale meditative scenes of water, shot at all five of the Great Lakes, on large format film with a historic camera. The film was then scanned and digitally overlaid with scans of the ground glasses (also known as viewfinders) of large format cameras.

"By using a camera and ground glass similar in design to the ones that I scanned, I was able to physically reconnect with the medium’s history and image-makers. To emphasize the material nature of working with film negatives, I did not retouch the dust, fingerprints, and film labels, or the marks made by metal clips that held the negatives in place during development. Heightening these material qualities are the unique markings on each ground glass. Many photographers chose to draw compositional lines and notations on their ground glasses using pencil, pen, or grease. These markings operate as indexical signs of the photographers who came before me, inferring an important connection between photographer and subject matter. They imply careful compositional planning and a commitment to slow and sustained looking, in contrast to the almost instantaneous production and transmission of images we experience today." 

Image: Detail of Cambo, circa 1950, 2014, digital C-print, 47 x 61.6 inches

 

Cost: Free (Thanks to a community supporter)

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from May. 13th – Jun. 30th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, North
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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 three days 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 Apr. 18th – Dec. 22nd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat
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
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
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
MARK AND ED CZAJKOWSKI EXHIBITION
This exhibition of father/son duo Ed and Mark Czajkowski's work will feature paintings by Mark Czajkowski and sculptures by Ed Czajkowski. Transforming the gallery into a studio space, it will give insight into their individual creative processes, where they produce, how they produce, and what inspires them. 

Image: Inside Mark Czajkowski's studio

Cost: Free (Thanks to a community supporter)

When: Open Sun., Tue. to Sat., from May. 13th – Jun. 30th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, North
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
STRATFORD FARMERS MARKET

Farm fresh veggies, cheese, meats, baking, flowers, crafts, handmade gifts and more.  Our year round indoor Market expands outdoors from May through to October.

Cost: Free

When: Saturday, 7:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Saturdays
Time: 7 am - 12 pm
Where: Agriplex Building at the Rotary Complex, Stratford, 353 McCarthy Road
Contact: 519-271-5130
www.stratfordfairgrounds.com
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
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
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: Saturday, 11:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Saturdays
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Junction 56 Distillery, Stratford, 45 Cambria Street
Contact: 519-305-5535
www.junction56.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 offerings on Sundays and Mondays.
 

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat., from Apr. 18th – Dec. 22nd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat
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
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: Saturday, 11:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Saturdays
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Junction 56 Distillery, Stratford, 45 Cambria Street
Contact: 519-305-5535
www.junction56.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 Huron Road
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
KARAOKE SUNDAYS

Gemstone Entertainment presents Karaoke Party!

Cost: Free

When: Sunday, 9:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Sundays
Time: 9 pm - 1 am
Where: Molly's Bloom Irish Pub, Stratford, 26 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2778
www.mollybloomsstratford.com
QUILT 150 SQUARED EXHIBIT

The Perth County Tartan was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada.  The shades of GREEN represent the strong agricultural presence in Perth County.  BLUE represents the many rivers and creeks flowing through the fertile farmland.  RED is for the blood sacrificed by the early settlers and veterans who gave their lives so that we could prosper and GOLD signifies the industrious nature of the people of Perth County.  
Curated by Alizon Sharun and Chantal Lynch, this exhibit features 35 submitted quilt squares inspired by Canada 150 and the Perth County tartan.

When: Open Mon. to Sat., from May. 23rd – May. 31st, 2017
Time: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm - Mon - Fri
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street, South
Contact: 519-284-1508
www.quilt150squared.com
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 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.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/
NANAK'S JOURNEY: INUIT ART FORM 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 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca