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Haunted Stratford Ghost Tours Present the Halloween Edition

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014

-- Creepy characters, stories and stops for Halloween walks --

Stratford, ON: Ghosts of Stratford Walking Tours presents the annual Halloween Edition with distinctive characters and chilling stories, including a visit to Avondale Cemetery and a macabre shadow play on candlelit walking tours offered October 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30.

Ghostly guides for the Halloween tours will be the Wyrd sisters. Already a familiar sight on the twilit summer streets of Stratford, the intimidating black-clad Eudora and the abandoned bride Arabella will lead guests through shadowy courtyards, darkened alleys and along the riverbanks of Stratford, as they share haunting stories of hangings, Stratford's own 'Jack the Ripper' and gory murders that conjure up the darker side of our city's past still seen and felt in the darkness of night.

Get your ghoulish tickets before they disappear! Ticket are available on-line at or in person at Slave to the Grind Espresso Bar. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (HST included). Meet your tour guides at Slave to the Grind (46 Ontario St.). All tours begin at 8:00 p.m.
Proceeds support local charity Playmakers! Theatre School, providing training and performing opportunities for young people since 1993. Tours run in gloomy or rainy weather so dress appropriately.

For more information, visuals or to arrange an interview, please contact Susan J. Kennedy Tel: (519) 274-1525. Email: OR Cathy Rehberg, marketing manager, Stratford Tourism Alliance, 47 Downie Street Stratford, ON N5A 1W7. Tel: (519) 271-5140 x 2223 or 1-800-561-7926 Email:, online: or on Twitter: @StratfordON and Facebook: StratfordON

POSTED ON 2014-10-20

Stratford Pumpkin Parade adds carving competitions November 1st

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2014

Stratford, ON: Don't know what to do with that beautiful pumpkin your family carved into a Jack O'Lantern after Halloween? Give your pumpkins a second chance to glow at Stratford's 4th Annual Pumpkin Parade at the Bandshell on Veterans Drive on Saturday, November 1. Carved pumpkins will be lit and displayed from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. People are invited to stroll through the area admiring Stratford's crafty and clever designs while sipping hot apple cider donated by Tim Hortons.

New this year will be prizes for the best carved pumpkin and the most creative design in three different age categories - ages 4-8, 9-14 and 14-99. Pumpkins to be entered into the competition can be dropped off between 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Judging begins at 4:30pm. Pumpkins not in the competition can be delivered anytime on November 1. All Jack O'Lanterns are welcomed for this unique event. "With November 1 falling on a Saturday this year, we wanted to expand the parade to include contests and hot apple cider." states Wayne Graham, event organizer from the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness committee. "Last year more than 600 pumpkins were displayed creating a magical walk and recycling pumpkins away from the landfill."
At the end of the evening the pumpkins, a tasty seasonal treat, will be recycled to Perth Pork Products Ltd., 4538 Line 38, Perth East, where the Wild Boar will enjoy the feast. The fun continues at the farm on Sunday, November 2 when families are invited to visit and toss the pumpkins to the Wild Boar between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

Volunteers are needed to receive the pumpkins as they are delivered and to light them starting at 4:30pm and again at 9:00pm to remove the lights and load them into trucks for delivery to Perth Pork Products Ltd. Please note that Veterans Drive (from Waterloo Street to Cobourg Street) will be closed to vehicle traffic from 4:00pm - 10:00pm to keep the area safe for families. The Pumpkin Parade is free and everyone is welcome to bring their pumpkins and enjoy this enchanted evening of glowing Jack O'Lanterns along Veterans Drive.

This event is a project of the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness committee celebrating 25 years of service to the community. For more information go to

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For additional information or photos please contact Wayne Graham, Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee Phone: 519-271-9874 Email:

Cathy Rehberg
Marketing Manager
Stratford Tourism Alliance
519-271-5140 ext 2

POSTED ON 2014-10-15

Doors Open Stratford to Mark 70 Years since end of WWII in 2015

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2014
Stratford, ON: 

Doors Open Stratford is one of more than 50 community events across Ontario inviting people to visit local heritage sites. The Doors Open committee works closely with Stratford Tourism Alliance to bring Stratford's heritage to life during a one-day free event on the first Saturday in June (June 6, 2015) as a part of our annual Heritage Weekend celebrations. The public is invited into spaces often not open to the public. In 2014 more than 3,400 site visits to 14 different locations were recorded, a 40% increase over 2013. 

In 2015 it will be 70 years since the end of WWII and as our theme, we would like to visit buildings and sites that relate to this historic event in Stratford or key activities taking place during that time period. The committee is looking for buildings and sites willing to welcome visitors for one day. We are eager to include a couple of homes built in the mid-1940s, especially in the Glastonbury Drive area, a new subdivision at that time. We are also interested in artifacts and art items that could be displayed during the weekend.

If you are interested in participating and have something to share, please send your suggestions to Ernestine McKenna, committee chair or Cathy Rehberg at Stratford Tourism Alliance or call 519-271-5140. We would appreciate receiving information by September 30.

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For more information please contact Ernestine McKenna, Doors Open Chair at or Cathy Rehberg, Stratford Tourism Alliance or 519-271-5140.

POSTED ON 2014-09-08


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