What's On in Stratford and Area Wednesday June 20, 2018 to Thursday June 21, 2018
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART ACHES.In this searing cry from the heart, one of the 20th century's greatest playwrights paints a haunting portrait of his own emotionally damaged family as they struggle - under crushing burdens of guilt, resentment and dread - to maintain the unifying bonds of love.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Play 1

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Studio Theatre, 34 George St E, Stratford, ON N5A 3L7
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Long-Days-Journey-Into-Night
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
SEX, DRAG AND ROCK 'N' ROLL.It's the most fun you can have in fishnets! A cult classic for more than forty years, this brilliant pastiche of B-movie horror and sci-fi tropes, with its irresistible rock-and-roll score, invites us to shed our inhibitions and explore our wildest dreams and desires.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Mus 1

When: Thursday Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St, Stratford, ON N5A 1X2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/The-Rocky-Horror-Show
THE MUSIC MAN
A LOVE STORY WITH TWISTS. AND TUNES.A charming but fraudulent salesman arrives in River City to work his usual scam - only to find that a bill of goods can be the real deal. With melodies that include the rousing "Seventy-Six Trombones," this musical-comedy classic will delight the whole family.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Mus 1

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St, Stratford, ON N5A 6V2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/The-Music-Man
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | TRADE SECRETS | EASY ENTERTAINING
Get ready for summer entertaining! Learn new recipes and insider tips on how to throw a stress-free dinner party where you actually get to enjoy yourself. Perfect for anyone who loves to entertain at home! Light snacks will be provided during the class. Health Board regulations require students wear closed toe shoes when participating in any cooking class. This class has a maximum capacity of 14 students. Classes are for students 16 years and older. Participants will be provided with an apron and all necessary tools and equipment. Menus, recipes and instructors are subject to change as required. Help us help the environment! Please bring a container with you to help you take home the fruits of your labour. (One 1 litre container is recommended).

Cost: $65/Per person

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/open-kitchen-trade-secrets-easy-entertaining-tickets-stratford-GKH9Y3
BRONTE: THE WORLD WITHOUT
A SISTERHOOD OF SECRECY.Three sisters live in poverty with their ailing father and dissolute, dying brother, jealously guarding the secrets of their disappointed hearts. But desperation drives them to a life-changing choice, as they reveal the literary talents that will win them world-wide fame.This production draws on creative learning and development fostered in the Stratford Festival's Laboratory.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: 2-1Adult

When: Thursday Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Studio Theatre, 34 George St E, Stratford, ON N5A 3L7
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Bronte
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | TRADE SECRETS | PATIO COCKTAILS
Get ready for your Canada Day long weekend with fantastic drink recipes! Your instructor will guide you through methods of mixing perfect-for-the-patio beverages and boozy cocktails for those hot summer days and nights. Ideal for the beginner to intermediate amateur mixologist. Participants are required to be 19 years of age or older. Registrants will be enjoying several cocktails during this class. Snacks will be provided. This class has a maximum capacity of 20 students. Menus, recipes and instructors are subject to change as required.

Cost: $45/Per person

When: Thursday Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/open-kitchen-trade-secrets-patio-cocktails-tickets-stratford-3R478G
BRONTE: THE WORLD WITHOUT
A SISTERHOOD OF SECRECY.Three sisters live in poverty with their ailing father and dissolute, dying brother, jealously guarding the secrets of their disappointed hearts. But desperation drives them to a life-changing choice, as they reveal the literary talents that will win them world-wide fame.This production draws on creative learning and development fostered in the Stratford Festival's Laboratory.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Play 1

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Studio Theatre, 34 George St E, Stratford, ON N5A 3L7
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Bronte
THE TEMPEST
FORGIVE AND BE FREE.In Shakespeare's great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take?

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Play 1

When: Thursday Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St, Stratford, ON N5A 6V2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/The-Tempest
ONTARIO PORK CONGRESS
The Ontario Pork Congress is Canada's largest pig trade show and brings together all segments of the pork industry to showcase new technologies, get educated about the latest issues and celebrate a healthy, vibrant sector.  Attending producers can expect to see a wide range of over 200 exhibitors and retailers from all over the pork industry and around the globe.  Some of the events include the Bacon Maker Classic, BMC Education Centre, Rib Eating Competition, Hospitality Tent, BBQ lunches, Hog Jog, Pig Art Program, Trade Show and Taste the Best.
When: Jun. 20th until Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 10 am - 8:30 pm - Wed, 10 am - 4 pm - Thurs
Where: Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford, 353 McCarthy Road
Contact: 519-272-1532
www.porkcongress.on.ca
TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH SCOTT WISHART
It's time for the teens to take over the library! Try something new and meet new friends this summer at our weekly Teen Takeover programs.  Watch for different programs every Wednesday from June 20th - July 25th. Bring your camera or smartphone and learn how to have fun taking great photos inexpensively, inside and outdoors! 

Cost: Free

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St Andrew Street
http://stratford.library.on.ca/teentakeover
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
SEX, DRAG AND ROCK 'N' ROLL.It's the most fun you can have in fishnets! A cult classic for more than forty years, this brilliant pastiche of B-movie horror and sci-fi tropes, with its irresistible rock-and-roll score, invites us to shed our inhibitions and explore our wildest dreams and desires.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Mus 2

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St, Stratford, ON N5A 1X2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/The-Rocky-Horror-Show
CORIOLANUS
THE FASTER YOU RISE, THE HARDER YOU FALL.He's fearless on the battlefield - but in the pitfall-laden world of politics, he' s doomed by his contempt for the common people. This stunning production by genre-defying director Robert Lepage explores the age-old tensions that still tear at the heart of democracy.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: 2-1Adult

When: Thursday Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St, Stratford, ON N5A 1X2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Coriolanus
AN IDEAL HUSBAND
LITTLE LIES. BIG LAUGHS.Sir Robert Chiltern enjoys a reputation as the only truly honest man in politics - till an unwelcome visitor threatens to reveal the secret that could destroy his career. Intrigue and blackmail drive a suspenseful comedy-drama that sparkles with Wilde's inimitable wit.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: Play 1

When: Wednesday Jun. 20th, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St, Stratford, ON N5A 1X2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/An-Ideal-Husband
THE MUSIC MAN
A LOVE STORY WITH TWISTS. AND TUNES.A charming but fraudulent salesman arrives in River City to work his usual scam - only to find that a bill of goods can be the real deal. With melodies that include the rousing "Seventy-Six Trombones," this musical-comedy classic will delight the whole family.

Cost: Various, please consult Stratford Festival website. Price Code: 2-1Adult

When: Thursday Jun. 21st, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Festival Theatre, 55 Queen St, Stratford, ON N5A 6V2
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/The-Music-Man
THE ROARING TWENTIES: CHILDHOOD DREAMS EXHIBIT
To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Laura Louise Livingston, this exhibit highlights influences from her youth during the 1920s.  Laura Louise lived an opulent childhood which nourished a lifelong love of the arts.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/SR, $5/CH, $20/Family (Price includes HST)

When: Open Sun., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from Mar. 31st – Dec. 22nd, 2018
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlekilbride.ca
THEN, NOW AND NEXT EXHIBITION CURATED BY SHEILA MCMATH
The Gallery’s 25th Anniversary exhibition, Then, Now and Next is an invitational show featuring six acclaimed Canadian artists, Samantha Dickie, Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Zachari Logan, Audie Murray and Peter Powning. The exhibition celebrates artists at various stages of their careers. Some have a long history with the Gallery; all are making their mark in contemporary ceramics and glass.  The exhibition also includes an In Memoriam section, which pulls work from the Gallery's collection and pays tribute to the makers of ceramic, glass and enamel art that we have lost over the past 256 years.   A significant ceramic work by Tony Urquhart will pay tribute to Jacques Israelievitch, a longtime collector and supporter of ceramic artists.   All We Can Do Is Keep Breathing (detail), 2018. Samantha Dickie. Photo: Cathie Ferguson

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Apr. 8th – Sep. 2nd, 2018
Time: 11 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat, 1 pm - 5 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street, North
Contact: 519-746-1882
www.theclayandglass.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) (HST will be added to these admission prices upon paying)

When: Open Daily from May. 1st – Oct. 8th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
SUMMER EXHIBITION - AGORA GALLERY
AGORA GALLERY is pleased to announce its 5th annual Summer Exhibition, featuring a wide range of art by some of your favourite Stratford artists!  Includes paintings by Marion Anderson, Susan Benson, Patsy Berton, Paul Brunelle, Tom Campbell, Kathryn Friis, Antony John, Chris Klein, Antonie Los, John Pennoyer, Stacey Stuart, as well as glass work by Tanya Lyons and photography by Allan Davey, Luc Forsyth, Terry Manzo and Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick.  The exhibition will change throughout the summer: as pieces are sold, new ones will be put on display.  Throughout the summer, join us Sundays @ 11am to hear exhibiting artists talk about their work.

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from May. 26th – Jul. 1st, 2018
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
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 availability on Sundays and Mondays.  

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tue. to Sat.
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Tues - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat & Sun (10 - 4 pm - July 2, 9 am - 5 pm - August 6)
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
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 there has been the Juliet I, II, and now III, but predating this there also was a Juliet tour Boat back in the mid 1800's. 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: $8.50/A, $7.50/SR, $3.50/CH (12 and under), $5.50/Youth (13-17 years)

When: Open Daily from May. 19th – Oct. 8th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 7 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
SUSAN SCHELLE: SELECTED WORKS EXHIBITION
 

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from May. 12th – Jul. 15th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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: $23/hr/Paddleboats, $25/hr/Canoes, $18/hr/Kayaks, $40/1.5 hours/Rowboats (Includes all equipment and taxes)

When: Open Daily from May. 19th – Oct. 8th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 7 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
CHRONICLE: 25 YEARS AT THE CANADIAN CLAY & GLASS GALLERY EXHIBITION
Explore the archives of The Clay & Glass as it celebrate a quarter century of silica arts. Unearthed from the vaults, this exhibit reflects on 25 years of the people and events that have shaped the Gallery’s history. Curated by Tsukiko Keogh & Andrew Bucsis Opening Reception for The Glass Canvas, April 17, 1994. Visitors contemplating stained glass work by Stuart Reid - Photo

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from May. 5th – Sep. 2nd, 2018
Time: 11 am - 6 pm - Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm - Sat, 1 pm - 5 pm - Sun
Where: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street, North
Contact: 519-746-1882
www.theclayandglass.ca
BOUQUETS OF BLISS EXHIBIT
An exhibit featuring floral artifacts from Castle Kilbride’s collection in honour of the Wilmot Horticultural Society’s 50th Anniversary. 

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family

When: Open Sun., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from May. 1st – Sep. 9th, 2018
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlekilbride.ca
ART IN THE PARK STRATFORD
The Stratford Art in the Park Association celebrates its 50th season starting May 19, 2018. The group presents an outdoor juried fine art /craft show and sale along the banks of the Avon River between the Festival Theatre and Tom Patterson Theatre.   Meet the artists in this idyllic setting along the tree lined riverside every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting / 10 am to 5 pm) throughout the Summer and into the Fall. Free Parking, Free Admittance & Handicap Accessible

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed., Sat. from May. 19th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (Weather permitting)
Where: Lakeside Drive Park between the Tom Patterson and the Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford
http://artintheparkstratford.ca
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 as well as many liqueurs. 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: $15/Per person

When: from Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tue. to Fri.
Time: 11 am - 12:15 pm
Where: Junction 56 Distillery, Stratford, 45 Cambria Street
Contact: 519-305-5535
www.junction56.ca
SVAVA THORDIS JULIUSSON: OUROBORUS, ETC. (BITTER AS HER NAME) EXHIBITION
 

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from May. 12th – Jul. 15th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
WAR MEDICINE EXHIBIT
Using local case studies, this exhibit explores medical innovations from the First World War.

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 4th – Aug. 5th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm, 1 pm - 4:30 pm on Saturdays and Sunday
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
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: from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tue. to Sat.
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Tues - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat & Sun (10 - 4 pm - July 2, 9 am - 5 pm - August 6)
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
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. 19th – Oct. 8th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 7 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
OPEN STUDIO LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS
Drawing from a model each week, we will have a series of short poses in the first hour, two medium length poses in the second and a single long pose in hour three. As always, you are welcome to attend for whatever combination of times suits your schedule. Open Studio was started by the Gallery's first Director Robert Ihrig, the current program is hosted by Stratford artist Ken Nutt. Participants may also drop in and pay. Please bring your own drawing supplies.      

Cost: $10/A/Two hours, $15/A/Three hours, $5/ST/Two hours, $10/ST/Three hours

When: Wednesday, 7:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Wednesdays
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
CASTLE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music every time on the front lawn of Castle Kilbride.  Admission is by donation.

Cost: Admission by donation

When: Open Thursdays from Jun. 21st – Aug. 30th, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castlekilbride.ca
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 May. 22nd – Jun. 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