What's On in Stratford and Area Sunday June 24, 2018 to Monday June 25, 2018
EARLY SUMMER FORAGING WITH PUCK'S PLENTY
Pineapple Weed When you think of weeds you naturally think . . . Garden Pests! Here at Puck's Plenty we don't regard this plant as a weed even though it can be found practically everywhere. Waste sights, sidewalk cracks, parking lots. We'll sidestep those areas and concentrate on Nature's grassy plains instead. This herb (because that's what it is) has a wonderful scent that translates into an amazing tea. Moreover, thanks to a chef we took out last year, we found that boiled in equal parts cane sugar and water, it makes an incredible substitue for maple syrup. It's absolutely delicious. Like many other wild edibles, after you see it for the first time you see it again and again, throughout the Summer. So bring paper bags, small knives, scissors and spades as we search for these along with wild watercress, day lily buds and flowers, wood nettles, not to forget fungi such as oyster mushrooms, ash boletes and pheasant back. They're all out there on beautiful trails only a short car ride from Stratford.

Cost: $35/Per person

When: Sunday Jun. 24th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Meet at 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford
Contact: 519-271-3726
http://www.pucksplenty.com
2018 CONCERTS IN THE PARK
The Wednesday and Sunday summer evening 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!  June 24          Metropolitan Silver Band of Toronto  June 27          Stratford Concert Band  July 1             NO CONCERT  July 4             Stratford Concert Band  July 8             Strings and Traps  July 11           Stratford Concert Band  July 15           Festival City Big Band  July 18           Stratford Concert Band  July 22           Weston Silver Band  July 25           Stratford Concert Band  July 29           Michael Kelly Cavan  August 1         Stratford Concert Band  August 5         Kitchener Musical Society Band  August 8         Stratford Concert Band  August 12       Summer Festival Wind Ensemble  August 15       Stratford Concert Band  August 19       Waterloo Concert Band  August 22       Stratford Concert Band  August 26       Upside of Maybe  August 29       Stratford Concert Band  September 2   Dixon and Company 

Cost: Donations greatly accepted

When: Sunday Jun. 24th, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Upper Queens Park Bandshell, Stratford, 1 Richard Monette Way
www.stratfordconcertband.com
SONG AND DANCE: THE MUSIC MAN | STRATFORD FESTIVAL FORUM
Find out what it’s like to be in a musical at the Stratford Festival. Company members teach you a song and dance from one of this season's hottest musicals.

Cost: $29/Per person

When: Sunday Jun. 24th, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm
Where: Festival Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/TheForum/Song-and-Dance-MUS
STRATFORD BLUES AND RIBFEST 2018
Bringing the crossroads of blues, music food, culture and community together in Stratford, Ontario!  Visit our website at www.stratfordbluesandribfest.ca or our social media accounts for event details! Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stratfordbluesandribfest Twitter:  www.twitter.com/stfdbluesfest Instagram:  www.instagram.com/stfdbluesfest  
When: Jun. 22nd until Jun. 24th, 2018
Time: 4 pm - 11 pm - Fri, 12 pm - 11 pm - Sat, 12 pm - 6 pm - Sun
Where: Band Shell on Veterans Drive, Stratford
www.stratfordbluesandribfest.ca
INAUGURAL OPENING PERFORMANCE OF STRICTLY STRATFORD: THE THEATRE PROJECT
Join Executive Director and Producer, Derek Andrew Gabriel Kelly and Artistic Director Jennifer Stewart at the inaugural opening performance of Strictly Stratford: The Theatre Project at The Hall at The Masonic Hall in Stratford on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket holders will be attending a play that is premiering for the first time in Stratford. The production was recently produced in London, England. The production title will not be announced until show time. Intrigue abounds! Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.derekagkelly.com/tickets-location-dates   Please Note: The Stratford Hall is fully wheelchair accessible. 

Cost: Please see ticket sale site

When: Monday Jun. 25th, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: The Masonic Hall, Stratford, 15 Church Street
Contact: 226-766-8655
https://www.universe.com/events/strictly-stratford-the-theatre-projects-inaugural-opening-performance-tickets-stratford-V0DKY2?ref=universe-discover
GRAND OPENING AT SAMSONITE
We have Moved - come see our new location at 305 C.H.Meier Blvd in Stratford - this weekend only from June 22nd to 24th take advantage of our Storewide 20% off sale (some exceptions apply)
When: Jun. 22nd until Jun. 24th, 2018
Open: Open Sun., Fri., Sat.
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Fri&Sat, 11 am - 5 pm - Sun
Where: Samsonite, Stratford, 305 C.H.Meier Blvd
OPEN KITCHEN CLASSES | GET COOKING! | VEGETARIAN ENTREES FOR A MID-DAY MEAL
In this class learn how to prepare and present three tasty and hearty meatless main dishes using seasonal ingredients. Then, take off your apron and savour the results of your labour with a glass of wine. Perfect for the beginner to intermediate home chef! 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: $75/Per person

When: Sunday Jun. 24th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://www.universe.com/events/open-kitchen-get-cooking-vegetarian-entrees-for-a-mid-day-meal-tickets-stratford-K9H8P0
ASSASSINATING THOMPSON | STRATFORD FESTIVAL FORUM
Art, politics, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in this one-man tour-de-force, which delves into the mysterious death of famous Canadian painter Tom Thomson and the subsequent rise of the Group of Seven. Creator and performer Bruce Horak, a legally blind painter, actor and playwright, paints the audience’s portrait live on stage as he explores the facts and fictions surrounding the death of one of Canada’s greatest artists, and shares the unique way he sees the world. Here's an exclusive video of Bruce's performance of this piece at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2016. 

Cost: From $25/Per person

When: Sunday Jun. 24th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 11:15 am
Where: Studio Theatre, Stratford, 34 George Street East
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/TheForum/Assassinating-Thomson
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
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
KARAOKE SUNDAYS
Gemstone Entertainment presents Karaoke Party! No cover and must be 19 years or older.

Cost: Free

When: Sunday, 9:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Sundays
Time: 9 pm - 2 am
Where: Molly's Bloom Irish Pub, Stratford, 26 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-271-2778
www.mollybloomsstratford.com
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
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'S SLOW FOOD SUNDAY MARKET
Featuring Perth County's local produce, meats, breads, cheese, coffee, pastries, preserves, prepared foods, handmade artisanal products, gluten free and vegan options.  Stratford's Slow Food Market runs every Sunday between 10 am and 1 pm. From May to mid-November, the market is outdoors.  From mid-November to April, the market is indoors.

Cost: Free

When: Sunday, 10:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Sundays
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Market Square, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
www.slowfoodperthcounty.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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