What's On in Stratford and Area Sunday October 22, 2017 to Monday October 23, 2017
WRITING WITH EMOTION- THE STRATFORD WRITERS FESTIVAL
A common theme that occurs in the downfall of an individual is the insecurity in one’s ability to be great and the emotional pull it brings through the text. Deborah Cooke brings us the story of a man who ultimately feels he doesn’t deserve the best the world has to offer. Rebecca Rosenbaum brings us a tale of resilience and recovery over great loss, whereas Jennifer Robson creates a novel full with life’s biggest downfalls that could bring anyone to question their self-worth. Join moderator Mark Medley as these three authors provide insight on character development in moments of great insecurity and the skill needed to write with sincere emotion. TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/18835/

Cost: $25/A, $15/ST

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford, 142 Ontario Street
http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/
TAKE THE PLUNGE: RISK-TAKING, REVENGE, AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN FICTION
One can never truly grow as an individual without taking a few chances in life. For authors Chantell Acevedo and Mark Billingham, risk-taking is what has led their protagonists—and narratives—down the right path. Another topic both of these authors explore with their characters is retaliation and retribution. Join us as we explore character-development, risk-taking, family honour, and notions of revenge with these two international authors. TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/18900/

Cost: $25/A, $15/ST

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford, 142 Ontario Street
http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/
WALK TOGETHER CHILDREN WITH DENISE WILLIAMS & FRIENDS - SPRINGWORKS: INDIE THEATRE & ARTS FESTIVAL
  Singer Denise Williams has been building bridges between the African-Canadian and Jewish communities for over two decades with her concerts combining Black and Jewish music. She feels a deep affinity in the historic struggles of both peoples and in their music as well. In each case, their songs carry the suffering they have endured, together with hope, faith and the saving grace of humour. This theatrical musical mashup offers joyful songs of celebration, and songs of wistfulness and inspiration, expressing the roots and aspirations of the diversity of cultures, threaded through collected stories and memories. Spirituals, West Indian and songs in English, Creole, and African languages share the program with Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew numbers, and highlights of the American opera and music theatre stages. Joining Denise will be her long-time collaborative pianists Brahm Goldhamer and Nina Shapilsky, as well as drummer/percussionist, Sam Donkoh. The program features folk songs, songs of love and passion, songs of freedom and deliverance, including Spirituals such as the title song and Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, West Indian and African songs, Yiddish folk songs (Yam Lid, Drei Sich Milechl and many more), Ladino and Hebrew songs, and Highlights of the American opera/music theatre (Gershwin, Kurt Weill).    

Cost: $20/A, $10/CH (12 and under) Multi-Ticket/Multi-Show Savings: $15 each **BUY 3 or more adult tickets to any show

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Stratford City Hall Auditorium, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
Contact: springworksfestival.ca
springworksfestival.ca
MCCULLY'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL 2017
Bring your family to scenic McCully's Hill Farm to join in the fun at our Fall Harvest Festival!  Here are some of the activities we are offering this year:  wagon rides, corn maze, pumpkin catapult, face painting, kids craft, barrel train, sand mountain and visiting our pumpkin patch.

Cost: $6/Per person, $5/Per person with a family of 4 or more

When: Oct. 21st until Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: McCully's Hill Farm Market, St. Marys, 4074 Perth Line #9
Contact: 519-284-2564
www.mccullys.ca
ONCE UPON A THEME: LITERARY LUNCH WITH RON SEXSMITH - THE STRATFORD WRITERS FESTIVAL
Canada's renowned songwriter Ron Sexsmith has written his first novel. After a sumptuous 2-course lunch at Pazzo, join us for a conversation with Ron about tackling the magical world of fairy tales. His work has been described as “engaging, funny, yet poignant prose fiction,” and "an amazing debut into the fictional world." Don't miss this fantastical conversation about the life lessons in fairy tales that—as adults—we have easily forgotten. TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/18837/‚Äč

Cost: $50/Per person

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Pazzo, Stratford, 70 Ontario Street
http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/
THE MAGIC OF DREAMING - STRATFORD WRITERS FESTIVAL
Heather O’Neill takes us through magical experiences with the characters in her novels. Despite the difficult obstacles endured, they are able to overcome their challenges through the power of believing and the hope that their dreams will come true. The young couple in The Lonely Heart Hotel find solace in their dream of becoming entertainers. Baby of Lullabies for Little Criminals can only dream to help her through her unimaginable life situations, and Noushka must balance her life-long goals with the pressures of her family. Join Mark Medley in a discussion of talent, hope, and how our dreams can take us to places we have never been before. TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/18834/

Cost: $25/A, $15/ST, Day Passes Available

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 5 pm - 6 pm
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford, 142 Ontario St
Contact: DigiWriting Stratford Writers Festival
http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/
SUNDAY NIGHT WINE SERIES: ONTARIO HARVEST
Once every month and lead by our wine experts, these fun and informative evenings will explore different wine regions and varietals. These casual classes will cover basic food and wine pairing - featuring select wines served with small plates for just $45 per person. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Ontario Harvest We celebrate the season's bounty with local VQA wines. We will cover aspects of the rich wine culture of our magnificent region, including food and wine pairings.

Cost: $45/Per person (tax and gratuity included)

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 4 pm- 6 pm
Where: The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant, Stratford, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 519-508-7100
http://thebruce.ca/ourevents.html
AUTUMN FORAGING WITH PUCK'S PLENTY
Knowing the Good from the Bad Many regard the hunt for wild mushrooms as exciting and daring. Their reason? In the forest . . . they're walking on the edge. And rightly so. With every delicious fungi there's always the chance of an "evil twin". Take the case of the delicious Hypholoma Capnoide pictured on the left. Found on conifer wood, spores are dark, gills are attached to the stalk which is up to 8 cm. tall and 1 cm. wide . . . exactly like the mushroom on the right, The Sulphur Tuft, a poisonous variety. We'll be careful to point these out and, moreover, show you how to tell them apart. So join us on the trails as we seek out other safer varieties such as Blewits, Lactarius Delicious, Fall Oysters and more, only fifteen minutes from Stratford.

Cost: $35/Per person

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Meet at 96 Birmingham Street, Stratford
Contact: 519-271-3726
http://www.pucksplenty.com
PAST, PRESENT, AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE- THE STRATFORD WRITERS FESTIVAL
One must understand their past in order to progress to a brighter future. Terry Fallis takes us through the troubled past of a young man in order to move forward from tragedy. Craig Terlson tells the story of a boy who must dig up past mistakes in order to solve a mystery, whereas Ron Sexsmith’s young hero must use his past experiences to help him take on the biggest bully of them all. History shapes us, and through the characters in these outstanding novels, we learn that it influences more than we’ll ever know. Join moderator Barbara Budd for an illuminating panel discussion on the past, present, and uncertain future as depicted through these literary works.  TICKETS: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/18836/

Cost: $25/A, $15/ST

When: Sunday Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 3 pm - 4 pm
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford, 142 Ontario Street
http://digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival/
ARTISTIC WELDING - STRATFORD OFF THE WALL
Artistic Welding with ARTIST INSTRUCTOR: FRANK HOLTE Frank headed the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Prop Department for 39 seasons. The statue of William Shakespeare in the garden at the Stratford Festivaln is one of his creations. FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP OVER TWO WEEKENDS FALL SESSION 1 OCTOBER 21, 22, 28 & 29 FALL SESSION 2 NOVEMBER 11, 12, 18 & 19 Course content is the same for both sessions. Participants learn bending and welding techniques used in the creation of stage sets. Participants will learn how to safely build their concepts in 3D, using an array of innovative techniques. The courses cover mig and gas welding, brazing and shaping metal. The low student-to-teacher ratio in each course ensures instruction is geared to the participants' skill level and experience. (Target enrollment: 6 students) Please indicate your related experience when you register. The course fee covers the cost of basic materials required during the course. In this course, participants work on personal projects. Depending on the complexity of those projects, additional costs for materials may be incurred and are the responsibility of the student.  

Cost: $475/Per person includes materials

When: Oct. 21st until Oct. 22nd, 2017
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Factory 163, Stratford, 163 King Street
www.stratfordoffthewall.com
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
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
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 Oct. 16th – Nov. 1st, 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
A TASTE OF SCIENCE EXHIBITION
Have you ever wondered why food spoils? A Taste of Science highlights the role science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe for us to eat. In this engaging experience, immerse yourself in an over-sized “pantry” and discover what makes food spoil, and different food preservation techniques. You’ll find lots to feed your mind and imagination on the menu!

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH (12 and under), $20/Families

When: Open Daily from Oct. 1st – Dec. 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street, R.R. 5
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.on.ca
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
THE CANADIAN LANDSCAPE: A WIDER VIEW EXHIBITION
Join us for the opening of The Canadian Landscape exhibition, featuring work in a range of media by 20 artists exploring unique perspectives of the Canadian landscape. Photo: Luc Forsyth, "Tree Planting", photograph

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed. to Sat., from Oct. 1st – Dec. 23rd, 2017
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
PINTS AND PAGES
Folks can meet – over a pint – and discuss whatever it is they’ve been reading - be it a book, a magazine, a blog, or even a Twitter thread - whatever has sparked their interest that they feel like sharing with others in a social setting.   Free to attend, but you pay for your own pints! Generously hosted by The Parlour Inn. #SPLPints&Pages

Cost: Free, but you pay for your own pints

When: Open Mondays from Oct. 23rd – Dec. 20th, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Where: The Parlour, Stratford, 19 St Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
http://stratford.library.on.ca/pintsandpages
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/
WORKS SELECTED EXHIBITION
Artists include:  Amanda Clyne, Peter Johnston, Sarah Kernohan, Micah Lexier, Rachel MacFarlane and David Urban. Image Credit:  Rachel MacFarlane, Tonic of the Wilderness, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 84" x 72"

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Sep. 30th – Nov. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (Thursdays and Fridays till 7 pm)
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, North
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
RON SHUEBROOK: SELECTED WORKS EXHIBITION
Image Credit:  Ron Shuebrook, Dark Spring, 2008, Oil on Canvas, 96" x 144" 

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Sep. 30th – Nov. 27th, 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (Thursdays and Fridays till 7 pm)
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, North
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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.  

Cost: Free

When: Sunday, 10:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Sundays
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Market Square, Stratford
www.slowfoodperthcounty.ca
JIM ANDERSON: ARTIST, ARCHIVIST & ADVOCATE EXHIBITION
Jim Anderson was an outspoken, and at times controversial, supporter of preserving Stratford and Perth County’s heritage and culture. This new exhibit explores his roots as an artist, his dedication towards local history as an archivist and his passion for preservation as a heritage advocate. Infamous for his hunger strike atop the Perth County Courthouse, in protest of a pending dissolution of the historical board, Anderson was instrumental in the founding of Heritage Stratford— established specifically to preserve Stratford’s significant architecture such as City Hall and the Gordon Block.  In 1972 Anderson was hired to process the first collections that would eventually form the Stratford-Perth Archives, the second oldest county archives in Ontario. In 1981 he was officially appointed as Archivist-Administrator for Stratford and Perth County. He was instrumental in preserving the Fryfogel Inn, established the Brocksden School Museum, and would later become the first interim curator for the Stratford Perth Museum. Many significant objects from his own personal estate are now in the museum’s “Jim Anderson Collection”.  

Cost: $7/A, $6/ST/SR, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children)

When: Open Daily from Oct. 1st – Dec. 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca