What's On in Stratford and Area Monday August 20, 2018 to Tuesday August 21, 2018
VOCAL ACADEMY FINALE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
The Vocal Academy at Stratford Summer Music will offer intensive training in professional preparation (opera, oratorio, art song) and in performance skills for graduate, post-graduate, and early professional-level singers and for two pianists pursuing a career in vocal accompaniment.  Participants will receive daily individual sessions with the internationally renowned faculty and will take part in Master Classes which will be open to the public.  The program will culminate in a opera gala with the participants.

Cost: $35 + HST/Per person (+$5 at the door)

When: Tuesday Aug. 21st, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Avondale United Church, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519.271.2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/page.php?id=3&name=home.html
LUKE JERRAM ARTIST'S TALK
Join us for a special skype chat with British artist LUKE JERRAM, creator of the international street piano phenomenon "Play Me, I'm Yours" and his spectacular new project "Museum of the Moon" which will hover over Tom Patterson Island from August 16 to 26 as part of Stratford Summer Music.

Cost: Free

When: Monday Aug. 20th, 2018
Time: 12 pm - 12:30 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
RON SEXSMITH PRESENTS SONGS FROM DEER LIFE - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Juno award-winner Ron Sexsmith is one of the finest songwriters of his generation. For his latest project he published Deer Life, a fairy tale centred around a boy named Deryn Hedlight and his mysterious transformation into a deer at the hands of an evil sorceress. In this concert presentation, Stratford Summer Music presents the première performance of Ron Sexsmith’s new Songs from Deer Life. to spin this musical tale of magic, deception and bravery, Sexsmith teams up on stage with musicians from Stratford’s INNERchamber, Music Director Andrew Chung, vocalist Barbara Fulton, narrator Mike Nadajewski and orchestrations by Ben Bolt-Martin. The VIP package includes reserved front-rows seating (ROWS - A-B-C-D-E) and a post-performance party with the musicians, hospitality by Pazzo Taverna & Pizzeria.

Cost: $40 + HST/Per person (+ $5 at the door) | VIP Seats $65 + HST/Per person

When: Monday Aug. 20th, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Avondale, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519.271.2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/page.php?id=3&name=home.html
VOCAL ACADEMY MASTER CLASS - NATHALIE PAULIN - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
The Vocal Academy at Stratford Summer Music will offer intensive training in professional preparation (opera, oratorio, art song) and in performance skills for graduate, post-graduate, and early professional-level singers and for two pianists pursuing a career in vocal accompaniment.  Participants will receive daily individual sessions with the internationally renowned faculty and will take part in Master Classes which will be open to the public.  The program will culminate in a opera gala with the participants.

Cost: Pay What You Can

When: Monday Aug. 20th, 2018
Time: 10 am
Where: The Music Salon at the Avondale, Stratford, 194 Avondale Avenue
Contact: 519.271.2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/page.php?id=3&name=home.html
THE NEW CANADIAN CURLING CLUB
Written by Mark Crawford | Directed by Miles Potter From Mark Crawford, the playwright who brought us the smash hits The Birds and the Bees and Stag and Doe, comes a hilarious new comedy with a rich heart. The essential premise is a small town in rural Southwestern Ontario with an ice rink, a refugee resettlement program, and a “Learn to Curl” class. In an effort to welcome sponsored Syrian refugees to the town, the municipality offers a free, introductory “Learn to Curl” program, open to anyone. In addition to a young Syrian girl, everyone who signs up happens to be a newcomer from across the globe, each with their own story. The night before the very first class, the woman from municipal Parks & Rec, who organized the outreach event, falls and breaks her hip. Consequently, the duty to teach “Learn to Curl” falls on the custodian/Zamboni driver, Stuart, a former champion curler, and unfortunately, a man with some…well…er… opinions about immigrants. What follows is a hilarious and inspiring story of an unlikely group of would-be athletes who face off against local prejudice to become a true team, and end up competing in the most prestigious local bonspiel tournament: the highly coveted Royal Highlander trophy. “Mark knows our audience so very well and has built something truly special for us, with plenty of curling right on stage,” says Artistic Director Gil Garratt.

Cost: $40/Orchestra, $36/Balcony, $15/Youth

When: Tuesday Aug. 21st, 2018
Time: 8 pm - 10:15 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 423 Queen Street
Contact: 519.523.9300 | Toll Free: 1.877.862.5984
https://blythfestival.com/the-new-canadian-curling-club-june-20-august-23-2018/
SUMMER NIGHT MARKET
Come and enjoy an evening of music, food and drink while you peruse local, artisan vendors in the beautiful gardens at The Bruce Hotel!   The Night Markets are free to attend other than what you require for food and beverage enjoyment. Family friendly. Live music. Restaurant and bar available. August 20 September 17 October 22
When: Monday Aug. 20th, 2018
Time: 5 pm - 10 pm
Where: The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 519-508-7100
https://www.facebook.com/events/2144860069126880/
MUSEUM OF THE MOON - STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
Prepare for blast-off….at least to Tom Patterson Island when The Museum of the Moon arrives for eight exciting days with a variety of concerts and events this summer.  This Moon is a 27’ diameter reproduction of the exact surface of the moon, based on actual photographs taken by NASA cameras from lunar space crafts, then assembled by the British futurist/inventor, Luke Jerram, whose other unique contributions to Stratford Summer Music have been the Sky Orchestra (2007) and Play Me, I’m Yours pianos (2012, 2015, 2017, 2018)  Where has this Moon been this year alone…The Commonwealth Games in Australia;  ZAT Urban Spectacles Festival in Montpellier, France; Tall Ships Regatta in Liverpool;  and the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia.    For eight days in August, The Museum of the Moon makes its Canadian debut at Stratford Summer Music, with plenty of exciting activities to celebrate its lunar influence over the city…so many events, in fact, that we’re printing a special mini-brochure and posting details on our website with all the news of daytime and night time festivities…music, dance, literature, movies, family celebrations, photographic and astrological ideas under the Moon. So set tricorders. Refuel ion propulsions. Pack replicators. Prepare for warp drive.  In other words, let’s head to the Moon!

Cost: Free

When: Aug. 18th until Aug. 25th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 9 pm, weather permitting
Where: Tom Patterson Island, Stratford
Contact: 519.271.2101
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/page.php?id=3&name=home.php
WING NIGHT AT THE BOOT
Written by The Company | Directed by Severn Thompson Working from local stories and memories of the now infamous Rubber Boot, we are creating a show that both celebrates and lampoons 141 years of the Blyth Inn. From Michael Ondaaatje’s famous poem The Concessions (which features a mid-70s portrait of the place), to snowmobilers in the winter, from the crafty years spent skirting the law when the county was dry, to the hey-days of the Huron County Idol karaoke contest, from the fiddlers and country singers, to the waitresses, surly bartenders, shuffleboard, perfect pie-crusts, and an omnipresent jar of pickled eggs, Wing Night at the Boot promises a loving, familiar portrait of an all too familiar place. We will also try, once and for all, to settle the age old question “why do they call it the rubber boot anyway?”

Cost: $40/Orchestra, $36/Balcony, $15/Youth

When: Tuesday Aug. 21st, 2018
Time: 2 pm - 4:15 pm
Where: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, 423 Queen Street
Contact: 519.523.9300 | Toll Free: 1.877.862.5984
https://blythfestival.com/wing-night-at-the-boot-august-8-september-15-2018/
STAYCATION VACATION PERFORMANCE SERIES
Travel the world this summer from the comfort of SPL’s auditorium! We will be showcasing performances from around the globe selected Monday afternoons in July and August.   Aug 20: THEATRE The Liar, Carlo Goldoni (Italy, Teatro Romano – Verona, 2 hours 23 minutes)  A famous comedy written in 1750 by the great Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni, a modern author with flashes of true contemporaneity. (English subtitles)

Cost: Free

When: Monday Aug. 20th, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
http://stratford.library.on.ca/staycationvacation
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
PERSONALITIES OF STRATFORD - RIVER WALK HERITAGE TOUR
Come join us on a guided tour of Stratford’s scenic Avon River and its surrounding residential areas.  Take pictures and ask questions as you see the homes of some of Stratford's most interesting figures and learn their stories.  Visit some of Stratford's most beloved landmarks and get acquainted with some of our fine-feathered ambassadors, the swans. Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (HST included)

When: Open Sun. to Mon. from Jul. 8th – Aug. 27th, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca
HARPER LEE: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD EXHIBITION
Harper Lee grew up in tiny Monroe, Alabama, and every year thousands of fans of the book, and the iconic movie, descend on the community where some of the movie was filmed. The Monroe County Museum is creating an exhibition exclusive for the Stratford Perth Museum that celebrates the life of the author and tells the story of To Kill a Mockingbird in her own words.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children) (Plus HST)

When: Open Daily from Jul. 24th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.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
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
SILVANA BRUNI: GLASS QUILTS | MEDITATIONS IN MOTHERHOOD
Artist Talk:  Sunday, September 16th 2 PM Through materials found in her surroundings, Silvana Bruni explores space and texture with items as simple as a scribbled note or the stamping and tracing of her baby daughter’s toys. While her main canvas is often Plexiglas, she has also explored with various found items such as windows discovered at the side of the road. Layering glass creates depth to each scene her mind decides to create. The found items welcome a sense of surprise and the lack of control encourages and allows freedom, intuition and spontaneity in her creation process.  In her latest project, Glass Quilts; Meditations in Motherhood, Bruni and her baby daughter explore with painted footprints, and the work is finished off by found materials. These recordings of her daughter’s foot and hand prints and marks are precious moments captured through art. Bruni simply enhances the marks her daughter has left in hopes of further bringing out what she sees. This project is the exploration of life and the experiences it holds.

Cost: Free Admission - Donations Welcome

When: Open Daily from Jul. 20th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from Jul. 3rd – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 12 pm - 8 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: Open Tue. to Sat. from Mar. 31st – Aug. 31st, 2018
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Tues - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat & Sun
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
READ ALL ABOUT IT EXHIBIT
For the past 160 years, community newspapers have played an integral role in St. Marys. This exhibit will explore changes in media and big headlines that impacted the community.

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Daily from Jul. 2nd – Aug. 31st, 2018
Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm - Mon-Fri, 1 pm - 4:30 pm - Sat & Sun
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: Open Tue. to Sat. from Jun. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2018
Time: 9 am - 6 pm - Tues - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm - Sat & Sun
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
AMANDA MCCAVOUR: POPPIES
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 30th 2 PM Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who explores the 2D and 3D elements of line through large fibre installations. Intrigued by the assumed vulnerability of thread and its possibility for strength and structure over fragility, McCavour brings her line drawings to life through experimentation with thread. Describing her own work as being “drawings that are made out of thread”, she takes inspiration from her surroundings to sew to life by crossing threads together and over each other, onto fabric that dissolves in water, to create strength. Poppies is an installation comprised of hundreds of fibre poppies created by Amanda McCavour, suspended in the air in the gallery space.

Cost: Free Admission - Donations Welcome

When: Open Daily from Jul. 20th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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
STORIES OF STRATFORD - DOWNTOWN HERITAGE WALK
Come join us on a scenic tour of Stratford's historic downtown core.  Taking approximately one hour, this guided tour will take you along a route filled with beautiful architecture and many interesting tales of Stratford's past.  What famous inventor stayed here in the 1860's?  What could Jack the Ripper have to do with Stratford?  What happened on November 23, 1897?  Find the answers to these questions and more as you delve into the rich heritage of our beautiful city. Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (includes HST)

When: Open Sun., Mon., Wed., Fri. from Jul. 4th – Aug. 31st, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.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
AVON TRAIL TUESDAY MORNING RAMBLES
Every Tuesday morning year round from 9 am to 12 pm ( weather permitting). Meet at Allman Arena north parking lot off Lakeside Drive at Morenz Drive. Approximately 1.5 hour hike usually on Avon Trail, determined by hike leader or group. Varied terrain, moderate pace. Wear proper footwear. Coffe time follows.

Cost: Nominal

When: Tuesday, 9:00 AM, year round
Open: Open Tuesdays
Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Where: William Allman Memorial Arena, Stratford, 15 Morenz Drive
Contact: 519-273-2233
www.AvonTrail.ca
PERSONALITIES OF STRATFORD - RIVER WALK HERITAGE TOUR
Come join us on a guided tour of Stratford’s scenic Avon River and its surrounding residential areas.  Take pictures and ask questions as you see the homes of some of Stratford's most interesting figures and learn their stories.  Visit some of Stratford's most beloved landmarks and get acquainted with some of our fine-feathered ambassadors, the swans. Photo credit to the Stratford Perth Archives.

Cost: $7/Per person (HST included)

When: Open Tue., Thu., Sat. from Jul. 3rd – Aug. 30th, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Visitors' Information Centre, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-5140
www.visitstratford.ca
JANE TINGLEY: PLANT (IPOD) INSTALLATION
The Plant(iPod)Installation explores the active relationship between objects in the space of the gallery, and the body of the viewer. Predominantly sculptural in nature, the installation is comprised of eight plant/prosthetic objects of various shapes and sizes, spread out in a grid like fashion throughout the gallery, and spaced about one and a half meters apart. The organically shaped objects house embedded houseplants. They visually reference tree like forms, or, more specifically trees that have been coppiced, or pollarded, which are forms of pruning that encourage new growth. Each of the sculptural objects include a built in subwoofer with metal branches rising from it, to hold the two small speakers close to the leafy part of the plant, and function as a sound system. Individually, the objects contain both sensors and speakers, so that the sound being played to the plants is directly affected by the viewer’s location and proximity.

Cost: Free Admission - Donations Welcome

When: Open Daily from Jul. 20th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.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
TUNEY TUESDAY
Come join us on the patio every Tuesday in August from 5 pm - 8 pm for live music! No reservations required- first come, first serve
When: Open Tuesdays from Aug. 7th – Aug. 28th, 2018
Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend, 70665 Line B
Contact: 519-238-5000
http://www.darkhorseestatewinery.com/winery/upcoming-events/
STRATFORD FESTIVAL: SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS....EXHIBITION
A new permanent exhibition that celebrates the early days of the Stratford Festival.  The exhibition tells the theatre’s story – from the dream of Tom Patterson, through its humble beginnings in a tent but buoyed by the likes of Alec Guinness and Tyrone Guthrie, to its current position as one of the premier repertory theatres in the world.  

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children) (Plus HST)

When: Open Daily from Jul. 24th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
LOCAL'S NIGHT AT THE BRUCE
Every Monday we will host a Local's Night, featuring unique cuisine from a different region/country from around the world every week.  Food will be served family sharing style and is $35/Per person.  Reservations are recommended but not mandatory.  Whether you are here for the day or your lifetime, everyone is considered a local on Local's Night.

Cost: $35/Per person

When: Open Mondays from Jun. 4th – Oct. 8th, 2018
Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: The Bruce Hotel Restaurant, Stratford, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 519-508-7100
www.thebruce.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
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
GERARD BRENDER A BRANDIS: A GATHERING OF FLOWERS FROM SHAKESPEARE
Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 11th at 10:45 AM Gerard Bender à Brandis, born in Holland but now settled in Stratford, Ontario, first found his interest for the arts in third grade. He brings form and content together through his works and by combining his talents in wood engraving, paper-making, typesetting, printing, bookbinding and dyeing, he creates his own hand-made books. With a solo exhibition almost every year since 1965, Brender à Brandis has been engraving small and immaculately detailed wooden blocks for more than fifty years. He is known for his restoration of the “forgotten wonderments of the world around us”, ranging from the exact detail of a single flower to an abandoned barn. This exhibition of his work features original wood engravings from his book ‘A Gathering of Flowers from Shakespeare’.

Cost: Free Admission - Donations Welcome

When: Open Daily from Jul. 20th – Sep. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
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