What's On in Stratford and Area Wednesday January 16, 2019 to Thursday January 17, 2019
YOU ARE HERE: VIGNETTES OF PERTH COUNTY EXHIBITION
This exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of Stratford and Perth County from settlement in the 1830s to today. Drawing on the museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, and archival documents, the exhibit highlights the people, businesses, organizations, and events that make Perth County the vibrant destination that it is today. At You Are Here, experience a unique mix of poets and politicians, parades and plowing matches, settlement and sport history, and more that you can find here at the Museum and all across Perth County.

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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 5th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.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 Jan. 2nd – Mar. 30th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
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
PERTH UP ! A RETROSPECTIVE OF DUTY AND VALOUR EXHIBITION
This exhibit traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to present day. The theme of duty, sacrifice, valour, brotherhood, and remembrance are used to highlight the development of the Regiment from its earliest days as a volunteer militia company fighting in the Fenian Raids, through to its role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II. This exhibit showcases objects, letters, photos, and personal stories from throughout the regiment's history. Why "Perth UP"? The Maple Leaf "UP" was an ubiquitous marker during the Second World War pointing the way to Canadian front lines. "61" represented the Perth Regiment.

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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 5th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
RAILWAY CENTURY EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit tells the story of Stratford as a railway hub, and highlights the prosperity that Perth County’s extensive railway links brought to farmers and businesses in the region. The Locomotive Repair Shop, operated by the Grand Trunk Railway and later the Canadian National Railway, was the driver of Stratford’s early economic development. Agriculture, dairy, furniture making, and knitting mills, now connected to the world by rail, were just a few of the industries that made Perth County one of Canada’s most prosperous counties.  

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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 5th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.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 three days 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 Jan. 2nd – Mar. 30th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
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
SUBURBIA EXHIBITION
Our domestic experience is defined by the details – a carefully chosen wallpaper pattern, a table set for an evening meal, a small vegetable garden in the backyard, a balcony with an amazing view, a tree-fort that is perpetually ‘under-construction’. The artists in this exhibition explore where we live and how we define a home. With a cautious nostalgia, artist Pattie Chalmers borrows imagery from the mid 20th century to create ceramic tableaus that are simultaneously familiar and unsettling. Julia Hepburn creates small dream-like dioramas made of polymer clay and mixed media. Her works are distinctive for their strong psychological quality and elusive narratives. Remembering and re-creating the ‘magical’ spaces of childhood, like blanket and tree forts, Jennie Suddick opens up the definition of home to include communal, ‘do-it-yourself’ spaces whose distinction and power is in their impermanence. Please join us for the Opening Reception at 2 pm on Sunday, January 13. A brief tour and talk will begin at 3 pm with artists Pattie Chalmers, Julia Hepburn and Curator Sheila McMath. This event is free and all are welcome.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Jan. 12th – Mar. 17th, 2019
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
LET'S DO IT!
Ever wonder… how to beat the winter blues?  By getting out of the house and trying something new of course!  A new challenge each Wednesday!  In January: Fencing, Singing, Henna Tattoos. In February: DIY cat beds*, SP Humane Society, DIY Terrariums.  Limited spaces so first come first serve, or reserve a space with Robyn. *bring your own old sweater

Cost: Free; supplies may be limited

When: Open Wednesdays from Jan. 16th – Feb. 20th, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: Robyn Godfrey
https://stratford.library.on.ca/LetsDoIt
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
DUFFY DENT - A SOLDIER'S ART EXHIBITION
Capt. John “Duffy” Dent served in the Perth Regiment during WWII. He was an accomplished artist who captured moments of military life, its conditions and situations, in his striking black and white drawings. Dent redesigned the Perth Regiment hat badge, was the editor-in-chief of “The Perthonian,” and an illustrator for the Royal Military College Journal. This exhibition displays samples of his work and personal memorabilia.

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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 5th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
DEB DICKER AND SYLVIE VERWAAYEN EXHIBITION
The St. Marys Station Gallery first exhibit for 2019 will feature the works of photographer Deb Dicker and the paintings and illustrations of Sylvie Verwaayen.

Cost: Free

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Jan. 11th – Feb. 16th, 2019
Time: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm (In addition to these regular business hours, the Station Gallery exhibits are open when the VIA Rail service desk is open)
Where: St. Marys Via Rail Station, St.Marys, 5 James Street North
www.stmarysstationgallery.ca
VESSNA PERUNOVICH: SHIFTING SHELTER EXHIBITION
Shifting Shelter establishes a thoughtful introduction into the politics of transcultural migrations in the oscillating global system, at a crossroads where displacement manifests itself as one of the predominant geopolitical characteristics of living generations. In her vocation to share, Perunovich teaches us how to confront a place in our lifetime, in which past, present and future have lapsed, understanding the phenomenon of migration as a continuous and dynamic line of destabilization, of rooting and uprooting, which manifests a need to link past with the current.  Image: Detail of 'Unoccupied New York', Film Still

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – Feb. 10th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
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) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 5th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
IMPROMPTU WEEKDAY MORNING SNOWSHOE/CROSS COUNTRY SKI HIKES
Dependent on snow conditions - Meet at 9 am at various locations in and around Stratford to take advantage of snow conditions. Participants need own skis and/or snowshoes. Notices of potential wintry events sent by email on weekend prior to announce location when favourable, to be confirmed the night before. Participants wishing to be on contact list for snowshoeing, please email Tracy gonorth49@gmail.com. For cross-country skiing, email Meg megwestley@gmail.com.

Cost: Free

When: Open Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri. from Jan. 2nd – Mar. 25th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Where: Various locations in Stratford, Stratford
www.AvonTrail.ca
JUSTIN BIEBER: 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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – May. 5th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
RENA BALMAIN - MATTHEWS: I'VE LEARNT HOW TO HOLD YOU EXHIBITION
"In Rena Balmain-Mattews' series, I've Learnt How To Hold You, the artist's hand becomes a supporting character and a shape-shifter through which her felt range of initimacy is explored. Tender in their body, this collection of portraits layered on tintypes is hazy and inarticulate, as if to grapple with their greyness. But there is also vivid illumination in the crease of friendship, resulting in how these images savour moments of profound understanding, and divulge the shape of oneself in relationship to another. This striking culmination of the artist's exploration of selfhood through photography works to deconstruct how relationships are developed, maintained and stored, and bends around the people she has grown with and been held by.  In holding the full spectrum of her practice, Balmain-Matthews captures what it feels liketo articulate, and participatein these stunning moments shared with friends. I've Learnt How To Hold You is a collection of embodied feelings, inviting us to soften into the shapes we carry."  -Emily Blatta

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – Feb. 10th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
STRATFORD CHEFS SCHOOL: INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONS MENU
Experience selected international chefs' renowned culinary styles as interpreted by our student chefs.  Seatings are available at 6:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 7 pm.  Dates and menus are subject to change.

Cost: $75/Per Person

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Jan. 10th – Jan. 19th, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 10 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
stratfordchef.com/dinners
SURRENDER EXHIBITION WITH KANIKA GUPTA
In partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to feature the ceramic works of Toronto artist Kanika Gupta. Gupta’s experience of working with clay has mirrored her personal journey of finding her way, following a brain injury that abruptly disrupted her life. Please join us at the Gallery for the Opening Reception and a brief artist talk on Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm. This event is free and all are welcome.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Jan. 12th – Mar. 17th, 2019
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
FIREWORKS 2017 EXHIBITION
Fireworks 2017, juried by Sandra Alfoldy & Ione Thorkelsson, is a celebratory exhibition of hand-crafted works in clay and glass, organized by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. This exhibition stands as a testament to the vitality, originality and inventiveness of today’s practising crafts community – a tribute to those makers who have chosen clay and glass as their mode of self expression, and in some instances, their livelihood. Please join us for the Opening Reception at 2pm on Sunday, January 13. This event is free and all are welcome.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Dec. 22nd, 2018 – Mar. 17th, 2019
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