What's On in Stratford and Area Wednesday November 21, 2018 to Thursday November 22, 2018
CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP
Create a beautiful Christmas wreath for your door! Join us in our Studio Upstairs at The Flower Shop and More to make a unique wreath for the holiday season!!!! All ingredients will be supplied (winter greens, bling and bobbles!). Bring a friend and have some fun!!!! "To have joy one must share it." - Lord Byron

Cost: $75/Per person

When: Wednesday Nov. 21st, 2018
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: The Flower Shop and More, St. Marys, 147 Queen Street East
Contact: 519-284-1391
NEW NEIGHBOUR NIGHT
Ever wonder… how to meet new people when you are new to the area?  If you are new to Stratford drop in and say hello!  Get to know other new neighbors and local community organizations in a friendly, no-fuss way. Free to attend, no registration required!  Refreshments sponsored by Arden Park Dental.  Nov 22th: Meet the Perth District Health Unit!

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Nov. 22nd, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
https://stratford.library.on.ca/newneighbour
NEED-2-KNOW - CREDIT CARDS
What do you need to know? How to buy a first home? Mend your clothes? Study smarter? Get along with workmates? Do glam makeup? We’ve got you covered with an array of experts on an array of topics! Free to attend, but space is limited, so first come first served! http://stratford.library.on.ca/need-2-know Oct 17: How to buy a first home, Stacey Wildgust, Dominion Lending Oct 24: Workplace etiquette: Alan Roper, Conestoga Career Centre *Oct 31: Glam Makeup, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique Consultant - registration required Nov 7: How to sew on a button and hem pants, Melanie Kindrachuk, SPL Nov 14: How to study smarter: Dr. Darren Marks, DPhil, Western University Nov 21: How to choose and use credit cards wisely, Kalysha Feltz, Family Services Perth Huron

Cost: Free but registration is required

When: Wednesday Nov. 21st, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220 x132
http://stratford.library.on.ca/need-2-know
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 the admission prices upon paying)

When: Open Daily from Oct. 9th – Dec. 22nd, 2018
Time: 10 am – 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm – 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
EARTHBORN EXHIBITION
EARTHBORN Sept 23 until Dec 22 Earthborn is the annual, juried exhibition of works by members of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop, a non-profit co-operative organization celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This year’s exhibition is juried by Scott Barnim. Opening reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, September 23 beginning at 1:30pm. Image: Teapot by Judy Donaldson Winner of the Craft Ontario Best in Show Award 2016

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Sep. 23rd – Dec. 22nd, 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 x235
http://www.theclayandglass.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 Oct. 31st – Dec. 23rd, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
LAND, SEA, SKY: WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
  Land, Sea, Sky is an exhibition of work from the Gallery Stratford permanent collection. "People tend to have deep emotional connections to the land they occupy, whether they realize it or not. This is part of why landscapes in art have persisted in popularity despite the passage of time and diverging styles of art. Representations of land, sea, and sky carry an element of nostalgia. These representations might capture places that are familiar to us; places that have emotions and memories attached to them. They also might capture places that remind us where we want to go; places that, while we have not yet visited them, already have some sort of connection." ~ Susan & Rebehak Kielek Image: Hendrikus Bervoets, (b.1945), Untitled, 1980, colour pencil and pen collage on paper

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Daily from Oct. 31st – Dec. 23rd, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
LUC FORSYTH EXHIBITION EXTENDED
LUC FORSYTH: Migrant Caravan, Mexico 2018 In March of 2018, approximately 1500 Central American migrants mobilized in Southern Mexico in what was possibly the largest migrant caravan to the US in recent history. Their goal was simple: to improve their chances of making it across some of the most dangerous parts of Mexico through strength in numbers. Their story would go on to attract the ire of President Trump and the conservative media and ultimately spark a national debate on immigration policy. Photographer Luc Forsyth and reporter Adolfo Flores were sent by BuzzFeed News to accompany the migrants on this journey. LUC FORSYTH: Migrant Caravan, Mexico 2018 includes a selection of 36 photographs from the hundreds that were taken. Since the exhibition opened on October 13, a larger caravan of over 5,000 migrants has formed and is now making its way across Mexico: Forsyth is currently covering this caravan for The Washington Post. LUC FORSYTH: Migrant Caravan, Mexico, 2018 was scheduled to close on November 11, but  with the migrants continuing to walk in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the exhibition has been extended to December 16 and will be supplemented with Forsyth's videos from the current caravan. Through photography and filmmaking, Forsyth explores the complex relationships and conflicts between culture, politics and the environment, focusing on the social and humanitarian aspects of environmental issues and bringing attention to stories that are often underreported by the mainstream media. In 2016 his work was exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London, England as part of the Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition and as part of the Everyday Climate Change exhibit at the Noorderlicht Gallery in Amsterdam. His work has been featured on The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, ESPN and Al Jazeera, as well as in The Guardian, The New York Times and TIME, among others. His non-profit partners include the Gapminder Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund.  Raised in Stratford, Ontario, he currently lives in Mexico City.  

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from Nov. 11th – Dec. 16th, 2018
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
WINTER LIGHTS DISPLAY
Take a drive or a walk around Milt Dunnell Field to enjoy a dazzling array of festive light displays. Seek old favourites and discover new displays, all sponsored by local businesses and community groups.

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Nov. 16th, 2018 – Jan. 6th, 2019
Time: 7 pm - 12 am
Where: Milt Dunnell Field, St. Marys, 80 Water Street, North
Contact: 519-284-2340, ext. 249
http://www.townofstmarys.com/en/discover-our-town/festive-outdoor-light-display-.aspx
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
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 Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 6 pm - Tues - Sat
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
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 Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 6 pm - Tues - Sat
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
STRATFORD CHEFS SCHOOL: MODERN CLASSICS DINNER
Experience curated SCS classic dishes, prepared by our students.  Seatings are available at 6:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 7 pm.  Dates and menus are subject to change.

Cost: $65/Per Person

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Oct. 23rd – Nov. 28th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 10 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
www.stratfordchef.com/dinners
STRATFORD CHRISTMAS TRAIL
The Stratford Christmas Trail captures the spirit of giving and the joy of checking off that list.  You’ll discover unique and individual gift ideas when you stroll our festive streets draped in fresh cedar rope and tied with big red bows. Stratford Tourism is making it easy to kick off your holiday shopping with The Christmas Trail – six gifts for $30 (+HST). Twenty-five (25) businesses have selected fabulous stocking stuffers for you to choose from. And because it’s Stratford, be on the lookout for seven swans a swimming. Starting November 1st and running until December 20, 2018 Please note that there could be limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $30/per person +HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Nov. 1st – Dec. 20th, 2018
Time: 10 am - 6 pm - Tues - Sat
Where: Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/christmastrail
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 Oct. 1st – Dec. 22nd, 2018
Time: 10 am - 4 pm - Mon - Sat, 12 pm - 4 pm - Sun and holidays
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Huron Street
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE
What is your favourite recipe for Christmas? Here at Castle Kilbride, we like to take a whole lot of old and a little bit of new and mix it together for the perfect holiday setting. This is the best time of year to visit the 1877 home and marvel at the lavish decor adorned in festival attire. Please note Castle will be closed Dec.24 -26, 31 and Jan 1. 

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

When: Open Sun., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from Nov. 20th – Dec. 23rd, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 4 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Site, Baden, 60 Synder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444, ext 256
www.castlekilbride.ca
LINCOLNS HOCKEY EXHIBIT
This exhibit explores the 60-year history of the St. Marys Lincolns hockey team within the St. Marys community.

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Nov. 19th – Nov. 23rd, 2018
Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm - Mon-Fri
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.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
EMBODIMENT EXHIBITION
Embodiment: 30 Years of Ceramic Sculpture by Susan Low-Beer Sept 23-Dec 22: Co-curated by Jasmina Jovanovic and Stuart Reid. The retrospective exhibition examines more than three decades of the artist’s practice. Recurring themes include identity and mortality as well as the simultaneous power and vulnerability of the body. The exhibition will feature Low-Beer’s narrative sculptures of the 1980s, her exploration of the ‘repeated unit’ to create installations, and her more recent suspended ceramic works. Artist Talk and Preview on Sat 22 Sept, 7pm. Opening reception on Sun 23 Sept, 2-5pm. These events are FREE and all are welcome. Image: Rocksbreath, 2001, Susan Low-Beer. Photo courtsey the artist.

Cost: Free

When: Open Daily from Sep. 22nd – Dec. 22nd, 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 x235
http://www.theclayandglass.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 Oct. 31st – Dec. 23rd, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca