What's On in Stratford and Area Thursday October 22, 2020 to Friday October 23, 2020
STRATFORD CHEFS SCHOOL | MODERN CLASSICS DINNER | STUDENT CHEF JONATHAN DOWDELL
SCS Students prepare and serve innovative 4 or more course menus inspired by 37 years of the School's most leading edge recipes, under the tutelage of Chef Instructors.  Modern Classics Dinner menus change daily.     MENU: Pan-Asian Small Plates! Vegetable Spring Rolls Pot-Stickers Shao Mai Steamed Pork Buns Shrimp in Hot Lime Leaf Broth Vietnamese Salad Plate with Pickled Bean Sprouts Thai-Style BBQ Chicken Steamed Glutinous Rice Sweet Corn Fritters Chef Instructor: Randi Rudner Sommelier Bob Latham works with the evening's student sommelier to select an appropriate wine pairing for each Dinner course.

Cost: $50/Per person includes coffee or tea , plus taxes, $20/A - Wine package

When: Thursday Oct. 22nd, 2020
Time: Reservations Required
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
stratfordchef.com
INSTANT THEATRE AT REVIVAL HOUSE
After a sold out run with the Here For Now Festival this summer, Instant Theatre has found a new home at the Revival House! This fall enjoy a delicious meal then get ready for Instant Theatre - a completely improvised one act play, based on your suggestions. Mayhem, music, mystery, and mirth! No two shows are ever the same! **** Receive $5 off each Meal+Show ticket when booking with your bubble of 4 or more people!

Cost: $75/A (Includes a 3 course meal & Show plus preferred seating)

When: Thursday Oct. 22nd, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm - Dinner, 7:30 pm - Show begins
Where: Revival House, 70 Brunswick Street
Contact: 519-273-3424
revival.house
BEETLEJUICE (1988) - MOVIES UNDER THE STARS - PARKING LOT EDITION
When the deceased couple Adam and Barbara are unsuccessful in scaring away a family that has moved into their old house, they seek the help of bio-exorcist Betelgeuse. Gates open at 6:30 pm.  Concessions are not offered on-site.  Please bring any snacks and beverages with you.  Portable washrooms are located adjacent to the Stratford Perth Family YMCA.  We encourage you to wear a mash when leaving your vehicle area. If you are coming to watch from the grass, you can buy your tickets from the gate next to the YMCA. You will need to bring your own headphone (standard 3.5ml jack) & lawn chair. A receiver with be provided at no cost.

Cost: $30/Special Carload Rate, $15/A, $5/CH (6 - 13)

When: Friday Oct. 23rd, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm - Gates open with the show starting at dusk
Where: Grand Trunk Shops Parking Lot, Stratford, 105 St. Patrick Street
moviesunderthestars.ca
DENISE NONOMURA: PORTRAITS OF A PANDEMIC EXHIBIT
“Portraits of a Pandemic” is a collection of drawings the artist completed in the spring of 2020. Through these portraits she represents the humanity of those around us as we adjusted our everyday lives during lockdown. The subjects chosen for each drawing were based on her observations around her community, stories shared with me by others, and current events that were having a profound impact on us all. Nonomura hopes that the viewer can perhaps relate their personal experience to the faces or scenes rendered in my Portraits of a Pandemic collection as it documents some of the ways that we coped to get through to our new normal together. Denise Nonomura's vision for the collection is to validate that none of us are alone in this current struggle affecting all humankind. 
When: Thursdays Oct. 22nd, 2020 – Jan. 31st, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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TWO POINT SEVEN PERCENT EXHIBITION: INDIGENOUS ART FROM GALLERY STRATFORD'S PERMANENT COLLECTION.
Gallery Stratford looks inwards at their collecting practices acknowledging that just 2.7% of their permanent collection contains work by Indigenous artists of artists of colour.  This exhibition includes all but one of the Indigenous works contained in the gallery's collection of over 1000 works of art.

Cost: By Donation

When: Thursdays Aug. 13th – Nov. 26th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
gallerystratford.on.ca
TWO POINT SEVEN PERCENT EXHIBITION: INDIGENOUS ART FROM GALLERY STRATFORD'S PERMANENT COLLECTION.
Gallery Stratford looks inwards at their collecting practices acknowledging that just 2.7% of their permanent collection contains work by Indigenous artists of artists of colour.  This exhibition includes all but one of the Indigenous works contained in the gallery's collection of over 1000 works of art.

Cost: By Donation

When: Fri. to Sat. Aug. 14th – Nov. 28th, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
gallerystratford.on.ca
PICTURE OF THE FUTURE TBA: IMAGES BY MICHAEL WALTON AND POETRY BY TARA WALTON EXHIBITION
This collaborative project between husband and wife team Michael and Tara Walton originated with Michael's exploration in digital illustration during the first few months of COVID-19 and the sudden collapse of his career in theatre.  These daily creations allowed him to focus his creative energy and share his experiences with his family and friends.  Upon completion of this work Tara composed words that became poetry based on her observation of Michael's process and her own interpretation of the meanings in the images.

Cost: By Donation

When: Thursdays Oct. 22nd, 2020 – Jan. 28th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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HISTORIC GUIDED NATURE TOURS AT THE FOREST MOTEL AND WOODLAND RETREAT
Friday tours at 9:30am, and Saturday tours starting at 9:30am and 1:30pm for the rest of September & October weather and availability permitting. Lunch included. If you register for a morning tour, your lunch will be provided after the tour ends. If you sign up for the afternoon tour, your lunch will be provided before the tour begins. The cost is $40 plus tax, included with a knowledgeable guide, a brown-bag lunch to enjoy by the lake, and access to the grounds after the tour ends (excluding amenities). This price includes a non-refundable $10 deposit for the cost of the pre-ordered lunch after you register. These tours will happen rain or shine, so bring weather-permitting clothing! In the case of thunderstorms, we will have to cancel the tour and can provide a refund excluding the non-refundable deposit, or re-book you into a future tour.

Cost: $40/Per person (Includes lunch)

When: Fridays Sep. 11th – Oct. 31st, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, Stratford, 2941 Forest Road
Contact: 519-271-4573
theforestmotel.com/walking-tours-swans-and-history
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER & THEATRE
Spontaneous Theatre (the group who brought Romeo & Juliet, Sidewalk Scenes, and Instant Theatre to Stratford this summer) creates an original, live, interactive murder mystery to keep you intrigued through the Fall Season. ONLY at The Bruce Hotel! Guests will be treated to a COVID-conscious, socially distanced evening that includes a 3-course seated dinner in Act One, while Act Two unfolds throughout the hotel. Eavesdrop on private conversations, question suspects, make sense of autopsy results, and remember your "MOM" ; every murderer needs Means, Opportunity, and Motive. You must correctly identify all three in order to be eligible to win the coveted "Master Sleuth" title & prize package. Want to up your Murder Mystery experience? Guests who book an overnight stay at the hotel will enjoy exclusive 'bonus material’. This indoor event follows the provincial and local health and safety guidelines. We therefore request guests follow the COVID-19 safety protocols in effect: Act One: Actors and waitstaff will be masked and will move amongst the socially distanced tables in the dinning room, while guests are seated during dinner. Patrons will be able to interact with, and question actors “table-side”, from a similar distance to wait staff. Act Two: For thorough detective work, and for everyone's health and safety, guests will wear masks and move through the hotel in groups of 10 max. Actors will also be masked. In the unfortunate instance this indoor experience cannot go on due to changes in provincial and local COVID-19 Health and Safety regulations and guidelines, guests will receive a full refund.

Cost: $200 per person, plus taxes and gratuities. Ticket price includes a 3-course plated dinner in The Restaurant at The Bruce, and participation in Murder Mystery theatre

When: Fri. to Sat. Oct. 23rd – Nov. 14th, 2020
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: The Restaurant at The Bruce, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 1-855-708-7100
thebruce.ca/murder
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 trail vouchers at Destination Stratford, 47 Downie Street; Bradshaws, 129 Ontario Street; MacLeods Scottish Shop, 80 Ontario Street; and Small Mart, 119 Ontario Street. Each trail purchased entitles you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour. The Chocolate Trail is offered year-round. You can also purchase gift certificates to give as gifts to be used at a later date.

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Mon. to Sat. Oct. 13th – Dec. 22nd, 2020
Time: 9 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 5 pm (Destination Stratford - Statutory holidays open from 11 am - 3 pm)
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Destination Stratford, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
DENISE NONOMURA: PORTRAITS OF A PANDEMIC EXHIBIT
“Portraits of a Pandemic” is a collection of drawings the artist completed in the spring of 2020. Through these portraits she represents the humanity of those around us as we adjusted our everyday lives during lockdown. The subjects chosen for each drawing were based on her observations around her community, stories shared with me by others, and current events that were having a profound impact on us all. Nonomura hopes that the viewer can perhaps relate their personal experience to the faces or scenes rendered in my Portraits of a Pandemic collection as it documents some of the ways that we coped to get through to our new normal together. Denise Nonomura's vision for the collection is to validate that none of us are alone in this current struggle affecting all humankind. 
When: Fri. to Sat. Oct. 17th, 2020 – Jan. 30th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street S
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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BONNIE RICHARDSON: COVID-19 IMPRESSIONS EXHIBIT
St. Marys based artist, Bonnie Richardson, turned to her artwork as a means to understand and make sense of COVID-19.  Moving from colour, to a palette of greys, and back to colour Richardson explores her feelings and attempted to understand the changes in the world around her through these paintings created during the first few months of the pandemic.

Cost: By Donation

When: Thursdays Oct. 22nd, 2020 – Jan. 28th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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VIRTUAL EXHIBIT - ROSEMARY SLOOT - ROSEMARY MEMORIES OF A DUTCH FAMILY'S IMMIGRATION TO CANADA
VIRTUAL VIEWING ONLY - GALLERY AT THIS POINT IN TIME IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC Upon the death of her mother, Rosemary’s family realizes that their mother regretted immigrating to Canada. To come to terms with what had transpired, Rosemary set about to tell their story on what immigration meant to the family. This collection of work took Rosemary Sloot 7 years to complete and still resonates with the artist today. The paintings are taken from “snapshots” of memories in occupied Holland. Moments captures leaving Holland, to disembarking from the Train in Canada, are superimposed on the environment of the new world. – Cameron Porteous,  theporteousgroup@sympatico.ca This exhibit is our 3rd of 2020 in answer to the Covid19 outbreak. You can go to our website where you will see not only the virtual gallery but also links to our Youtube site where we have recorded interviews of the artist. 

Cost: Free

When: Aug. 14th – Oct. 31st, 2020
Time: VIRTUAL VIEWING - 11 am - 4:30 pm, CLOSED to the public due to CO-VID
Where: St. Marys Station Gallery, St. Marys, 5 James Street, North
Contact: 416-523-8899
stmarysstationgallery.ca
BONNIE RICHARDSON: COVID-19 IMPRESSIONS EXHIBIT
St. Marys based artist, Bonnie Richardson, turned to her artwork as a means to understand and make sense of COVID-19.  Moving from colour, to a palette of greys, and back to colour Richardson explores her feelings and attempted to understand the changes in the world around her through these paintings created during the first few months of the pandemic.

Cost: By Donation

When: Fri. to Sat. Oct. 17th, 2020 – Jan. 30th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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FALL READING CHALLENGES ON BEANSTACK! - ONLINE ACTIVITY
Ever wonder how the reading can help in the recovery process? We want to show you how, using Beanstack!  Take the “Recovery Challenge” in October to find ways that can aid in whatever kind of recovery you need – physical, mental, economic or financial.  You could also be the lucky winner of our grand prize - $200 in gift certificates to local businesses! Or let us help you reconnect to the important things in life... things like family, neighbourhoods, community, yourself... and of course, your Library!  One card, a million possibilities!  Complete the "Reconnect Challenge" on Beanstack from Oct 15-31 to get back in touch, and earn even more points towards that grand prize!

Cost: Free

When: Oct. 1st – Oct. 31st, 2020
Where: online, 19 St. Andrew Street
Contact: 519-271-0220
stratford.library.on.ca/beanstack
PICTURE OF THE FUTURE TBA: IMAGES BY MICHAEL WALTON AND POETRY BY TARA WALTON EXHIBITION
This collaborative project between husband and wife team Michael and Tara Walton originated with Michael's exploration in digital illustration during the first few months of COVID-19 and the sudden collapse of his career in theatre.  These daily creations allowed him to focus his creative energy and share his experiences with his family and friends.  Upon completion of this work Tara composed words that became poetry based on her observation of Michael's process and her own interpretation of the meanings in the images.

Cost: By Donation

When: Fri. to Sat. Oct. 17th, 2020 – Jan. 30th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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TOM CAMPBELL: OUTSIDE/IN PUBLIC ART PROJECT
Agora Gallery is pleased to present a public art project called Outside/In, featuring sculpture by Tom Campbell in shop windows around Stratford's historic Market Square. As people are being encouraged to social distance and remain outside as much as possible due to Covid-19, Campbell's life-like and intriguing sculptures of figures doing outdoor activities - sitting around a campfire, looking up at the sky, enjoying water at the beach, siteseeing - appear in windows along Market Place. Outside/In has been realized in collaboration with The Little Prince Cinema, Cora Couture, Mone-Thai Restaurant, The Cat Cafe & Ramshackle Industries. Tom Campbell was born in England and grew up in Stratford. He studied stage design, painting and sculpture in London, England (at Camden Arts Centre & Camberwell School of Art and Design) before returning to Canada in 1982. In 1985, he had his first solo exhibition at Gallery Stratford, won the Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery prize for painting and joined Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto and Vancouver). He has been teaching at Toronto School of Art since 1989 and at the Ikaria Cultural Centre in Greece since 2000. In 2015 Campbell was invited to have a solo exhibition at Agora Gallery, where he continues to exhibit his work and teach painting classes in the winter.

Cost: Free

When: Oct. 9th – Oct. 25th, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Agora Gallery, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
DENISE NONOMURA: PORTRAITS OF A PANDEMIC EXHIBIT
“Portraits of a Pandemic” is a collection of drawings the artist completed in the spring of 2020. Through these portraits she represents the humanity of those around us as we adjusted our everyday lives during lockdown. The subjects chosen for each drawing were based on her observations around her community, stories shared with me by others, and current events that were having a profound impact on us all. Nonomura hopes that the viewer can perhaps relate their personal experience to the faces or scenes rendered in my Portraits of a Pandemic collection as it documents some of the ways that we coped to get through to our new normal together. Denise Nonomura's vision for the collection is to validate that none of us are alone in this current struggle affecting all humankind. 
When: Thursdays Oct. 22nd, 2020 – Jan. 28th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271 x 222
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