What's On in Stratford and Area Thursday December 5, 2019 to Friday December 6, 2019
ROAD TO THE LEMON GROVE (THE SCREENING BY LOREENA MCKENNITT)
Road to the Lemon Grove is a heartwarming comedy about an old-world Sicilian father trying to negotiate his way into heaven. However, the only way in is to first go back and repair his relationship with his reluctant son, get him to reunite their feuding family, and help all find love in places they never imagined. Featuring a special appearance at the screening by Loreena McKennitt

Cost: $15/Non members, $13/Members

When: Friday Dec. 6th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: City Hall 2F Auditorium, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
queenofthesquare.ca/production/road-to-the-lemon-grove-featuring-loreena-mckennitt/
2019 BOAR'S HEAD ENTERTAINMENT
Jason Mercer --The Jason Mercer Band is North America’s hottest new country sensation.  Jason’s songs are about real life and he brings them to you in a way no one else can.  

Cost: Free

When: Friday Dec. 6th, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Where: Boar's Head Pub, Stratford, 161 Ontario
Contact: 519-271-1400
queensinnstratford.ca
PA DAY ART PROGRAM FOR KIDS
Join Art Educator Melissa Quinn for a full day of fun art making for childred aged between 5 and 10 years of age! Be prepared to get creative exploring a variety of different art mediums and activities! All materials will be supplied. Wear something that can get "arty" and be sure to bring outdoor clothes according to the season, as well as lunch and snacks. During the winter months, indoor shoes are encouraged. To confirm a spot, please submit a completed Registration Form with a method of payment. Cancellations within 7 days of the program are subject to a 20% administration fee. Please note: all children's programs are peanut and tree nut-free. PA Days 2019/2020 Friday, December 6th, 2019 Friday, January 31st, 2020 Friday, May 1st, 2020 - NO PROGAM Monday, June 8th, 2020 Friday, June 26th, 2020

Cost: $40/Gallery Member, $45/Non Member

When: Friday Dec. 6th, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street
Contact: 519-271-5271, ext.223
gallerystratford.on.ca
GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING
We provide the house and all of the decorating supplies, you bring your family.  Last year was a huge success and a lot of fun for everyone!  This is the 2nd of 2 events. Reservations and prepayment required.

Cost: $75/Per house

When: Friday Dec. 6th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, 89 Parkview Drive
Contact: 519-508-7100 | 855-708-7100
thebruce.ca
THE IRISHMAN
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in postwar America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious underworld figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa — which remains unsolved to this day — and journeys through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics.

Cost: $15/Non members, $13/Members

When: Thursday Dec. 5th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: City Hall 2F Auditorium, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
Contact: info@queenofthesquare.ca
queenofthesquare.ca/production/the-irishman/
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE - THE MILKY WHEY FINE CHEESE SHOP
Where did that decade go?  We are so excited to be celebrating 10 amazing years in the wonderful city of Stratford!  Come in and meet some of our suppliers - taste some of the great products we carry and pick up some unique food items for all the foodies on your holiday list.  Thank you to all of our loyal customers who make what we do a pleasure and make us keep wanting to do it for another 10 years!

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Dec. 5th, 2019
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Where: The Milky Whey Fine Cheese Shop, Stratford, 118 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-814-9439
themilkywhey.ca
HERMITAGE: THE POWER OF ART
The film treats The Hermitage as a living being. It tells the story of the daily life of the museum today continuously leaving the ‘here and now’ to retrace two and a half centuries. A wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world. St. Petersburg and the Hermitage were a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture. The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through cultural bridges between places and distant civilizations. Bridges form a symbolic visual element, that will be repeated in the narrative.

Cost: $15/Non members, $13/Members

When: Thursday Dec. 5th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: Stratford City Hall 2F Auditorium, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
queenofthesquare.ca/production/hermitage-the-power-of-art/
DUFFY DENT - A SOLDIER'S ART EXHIBIT - STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
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. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

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, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
stratfordperthmuseum.ca
BLACK SWAN RUNNING CO.
Join Black Swan Running Co. every THURSDAY evening @ 7PM for a fun run. Leaves the brewery at 7 and returning for a celebratory pint! All abilities are encouraged!

Cost: FREE

When: Open Thursdays from Jan. 17th – Dec. 19th, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Black Swan Brewing Co., Stratford, 144 Downie
Contact: 519-814-7926
www.blackswanbrewing.ca
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR EXHIBIT
Christmas music, whether hymns or secular, are a large part of the holiday season. Come and learn more about the origin of some of the popular carols and songs and how pop culture influenced them.

Cost: Admission by donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Dec. 2nd – Dec. 20th, 2019
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
stmarysmuseum.ca
PUBSTUMPERS PUB QUIZ AT SCRAN&DRAM SCOTTISH PUBLIC HOUSE
Gather yer friends for a night o' trivia fun! Build a team and register to compete in the league, or just come for the occasional evening. Prizes every week! Grand prize at the end of the league for the team with the most points.
When: Open Thursdays from Oct. 24th – Dec. 12th, 2019
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: Scran & Dram Scottish Public House, New Hamburg, 338 Waterloo Street
Contact: 519-390-2767
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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. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
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 Apr. 2nd – Dec. 22nd, 2019
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
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. 19th – Dec. 23rd, 2019
Time: Noon - 4 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Site, Baden, 60 Synder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444, ext 256
castlekilbride.ca
HERNER'S VICTORIAN VILLAGE DISPLAY
A special addition to our Christmas display this year is a large Dicken's Village display, kindly loaned by the Herner family of Baden on display in the Belvedere Gallery. (*please note there is no elevator access to this level)

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

When: Open Sun., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from Nov. 19th – Dec. 23rd, 2019
Time: Noon - 4 pm
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
wilmot.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 one week (7 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 Apr. 2nd – Dec. 22nd, 2019
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
visitstratford.ca/bacontrail
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). Several participanting 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, 2019 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, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
visitstratford.ca/christmastrail
VIGNETTES OF PERTH COUNTY AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
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. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

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

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
stratfordperthmuseum.ca
STRATFORD-PERTH ARCHIVES EXHIBIT - PARADES, PICNICS AND POWER: CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF LABOUR DAY
There's lots to see in the James Anderson Gallery at Stratford-Perth Archives. This year's exhibit is Parades, Picnics and Power! Explore Stratford's infamous furniture strike in 1933 and James Reaney's King Whistle play about it. Many items from the Kroehler Furniture factory on display, including the King Whistle himself. Check out a champion soap box car from Labour Day races in times past and see photos of the annual parade queeens.

Cost: Free

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Oct. 15th, 2019 – Jan. 31st, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Stratford-Perth Archives, Stratford, 4273 Huron Street
Contact: 519-271-0531, ext 259
perthcounty.ca/archives
WINTERLIGHTS DISPLAY
Almost 100 illuminated displays are yours to delight in, on foot or by car daily from 5 pm - 11 pm Enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride on Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22, and 24 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm! Parking available at the north end of Milt Dunnell Field. Please note that rides are first-come, first-served and there is a two-step entry into the wagon. Donations always appreciated -- leave yours at the sponsor sign or "Waving Santa" as you exit the park. For donations requiring a tax receipt, please contact Events Coordinator Andrea Macko at amacko@town.stmarys.on.ca. 

Cost: By Donation

When: Open Daily from Nov. 15th, 2019 – Jan. 5th, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Milt Dunnell Field, St. Marys
townofstmarys.com
STRATFORD CHEFS SCHOOL DINNER SERIES
Under the tutelage of professional chefs from our community and across the globe, Stratford Chefs School students prepare and serve innovative four to six course dinner menus to the public. Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30pm | Prix fixe menus change daily. Dinners include wine pairings and coffee or tea |  $70 - $90 per person + taxes. Reservations Required. Visit website for menus and to make reservations: www.stratfordchef.com or call 519.271.1414.

Cost: $70-$90 + taxes/Per person

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Oct. 22nd – Dec. 14th, 2019
Time: Reservations Required
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
www.stratfordchef.com
RETROSPECTIVE OF THE PERTH REGIMENT - STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
Perth Up! A Retrospective of Duty and Valour Exhibition 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. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

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, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
stratfordperthmuseum.ca
JUSTIN BIEBER EXHIBIT 2.0 AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
Steps to Stardom 2.0 is the 2019 relaunch of 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. Dozens of new items have been added to the exhibit, with the assistance of Justin and his family. The exhibit has been extended. (daily hours extend May until September). Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details. 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, 2019 – Jan. 5th, 2020
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
stratfordperthmuseum.ca
FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE: THE CANADIAN MILITIA EXHIBIT
This exhibit explores the history, role and service of the Canadian Militia from its 16th century origins in New France to the present day. It provides a look into training, pay, uniforms, and weapons, as well as the Militia’s role in St. Marys and along the Grand Trunk Railway. The exhibit is developed around a recently-restored tunic that was worn in the militia cavalry prior to 1843.

Cost: Admission by donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Nov. 11th – Dec. 20th, 2019
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
stmarysmuseum.ca
STRATFORD FESTIVAL EXHIBIT AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
A new permanent exhibition that celebrates the early days of the Stratford Festival: Such Stuff As Dreams. 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. Exhibit hours extend May through September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

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, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
stratfordperthmuseum.ca