Mark Your Calendar

Sterling House Community Center Multiple Programs and Offerings!!!!

Toy Drive Registration at Sterling House

Thanksgiving Food Drive at Sterling House

Basketball Sign Up

Lacrosse Sign-up

Stratford Storm Lacrosse (Lax) is offering a co-ed Speed Lax for boys and girls in Grades 3-8.

Speed lacrosse is played with a softer ball, so the only equipment needed is a lacrosse stick and a mouth guard. Speed lacrosse games are played 3 on 3 on a small field. The players will sharpen throwing and catching skills, and teaches quick decision making. There is no checking allowed, players will learn to play defense the right way… by moving their feet!

Grades 3rd – 5th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Grades 6th – 8th, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Held at Erin’s Gym, 4 weeks on Fridays Beginning November 12th.

*No class on November 26th

$75 for the Four Week Program.

There are only 30 available spots per group!

Register online at www.stratfordstorm.com

If your child is in need of stick, please let us know in advance and we can provide you with one.

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Stratford Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Tuesday, November 11th at 11 a.m.
Academy Hill

Source: History.com Editors

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11th, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

  • Veterans Day occurs on November 11th every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.
  • In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11th, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Veterans Day commemorates veterans of all wars.
  • Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
  • In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11th.
  • Every Veterans Day and Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery holds an annual memorial service. The cemetery is home to the graves of over 400,000 people, most of whom served in the military.

Veterans Today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 2 million living veteransserved during at least one war as of 2018.
  • 9 percent of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 3 million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 325,000 were still aliveas of 2020.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • As of 2019, the top three stateswith the highest percentage of Veterans were Virginia, Wyoming, and Alaska.

 

Shakespeare Renaissance Festival Smashing Success

Photos by: Steve Raguskas

Knights of Gore

Shakespeare Park was transported back in time last Sunday.  Approximately 700 people attended the event which had professional performers in period garb, craft vendors, and food offerings.

There were two performance stages with rotating schedules, a dining area, a separate music performance area in the pine grove, and a field full of games for young and old.

Crowds were entertained by Daniel Greenwolf the Celtic fire breathing magician along with Brotherhood Knights of Gore, a massive team of live action armored fighters.

Music was provided by The Renaissance Players, seasoned veterans of Renaissance Fairs across the country.

Not in the Face provided a staged fight for the fans and made up many of the walk around characters interacting with the crowd.

Daniel GreenWolf

Nearly 200 people engaged with Shakespeare Approves incredible renditions of the famous plays by drawing members of the audience directly into the action.

Elana Zabari added her amazing voice to the atmosphere while nearly 25 vendors offered their wares.  From Fairy Houses to spoon carvers you could find it at the festival.

Shakespeare Approves

Bloody Historical brought the cannon which sounded off near the Thinker statue at mid day and to signal for the Knighting ceremony where young lads and lasses were inducted in the Order.

According to 8 year old Alon Fine,”There were a lot of vendors and the performances were very educational.”

Tim Bristol and Tom Dillon

Games filled the field including a trebuchet! Fun was had by all, and there is every reason to think that the Shakespeare Renaissance Festival will be back next fall.

Knights of Gore

The all-day event hopefully will be an annual event.   This year’s event was coordinated and staged by Tom Dillon and Tim Bristol.

Talk About It On Sunday

“Becoming A Great Communicator”

Sunday, November 7th, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Stratford Library Talk

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming

Jim Cameron will be the special guest on November 7th via Zoom to conclude the 2021 season of “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers.

The Secret of Becoming a Great Communicator with Jim Cameron will be a “hybrid” event, it will be presented on the Zoom format, and in the Library’s Lovell Room.

Long-time commuter advocate and newspaper commentator Jim Cameron will offer a lively presentation and Q&A about the art of communication.  Cameron will share some funny and insightful tales about his 40 years as a news reporter, media trainer and public relations consultant. He will also reveal the inside scoop on how to “Master the Interview” with his best public relations tricks.

A former NBC News anchor, Jim Cameron is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award. A Connecticut resident for over 25 years, he served on the Metro-North Commuter Council and authors a weekly newspaper column, “Getting There” which runs in the Hearst daily and weekly newspapers including the Greenwich Time.

An archive of 12 years of his commentaries can be found on his blog, “GettingThereCT” He is also author of his first book “Off the Record: Confessions of a Media Consultant”.

The “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series, is hosted by Charles Lautier of Stratford.  To register online and receive a Zoom invitation for the November 7th program visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7555042.

For further information call the Stratford Library at:203.385-4162or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org

“The Town of Iron Toys”

Classic Mechanical Banks on Display

Sunday, November 14th at 2 p.m.
Stratford Library Lovell Room

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming

The Stratford Library will present a special holiday talk about the classic mechanical banks by J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut with, The Town of Iron Toys” on Sunday, November 14th at 2 pm.  The talk, presented by historian Richard Franklin Donohue, is free and open to the public and will take place live in the Library’s Lovell Room.

The mechanical banks of the J. & E. Stevens Company were extremely popular in America between the Civil War and World War II.  People of all ages enjoyed the spring-loaded action that resulted from depositing a coin into these iron amusements.  The Town of Iron Toys program includes a PowerPoint presentation about the history of mechanical banks and a demonstration of the original banks.

Guest speaker Richard Franklin Donohue is a singer, private music instructor and historian.  Donohue is the Town Historian of Cromwell.   His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, traveling lectures and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th century Privateers to the Women’s suffrage movement.  He has been President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five.  He is the author of “Rosetown Review,” a monthly history article published in the Cromwell Life newspaper. As a historical lecturer, he has presented programs throughout the state of Connecticut.

The Town of Iron Toys will begin at 2 p.m. on November 14th in the Stratford Library Lovell Room.  Patrons are required to wear a mask inside the Library and seating will be limited.  To reserve a seat, call the Library at: 203.385.4162.

Stratford Democrats Laugh Out Loud

As Only Fitting Response to Slew of Republican Press Releases

By Steve Taccognia
Chairman
Stratford Democratic Town Committee

As my counterpart on the Republican side so eloquently put it, “it’s that time of year”.  In the last 48 hours, there have been two press releases and I suspect at least one more is brewing while I write this.  In these rambling case studies for thinking before you speak, he simultaneously criticizes one Democratic candidate for not seeking a debate, while attacking a non-partisan organization for actually organizing one.

After criticizing a get-together at which no funds were raised, he calls into question the recording of those funds that didn’t happen.  The Republicans have filed frivolous SEEC complaints against the Democrats in the final run up to election day nearly every year since Lou Decilio has been Chair.

I appreciate the regularity and dedication to performance art that accompany these last gasps of a once relevant political party.  Frankly, from a partisan perspective, I could tee off on this nonsense all day.

Except throwing up distractions rather than solutions isn’t responsible, weak taunting isn’t going to help anyone, and the state in which they have left our town shouldn’t be a punchline.

So, let’s cover these points in one press release instead of three:

Although the Republicans decided not to face the public but rather to hide behind fabricated nonsense, the Democrats, understanding their responsibility and the value of transparency, remained willing to attend the usual debate run by the non-partisan League of Women Voters.  Unfortunately, without a second party, the event was cancelled.

Despite Mr. Decilio’s implications of wrongdoing, rather than a secretive meeting of party insiders and nefarious schemers, on August 15th, much of the DTC was attending a memorial service for a well-respected member of our community.  As a result, a planned fundraiser was canceled, but a handful of people still decided to get together at the end of a long day.  State filings for non-events have never been a requirement.

Strangely enough, there were some things not covered in the recent GOP releases:

Last week, Mayor Hoydick and an entourage of Town Hall insiders…including Mr. Decilio…attended a meeting of South End residents raising concerns about chronic flooding and offered solutions in the form of…flood insurance promotion.

If it feels like you’re suddenly seeing Hoydick signs everywhere, that’s probably because every vacant storefront, derelict property, and empty lot has been covered with them.  I imagine it’s like an artist signing their work.

Last but not least, after getting smacked down by the state, the GOP has been noticeably silent regarding Absentee Ballots after State GOP Chair, Trump Campaigner, and longtime Stratford Partisan Operative Ben Proto wrote his own nonsensical rant seeking to curtail your ability to vote.

So as fun as this is, as we come down to the end of another election cycle, let’s stop with the same old games, the same tired attacks, and the same ineffective leadership.  Let’s choose something better, Stratford.

Free Monday Matinees

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Featured Event

Monday, November 8th noon-2p.m.

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”The Stratford Library’s popular “Monday Matinees” series concludes 2021 with screenings to two Oscar-winning films, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on November 8th and “Minari” on December 13th.  The series, which presents recent, popular films on monthly Monday afternoons, is free and open to the public.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom:  November 8th

Notable as the last feature film of Chadwick Boseman (who was Oscar nominated for this role), this film adaptation of August Wilson’s celebrated play takes place in 1920s Chicago where singer Ma Rainey (the great Viola Davis) and her troupe attempt to record a new album.

The film, nominated for five Academy Awards and winning two for its make-up and costuming, is rated R and runs 94 minutes

Minari :  December 13th

A tender and sweeping story that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung).

Set during the 1980s The film, which was also nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Actor”, is rated PG-13 and 115 minutes.

All screenings will be in the Lovell Room and begin promptly at 12 p.m.

For information call: 203.385.4162

Movies in the “Monday Matinees” series are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.  Due to town mandates, patrons are required to wear a mask inside the Library.

For further information, call the Library at 203.385.4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

American Globe Center Meeting

Saturday, October 30th, 11 a.m. – Noon
White House on Elm Street

Do you believe in the American Globe Center (AGC)?  Then come to the Shakespeare Property Saturday morning and voice your opinion and have your questions answered about the project.

The AGC is dedicated to building a campus integrated with the natural beauty of the Housatonic waterfront and the Shakespeare Park.  The American Globe Center campus will be an inclusive home for the arts, and for all the people of Stratford.

Tom Edmond Evans, Executive Director and Jim Warren, Artistic Director, will be there to answer questions and get your thoughts on camera for a video all about the AGC!.

The American Globe Center will create a different kind of experience for artists and staff. Amazingly high-quality and engaging performances, but founded on a respectful, equitable, inclusive environment.

Saturday, October 30th from 11 a.m. -Noon at the White House on Elm Street.  They need our support and testimonials and would love to see residents there!

The Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum

Grand Opening

Saturday, October 30th at 1 p.m.
952 East Broadway.

The Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum is a collection of artifacts which reflect decades of turbulent times for African Americans in the United States during the period of slavery and the Civil Rights movement. It brings visitors up close and personal which is an experience that many have only read about in history books or seen in movies.

The exhibit embraces the teachings of tolerance, diversity, unity and educating people that there was a time when imagery played a significant role in how African Americans were perceived. The artifacts and memorabilia may seem to be difficult to view but they are a part of African American history that needs to be told just as much as the triumphs which were made by African American pioneers and trailblazers.

The exhibit is an opportunity to begin honest conversations regarding a rich and strong history which has historically been maligned. The “Images of America” exhibit is an experience which will  leave lasting impressions and memories.

The museum is a life long dream Jeffery Fletcher, and honors his parents, Ruby and Calvin Fletcher, who migrated from the south during the “Jim Crow” and turbulent Civil Rights movement to Connecticut.

After graduating from high school and college, Jeffery Fletcher began what he refers to one of the many inspirational points in his life that brought him to collecting African American artifacts and memorabilia. Jeffrey spent fourteen years employed within the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and twenty one years as a Police Officer in the City of New Haven. Where the community he served was a multi-cultural community comprised of African American and Latino neighborhoods.

And check out their website- https://www.africanamericancollections.com

Treasures Ready for You!

Oldest Church Tag Sale in Stratford

Saturday, November 13th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The First Congregational Church, 2301 Main Street, will have their annual tag sale on Saturday, November 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall.

This is the oldest church tag sale in Stratford, and there will be prizes, raffles, gifts,