Paradise Found — The Paradise Green Farmers’ Market

Opening on Monday June 14th!

Friends and families will once again be able to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of CT farmers’ labor every Monday from 2pm – 6pm through October.

Situated in the heart of Stratford on Paradise Green, the market will pick up anew. Located at 121 Huntington Avenue, your best bet for parking will be at our friends The Stratford Baptist Church. The Town of Stratford and the Church have collaborated to provide nearly 50 parking spaces conveniently located at 40 Park Street, directly across from the Green near the Gazebo.

Gazy Brothers Farm will be back with their amazing vegetable display. Eaglewood Farms is back with pork and eggs. Dash ‘n Drizzle is back again with flavored oils, balsamic vinegars, spices and salts. Grab a coffee too! Yellow King Brews is looking forward to seeing you again.

Oronoque Farms is new to the Farmers Market but returns to Stratford in all their glory with pies, donuts and a host of CT made products!
Saint X Foods – FAMOUS for their pesto mozzarella sandwiches, baked goods and other treats is a newcomer to Stratford. They are participating in many of the best markets in the CT and Stratford finally reeled them in! Get there early – they frequently sell out.

These folks and more will be there on Monday so come on down and spend some time with us. A rotating list of crafters and confectioners will join the crew this year. Different and surprising vendors will be coming and going to keep each visit to the market fresh and new.

This year, it is not just about the Farmers’ Market either. It’s about returning to normal life and getting out again. Right across the street there are a wonderful array of retailers to visit. Many are new as well. We are teaming up to give you the best reason to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and spend some casual time walking around town and seeing one another again. Who knows who you will bump into.

Yellow Kings Brews in town for 4 hours a week, Kasia and her Open Door Tea is there all week long. If you haven’t been to Kasia’s check it out, the perfect answer to your cookie cutter coffee and tea shop. Inside you’ll find great food and a variety of CT made items and products as well.

If pesto mozzarella is not your thing, visit Angela at Subway and she will make you whatever you like with a smile. Franchise owners are small business people as well. Not finding your favorite baked good? Check out Icing on the Cake – a Stratford institution open 7 days a week! They have got the full array! And if Eaglewood Farms’ duck eggs don’t strike your fancy, take a seat at The Sitting Duck and order as you please!

Stratford has the whole enchilada so you better come hungry and bring a BIG BAG to lug it all home with. We are all in this together, so get out there and come together! It’s just another day in Paradise every Monday afternoon.

Cool Jazz for Cool People

Stratford Library Offers “Larry Haddad Quintet”

Live Jazz Music Program Set for Zoom on June 19th

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Public Library

The Stratford Library will present an online music program, “The Larry Haddad Quintet”, Saturday, June 19th from 2-3 pm.  Presented online via Zoom, the concert is free and open to the public.  This is the second Zoom concert featuring the popular Stratford quintet who delighted audiences last December with a special holiday jazz concert.

“The Larry Haddad Quintet” features drums, bass, guitar, piano and saxophone as they perform several select jazz standards for the concert.  The quintet includes Larry Haddad (alto saxophone), Joe McWilliams (piano), Jim Olbrys (guitar), Steve Clarke (bass) and Joe Corsello (drums).

To register for the Zoom presentation and receive an invitation link, visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7766362.

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

Free and open to the public.  This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

A Glimpse of Stratford History

The Stratford Historical Society

Connecticut Open House Day
Saturday, June 12th

The Judson House will be open for tours from noon until 3pm for Connecticut Open House Day. Admission is free.

Connecticut Open House Day, now in its 17th year, is an annual event held on the second Saturday of June to inspire Connecticut residents to learn about all the experiences in their own backyard, anticipating that this will convert them into ambassadors who will recommend these experiences to other visitors.

The Captain David Judson House is a historic house at 967 Academy Hill in Stratford. It was built by David Judson about 1750. The “new house” was built on the stone foundation and incorporates the chimney of the original house built on the site in 1638 by Judson’s great grandfather William. William left the house to his son Joseph Judson in November 1660 when he moved to New Haven. Nine generations of Judson’s lived in the house until 1888, when the house was sold to John Wheeler. In 1891, it was sold to Celia and Cornelia Curtis, who willed it to the Stratford Historical Society in 1925.

The first floor, now the cellar, is above ground level and contains a massive central stone chimney which was built with lug poles. It is believed that the cellar was used as slave quarters in the early18th century. The new house is designed in the style of Georgian architecture, or colonial Georgian, found throughout the American colonies during this time.

The furnishings are entirely period pieces of Stratford origin, dating from the 18th century and includes a piano which belonged to William Samuel Johnson, framer of the United States Constitution, and also the second president of Columbia University. The piano has been on display at George Washington’s plantation Mount Vernon. The house also has various other works of historical and artistic significance, displayed for the public. The Judson House broken scroll pediment entry is one of the finest in Connecticut. An architectural drawing was used on the cover of J. Frederick Kelly’s Early Domestic Architecture of Connecticut published in 1924.

Captain David Judson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 1973. It is also included in the Stratford Center Historic District, which was listed on the NRHP in 1978.

The house is open to the public and is operated as a historic house museum and research library by the Stratford Historical Society.

The wearing of masks is encouraged.

Music on Tap in the Stack

“The Other Great American Songbook”

Sunday June 13th at 2 p.m. on Zoom

by Tom Holehan
Stratford Public Library

The Stratford Library will present an online music program, “The Other Great American Songbook”, which celebrates the greatest songs by some of America’s greatest songwriters like Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow and many more.

Nashville’s Music Row and New York’s Tin Pan Alley are hundreds of miles apart, but between them they’ve produced the lion’s share of America’s greatest songs. From Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family through Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn to Kris Kristofferson and Taylor Swift, country music has shaped the way Americans see the world.

“The Other Great American Songbook” offers a fascinating lecture/concert on this often-overlooked slice of America’s musical heritage. Covering the origins of country music in the fusion of mountain ballads with the blues, the roots of rock & roll in country and R&B, the evolution of today’s country and dozens of compelling details.

Presenter Tennessee Walt’s “The Other Great American Songbook” is studded with 24 songs, performed live, by Roy Acuff, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and other greats from 90 years of America’s musical history. This informative, tuneful tour through the country’s musical heartland will have audiences laughing one minute, crying the next and tapping their toes throughout.

”The Other Great American Songbook” will be held from 2-3 pm on Sunday, June 13. To register for the Zoom presentation and receive an invitation link, visit:
https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7612769.

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

Strut Your Stuff on Saturday at the Main Street Festival

Eat, Shop, Meet New People!!!!

Presented by the Rotary Club of Stratford

The festival will feature a variety of food trucks, vendor booths, stage and street performers, musicians, rides, games, crafts, art works and other fair activities.
Check us out:

Artisan Handmade Crafts
Floracreate
Sarah And Megan Enterprises
Designs On Homestead
Oh Fudge And More
Mill Pond Essentials
Nurse Lady Creations Llc
Neon Sol
Mr. O’S Homemade, Llc
Ceramic Stoneware Pottery
Year 2021
Baystreet_Design
Angry Gato Llc
Jnj Photo Booth
Cozy Cuddle Wraps And Coast Art
TJJ Sews
Thistle & Hyde
Henna By Jada Llc
Little Dude Gallery
Twice The Spice
Snug By Ak
Sandy Srihari Designs
Grateful Paws
Chile King Llc (Wanke’S Yankee Hot Pepper Products)
Handmade Creations
Pj’S Artful Ph Designs
Rebecca Miller
Etherealanitas
Light Of My Creations
Looming Madness
Highendcrafts
Dash ‘N Drizzle
Alu Essentials Llc

Food Booths
Down South Dawgs
The Melting Truck
Vinci Concessions
The Taste Garden Cafe
Christianos
Paradise Island Deli & Cafe
Valley Jim’S Soft Serve
Caribbean Grill
Little Kernel’S Kettle Corn
Canterbury Kettle Corn
Edible Couture
Nuovo Pasta
Papas Place
Christianos Confections
Uconn Kids (Kids In Development Science)
Girl Scouts Of CT Troop 37025
Boy Scouts Troop 76
First Church of Christ Stratford
Christ Episcopal Church

Commercial
Hwang’S Martial Arts
Paparazzi
Mary Kay
The Body Shop By Michele
A-Smile Llc
Powerhouse Gym Stratford
Stratford Democratic Town Committee
Ctbraces-Stratford Orthodontics
The Clean Earth Project
Cutco Cutlery
Yellowbrick Real Estate
Onehope Wine
Berks Wickless Wax And Crafts Connecticut Dance Conservatory
Andy’S Toys
Jurnfern Art, Llc
Renewal By Andersen
Mickey Adventures By Lang And Ma World Travel
Native Treasures
Phyllis Gurl Llc
Posigen Solar And Energy Efficiency Paving Construction Services
David Lerner Associates, Inc.
Casanova Remodeling Company Llc
Phenomenal Hair Salon
Bright Insight
Tri-State Realty
Code Ninjas Trumbull & Fairfield
Snug Llc
Innher Peace LLC
Total Mortgage
Kebella Products Llc
Sunset Shores
Trap Rock Academy
Native World
Roxy’s Blings/Pampered Chef
Northeast Novelty
Oasis Physical Therapy
Title Boxing Club
Power Home Remodeling
Health Cbd Organics
The Milford Bank
CT Events Unlimited
Englert Leafguard

Non-Profit
Stratford YMCA
Friends Of Jared’S Dog Park Inc Stratford Historical Society
Stratford Republicans
New York Life Insurance
Arts Alliance Of Stratford
Sterling House Community Center, Inc.
Stratford Baptist Church
Stratford Health Department
Stratford United Methodist Church Preschool
TFCGlobal
VFW Post 9460
Optimus Health Care, Inc.
Citizens Addressing Racial Equity (Care)
Stratfords Of The World Sister Cities Chorus
Iglesia El Faro De Stratford
Stratford Baptist Church
Gideons International
Pyramid Shriners
First Congregational Church
The Lord’S Kitchen
Square One Theatre Company
Stratford Forward
Stratford Veterans Museum
The Shakespeare Market
First Baptist Church
Rebecca Miller
Stratford Shotokan Karate-Do
St. James Roman Catholic Church
Civil Air Patrol-Stratford Eagles Squadron
Stratford Arts Commission
Alliance For Community Empowerment, Inc.
Stratford Recreation Department
Marine Cadets Of America
Stratford Hispanic Heritage Latin Music Festival
CT Army National Guard

Disability Parking: The front lot of the Baldwin Senior Center at 1000 W. Broad Street is reserved for Disability Parking. Vehicles must have a valid Disability Parking placard in plain view on the mirror.

Public Parking: Is available on local side streets, Stratford Train Station, or a short walk from parking at the Shakespeare property or Stratford High School.

The Stratford Main Street Festival, was started by the Rotary Club of Stratford in 2011 as a community service project to replace the defunct Stratford Day. Each year Stratford Rotarians volunteer to organize the Festival as a town-wide event to celebrate the many organizations, programs and services the Town of Stratford has to offer.

This year the Stratford Main Street Festival was organized and run by Rotarian Stephanie Phillips.

The proceeds from the Main Street Festival will support a variety of community efforts including high school scholarships, Thanksgiving food baskets, Lord’s Kitchen and Food Distribution for those in need.

The Shakespeare Market

Sunday June 6th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come and relax on Sunday in Shakespeare Park after Saturday’s Main Street Festival. Walk the road around the field! Get a massage! Farm fresh food. Wave Hill Breads! Hot food galore! Beautiful items created by CT locals! And if you haven’t tried them yet Brigadieros by Doce!!

Music this Sunday will be father and daughters in honor of Father’s Day on June 20th.

Please Bring Your Masks – As We Are Still Recommending People Wear Masks

Eating and drinking off the ring road only. If you are on the road around the field you need your mask on over your mouth and nose.
Head for one of the spaced out grass areas to let you mask down to eat and drink. Then mask back up again and join the fun!

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Drive-Thru Food Pantry

Holy Name of Jesus Church
1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford CT

Today, Tuesday, June 8th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

To encourage social distancing and help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Stratford Health Department, CT Food Bank, and Holy Name of Jesus Church have partnered to offer a drive-thru food pantry. We ask for all those attending the drive-thru pantry to adhere to the following directions:

  • Stay in your car at all times
  • Pop your trunk (if possible)
  • A pre-selected bag of food will be placed in your car
  • One bag per car, identification

Arts Alliance of Stratford to Participate in Main Street Festival

Supporting the Community for a Good Cause

Re-emerging after the pandemic better and stronger and off the heels of a successful opening reception and show at Sterling House Community Center, The Alliance is proud to participate in this year’s community celebration on Saturday, June 5th.

“It’s exciting that we’ll see our neighbors and friends whom we’ve missed these past 15 months. To celebrate, we’re planning fun activities and music at our booth, and our artist’s work will be on display and for sale,” says Mark Hannon, President.

The Alliance just completed a strategic planning process and is focused on carrying out its mission to build community and enhance the quality of life in the Stratford, Connecticut region. And to collaborate with the public, artists, creatives, and art lovers, offering opportunities to learn, teach, create, network, and enjoy the arts.

“We encourage all ages to stop by our booth and learn about us and how we’re supporting the local creative community and beyond,” says Hannon.

Arts Alliance of Stratford is a nonprofit organization working to build community and enhance the quality of life in the Stratford, Connecticut region. We collaborate with the public, artists, creatives, and art lovers, offering opportunities to learn, teach, create, network, and enjoy the arts. To learn more about the Alliance and its programming, please visit artsallianceofstratford.org.

Return of the Stratford Main Street Festival

Saturday June 5, 2021

10:00 to 5:00 PM, Rain /Shine, Main St & Stratford Ave

The festival will feature a variety of food trucks, vendor booths, stage and street performers, musicians, rides, games, crafts, art works and other fair activities. The festival will be heavily advertised throughout the state as a major festival.

This year as an “added attraction” we are helping you:

Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones and Your Community

Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

A free vaccination clinic is coming to make the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible to residents, so be on the lookout for the eye-catching yellow DPH Vaccination Van.

Stratford Main Street Festival June 5th 10-5 pm

Free Vaccination Clinic with Pfizer and Johnson Vaccines

No appointment necessary!

Vaccination is the best protection against the COVID-19 virus, and that is why everyone 12 and older is strongly encouraged to receive this truly lifesaving vaccine.

Previously, over 8000 people and 170+ vendors from all over have enjoyed this annual town-wide event of music, food, vendor booths, games, and children rides.  Please join us to celebrate the many organizations, programs, and services the Town has to offer.  We especially want to thank the Town of Stratford departments for providing the many public services that make this event so safe, clean, and successful.

Disability Parking:  The front lot of the Baldwin Senior Center at 1000 W. Broad Street is reserved for Disability Parking. Vehicles must have a valid Disability Parking placard in plain view on the mirror.

Public Parking: Is available on local side streets, Stratford Train Station, or a short walk from parking at the Shakespeare property or Stratford High School.

The Stratford Main Street Festival, was started by the Rotary Club of Stratford in 2011 as a community service project to replace the defunct Stratford Day.  Each year Stratford Rotarians volunteer to organize the Festival as a town-wide event to celebrate the many organizations, programs and services the Town of Stratford has to offer.

The proceeds from the Main Street Festival will support a variety of community efforts including high school scholarships, Thanksgiving food baskets, Lord’s Kitchen and Food Distribution for those in need.

Rotarians also provide a Dictionary for every Stratford 3rd grader, and a Thesaurus for every 5th grader. We fund or provide hands-on volunteers for projects servicing the needs of Seniors, special needs population, student education, homelessness, and environmental concerns.

Stratford Rotary Club is a charted club of Rotary International.  We are a charitable non-political and non-religious International organization open to all.