Shakespeare Market on Sunday Aug 1st from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join Us for Good Food, Great Music, Lots of Interesting Local Crafts

Special guest Lobster Tails Food Truck, a Stratford local!  All the other great hot food vendors, farmers, food product manufacturers and awesome crafters are all back again.

Hoping for a great turnout this weekend. Great excuse to get outside and hang out for a while in Shakespeare Park.

It’s happening this Sunday August 1st. starting at 10:00 a.m  Lots of great vendors. Come and support your local community.  Walk the road around the field!  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!!

FOOD PRODUCERS

Eaglewood Farms:  CT raised Pork and eggs

Daffodil Hill Growers:  Fruits and Vegetables, Apiary, Cheese and Dairy Products, tomato sauce and salsa

Wave Hill Breads:  Breads and Pastries

The Healing Herb Garden:  We grow elderberry and other medicinal herbs. We make elderberry syrup, shrub, syrup kit and teas.

Mugger’s Marrow:  Organic condiments, Makers of “Stick ‘Em Up!” Grilling Glaze & Marinade since 2015

Bee’s Cupcake Bites

Amrita Health Foods:  Plant based protein snacks.  Gluten-free and allergen friendly

Oronoque Farms Bakery:  Pies and Donuts!

Nick’s Catering:  Great pre made Italian style meals

Impius Silvis Farm:  Wool products – yarn, dryer balls, stuffed animals, I process all the wool from my sheep and angora rabbits and make my own yarn, knitwear, dryer balls, stuffed animals, etc

Dave’s Angry Sauce:  All natural hot sauce.

The Salt Shaker:  Small-batch, flavored salt blends.

Wanke’s Yankee Hot Sauce:  Yankee Hot Pepper Products

Dash ‘N Drizzle:  Balsamics, Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Gourmet Sea Salts!

HOT FOOD TRUCKS

Colossal Kielbasa:  Colossal Kielbasa Grinder, Polish Hamburger, Grilled Pierogi (special onion sauce)

Paradise Island:  Rice and beans, roasted pork, empanadas, pinchos, sodas, juice, water

Calandrelli’s Kettle Corn:  fresh kettle corn all day

Riehl Cool Crafts and Confections:  Hot Chocolate, Cocoa Bombs, Hot Tea, and Cookies!

The Melting Truck:  Grilled cheese and Soup

Betzy’s Latin Flavors:  Fresh Hot Empanadas and Frozen for Take Home!!

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!

Where Am I?

Stratford the Beautiful

Crier Photo Contest

The Crier has launched a weekly photo quiz to acquaint readers with the many beautiful parts of our town.  Crier photographers will publish photos of Stratford’s gems and ask readers to identify the location. First right response will be honored with a free ice cream cone from Goody Bassett, a Stratford Mecca for ice cream lovers.

The winner of last week’s photo quiz is — the Town of Stratford, by being home to the 401 acres Roosevelt Forest with well-maintained trails, a pond, a pavilion and a Boy Scout Camp.  The town is also fortunate to have eager and capable youth performing community service and building projects, such as the bridge pictured in last week’s quiz connecting the blue trail to Pumpkin Ground Road.

We did have a winner who identified the photos, but he lives in Austria and UPS can’t guarantee an ice cream cone to Austria!!!! Hey, if an ex-pat can identify a photo from Austria surely you can!

This week’s photo is from another, man-made bucolic corner of town. Can you identify the location?

The first one to identify the location will win a delicious ice cream cone from Goody Bassett. Yum!

Bell Bottoms and Disco Music

What’s crackin’ is the Stratford Library’s Seventeenth Annual Fundraiser

“The 70’s Project” is September 25th at the Oronoque Country Club

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will present its major fund-raiser for the library on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 6 p.m.  The seventeenth annual gala event, entitled “The 70’s Project”, will celebrate popular music of the 1970’s.  It will be out of sight!

A major tribute band from New York City channeling classic “Chicago” songs, “The 70’s Project”, will perform with brass and horns to blast out that distinctive 1970’s sound.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • The 70’s Project is a gala evening of music, dancing, appetizers, dinner, fine beverages and delectable desserts.
  • Break out those bellbottoms and tube socks, as patrons are encouraged to wear 70’s attire.
  • A silent auction will also be included in the festivities and donations are being accepted.
  • This year’s event will be held at the Oronoque Country Club in Stratford and all proceeds will benefit the Library’s collections and programs.
  • Honorary Chair of the gala is Mayor Laura Hoydick.

Current major sponsors include the Stratford Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament; Berchem Moses, PC; People’s United Bank; Bridgeport Fittings; Halper Keating Family Foundation; Immacula Cann & Family; Joel F. Pleban, CPA, LLC; Kamco Supply Corporation; Mitchell & Sheahan, PC; The Milford Bank; Ashcroft; Barnum Animal Hospital; Florek & O’Neill; and Hubbell Heaters.  Sponsors in various categories are still being sought by the Library.

Tickets for the gala are $80/person and include dinner and entertainment. There are discounts of up to $100 off for a table of 10 people. For further information about donating to the silent auction or ticket reservations for “The 70’s Project”, call the Stratford Library at 203.385.4166 or visit: http://stratfordlibrary.org/gala-2021/

 

Tide Rolls in Today

Come to the Tidal Exchange

411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff!

More than 1,000 of you are Interested in the event!  Come find what you are looking for in Stratford this Saturday, and Every Saturday, through November 13!

Free Parking All Day. Free Admission from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Serious Buyers can have the pick of the litter for $10 from 8 a.m. -9 a.m.

Get the cream of the crop from 9 a.m.-12.p.m. for $3 per person or $5 per Family.

Vendors can still reserve spots at https://connecticutmagazine.evvnt.events/…/CTEventsUnli…

Find out more at: www.thetidalexchange.net

Thank you! Thank You! Thank You for All Your Support for This Great Event in Stratford!

Farm Fresh Food

What is it all about?

You know it! You love it! It’s the Paradise Green Market!

CT Grown, Farm Fresh food every Monday afternoon from 2 p.m. till 6! All the fixin’s and trimming to make a complete meal!

Many of the same great vendors that have attracted Stratford folk for miles around and years and years! Many brand new too! Come back again and again! You will find new crafters on a rotating basis. A new sight to see each time!! Another chance to come out and see the best in one another!

***!! Shop Local !!***

Don’t stop there! Right across the street you’ll find an array of awesome retailers too!

Stratford has the whole enchilada. You better not bite off more than you can chew! Forget the tote bag, bring a DUFFEL bag so you can drag a bounty of good living and better eating home for the week!

Find out more at:

www.paradisegreenmarket.com facebook.com/ParadiseGreenMarket

info@paradisegreenmarket.com

121 Huntington Rd, Stratford, CT

Parking available throughout the retail area and at our friends, The Stratford Baptist Church! Their parking lot is located at 40 Park Street

Play on the Pitch

Soccer Clinics for All Ages

Sterling House Community Center

Soccer Basics Grades 1-4

Kick Start Soccer is a clinic started by and run by local high school players for first time players who want to learn the game of soccer. For boys and girls entering Grades 1 – 4. Learn the basics of soccer while having fun! Players will receive a t-shirt, shin guards, and a soccer ball.

Please note this clinic is not intended for advanced players.  $25 per player for the week  of July 26th – July 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , Short Beach

This program may be canceled due to inclement weather. There are no make-up dates or refunds.

Soccer Skills Preseason Clinic: Co-Ed Program at Wooster Fields

Take your soccer skills to the next level and get ready for the Fall Season. Instructed by Advanced Soccer Training coaches Johnny & George, players will work on Agility, Foot Skills, Shooting Tactics, Game IQ, and Teamwork.

$84 for a 6 Week Session, Begins Week of August 3rd

Tuesdays: Grades 1-3, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Aug. 3rd – Sept. 7th

Tuesdays: Grades 4-6, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m., Aug. 3rd – Sept. 7th

Thursdays: Ages 4-5, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Aug. 5th – Sept. 9th

Thursdays: Grades 7-12, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m., Aug. 5th – Sept. 9th

Free Soccer Clinic

Saturday August 21st from 10 – 11 a.m., for ages 5 – 14, Co-Ed, at Wooster Field

Come and join the Bunnell Girls Soccer Team for the 2nd Annual Soccer Clinic to practice individual skills and drills. Bring water in a labeled water bottle. Cleats and shin guards are recommended. Players will participate in stations working on their soccer skills with the Bunnell High School Team.

Goalie Clinic

Interested in learning the skills and techniques of the goalkeeper position? Advanced Soccer Training coaches will help boost your confidence and strength in this position.  This program is designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.

Saturdays August 28th-Sept 18th, 8 -9 a.m., Wooster Field, Grades 3-12, fee of $48

Soccer Shooting and Foot Skills Clinic

This clinic offers a solid technical foundation of individual foot skills, first touch, ball control and ball striking.  Tactical shooting training and finishing techniques that give players a variety of ways to score will also be emphasized.

Advanced Soccer Training coaches will help any player that wishes to improve their fast footwork and goal scoring skills in this fast and fun clinic.

Saturdays August 28th – Sept 18th, Wooster Field, 8 – 9 a.m., Grades 3-12, $48

Boys and Girls Recreational Soccer

For more detailed information and game schedules for our SHCC Fall Soccer program, please log onto our Quickscores website.  $108 for the Season

  • Practices are held one time per week at various fields in Stratford.
  • Games are held one or two times on Saturdays and/or Sundays at Wooster Field from Sept 25 – Oct 30*.
  • Sterling House will provide jerseys. Shin guards are required.
  • We do not keep records or standings. This is a recreational league for ALL children and abilities.
  • End date subject to change depending on weather cancelations

Soccer Leagues:

Co-ed: Kindergarten & Grade 1 – 4:

Co-ed: Grades 1 & 2

Boys: Grades 3&4, 5&6, 7-10

Girls: Grades 3&4, 5&6, 7-12

Coaches are needed, training will be available.  If interested Email Catherine Proto at cproto@sterlinghousecc.org or register online if you are interested in being a coach.

Learn to Play Soccer

For ages 3-5. Learn the basics of soccer while having fun!

Meets for 6 weeks at Wooster Field on Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Sterling House will provide a t-shirt and a soccer ball. Shin guards are recommended. Begins Sept 25th.  $83 for the session

 

Back-2-School Event on August 21st

Sterling House Community Center

Our Back-2-School Event is happening! Join us August 21st at the Sterling House Community Center (SHCC) where we distribute school supplies and uniforms to our Stratford Students.

SHCC has entered into a partnership with Griffin Health and will be offering a COVID19 Vaccine Clinic, where you can receive your first dose of the Vaccine.

Please reach out to LeAnne Reynolds for more information about the event or the Vaccine Clinic: lreynolds@sterlinghousecc.org

SHCC is accepting applications for enrollment in their Preschool Program for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! SHCC welcomes all children, and look forward to your child joining.

Visit their website (sterlinghousecc.org/preschool) or please reach out to Michael Rosati, our Director of Youth Development, for more information (mrosati@sterlinghousecc.org)

We are Hiring! SHCC is looking for a dynamic and vibrant individual to join their teaching staff as a Preschool Teacher. For information and job description go to their website for a full job description and how to apply! (sterlinghousecc.org/preschool)

Run for Fun in the Sun

Short Beach Summer 5K, Saturday, August 7th

Benefits MADD-CT (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

by MS Running Productions

MS Running Productions will be hosting the second edition of the Short Beach Summer 5K community event. Last year it was the first running event in town after restrictions were lifted. Over 160 people enjoyed a safe, modified run. This year we plan to double that number! Don’t get shut out.

This 5K run is designed and owned by MS Running Productions with charity partner MADD CT, which will use donations to help them with their programs. This event is NOT the MADD DASH.

*We will have protocols in place for safety, physical distancing, and will follow all best practices as set forth by our town and state. This event is limited to 350 people. We are counting on you to help in carrying out all safety procedures on your end so that we can have a very successful event, and do this again with the town’s approval!” MS Running Productions

5K Information
All race participants and their supports must arrive by 7:55 a.m. on the morning of August 7th or you will not be allowed free access into Short Beach.

The town policy is “resident’s cars only” into the park. The Recreation Department has been a wonderful supporter and granted us access BEFORE the beach officially opens at 8 a.m. In order for us to have you ready and safe, you must be here by 7:55 a.m.

This Event will be Limited to 350 Entrants, in keeping with the state guidelines group gatherings will follow up-to-date safety protocols and procedures.

The race website will indicate when there are 10 or fewer spots left.

Registration Details
Online registration Only will close at 8:15 a.m. race morning or sooner when the 350 limit is reached.

All fees (including credit card and state tax fees) are included with your registration fee. One fee for all ages.
$30 until July 25th with guarantee of towels/glass/swag availability
$32.50 July 26 – Aug 5 (swag may not be available from this date, on)
$35 Aug 6 & 7 (race day, online only, ends at 8:15 a.m.)

There will be No in-person registration on race day.

Please do not arrive at bib/swag pickup if you’re not pre-registered.
You will be asked to leave if you can’t produce your online code.

Only participants will be allowed in the registration or race area – no spectators or family, please (unless state guidelines change).

Please register only if you are sure you plan to run.

Awards, Trophies, and Medals
May be available for distribution if state guidelines allow. As of June 15th there can be an awards gathering after you finish. This is subject to change. Thanks for understanding. Awards will be given out starting by 9:30am.

The awards category includes:
1st Place Male Runner and 1st Place Female Runner in age groups: 9 & under, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, and ten year age groups through 80+

If you have not been vaccinated, you must wear a mask at all times. (CT guidelines as of 6/14) This includes prior to crossing the starting line and soon after your finish. This includes while stretching, warming up, waiting for a bathroom, etc. (Subject to change with CT guidelines update). We encourage masks for anyone who may feel safer with one.

The goal of the event is to provide a truly fun running experience for the participants while adhering to all CDC social distancing and CT safety guidelines.

As of June 14th there will be a mass traditional start. Each participant’s start time will be “Chip” recorded as they cross the starting line. The start and finish line will be in the Short Beach lot near the registration pavilion.

If anything changes the event will switch to a time-trial type set up which will allow runners to start individually or in small groups of associated participants (family members or participants that cohabitate) from 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 am. The course remains open until 9:30 am.

The Finish:
After participants finish they will receive an email link to access their finishing time. A list of overall finishing times for all competitors will be continually updated while the race is in progress. By 10 a.m. the final race results should be posted.

All participants must adhere to the following requirements:
• Participants are required to be completely self-sufficient, as of 6/14 CT guidelines there will be no water stops. Carry your own fluids and please DO NOT DROP them on the course!
• Participants must follow all CDC safe distancing guidelines.
• When approaching the starting line participants must immediately begin their run.
• Participants are asked not to congregate or conduct any race preparation (warm-ups, stretching, adjusting or changing apparel, etc.) in the starting area.
• Except for passing, participants should always remain safe to the side of the road indicated by cones, signs, or volunteers. Most of the course is measured and set up to the left side, facing traffic, as directed by state law.
• Participants passing one another on the course must adhere to “no drafting” rules Keeping Distance between other runners at any time.
• Participants may pass only when there are not any oncoming runners approaching from the opposite direction. Before passing, participants must be sure they can safely remain six feet behind and then six feet in front of the participant being overtaken before merging back to the road/pathway.
• Please follow all instructions of the course marshals and only cross the street when instructed to do so by the police or course volunteers.
• When completing your run and crossing the finish line you must continue moving as directed.

Please keep in mind that your cooperation and adherence to all safe distancing practices is the key to us being able to offer competitive events like this in the future. Thank you!

This event is produced by MS Running Productions and Marty Schaivone, with great help from Jim Gerweck (timer) and Stratford Recreation, Health, EMS, Police, Fire, and Department of Public Works.

We all want to be together again and by taking small steps like this we can help our charities and prove that our sport can make a comeback. We look forward to seeing you soon and in the future.

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at msrunningproductions@yahoo.com

Food, Fun, Yoga and Music

Shakespeare Market

Come and relax This Sunday July 18! 10 a.m.-2 p.m.!

Roster is published and we are psyched! Come out this Sunday and see what all the fuss is about! Great food. Great crafts! Great excuse to get outside and hang out for a while in Shakespeare Park.

It’s happening this Sunday July 18th at starting at 10:00 a.m with Yoga in the Park.

Lots of great vendors. Come and support your local community. Walk the road around the field! 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!!

Food Producers 
Eaglewood Farms: CT raised Pork and eggs

Daffodil Hill Growers: Fruits and Vegetables, Apiary, Cheese and Dairy Products, tomato sauce and salsa

Wave Hill Breads: Breads and Pastries

The Healing Herb Garden: We grow elderberry and other medicinal herbs. We make elderberry syrup, shrub, syrup kit and teas.

Mugger’s Marrow: Organic condiments, Makers of “Stick ‘Em Up!” Grilling Glaze & Marinade since 2015

Bee’s Cupcake Bites

Amrita Health Foods: Plant based protein snacks. Gluten-free and allergen friendly

Oronoque Farms Bakery: Pies and Donuts!

Nick’s Catering: Great pre made Italian style meals

Impius Silvis Farm: Wool products – yarn, dryer balls, stuffed animals, I process all the wool from my sheep and angora rabbits and make my own yarn, knitwear, dryer balls, stuffed animals, etc

Dave’s Angry Sauce: All natural hot sauce.

The Salt Shaker: Small-batch, flavored salt blends.

Wanke’s Yankee Hot Sauce: Yankee Hot Pepper Products

Dash ‘N Drizzle: Balsamics, Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Gourmet Sea Salts!

Hot Food Trucks
Colossal Kielbasa: Colossal Kielbasa Grinder, Polish Hamburger, Grilled Pierogi (special onion sauce)

Paradise Island: Rice and beans, roasted pork, empanadas, pinchos, sodas, juice, water

Calandrelli’s Kettle Corn: fresh kettle corn all day

Riehl Cool Crafts and Confections: Hot Chocolate, Cocoa Bombs, Hot Tea, and Cookies!

The Melting Truck: Grilled cheese and Soup

Betzy’s Latin Flavors: Fresh Hot Empanadas and Frozen for Take Home!!

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!

Strumming the Classics

Summer Concert at Stratford Library

New England Guitar Society Returns via Zoom on July 25th

The Stratford Library will host the return of the popular New England Guitar Society in an online Zoom format on Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The New England Guitar Society was established to create a nurturing environment for classical guitarists to meet, share ideas, perform, compose, teach and grow as musicians. For the library concert a group recital will feature six musicians: Agatha Dalton, Richard Vencus, John Maxwell Steinhoff, Karthikeya Lakoji, Bobby Fritz and Suzan Maxey.

They will be performing works by Albeniz, Bach, Sor, Tárrega, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Sato, Mertz, Baden Powell, and more. The lively concert for all ages is performed under NEGS Artistic Director and President Cem Durouz.

For further information call the library at: 203.385.4162 or register to receive a link for the concert at:
https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7556695.