Mark Your Calendar

Friday, December 2nd: The Friends of Boothe Memorial Park and Museum will present their second annual Boothe Homestead Christmas event, which runs through to Monday, December 5th. On Friday, December 2nd, there will be a preview party and silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost will be $15, or $25 per couple. It will include light refreshments. On Saturday December 3rd the tours will run from noon to 7 p.m.: Sunday December 4th from noon to 4 p.m., Monday, December 5th, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 3rd the Great Rake: Sterling House Great Rake, the November Community Cares project, will have families, groups, and individuals raking leaves from yards and walkways for free. You must be 65 years or older. To register or find more information email Pam Robertson at probertson@sterlinghousecc.or

Saturday, December 3rd: Nativity Festival, at Christ Episcopal Church, 2000 Main Street, from from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nativity displays both new and old.

Sunday December 4th and Tuesday December 6th Coastal Mix Holiday Concert Stratford Community Concert Band: holiday concerts on Sunday December 4th at 1:00 at the Milford Senior Center and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 6th at the Baldwin Center. The concerts are free.

Shakespeare Market on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shop till you Drop for the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 7th CARES Zoom Meeting at 7 p.m. guest speaker is Yvonne Temple, Stratford Board of Education, Supervisor Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Curriculum & Instruction. To join Zoom meeting go to:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83064799333?pwd=UmhCc1k5dHhiSUhUU3B2YmJaLzdJUT09
This month’s discussion is an Education Forum focusing on Parent Nation by Dr Dana Suskind. For more information on Parent Nation, please go to: https://parentnation.org/ .

Thursday, December 8th Fund Raiser for Stratford High School Music Department:
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Parlor – A pizza joint. Dine in or take-out.

Friday, December 9th, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road, Trumbull at 7:00 p.m. Coastal Mix Barbershop Chorus Annual Holiday Concert:
Hear Jim Farrell, Geralene Valentine, Marybeth Johnson, Steve Fians, & Jennifer Volturno under the direction of Director Christopher Hope to see you there!

 

Toys for Tots Drive: Stratford Non-Profits Step Up for Tots (and older)
Stratford Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 998, will be collecting new unwrapped toys at each fire station, to support the Toys for Tots program. Donations are accepted at the locations listed below through December 21st:
Fire Headquarters (rear entrance): 2750 Main Street
Huntington Road Station #2: 1415 Huntington Road
Lordship Station #3: 21 Prospect Drive

Sterling House Community Center Community Christmas. Donate unwrapped toys gift cards, or adopt a family. Email toydrive@sterlinghousecc.org

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season.We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

Stratford YMCA and Bridgeport Islanders toiletry drive. All fans who donate are entered to win a Bridgeport Islanders puck and 4 tickets to a Bridgeport Islanders game of their choice.

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Round Ball Registration Still Open

Youth Boys Basketball League

Sterling House Community Center

Basketball is back at SHCC! Get back out on the basketball court this season with our recreational basketball league. Scholarships available for those interested in participating.

Teams are formed by grade with the following divisions:

Grades 3rd & 4th, Grades 5th & 6th, Grades 7th & 8th

Practices: One day a week

Games: Tuesdays or Thursdays and most Saturdays

Price: $150 (includes team entry into Milford Knights Hoopfest which takes place late February/ early March)

Team practices start in early December at various schools in Stratford. Team games start in early January at Second Hill Lane Elementary School, Birdseye Complex, or Wooster Middle School.

Learn to Play Basketball:  Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and encouraging environment!


Skills & Drills

This is a 4-week, co-ed program that takes place on Wednesdays, starting November 30th at Birdseye Complex Gym

Session 1: Kindergarten & 1st Grade | 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Session 2: 1st & 2nd Grade | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Price: $52

Winter

Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and encouraging environment!

This is a 6-week, co-ed program that takes place on Saturdays, starting January 7th at Second Hill Lane Elementary School

Session 1: Kindergarten & 1st Grade | 9:00 – 9:45 am

Session 2: 1st & 2nd Grade | 10:00 – 10:45 am

Price: $86

 

High School Basketball League:

JV Division: 9th and 10th graders

Varsity Division: 11th and 12th graders

Players are encouraged to form their own teams with a required adult coach over the age of 21. Games start in January.

Students playing for a high school team are not eligible for this league due to CIAC state rules.

Registration Ends on December 17th

Shop Small Stratford Returns for the 2022 Holiday Season

Saturday, November 26th

The Town of Stratford is once again inviting residents to support small businesses as the Shop Small Stratford campaign kicks-off the holiday shopping season. Mayor Laura R. Hoydick has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, November 26th – the Saturday after Thanksgiving – “Shop Small Stratford Day” in conjunction with the national program, Small Business Saturday.

Mellow Monkey, a Stratford based, award winning boutique is spearheading the campaign with support from The Stratford Department of Economic and Community Development and The Milford Bank.

According to the proclamation, “small businesses have significant impacts when they are supported and that includes boosting the economy, creating a variety of jobs, contributing to the local community, and enhancing cultural vitality.” Further, “shopping small means directly supporting another member of the community and that is what strengthens our Town, both socially and financially.”

The annual, one-day event capitalizes on Small Business Saturday which is nationally sponsored by American Express. According to the Small Business Administration, of the new jobs created between 1995 and 2020, small businesses accounted for 62% – 12.7 million compared to 7.9 million by large enterprises.

Small Stratford business participating include:

Mellow Monkey

Natures Way Health Foods

Two Roads Brewing

The Pickle Barrel  Specialty Food Market

Windmill Tavern Famous Hot Dogs and American Cuisine

Gaetanos Deli

Duchess Diner

2129 Edge Fitness Club

Connecticut Saw Tool (Specialty Repair and Related Services)

Hong Kong Cafe

Electrical Wholesalers (Electronic Parts and Equipment Wholesaler)

Td Vietnam Palace

S S Wine Liquor Warehouse

One Stop Plumbing Supply

Main Wah Restaurant

24 7 Express Specialty Food Market

Wines Unlimited

Lisas Take-Out Restaurant Catering

Two Roads Brewing Company

Spot Cleaners

Tower Equipment Durable Goods Wholesaler

Last Call Wines Liquors

Salon Spa Services

Edward J Dillon and Sons Florist

The Executive Chef Catering Company

The Hudson Paper Company

Perfect Nails Salon Spa Services

Star Pizza Family Restaurant Pizzeria

Red Cherry Nail Spa

Di Romas Pizza Pizzeria

Drew Design Commercial Photography

Pack-N-Ship Toys Hobbies,Toys and Games Store

Holy Name Mobile Food Pantry

Monday, November 28th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Holy Name Mobile Food Pantry

Please note that there have been changes made to the Holy Name food pantry.

The food pantry will be sponsored by the Connecticut Food Bank, the Stratford Department of Health, and the YMCA.

The Food Bank will now take place on every other Monday, and there is also a time change, it will now be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and they are asking that cars line up on College Street.

You are also asked to bring your own reusable bag.  There will be 1 bag per household distributed.  Please bring identification if a second household is in the car.

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, November 26th Shop Small at Sterling House: Shop Small Holiday Open House. Christmas trees go on sale; Face Painting; Swags; hot cocoa, Mrs. Santa Claus, and more. From 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30th Pediatric and Adult Covid, Covid Booster, and Flu Clinic sponsored by Stratford Public Schools: Wooster Junior High School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for ages 6 months up.

The Stratford Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 998, will be collecting new unwrapped toys at each fire station, to support the Toys for Tots program. Donations are accepted at the locations listed below through December 21st:
Fire Headquarters (rear entrance): 2750 Main Street
Huntington Road Station #2: 1415 Huntington Road
Lordship Station #3: 21 Prospect Drive

 

Friday, December 2nd: The Friends of Boothe Memorial Park and Museum will present their second annual Boothe Homestead Christmas event, which runs through to Monday, December 5th. On Friday, December 2nd, there will be a preview party and silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost will be $15, or $25 per couple. It will include light refreshments.On Saturday December 3rd the tours will run from noon to 7 p.m.: Sunday December 4th from noon to 4 p.m., Monday, December 5th, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Stratford Recreation Girls Basketball League is for all levels!: This is a great developmental league. Grades 3-8th. Practice Starts December 1st and Games January to March! This year all teams will be into the Milford Hoopfest Tournament. An amazing experience for the girls to play rec teams from other towns with a chance to win the Championship! To register: https://townofstratford.recdesk.com/Community/Home

Saturday, December 3rd the Great Rake: Sterling House Great Rake, the November Community Cares project, will have families, groups, and individuals raking leaves from yards and walkways for free. You must be 65 years or older. To register or find more information email Pam Robertson at probertson@sterlinghousecc.org

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season. We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

Stratford YMCA and Bridgeport Islanders toiletry drive. All fans who donate are entered to win a Bridgeport Islanders puck and 4 tickets to a Bridgeport Islanders game of their choice.

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Holiday Tree Lighting Festival

Thursday, Dec. 1st at 5:30 p.m.
Town Hall Green

Mayor Laura R. Hoydick invites Stratford families to participate in the annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Highlights of the Festival will include complimentary photos with Santa and performances by Chapel Street Elementary School students and the Bunnell High School Select Choir. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck, sirens and all.

In addition, attendees can look forward to complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, provided by M&T Bank.

The event will take place outdoors except for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, which will be staged at Town Hall’s center staircase. Please arrive at Town Hall by 6:30 p.m. for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Mark Your Calendar

Sunday, November 20th: The Stratford Library will offer a basic genealogy workshop, “Introduction to Genealogy: How to Begin”, on Sunday, November 20th. in the Lovell Room. Professional genealogist Sarah Greenberg will host the workshop. The program is free but seating is limited to 25 participants per session and online registration is required at: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/9362160.
For further information, call the Library’s Public Relations & Programming Office at: 203.385.4162.

Monday, November 21st, “Where the Crawdads Sing”: Delia Owen’s best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery about Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. She has for years, been known as the “Marsh Girl” isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, the community immediately casts her as the main suspect. PG-13, 125 minutes

Friday Night Lights: Stratford High School releases fall home football schedule.
Thursday, 11/24 – 10:00 a.m. @ Penders Field (Thanksgiving Day Game)

Bunnell High School Fall Football Games:
Thu Nov 24 10:00 AM @ Stratford Penders Field (Thanksgiving Day Game)

Stratford Recrecation Girls Basketball League is for all levels!: This is a great developmental league. Grades 3-8th. Practice Starts December 1st and Games January to March! This year all teams will be into the Milford Hoopfest Tournament. An amazing experience for the girls to play rec teams from other towns with a chance to win the Championship! To register: https://townofstratford.recdesk.com/Community/Home

Are you a Military Veteran? or have a loved one who served our country during the holidays? Did your family save any letters or memorabilia? The Stratford Veterans Museum would like to display Christmas cards, letters, pictures and any communications between a veteran and family or friends during the Christmas season. We would like to create a display in our Museum during the month of December. All materials will be returned to you. Contact Bob Mastroni bmaastroni@gmail.com

Thanksgiving Food Drive at Sterling House Community Center. Looking for “fixings”.

Stratford YMCA and Bridgeport Islanders toiletry drive. All fans who donate are entered to win a Bridgeport Islanders puck and 4 tickets to a Bridgeport Islanders game of their choice.

 

Make A Difference!

Be a Citizen Reporter for the Stratford Crier
We are a volunteer group, providing fact-based nonpartisan reporting,
and we want YOUR help in keeping our community informed.

We need Citizen Reporters to cover:
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Please join us! Reach out to Barbara@stratfordcrier.com

Shakespeare Market This Sunday

Great Place to Christmas Shop

****  Food Producers  ****

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

Eaglewood Farms: CT raised Pork, Beef and eggs

Bake Bake Hooray: Cinnabuns, cookies, sweet loaves, coffee.  Hand dyed clothing & accessories

Butter & Cream Bake Shop: Baked goods and sweets with a Latin flair (rolled cakes, french macarons, cookies, coconut candies, etc.)

***Hot Food Vendors***

Rita’s Pita’s:  Hand crafted Gyros!

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

Calandrelli’s Kettle Corn

***Craft***

Blissful Awakening: Air Purification Plants/General House Plants, Spiritual Products – incense, candles, stones, smudge sticks

Frenchy’s Crafting: Stained-Glass suncatchers, Handmade greeting cards, Seashell ornament, handmade jewelry, pour acrylic paintings, acrylic bloom coasters

Besoleze: Wax melts, soaps, candles, hair accessories

She Shell Gifts:  Jewelry dishes, candles, napkin rings etc. using oysters and clams shells from our Stratford beaches.

Brenda Mann Wreaths:  Hand made wreaths for every occasion!

Potted:  Handmade cement plant pots, skulls, candles and misc decor items

Root Spirit:  Handmade and intentional gifts inspired by the beauty of nature.  Original design tooled leather wallets/purses/jewelry, block printed zipper bags/clothing/purses, greeting cards, goat milk soap, beeswax candles, herbal tea blends, bath blends, bath salts, gift baskets, adornments/accessories

Scents of Empowerment: All natural candles, soaps and bath & body products are just the beginning of our amazing product line!

The Megs Artisans:  Handmade bags made out of reusable plastic, jewelry made with bamboo, melon seeds, palm.

Vintage & More:  Specializing in new jewelry made from vintage parts, restored vintage jewelry, and costume jewelry repair.

Dragon Treasure by Nappy’s Puppets:  Wire Wrapped Crystals, sea shells, sea glass.

HanCraftedMarket:  Decorative towels, totes, aprons, hand etched glassware, handmade cards

***Community***

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.

Milo and Me:  Handmade candles, digital pet portraits, pet cards, dog bandanas and bow ties, and home decor for epilepsy awareness

Calling All Stratford Residents

Stratford Health Department Seeking Your Input

Strategic Plan Discussion on Priorities and Direction
Sterling House
Wednesday, November 16th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Holy Name Mobile Food Pantry

Monday, November 14th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Please note that there have been changes made to the Holy Name food pantry.
The food pantry will be sponsored by the Connecticut Food Bank, the Stratford Department of Health, and the YMCA.

The Food Bank will now take place on every other Monday, and there is also a time change, it will now be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and they are asking that cars line up on College Street.

You are also asked to bring your own reusable bag. There will be 1 bag per household distributed. Please bring identification if a second household is in the car.