Kids Day at the Paradise Farmer’s Market

Monday, August 30th, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Not only do we have CT Grown, FARM fresh food brought to you every Monday afternoon from 2p.m. till 6! All the fixings and trimming to make a complete meal too!, but, this Monday we have Kids Day!

And let’s not forget the “button machine”.  All children can make and wear their very own button!

Many of the same great vendors that have attracted Stratford folk for miles around and years and years! 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!

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

Parking available throughout the retail area and at our friends, The Stratford Baptist Church! Their parking lot is located at 40 Park Street right off Huntington Ave, directly across from the Green!

 

 

Interested in being a Videographer? Watercolor Painting your Thing?

Arts Alliance of Stratford’s Fall Workshop Schedule Announced

Kick-off on Saturday, September 11th
Kick-off for Zoom Watercolors on Tuesday September 14th

by Randye Spina
Marketing, Arts Alliance

The Arts Alliance of Stratford will kick off their Fall Workshop schedule with two brand-new classes – Video for Beginners, and Watercolor Painting.

“We’re excited to offer these workshops for our members and the community that we’re sure will be very popular. We have a first-time Video for Beginners three-part workshop and a six-part Watercolor Painting class,” said Mark Hannon, President.

The Fall schedule kicks off on Saturday, September 11th with the new video course, which marks the return to in-person instruction at Sterling House Community Center; and the online (Zoom) Watercolor Weekdays course kicks off on Tuesday, September 14th. These offerings are in addition to the ongoing Zoom Figure Drawing classes and our new Writers’ Group that are popular across the US and beyond.

“We know how important video is in the age of social media and interest in filmmaking has become popular are but most people aren’t trained, so this is the perfect beginner’s class. And, our members are always hungry to learn new painting techniques. We’re sure these workshops led by our talented members will fill up fast.” Hannon said.

This 3 session workshop will offer a general examination of what goes into the creation of almost any video production from conception to completion. Since most of us use video as a “story-telling” mechanism, the workshop will explain the elements necessary to tell the story including framing, creating visual depth, headroom/leadroom, working with ambient noise, lighting, and the critical importance of backgrounds to the overall setting or scene construction.

The workshop will also touch on how to approach and work with talent (professional and non-professional) depending on the focus of the project (for instance, conceptualizing a commercial is different from interviewing your grandparents or creating a talk show even though the completed result utilizes the same techniques and skills).

The workshop is looking to help the student both understand and improve their ability and understanding of the skills and techniques needed to create quality content for the purpose of telling a story and appealing to the needs of the audience. Since this is a learning process, testing out theories and techniques is encouraged both in and outside of formal meetings in order to see what happens to the end result.

Prerequisites: Students should have access and sufficient knowledge to use their own personal video equipment for recording purposes (a smartphone or DSLR camera should work) as well as their own basic editing software which they can use to tighten up any video assignments they may be asked to submit. Students must be able to transfer their work to a portable hard drive or flash drive and bring it to class so that the content can be reviewed and critiqued.

Watercolor Weekdays will begin via Zoom on September 14th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 p.m. There will be 6 sessions, Tuesdays, Sept. 14th – Oct. 19th, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The class is for all levels and ages 16+. This course will teach various techniques in such a way that the beginner can paint at one level while the more sophisticated painter will be able to enhance the lesson. You will learn how to lay the paint as well as different painting techniques. By the end of the workshop everyone will have finished paintings. Sessions will involve sharing and positive critiquing.

Supplies needed to get started: (If you are new to watercolors, and don’t yet have your own supplies, please have these supplies for the first class. More items may be recommended as classes begin.)

Paper – cold press: either Arches 140 lb sheets or a Canson 9×12 pad
Paint brands: Schmincke, Daniel Smith, or Winsor & Newton are good brands. Individual Pans or tubes. Avoid, if you can: student grade paints like Cotman (made by Winsor Newton) & pre-packaged palettes. Those type of paints do not contain enough paint pigment, and you will have a harder time achieving the desired results no matter how many layers of paint you place on the paper.

Basic Paint colors: Red, Yellow, Blue
Brush: Either natural or synthetic, Size 8 round. The most important things to look for in your brushes are:
1) how soft they are and
2) for the rounds the tips should come to a really good point.
Plastic watercolor palette to mix paints (you can even use a plastic plate that you don’t mind dedicating to this purpose)
2 containers to rinse your brushes
Paper towels

About the Alliance
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, and register for a class, please visit: artsallianceofstratford.org.

 

Back to School Kit from Connecticut Children’s

by Emily Boushee
Government Relations Associate
860.810.9021
eboushee@connecticutchildrens.org

I hope you have been enjoying your summer! The back-to-school transition can sometimes be an adjustment for families and that is especially true this year given the pandemic.

Connecticut Children’s just launched a Back to School Kit to help families navigate the new school year. Please feel free to share these resources with families in your community.

The Back to School Kit includes:
What to do When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go Back to School
When Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Ready for Kids Under 12?
10 Steps to a Better Morning! Boost Your Child’s School Routine
And much more!

Visit our website for more programs and information: connecticutchildrens.org/backtoschool

Happy Birthday Medicaid! July 30th marked Medicaid’s 56th birthday! Medicaid is critically important to thousands of kids and families in Connecticut.

Did you know that HUSKY covers more than one-third of kids in our state? Last year alone, Connecticut Children’s cared for more than 99,000 children who rely on HUSKY, including 62% of the babies who received care in one of our Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

Music and More

The Shakespeare Market

Sunday August 15th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s On!!! Sunday Aug 15! This is going to be a total blow out! Lots of new vendors!

Great Stratford band! Parker’s Tangent to be back at the Shakespeare Market! An Awesome Stratford Band that’s gonna blow the doors off our outdoor event! Bring a chair! Bring a blanket! Bring your family and friends!

Farm fresh food, artisan foods, and a cattle call of crafters all for you!

Sally Head will once again display her training and wellness chops by conducting a Yoga class that starts at 10 a.m.

“I’ve been doing yoga since forever… even before I became a fitness buff! A flexible body is one of the most important parts of bone health and longevity. Every fitness program includes yoga, pilates and stretching exercise that will make you feel happy.” Sally Head

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, elderberry and other medicinal herbs. Elderberry syrup, shrub, syrup kit and teas.

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

Bee’s Cupcake Bites

Oronoque Farms Bakery, Pies and Donuts!

Impius Silvis Farm, wool products – yarn, dryer balls, stuffed animals, etc.!

Dave’s Angry Sauce, all natural hot sauce.

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

Nuovo Pasta Productions, Filled Raviolis (crab and lobster, tomato basil caprese, spinach mozzarella, mushroom portabella fontina, five cheese) Mac-n-Cheezy (goldfish shaped ravioli), Potato Gnocchi (gluten free & vegan) as well as our Basil Genovese Pesto.

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

Calandrelli’s Kettle Corn, fresh kettle corn all day.

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

Lobster Tails

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

Crafts
Designs on Homestead, decorations, art, woodworking.

Pure Gaea Vibes, candles, bath salts, wax melts, potpourri bags, essential oil rollers, ornaments.

She Shell Gifts, jewelry dishes, candles, napkin rings etc. using oysters and clam shells from our Stratford beaches.

the paint box, original paintings, drawings, prints.

The Purse Nurse, handmade bags and accessories.

Willow Bee Goods

Dog Mom, dog enrichment toys, dog bandanas.

Curious Escape, decorations, jewelry, crystals.

Nurse Lady Soaps, handmade soaps.

A Few Screws Loose, Picture frames, Coasters, Plaques, Home Decor. All available for custom orders as well!

IJB Aromatherapy, body scrubs made in small batches to ensure each one is made to perfection.

Byzantine Brat Aromatics, handmade, elaborate and artistic soaps along with art and decor.

The Volume Just Increases, jewelry, photography, candles.

Woodland Hills Designs, home decor and jewelry, farmhouse style table runners, wood signs, welcome signs, mask stations, and decorative framed signs.

Merchant Ship Collective, unique and one of a kind leather products.

Sew Stichin’ Crafty, bags, quilts, home decor, backpacks, pillows.

Pinwheel Productions, signs (personalized and non), ornaments, laser engraved items, woodworking items such as cutting boards, cocktail sets, woodworking tools.

Brightside Bracelet, handmade bracelets and necklaces made from small rubber bands and colorful beads.

Best Blends, hand knitted hats and hand knitted blankets.

A Touch of Color Photography, color and black and white fine-art photographs.

Community
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The YMCA of Stratford

Burroughs Community Center

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!

Kids Day at Stratford Farmers Market

Monday, August 23rd
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Come have fun!

It’s Kid’s Day at the Stratford Farmers Market!
Monday, August 23rd 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Paradise Green in Stratford, CT

A fun and healthy back-to-school event perfect for the whole family featuring:
Gardening Activities Yoga
Zumba Touch-a-Truck Arts & Crafts
Health Information Free Giveaways And more!!

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StratfordHealthDepartmentCT/ for updates on the schedule of events and weather related cancellations.
Questions? Email kmeier@townofstratford.com or call (203) 385-4090

See what the Tide has Brought in…

Come Shop for Treasures

Stratford locals and professional sellers from near and far will be there with a river raft of trinkets, treasures, and stacks of stuff! You never know what you’re gonna find at The Tidal Exchange! Come find what you are looking for in Stratford this Saturday, and EVERY Saturday, through November 13!

You can’t get enough stuff and you know it! If one is good, two is better! And if two is better, a baker’s dozen might scratch that itch!

Around each and every corner is there’s another chance something special is going to jump out at you! If Captain Kidd really buried his treasure right off the Connecticut coast, just imagine what you can dig up in Stratford!

As many as 75 Vendors from far and wide gather to strut their stuff in Stratford Connecticut Directly off Interstate 95. Every Saturday from 8am – 2pm through November 13th!

Tools, Toys, and old tractor seats! Vintage, vinyl, a veritable treasure trove of stuff! Handmade, homemade or hauled in from somewhere or another!

Vintage Valhalla! The Antique Acropolis! Tool Town! The Dollar Depot!

A Food Truck Fiesta! (come hungry)

Tag Sale booths too! Have your tag sale at The Tidal Exchange

Free Parking all day
Free admission after 12 p.m.
Early Buyers get the pick of the litter for $10 between 8 a.m.- 9 a.m.
From 9-12 p.m. it is $3 per person
Friends and families are welcome for $5 for up to 5 people.
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 New Event In Stratford!

Paradise Green Farmers Market

Every Monday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CT Grown, FARM fresh food brought to you every Monday afternoon from 2p.m. till 6! All the fixings and trimming to make a complete meal too!

Many of the same great vendors that have attracted Stratford folk for miles around and years and years! 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!

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

Parking available throughout the retail area and at our friends, The Stratford Baptist Church! Their parking lot is located at 40 Park Street right off Huntington Ave, directly across from the Green!

Stratford History Highlighted

Igor Sikorsky, Jr. to Speak at National Helicopter Museum

Sunday, August 15th, 1:30 p.m.

Igor Sikorsky, Jr. will be at the National Helicopter Museum at 2480 Main Street (Northbound side of the Stratford Railroad Station) Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. discussing his newest book “The Lindbergh-Sikorsky Connection.” He will be signing copies, reading sections, and answering questions.

The book is a combination of historical information and personal memories of growing up in a household where Charles Lindbergh and many other well-known aviators, politicians, inventors and manufacturers of the day were frequent guests.

Admission and Parking for the event are free.

Get Down with the Blues

2021 Stratford Summer Concert Series

Chauncey Street Band
Tuesday, August 17th at 7 p.m.

Chauncey Street Band Tuesday, Aug. 17 rain date Aug. 19 Blues
Royal Kings Tuesday, Aug. 24 rain date Aug. 26 Doo Wop
Leigh Henry Band Tuesday Aug. 31 rain date Sept. 2 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
Community Concert Band Tuesday, Sept. 7 rain date Sept. 9 Easy Listening

 

Those attending the concert events are welcome to park in the back of the Stratford Baptist Church at 131 Huntington Rd. The church asks that attendees keep off the grass at the church. We thank the Stratford Baptist Church for providing this accommodation.

 

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