Sister Cities Sing

Sunday, December 18th at Stratford Library

Benefit for Sterling House Community Center Food Pantry

Internationally Acclaimed Sister Cities Chorus will be preforming at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th in the Lovell Room at the Stratford Library.

Founded by Hugh Catalano and conducted by Wooster Middle School music teacher, Lynn McGilvary, the chorus debuted locally in the spring of 1992.  The group traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK, and to Stratford, Ontario in the summer of 1993.  From 1996 until 2012, Dr.  Joe Utterback, Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church, was the chorus’ director.  The baton was then passed to Jeffrey Leinen, Director of Choirs and Theatre Arts at Stratford Board of Education, who currently holds the position.

The volunteer chorus will be singing holiday classics.

Admission is Free! Donations of a non-perishable food good or cash will be accepted for Sterling House.

Lessons in Chemistry

Books Over Coffee
November 30th

By Bonnie Garmus

The Stratford Library announced that its Books Over Coffee program has returned to a live, in-person format in the Lovell Room while also continuing on Zoom through December 2022.  The monthly book discussion program has been a popular staple at the library for over 40 years.   It is free and open to the public.

A fun, feminist charmer, Bonnie Garmus’s novel Lessons in Chemistry follows singular single mother Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist in a man’s world—1960s America—as she becomes an unlikely cooking-show host and the role model her daughter deserves.

Copies of all books are currently available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk.  The titles are also available for loan on Kindle and Nook eReaders.  Zoom links for each book discussion are found on the website.

Scheduled for November and December is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (November 30) and Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang (December 28).

For further information, call 203.385.4162 or visit the Stratford Library at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Connecticut. Timely information is also available on the library’s website at:

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, the Paradise Green Farmer’s Market Back Better Than Ever!! Connecticut Grown and Made.

Thursday: “Tired of Arguing with Your Teen? Change is Possible” come hear Lianne Dixon on Thursday, September 29th from 7-8 p.m. at the Stratford Library. The talks are free and open to the public. Parent Coach and Windsor resident Lianne Dixon will conduct a public presentation for parents who are tired of arguing with their teens. Discover high-impact strategies that create less room for arguing and more room for connection. Explore the benefit of using visualization to help create the relationship you want. Learn mindful practices that are critical in setting the scene for more peaceful communication and joyful connection. Register for free Zoom link:
Safe Sitters Classes by Sterling House Community Center begins on October 8th. Register now.

Notice: The Stratford Library Board of Trustees have announced their new slate of officers. They include: Maria Ferrera, President, Robyn Proto, Vice President, Donald Putrimas, Treasurer, Joel Pleban, Assistant Treasurer, and Janice Cupee, Secretary. All are Stratford residents and will serve through June 2024.

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The Cupboards are Bare!

Sterling House Community Center

We are asking for Food donations to our pantry! Here is a list of the most helpful foods- however, all foods are encouraged!


Raise a Glass for Scholarships!

ShakesBeer Festival

Saturday, August 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
American Shakespeare Theatre
Patron Saint of Festival the Stratford Oldtimers Athletic Association

The ShakesBeer Festival is back! Celebrating our 5th year and triumphant return with amazingly crafted beers and the fantastic humans that create them. Located on the grounds of the historic American Shakespeare Theater overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound. Featuring 50+ craft breweries, live music, local food trucks & vendors and games & activities with a fun vibe.

We proudly support the attending brewers by purchasing all of their beer for the festival. Unlike many beer festivals, there are no booth fees for brewers. The Stratford Oldtimers Athletic Association actually pays the brewers for their product on top of donating a portion of every ticket sold towards athletic scholarships for Stratford students.
You must be 21+ years of age or older to attend. Sorry, no babies or children are permitted. No dogs allowed.

This event is rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the event may be delayed as event officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the event. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry free when purchasing tickets. Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the festival for any changes or cancellations.

What Does My Ticket Include? There are only 1000 tickets available and are $49 online or $59 at the door. Get your ticket today!!! General Admission tickets include entry to the beer festival, beer samples, live music and a commemorative tasting glass.
Tickets are available now at:
Parking: Limited parking is available directly on-site and the surrounding lots on a first-come, first-served basis.

Transportation: We ask that you please prepare accordingly and enjoy the beer fest safely by designating a driver, using ride-shares, or calling a taxi in advance.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Protocols:
This event is held outdoors. We will adhere to the current State of CT’s COVID safety guidelines and protocols. For more information, please see the latest guidance at on vaccinations, mask-wearing, and social distancing.

Thank You!!
Our policies are in place for the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and vendors and will continue to be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. Thank you for being so cooperative as we look to get back our beer fest safely.
Attending Breweries
The ShakesBeer Fest is proud purchase all beer directly from the breweries in order to support the craft brew industry. Cheers!
• 3 Floyds
• Abomination Brewing Company
• Athletic Brewing Company
• Back East Brewing Company
• Bad Sons Brewery
• Barley Head Brewing
• Berlinetta Brewing
• Brewport
• Brooklyn Brewing Company
• Captain Lawerence Brewing Company
• Clocktown Brewing Company
• Collective Arts
• Cottrell Brewing
• Counterweight Brewing
• Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
• Equilibrium Brewery
• Fat Orange Cat Brewing Company
• Fiddlehead Brewing Company
• Firefly Hollow Brewing
• Frost Beer Works
Hog River Brewing
• Hops on the Hill
• Jacks Abby Craft Lagers
• Lasting Brass Brewing Company
• Lawsons Finest Liquids
• Magic Hat Brewing Company
• Marlowe Artisinal Ales
• Merican Mule
• Mycrene Ale Company
• Narragansett Brewing
• New England Brewing Company
• No Worries Brewing Company
• Nod Hill Brewery
• OEC Brewing
• Ommegang Brewery
• Other Half Brewing Company
• Powder Hollow Brewing
• Rogue Ales
• Sam Adams
• Shebeen Brewing Company
• Skygazer Brewing Company
• Spacecat Brewing Company
• Stone Brewing
• Thimble Island Brewing Company
• Tox Brewing Company
• Troegs Brewing Company
• Two Roads Brewing Company
• Velvet Libitations
• Victory Brewing Company
• Whalers Brewing Company
• Witchdoctor Brewing Company

Attending Food Trucks & Vendors

• Jonz N BBQ
• JTM Cupcakes
• Liberty Rock
• Micalizzi’s Italian Ice
• Snappy Dog
• Zack’s Frozen Yogurt

Live Music

• Jon Hollywood
• Symphonic

Clean Energy for Connecticut

State Representative Joe Gresko, (D)
121st Connecticut House District

Dear Neighbor,

Prior to the start of the 2022 legislative session, I made it a priority as House Chair of the Environment Committee and member of the Energy Committee to support policies and bills that would help cut our carbon footprint, increase our reliance on clean energy sources, and protect the health of Connecticut residents.

I’m happy to report that two of these bills – S.B.10 and S.B.176 – have officially been signed into law!

S.B.176, An Act Concerning Clean Energy Tariff Programs (which I was proud to co-sponsor) looks to increase commercial reliance on rooftop solar energy by modifying existing energy caps involving shared clean energy facilities and expanding the Non-Residential Energy Solutions (NRES) and the Shared Cleaner Energy Facilities (SCEF) programs.

S.B.10, An Act Concerning Climate Change Mitigation requires Connecticut to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions produced by the state’s electric grid by January 1, 2040. After the transportation sector, our electric grid (essentially, how energy is supplied and consumed) is the second highest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the state. This law seeks to change that by setting giving utility companies and suppliers the necessary push to find cleaner, zero-carbon ways to provide consumers with energy.

While more remains to be done, these new laws represent significant steps forward for Connecticut in increasing our reliance on clean energy sources and protecting our environment for ourselves and for future generations.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me at the Capitol at 800-842-8267 or email me at

Letter from Igor Sikorsky Jr.

Women’s History Month – Joan Joyce

March 1st – Thursday, March 31st

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.” Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

Source: Wikipedia; Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame

Women’s History Month Theme 2022

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress  authorized and requested President Ronald Reagan proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”

In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Stratford Scores a Hall of Famer

Joan Joyce is the softball coach at Florida Atlantic University, following a record-setting career as a softball player for the Stratford Raybestos Brakettes and the Chapman College Orange Lionettes. She also has set records on the LPGA Tour as a golfer and on the USA women’s national basketball team, and was a player and coach for the Connecticut Clippers volleyball team.

An extraordinary athlete, Joyce has lead multiple teams to national and international championships. She played competitive basketball and volleyball and qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour in 1977.

However, her fame was local to Stratford, as softball was the sport in which she made her biggest mark, and Joyce is considered one of the best softball players ever to play the game. Joyce joined the Raybestos Brakettes, an amateur softball team, at the age of 14. Three years later she began pitching, marking the first of 18 consecutive years in which she was selected as an Amateur Softball Association All-American.

She notably struck out Ted Williams at an over-crowded Municipal Stadium in Waterbury in 1961. She would do the same to Hank Aaron in a 1978 exhibition game.

In addition to playing, throughout her career she has been a champion of women in sports, coaching various sports at many universities and co-founding the International Softball Association for women to compete on a professional level.

Joyce attended Chapman College in Orange County, Calif., where she lead the Orange Lionettes to a 1965 softball title. Again proving her astonishing athletic ability, she competed in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, averaging 25 points a game, and was named an All-American in 1961, 1964 and 1965. In one notable 1965 game, she set an AAU basketball record by scoring 67 points.

Joyce moved back to Connecticut in 1967 and rejoined the Raybestos Brakettes, leading the team both as a pitcher and a hitter. Her pitching record while playing for the team was 753 wins and 42 losses, including 150 no-hitters, 33 perfect games, and a .09 ERA.

Her pitches were extremely fast at over 70 miles per hour. She pitched 150 no-hitters and 50 perfect games, with a lifetime earned run average of 0.09. In her record-setting 42-win season, she pitched 38 shutouts. Her 1974 Brakettes team was the first American team to win the world championship

At the plate her highest single-season batting average was .406 in 1973. Between 1960 and 1973, Joyce led the team with the highest batting average. She was the National Tournament Batting Champion in 1971, with an average of .467. 1974 brought a world title for the Brakettes when Joan set many records including most strikeouts (76). Less than a month after winning the world title, she pitched 45 scoreless innings in the national championship, leading the Brakettes to their fourth consecutive national title.

Joyce was the first woman to become a recipient of the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance’s Gold Key Award and the first woman ever to be invited to the awards banquet.

In 1977, Joyce qualified for the LGPA tour, finishing in sixth place both in 1981 and 1984. She holds the world record for the lowest number of putts in a single round of golf, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest number of putts (17) in a single round (both men and women), set at the 1982.

Joyce began her coaching career in 1973 and has coached softball, volleyball, basketball and golf. Since 1994, she has been the head coach of Florida Atlantic University’s women’s softball team, leading the Owls to 10 conference championships and seven NCAA tournaments.

She has received numerous coach-of-the-year awards and has been inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame and The Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Joyce was also inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Wikipedia summed up her impressive record:

  • Most consecutive all-star team selections (18)
  • Eight-time MVP in the National Tournament (1961, 1963, 1968, 1971 (co-MVP), 1973, 1974, and 1975)
  • Most victories in a season (42) (in 1974)
  • Two no-hit, no-run games in National Tournament (four times)
  • Shutouts in a season (38 in 1974)
  • Most innings pitched in a game (29 in 1968 against Perkasie)
  • Career doubles (153)
  • Doubles in a season (22 in 1968)
  • Career triples (67)
  • Brakettes team batting champion (1960, 1962, 1967–69, 1973)
  • Highest batting average (.467 in 1971)

“I’m not an advocate of women’s lib per se, I don’t go out preaching it … I’ve done the things I wanted to do … and I didn’t let anyone stop me … One thing, though—when I grew up my biggest idol was Mickey Mantle. Now kids can also look to the women who play.”

-Joan Joyce

Tell Your Library Story

The Stratford Library invites storytellers of every kind – poets, journalists, filmmakers, dramatists, and comedians, novelists – to celebrate 125 years of the Library with their original stories.  The 125th Storytelling Event will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 7-9 p.m.

In a special Zoom event, held in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of the Stratford Library, storytellers of all ages are invited to take part online using the theme: The Library

  • What does the Library mean to you?
  • When did you get your first Library card?
  • Is your home library significant in your life?

Any and all memories or original monologues are welcome for the event.

Storytellers can register for the evening at:

Stories should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.  Once registered, Library staff will reach out and coordinate individual sessions for March 24th.

For further information call the library:: 203.385.4162.

Be a Ninja! Krafts for Kids! Science for All!

Kids Library Events

December Activities for Kids of all Ages
Stratford Library

by Thomas Holehan

DIY Storytimes

The Stratford Library posts DIY Storytimes on the website at every Saturday. Families can enjoy these online storytimes any time. Themes for December include Ninjas (12/4) and Underwear (12/18).

The Great Family Read

The Great Family Read, a monthly book program for children grades 3 to 6 and their families. Each month, the Library will choose a high-interest book that both kids and their grownups will enjoy. The title will be available via the Library’s Hoopla ebook app (download the free app from your phone/tablet’s app store), so each person in the family will be able to borrow their own digital copy of the book at the same time. December’s Great Family Read will be The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

Register for this program at on the Events page, and the Library will provide you with discussion questions, information, and fun activities related to the book that families can use to create an engaging literacy experience. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Outside Storytimes

The Stratford Library offers storytime outside during December. Toddler Time meets Monday, 12/6 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 1 to 2. Preschool Storytime meets Tuesday, 12/7 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5.

Baby Lapsit meets Wednesday, 12/1 at 10:30 am for ages 0 to 1.

Friday Fun meets Fridays, 12/3 and 12/10 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 5.

To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Alphabet Parade

Stratford Library Alphabet Parade grab ‘n’ go craft kits will be available throughout December for children ages 3 to 6. With Alphabet Parade, children will receive a simple craft relating to a letter of the alphabet and a writing practice sheet. The letter “S” will be available starting 12/2; the letter “T” will be available starting 12/16; and the letter “U” will be available starting 12/30.

Register online to reserve a kit on the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Book Scientists

Book Scientists is grab‘n’go learning experience offered by the Stratford Library Children’s Department. Each month, children ages 3 to 12 can sign up for different Book Scientists topics. Each kit will include Library books, a craft and/or an extension activity. Library books will be chosen by the child’s age. The Book Scientists kits for December are Crafts (pick up 12/3-12/16) and Christmas (pick up 12/17-12/29). When you are done, return the Library books by their due date and keep everything else!

To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Zentangle Art

The Stratford Library offers Zentangle Art on Zoom on Saturday, December 4th at 2:30 p.m for ages 6-12. Children will use their initials to create intricate designs. Materials will be provided for pick-up before the class. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Coding Club

Stratford Library’s Coding Club meets online Monday, December 6th at 4 p.m. for children ages 8 to 12. Each class has two activities: a Scratch coding project and a group activity involving ancient codes like hieroglyphs or runes. Learn to think like a coder! To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Watch Kit

The Stratford Library will offer a movie watching kit for the animated film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Kits are for children ages 6 to 12 and their families. You supply the film, we’ll supply fun items for a movie watching time with family. The Library also has a few copies of the movie for check out. Pick up begins December 6th. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Jr. Scientists Grab’n’Go

The Stratford Library Children’s Department presents Jr. Scientists Grab’n’Go for ages 3 to 7 with pick up starting Wednesday, 12/8. Pick up a kit with a different science experiment each month. The kit contains items that children and their families can use together to test scientific principles. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Nutmeg Book Group

The Stratford Library hosts a monthly Nutmeg Book Group for children grades 4 to 6. The December book is “Sanity and Tallulah” by Molly Brooks. Participants will receive a free copy of the book as well as items related to the book to keep, courtesy of the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund.

The discussion meets on Zoom on Monday, 12/13 at 7 pm. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

Science Sunday

Every month, the Stratford Library Children’s Department posts a feature on the website called Science Sunday, with links to online information about a different science topic. The December topic is The Polar World. Check out the kids page at on or after 12/19 to see the December Science Sunday. 

Reading is Snow Much Fun – Winter Reading Challenge for Kids

If the weather outside is frightful, stay inside and read! The Stratford Library will offer a fun winter reading challenge for children in grades K to 6.

Families can sign up for the “Reading is Snow Much Fun” challenge beginning December 21st, the first day of winter. Children will have a snowflake displayed in the Library, with stickers added every time a child completes a reading challenge. Children who complete six reading challenges will receive a coupon for free ice cream in the spring. Register any time the Library is open in the Children’s Department on the second floor. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit

New Year’s Family Vision Boards

The Stratford Library presents a New Year’s Family Vision Board grab’n’go kit for families with children ages 7 to 12. Vision boards are collages or collections of images that represent dreams and goals, and they are a great way to begin a new year. Kits can be picked up beginning 12/27. To register for a kit, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information, call the Library at 203.385.4165.

New Year’s Activities and Decorations Kit

Families with children ages 5 to 8 can register for a New Year’s Activities and Decorations Kit from the Stratford Library. Kits can be picked up beginning 12/28. To register, visit the website at, then choose Events. For more information about Library programs and services for children, call 203.385.4165 or visit