Garden Party at Judson House

The first organizational meeting of the Judson House Garden Club on Saturday, June 25th, featured speakers, and a “hands on” demonstration on making a Butterfly Puddler, (feeding station).

Jean Puchalski, a Board Member of Pollinator Pathway, Master Gardener, and Master Composter, (https://www.pollinator-pathway.org/) delivered insights on planting and caring for Pollinator Pathways.

Pollinator Pathways were also discussed by the garden managers of Stratford’s  Pollinator Pathways:

  • Shakespeare Park, known as “Will’s Garden” managed by Jean Goodnow. Volunteer Anne Lees spoke about the garden and opportunities for volunteering. These women are also active in the well being of the gardens at Boothe Memorial Park.
  • Stratford Animal Control: Landscape designer Pat Lammers designed the garden (she is also the consultant/designer for the gardens at Judson House). Rachael Solveira oversees the pollinator garden and garden club members at the animal shelter.
  • Stratford Library: Rotary sponsored and recently planted their Pollinator Pathway
  • Longbrook Park: Councilwoman Kaitlin Shake, Marca Leigh and Lisa Zawadski spoke.
  • Stratford Beautification Committee: Christine Griffin spoke about the Lordship pollinator gardens. She is the Chairman for the Longbrook Improvement Association’s Environment & Education Committee. She also is the Co-chair for the Town’s Beautification Committee. The Beautification Committee has a new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StratfordBeautification and urged those in attendance to submit photos of Stratford resident gardens for their annual Summer Beautification Awards.

The Judson House Historic Gardens are themed, growing plants and herbs that were specific to the colonial era, along with information and education on their uses. Medicinal, culinary, aromatic and some just for plain beauty. Some that we can and still use to this day.

A new addition to the Judson House gardens is a beautiful Pollinator Demonstration Garden. Judson House is part of the “Pollinator Pathway”, and in this garden they hope to demonstrate and educate others with clear, real-life examples of the valuable services that all our pollinators provide, and how easy it is to support them. We offer public programming that engage and educate our Stratford community and beyond on the importance of our local pollinators, and hopefully, encourage others to create their own pollinator gardens.

Sign up for the garden club is through this link: https://forms.office.com/r/4SLKpMHuuN

or scan this QR code.

Triple Block Headliner for Stratford Summer Concert Series

Head to the Green for Jazz and Rhythm and Blues

Tuesday, July 5th at 7 p.m.

The concerts are performed at the Paradise Green Gazebo on Tuesdays through August 30th. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held the following Thursdays. Opening acts will perform at 6:15 p.m., with the headlining acts beginning at 7p.m.

Pack snacks, beverages, bring a chair, and kick back for a great night under the stars!

Paradise Pizza Restaurant is once again the proud sponsor of this Celebrate Stratford Series. Stop on  over for dinner before the concert, or grab a pizza to enjoy while listening to the music.

Those attending the Summer Concerts Series 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.

For more information about the Summer Concert Series and more Celebrate Stratford events, please visit: www.celebratestratford.com.

Summer Concert Series on the Green

The Summer Concert Series performance scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at the Paradise Green Gazebo has been postponed, to the rain date of June 23rd.

The opening act of comedian Dave Sheehan will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Community Concert Band at 7 p.m.

The concerts are performed at the Paradise Green Gazebo on Tuesdays through August 30th. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held the following Thursdays. Opening acts will perform at 6:15 p.m., with the headlining acts beginning at 7p.m.

Pack snacks, beverages, bring a chair, and kick back for a great night under the stars!
Paradise Pizza Restaurant is once again the proud sponsor of this Celebrate Stratford Series. Stop on over for dinner before the concert, or grab a pizza to enjoy while listening to the music.

Those attending the Summer Concerts Series 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.
For more information about the Summer Concert Series and more Celebrate Stratford events, please visit: www.celebratestratford.com.

Summer Sunset Concerts Back at the Gazebo

Kick Off Summer on Tuesday, June 21st

Easy Listening with our Community Concert Band

The Stratford Department of Recreation is excited to announce that the 2022 Summer Sunset Concert Series will kick-off on Tuesday, June 21st. New this year, the concerts will feature local Stratford-based talent as opening acts.

The concerts are performed at the Paradise Green Gazebo on Tuesdays through August 30th. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held the following Thursdays. Opening acts will perform at 6:15 p.m., with the headlining acts beginning at 7p.m.

Pack snacks, beverages, bring a chair, and kick back for a great night under the stars!

Paradise Pizza Restaurant is once again the proud sponsor of this Celebrate Stratford Series. Stop on  over for dinner before the concert, or grab a pizza to enjoy while listening to the music.

Those attending the Summer Concerts Series 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.

For more information about the Summer Concert Series and more Celebrate Stratford events, please visit: www.celebratestratford.com.

 

VAX Facts

Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Stratford As Of Today

The Stratford Health Department and State Department of Public Health have confirmed 11,647 COVID-19 cases in Stratford, and 1,986 probable cases as of this evening, for a total of 13,733 cases. This represents an increase of 91 confirmed cases and an increase of 9 probable cases since our last report of May 23rd. The Health Department continues to monitor these trends. There have been 201 deaths to date.

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of May 25th, 2022, 79.7% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with at least a first dose.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The FDA expanded the eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine single booster dose to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Since the pandemic began, more than 4.8 million children ages 5 through 11 have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 15,000 have been hospitalized and, tragically, over 180 have died. As cases increase across the country, a booster dose can enhance protection against severe disease.

In addition, CDC strengthened its recommendation that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first. Over the past month we have seen steady increases in cases, with a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older Americans.

Through the newly launched nationwide Test to Treat initiative, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – fill a prescription from a health care provider, all in one location. Test to Treat sites, located at select pharmacies, urgent care centers, and federally qualified health centers.

DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD states, “In order for COVID-19 treatments to work, they must be started early, within five days of when your symptoms start. The Test to Treat initiative provides eligible patients faster, easier access to potentially life-saving treatments.”

A web-based site locator is now available to make it easier to find Test to Treat locations. Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support locating a Test to Treat site can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week.

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.

Paradise Green Farmer’s Market Back Better Than Ever!!

Monday, June 13th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Connecticut Grown and Made
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Love gardening?

Join Judson House Garden Club
June 25th, 2 p.m.
Judson House

Here is your chance to get in on the ground floor of a garden club that is so needed here in Stratford. Let us work on getting Stratford designated as a Pollinator Pathway from Forest to Shore.

On Saturday, June 25th, we will be kicking off our inaugural meeting of the garden club at Judson House.  We will kick off our garden club with its first special meeting declaring it “Pollinator Day” here in Stratford.  We will have a keynote speaker, a representative from the Pollinator Pathway, sharing information on pollinators and the organization. In addition, representatives from our very own pollinator gardens including the Shakespeare garden, Animal control, the Stratford Sister Cities Friendship Garden at Boothe, the pollinator gardens in Lordship, Longbrook, and our Chairperson of the Stratford Beautification Committee.

To top it all off, we will be having a demonstration on making a Butterfly puddler.  Ten lucky individuals will have a chance to make and take! Everything kicks off at 2:00 p.m.

We hope you will have a chance to drop by.  We are attempting to unite all our special pollinator gardens here in Stratford together. If you “Google” Gardens Stratford Ct.

none of these gardens, except maybe if you scroll down, the rose garden at Boothe pops up. We are going to attempt to change that!

The Garden Club will be based in the Judson House gardens, and plans are to reach out to all our neighbors, visit local gardens, share information, have monthly speakers, possibly lend a helping hand, (like we will need on this day) and continue to connect our fragmented landscapes with a pathway of pollinators “From Forest To Shore”.

  • Gardens bring people together. And that is just what we need right now.
    It has been a while that any of us have been able to gather, and what
    better place than in the sunshine, outdoors, in the fresh air with a
    whole club of new friends bound together by a love of gardening.
  • If you are an excellent gardener — You’ll love meeting other
    experts and sharing your knowledge with like-minded members. Participate
    or spearhead activities devoted to conservation, floral design, plant
    propagation, or senior and youth gardening.
  • If you are an awful gardener — Come learn how to not kill every
    plant! We will be hosting horticultural workshops in our gardens for our
    members at all levels of expertise. We also plan to host a dynamic
    speaker program for members at our monthly meetings. The diverse mixture
    of women and men who comprise our membership will have a vast
    accumulation of knowledge that they’re willing to share.
  • Our plans are to mandate for education, conservation, preservation and
    beautification. While the Club’s activities may shift over time
    reflecting the current interests of its members, the love our members
    share with their love for gardening and our town will remain the
    emphasis of the Club.

Our first “official” meeting will be held on Saturday June 25th will be in conjunction with the Historical Society’s annual Membership and volunteer fair.

For any particular questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact
Kevin Moore, Garden/Grounds Chair, at https://www.facebook.com/JHhistoricgardens.

You can sign up to attend the Garden Club meeting or join the Judson House Garden Club by scanning the QR code on the flyer.  If you are unable to scan the QR code, you can sign up at: gardens@stratfordhistoricalsociety.org

For further information and to view ongoing photos of Stratford pollinator gardens you can go to the Judson House Historic Gardens page on Facebook for further updates.

Find it and Fork It!!

What to eat? Where to Go? We have a map!

How to Navigate Stratford Main Street Festival

Organization Brief Description of items or service
Bee’s Cupcake Bite’s I make mini cupcakes, mini cupcake jars and mini cakes.
Bunnell Bulldogs Football team Will be selling cotton candy
Canterbury Kettle Corn Hand popped Kettle corn in flavors , Fresh squeezed lemonade
Caribbean Grill Caribbean food
Christ Episcopal Church Food Booth in front of Christ Church
Christianos mobile llc fried dough truck and lemonade grenade trucks
Cjuice cold pressed organic fruit juice
Colossal Kielbasa LLC Grilled Kielbasa, Grilled Pierogi
Down South Dawgs LLC Food Truck selling, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, chicken , drinks
Edible Couture Cupcakes and ice cream
First Congregational Church Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Brats, and Ice Cream
Little Kernel’s Kettle Corn Kettle Corn Hot and Fresh!
Lordship Fathers CLub Selling Italian Ice
Magnolia Chocolatier Chocolate, confectionery, pastry
Nuovo Pasta Productions Artisanal filled pastas
Paradise island Spanish & American Foot
Rotary Interact Club After school service club for Rotary
SWAT Southern wings And Things Food Truck Southern American food
The Gathering Bar & Grill Restaurant & Bar
The Melting Truck grilled cheese and soup
The Taste Garden Cafe & Catering LLC Mexican food, tacos, quesadillas
Valley Jim’s Soft Serve soft serve and packaged ice cream
Vinci Concessions Fried Dough, Fried Oreo’s, Strawberry Lemonade, Bottle Water
Zlicious Caribbean Kitchen Jamaican/Caribbean Food
The Drunk Alpaca Nuts, Berries, Pretzels

 

VAX Facts

Statewide positivity remains high and Stratford remains in the red level for the period of 5/08/22 – 5/21/22. Stratford has an average of 44.1 cases per 100,000 people per day during the period, a decrease of 0.5 since our last report on May 23rd.

Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Stratford As Of Today

The Stratford Health Department and State Department of Public Health have confirmed 11,647 COVID-19 cases in Stratford and 1,986 probable cases as of this evening, for 13,733 cases.

This represents an increase of 91 confirmed cases and an increase of 9 probable cases since our last report of May 23rd. The Health Department continues to monitor these trends. There have been 201 deaths to date

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of May 25th, 79.7% of the town’s population had been vaccinated with at least a first dose.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The FDA expanded the eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine single booster dose to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Since the pandemic began, more than 4.8 million children ages 5 through 11 have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 15,000 have been hospitalized and, tragically, over 180 have died. As cases increase across the country, a booster dose can enhance protection against severe disease.

In addition, CDC strengthened its recommendation that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first. Over the past month we have seen steady increases in cases, with a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older Americans.

Through the newly launched nationwide Test to Treat initiative, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – fill a prescription from a health care provider, all in one location. Test to Treat sites, located at select pharmacies, urgent care centers, and federally qualified health centers.

DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD states, “In order for COVID-19 treatments to work, they must be started early, within five days of when your symptoms start. The Test to Treat initiative provides eligible patients faster, easier access to potentially life-saving treatments.”

A web-based site locator is now available to make it easier to find Test to Treat locations. Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support locating a Test to Treat site can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week.

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.

Naturopathic Medicine Explained

Stratford Library
Tuesday June 14th and July 12th
Tara Coppola, ND MS CNS is Guest Speaker

The Stratford Library will host two informative naturopathic health care programs on Tuesday, June 14th and Tuesday, July 12th at 7 p.m.  The in-person programs, which will focus on Self Care and Health and Healing, are free and open to the public. Guest speaker for both programs is Naturopathic Physician Tara Coppola, ND MS CNS.  She describes her programs:

June 14th: “Self Care Most of us are run down and exhausted. We are constantly giving so much of ourselves to others. When it comes time for our self-care, our own healthy nutritious meals and physical activity are last on the list. Time constraints and general fatigue can make even thinking about nutrition and exercise impossible. This workshop is going to discuss ways we can simply incorporate health-promoting actions into our world when we are on the edge of exhaustion. I am going to discuss simple naturopathic tips and tricks to reduce burnout, eat healthfully and move your human more.

July 12th: Health & Healing Our bodies have an amazing innate ability to heal! Health is multifaceted and all of these facets integrate with each other. This workshop is going to focus on the multiple avenues that create your health. From here there will be discussion around how to help facilitate healing in your body through these health avenues.

Dr. Tara Coppola, a naturopath and nutritionist, specializes in harnessing the healing power of nutrition and nature to vitalize the lives of her clients.  With fifteen years as a personal trainer accompanied by almost 20 years of formal education encompassing the areas of Human Services, Biology, Education, Nutrition and Naturopathic Medicine, she utilizes a whole person perspective when working with clients to bridge the dichotomies of scientific research and holistic healing.

The free, naturopathic programs will be held in the Lovell Room of the Stratford Library on June 14th and July 12th beginning at 7 p.m.  Each program is limited to 20 patrons. To register for the June 12 program please visit.

https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/8970519

For further information call: 203.385.4162.