Savour Stratford needs volunteers


Snack Stack is a puzzle from Springbok. It comes in 500 or 1000 piece versions, and is available to purchase at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario

From the Stratford Tourism Alliance:
We need your help!

Come be part of the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival on July 19 & 20, 2014!

Volunteers are needed to make this year’s event successful. If you are able to donate some time over the weekend, please register on-line at

Get close up with a celebrated chef, load up your mandatory high school volunteer hours, discover the various culinary delights over the weekend; assist small children in crafts or face painting, or maybe set-up is more your style – so many opportunities to take part!

Invite your friends to volunteer and join in on the fun!

And here is a direct link to the volunteer registration page: Online Volunteer Registration Form

Amazon, Hachette Scuffle Over Terms


Eye on the Prize by Terry Doughtry is a 300 piece puzzle from SunsOut. It is available in store at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

May 9, 2013

In what seems to be becoming an annual rite of spring, a dispute between a major retailer and a major publisher over sales terms has gotten nasty, and gone public. The New York Times reported that Amazon is “discouraging” customers from buying books published by Hachette Book Group after what is, apparently, a dispute over retail terms.

Read full article on Publishers Weekly’s website.

Stratford Heritage Weekend June 7-8, 2014


Picture taken by our resident Skrappy on her phone because even after 30+ years wandering around this town, sometimes she still gets gobsmacked by how purdy it is.

June 07, 2014
Stratford boasts some of the best-preserved 19th-century architecture in Ontario.

Stroll our Victorian streets on self-guided heritage walks through our designated downtown dotted with floral-decked patios, cozy cafés and chic restaurants. Step inside independently owned bookshops and meet local shopkeepers selling unique wares.

On Saturday, June 7 we invite you to visit Stratford and explore the 14 sites open to the public. View some of Canada’s finest examples of terra cotta detailing at the Perth County Court House, where you can begin your tour. Tour two private homes – a heritage Greek revival craftsman-style home and an Ontario cottage built for the 21st century. Museums, churches, businesses and the jewel in Stratford’s park crown, the Shakespearean Gardens, are all ready to welcome you.

Schedule of events at Doors Open Ontario’s website

New online map shows location, accessibility of public washrooms


Spring Fishing by Terry Redlin is a 700 piece panoramic puzzle from White Mountain. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

Thursday, May, 29, 2014

A new online map will help locals and visitors to Perth County find the locations of public washrooms quickly and easily from their mobile devices.

The Perth County Public Washrooms Map was designed so that people who need accessible washrooms will be able to quickly and easily find this information when they are planning a visit to our area.

Go to full article on the Stratford Gazette’s website

With new, athletic choreography and a lucky, last-minute cast change, Crazy for You fresh and fun


The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is a 1000 piece puzzle from Eurographics. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

By Donal O’Connor, The Beacon Herald
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crazy for You, says director/choreographer Donna Feore, may be the biggest musical ever at the Stratford Festival.

First performed in New York in 1992, the blockbuster show featuring songs by Ira and George Gershwin and lots of dancing was widely acclaimed, winning several Drama Desk and Tony awards.

Feore has dusted it off and polished it for Stratford’s Festival Theatre, adding some athletic dancing that goes beyond the all-tap original.

The demands are high for both the male and female ensembles, said the director in a pre-season interview when preview shows were already on stage.

Read Full Review on the Beacon Herald’s website

Shakespeare’s rarely produced play impresses with simplicity


Shakespearean Fantasy is a 1000 piece puzzle available from Sunsout. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

By Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald
Thursday, May 29, 2014

King John is one of those rarely produced Shakespeare plays that, after seeing this production, makes you wonder why that’s the case.

In the hands of director Tim Carroll, it’s crystal clear – and he creates for his audiences a unique experience in the theatre.

While not the best production at the Stratford Festival this season, it is definitely worth seeing. If history is any indication it could be a decade before it’s produced at the Festival again. It was last done in 2004.

There’s something refreshing about seeing one of Shakespeare’s more obscure offerings. Perhaps the expectations and comparisons fall away and the play really does become the thing.

Read the full review at the Beacon Herald’s website

Colm Feore gives a magical performance as Shakepeare’s King Lear in Stratford Festival opener


All the World’s a Stage is a 1500 piece puzzle from Sunsout. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

By Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:49:40 EDT AM

“I try to be nice to my children. They’ll be picking my retirement home.”

A joke, but not a joke, recently spoken by a local mother with young adult children.

The vulnerability of old age affects us all—even kings. King Lear, too, expects his children to care for him in his old age but finds himself unwanted.

The play opens with homeless men wandering through the night and the sounds of dogs barking. It’s instantly menacing and a taste of what’s to come.

All of the regret of aging, betrayal, madness and foolishness are magnified 100 times in King Lear.

Go to full article on the Beacon Herald’s website

Flower Show June 7, 2014 at Knox


Flower Market is a 1000 piece puzzle from Cobble Hill. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

The Stratford and District Horticultural Society will hold a Flower Show on June 7, 2014, entitled Summer Dreams.

Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location, and the event runs from 11:30am to 3pm.

Lunch will be available to purchase along with some tasty treats. There will also be a draw table of items to win.

The Stratford Camera Club will participate again this year with a display of photos, and the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your garden.

Admission is free.

Stratford Gazette Website

New bike tours provide another tourism boost


Hamburger Haven is a 500 piece puzzle from Cobble Hil, It is available in store at the Book Vault

By Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald
Friday, May 23, 2014 2:16:52 EDT PM

The wheels started turning for Frank Herr when visitors began asking if there are any bike tours around the city.

Herr was already renting bikes at the Boathouse but the idea of a guided tour intrigued him. He approached the Stratford Tourism Alliance with the idea and for the first time this summer visitors can wind their way through the city with a knowledgeable guide. The guided bike tours launch on Heritage Weekend June 7-8.

“We came up with a two-hour tour, one hour with the guide and one hour they can explore on their own,” Herr said.

The bike tours will run three days a week into September.

Full article on The Beacon Herald’s website

Job fair June 5, 2014 at Rotary


Our Heroes is a 1000 piece puzzle from Springbok. It is available in store at The Book Vault.

The City of Stratford and Partners in Employment will be hosting a job fair at the RBC Arena in the Rotary Complex from 11am to 5pm on June 5.

The job fair will provide an opportunity for job-seekers to meet directly with employers, including FIO, DYNA-MIG, Aisin, Henderickson, Hayashi, and Stackpole.

Local employers are searching for employees ranging from general labourers to welders, electricians, millwrights, and other skilled trades.

Individuals lacking a certain skill or level of education will have the opportunity to meet with local employment service providers who will assist them in becoming viable candidates for employment.

Employers interested in participating or those requesting additional information are asked to contact Deb Hotchkiss at Partners in Employment directly at 519-272-1946 ext. 223 or

Stratford Gazette Print Edition – Thursday, May 22, 2014
Link to The Stratford Gazette’s website