Open by Chance Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday, November 24th

we are going to be OPEN from:

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Hope to see you here!

Christmas in downtown Stratford


Thank you for shopping locally!

A Wind In The Willows Christmas – December 2013

FRONT Flyer Wind

Performance dates and times:

Saturday, December 14 – 2 pm & 7 pm

Sunday, December 15 – 2 pm

Wednesday, December 18 – 7 pm

Thursday, December 19 – 7 pm

Friday, December 20 – 7 pm

Saturday, December 21 – 2 pm & 7 pm

Sunday, December 22 – 2 pm & 7 pm

Friday, December 27 – 7 pm

Saturday, December 28 – 2 pm & 7 pm

Sunday, December 29 – 2 pm – Closing


Adults – $20 + hst + handling

Children – $15 + hst + handling (includes mouse mask!)

Available at:

Stratford Tourism Alliance

47 Downie Street, Stratford.


or available at the door (cash only)

Less Than Two Months ’til Christmas!

"Santa's Hanger" is a 400 piece FAMILY PUZZLE, available at The Book Vault Inc., Stratford, ON.

“Santa’s Hanger” is a 400 piece FAMILY PUZZLE by Cobble Hill, available at The Book Vault Inc., Stratford, ON.


101+ Nativities – November 29 & 30, 2013 – Parkview United Church, Stratford

101+ Nativities, Parkview United Church, Stratford, ON.

101+ Nativities, Parkview United Church, Stratford, ON.

Celebrate Christmas

Come View



November 29

 November 30

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Free Admission

Door Prizes

Bethlehem Café Available



Saturday Lunch (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)


Parkview United Church

470 Ontario St Stratford ON



Congratulations Alice Munro!


The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 was awarded to the Canadian author

Alice Munro

master of the contemporary short story”.

We’re so pleased that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature. After selling out within a day of the announcement, we have limited quantities of her work back in stock. They’re selling quick, so pick yours up soon!

Of loss and remembrance – a recital for peace – Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Four outstanding musicians join with the Mother Courage Collective to create this opportunity for a community to celebrate and heal at this time of remembrance. Historical artifacts, curated and presented by the Stratford Perth Museum, will be illuminated by poetry and song, ranging from popular, classical and operatic, to folk and traditional.

Make Your Own Puzzle



12 piece post card size puzzle.

Cobble Hill offers Create-Your-Own puzzles which are available in three sizes. These make great personalized keepsakes and gifts. We suggest using them in place of greeting cards. By adding your own greeting, and getting all well-wishers to sign them with a personalized message, you can create a truly memorable gift. They also make a wonderful sit-down activity for children, who can add their own artwork using crayons, markers, or their hand prints.

The Book Vault offers these in a 12 piece 5″x7″, a 20 piece 10″x14″, a two pack of 10″x14″ puzzles that come with a set of 24 crayons, and large 72 piece which measures 15″x21″. Our resident Skrappy will avow for the all around hoot she had while putting the artwork for two pictured puzzles together.


70 piece Create-Your-Own Puzzle.


Scott Woods Country Christmas – Sunday, December 15 – Parkview United Church, Stratford.


The Scott Woods Band travels extensively throughout Canada each year helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for churches, charities and other community organizations. The show changes twice every year to a brand new theme so there’s always something new to see.

Scott combines his masterful playing ability, a wonderful sense of humour and an incredibly talented group of musicians and puts it all together into a top notch fiddle variety show that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Bring your family and friends and join us for some toe-tapping fun, lots of laughs and some good old tunes. We’ll put a song in your heart, a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Get your tickets early though as many of the shows sell out well in advance of the concert date.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you at a show real soon!

Monforte Dairy to use $75,000 prize from Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence to open cheese making school

Monforte Dairy’s innovative capital-building plan which allowed the cheesemaker to establish a new plant on Griffith Rd. has been recognized with a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

Donal O'ConnorBy Donal O’Connor, The Beacon Herald,

The Monforte Dairy in Stratford.<br /><br /><br />
(SCOTT WISHART The Beacon Herald)

The Monforte Dairy in Stratford. (SCOTT WISHART The Beacon Herald).

The $75,000 award was presented to company owner Ruth Klahsen Monday morning in Toronto by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Monforte implemented a community shared agriculture micro-financing model four years ago to raise capital for the plant, essentially pre-selling cheese to subscribers.

Daniel Szoller, Klahsen’s son and a cheesemaker, said the award will be used to establish a cheese making school at the Stratford plant and the plan is to begin with about eight students this winter.

“We’ve been looking for money for years to do a cheese making school, to set up a curriculum, to hire a teacher, and we want to run a small class of students. My mom has always said we don’t know enough as cheesemakers in Ontario right now, that we don’t have enough knowledge to make great cheese. And we need to make safe cheese as well.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to open a school where we can teach people,” said Szoller.

Klahsen has been in touch with the provincial government about funding, said Szoller, but he couldn’t say whether the award is tied to the plan for the school.

Monforte Dairy employs about 20 people in all, at least 15 of them in Stratford at the dairy and at Monforte restaurant on Wellington St.

There’s a Toronto restaurant as well.

The company is about to pay back, with interest, the last of the more than $460,000 raised through its community shared agriculture model.

Szoller said Monforte would like to buy a farm to have some of its own animals and grow vegetables and is looking at re-issuing the same financing model to do that.

He said his mother always wanted the fundraising method to be seen as something viable for other companies.

“With this award I really hope it will raise awareness.”

In a speech at the Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food Innovation at Queen’s Park, Wynne challenged the agricultural sector to double its growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs in Ontario by 2020.

A total of 50 regional agri-food businesses were recognized under the innovation excellence program. Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes about $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs provincewide.

link to original article at The Beacon Herald