ONTARIO TRAVEL: STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
En route to Stratford, we spent one day with our old friend Peter who vacations in Hamilton over the summers from his home on the Isle of Wight in England. Peter put us
up at Rutherford House, a beautiful bed and breakfast near his apartment. We had dinner with old mutual friends Don and Helen and caught up after about 15 years.
At Stratford we stayed at the Artful Lodger bed and breakfast with Philip its amiable host.
We came to Stratford to attend the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Stratford is the largest repertory theater in the world
and stages plays in four theaters as well as sponsoring many educational programs and museums. At the Festival Theater we saw both Shakespeare's As You Like It set
in the 1920s, and Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate. Both were superb productions with top notch casts. We had lunch in the Lobby Café and enjoyed the heralds that
announced the second acts.
June 1-4, 2010
One of the most fascinating museums in the Archives of Costumes and Props which stores thousands of items.
We saw our third production, Evita at the Avon Theater in the center of the city. Stratford is on the River Avon is a delightful small city
with many small parks like the Shakespeare Gardens and a unique nineteenth century buildings such as the City Hall and County Court House.
With the thousands flocking to the theaters, Stratford as many great restaurants. The elegant Pazzo on Queen Street was a delightful stop.
One of our favorites was Rene's Bistro where we indulged in Prince Edward Island mussels. Next to the Avon we enjoyed the new Pan Tapas and Grill,
and had our last dinner at Keystone Alley.
The Tourist Bureau has numerous self-guided tours throughout the town. Our favorite was the Residential Walk which began near the Artful Lodger. Most
of these homes were constructed during Stratford's hey day from the mid to late nineteenth century. Their various styles over the years include Ontario Cottage,
Queen Ann, Regency, Gothic and Italianate. The last home on the tour was immediately behind the Artful Lodger.
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