Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Day In Stratford.

Welcome to the next installment in our series, A Day In... , where one of our Nutmeg Collective members takes us on a tour of their hometown and gives us the scoop on the must-see local spots.

Today we are spending the day in Stratford, Connecticut with Alonda Baird-Juhasz of Designer Dwellings. Alonda and her husband moved to Stratford three years ago after falling in love with Paradise Green - a small center filled with mom-and-pop shops, bakeries, and restaurants alongside a town green. Join her as she takes us through town, which is full of scenic parks and history.

After a walk through the park head onto Salerno's Apizza, Stratford's oldest pizzeria, baking pies since 1947. And if you are visiting in August, make sure to order the fresh plum tomato pie - only available for a few weeks. Made with fresh Connecticut-grown tomatoes,  the restaurant bakes up thousands of these pies for their short summer appearance.

Source: Alonda Baird Juhasz

A visit to Boothe Memorial Park & Museum is a scenic must. The 32-acre attraction has a clock tower museum, trolley station, chapel, rose gardens, miniature lighthouse and windmill, two playgrounds, carriage house and the original Sikorsky Bridge toll booth from the Merritt Parkway among several other fun sights.

Fun fact: The world has six Stratfords. There are two Stratfords in Canada, one in New Zealand, one in Australia, and most famous of all,  Stratford upon Avon, known as the birthplace of Shakespeare. So it only makes sense that Stratford, Connecticut, would have its own American Shakespeare Theater. Built in 1955, the theater has run run festivals that hosted several famous actors, such as James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Walken, Meredith Baxter and Katharine Hepburn. While the theater closed it's doors in 1982, the grounds still hold an annual Shakespeare Festival.

Looking for something a bit beyond this world? Visit John Zaffi's Paranormal Museum. Zaffi is the nephew of famous ghost hunting duo Ed & Lorraine Warren. Zaffi also hosted his own show on the SyFy network called "Haunted Collector". His museum contains the items, such as masks and dolls, he has collected from his paranormal investigations over the years. 

We hope you enjoyed our stroll through Stratford.  For even more to do, please visit the town's website.

See our other A Day In posts here.

Written by Alonda Baird-Juhasz, owner of Designer Dwellings, who believes in adding color to life. An avid DIYer, sparkle-loving, all things fabulous addict, her shop features bright and fun home decor accessories and gifts. When not in the shop you can find her interior decorating or visual styling events and photo shoots.

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