Avondale Cemetery Photo: Fred Gonder
Across the river from Avondale Cemetery is our public park, in the west end of which stands a grove of the original forest trees. They are of large size, and the entire grounds embrace about 25 acres, forming a pleasant resort for all our citizens, especially on holidays during the summer months. Here, on the Queen's Birthday, Dominion Day and on other public holidays, Stratford and "his wife and family" disport themselves to their heart's content in innocent games and amusements, while our town bands discourse sweet music. Source: Stratford Corporation 1882
Andrew Pyper, author
Born and raised in Stratford, Andrew Pyper has developed an international audience for his dark, psychological thrillers. His first novel, The Lost Girls, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel in 2000; his newest title, The Demonologist, won the 2014 International Thriller Writer’s Award, and has been optioned for a movie with Robert Zemeckis of Universal Pictures. Andrew attributes Avondale Cemetery in Stratford as an early influence on his writing:
“ . . . the older part of Avondale Cemetery, through the gates, (and the adjacent woods). In my day we called it the Old Grove. We would go there as kids to hide, (and) tell ghost stories among the weathered headstones. It was part of my gothic education growing up, a place of beauty and ghosts, the past of Stratford literally under my feet.” Source: Stratford Literary Walking Tours. See: Andrew Pyper bio
The Stratford Concert Band
Stratford Concert Band at the bandshell in Upper Queens Park: Photo: Fred Gonder
Stratford Symphony Orchestra
William Rowson, conductor
Stratford Symphony Orchestra Photo provided by Craig Thompson.
Click on picture to listen to Canadian composer William Rowson's "Fanfare", a "Sesquie" in celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation.