ShakesBeer donates $20,000 to town for theater re-build

The second annual ShakesBeer Festival, held in August, donated $20,000 to the town of Stratford with the money specified for use on reconstruction of the Shakespeare Theatre building.

The check was accepted by the town on Dec. 30, according to Stratford Director of Finance Susan Collier, and it came from Steven Bilodeau, the organizer of the craft beer festival and manager at Wines Unlimited and Captain’s Keg liquor stores, the event’s primary sponsor.

The town's American Shakespeare Festival Theater last had full operation in 1989. [Greg Reilly photo.]

The town’s American Shakespeare Festival Theater last had full operation in 1989. [Greg Reilly photo.]

The craft beer event and tasting attracted close to 1,000 attendees with volunteers, staff, food vendors, breweries, and musicians, according to Bilodeau. Craft beer makers from across Connecticut, including Stratford’s Two Roads Brewing, presented special brews.

The town’s Shakespeare Theatre on Elm Street last held a full season of productions in 1989, but the town is now considering proposals to renovate, re-open and operate the 1,500 seat facility.

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