Stratford’s ShakesBeer Festival presented the Town of Stratford with a check for $20,000 on December 30, 2014. The second annual festival was held on the grounds of the historical Shakespeare Theatre with an eye on raising enough funds for reconstruction of the iconic building. Steven Bilodeau, co-organizer of the summer craft beer festival and manager at Wines Unlimited, seeks to raise necessary funds for reopening the 1,500-seat facility through the craft beer festival, which featured craft beer makers from across Connecticut. Raising money for the theatre, which held its last production in 1989 and was an artistic hub for such actors as Audrey Hepburn, Christopher Walken and James Earl Jones, is a goal for Bilodeau. A town committee is currently looking at proposals. The third annual ShakesBeer Festival will be held in August 2015.