• James Parry

Parrywinkle November 19, 2015

Physically, I have been in Hudson this past week. Emotionally, together with my beautiful Sunshine and like countless Your Local Journal readers I'm sure, I have been 3,000 miles away in Paris, the City of Lights. A city synonymous with not only 'joie de vivre' but also 'liberty, equality, fraternity.' The catastrophic carnage on the part of bloody terrorists - what other word is there to describe them? - making front page headlines and sending shock waves throughout the civilized world. A city that I have visited only once. But one that Mireille knows like the back of her hand having been there on over 50 occasions reporting on major fashion shows and interviewing French celebrities for francophone radio, television, and magazines here in Quebec and Canada.

What can one possibly say that hasn't already been said over the past few days? All too easy to say that 'We are Paris.' That our hearts go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, even though they do. That all eyes here are now on our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Liberal Party for their response to the atrocity, given their election promises regarding Canada's participation in the war against ISIL and their pledge to welcome some 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. His promise of 'sunny days' ahead suddenly seems threatened by global storm clouds not of his making. And that's putting it mildly.

Meanwhile, let us give thanks that here in Hudson and surrounding region, we live in a very special and peaceful part of the world despite our problems - and let's not go there right now - where it surely is starting to sound a lot like Christmas. When loving families and those living alone of all faiths and denominations will be coming together for church services, good food, gift giving, laughter, and joyous memories of holidays past in true community spirit!

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FABULOUS FESTIVAL WEEKEND - Something that will certainly be front and centre at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre on Friday, December 4, when for the first time in years, the traditional Lighting of the Lights complete with flickering candles, hot chocolate, and youngsters singing carols moves from in front of the Town Hall in a joint initiative on the part of the Hudson Merchants Association and the administration. Inside the centre, from 3 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., the annual Hudson Merchants Market will showcase local businesses with a plethora of great gift-giving items and stocking stuffers.

And some new attractions this time around courtesy of the SDC. For example, an authentic festive Scottish bagpiper à la Holiday spirit, crazy and zany holiday games for the kids such as 'Pin the Tail on our Mascot' and more about that later. Also an Ugliest Sweater contest as well as a Family Movie screened for the youngsters so their parents can shop to their hearts' delight, and face painting sponsored by Penny Petz. Then on Saturday, December 5, in what has become one of the most popular events at this time of year, Father Roland Demers of St. Thomas Church, will conduct the Blessing of the Pets in front of the Community Centre. The following day, Sunday, December 6, Hudson's Santa Claus Parade will wend its way along Main Road from Côte St. Charles to Cameron beginning at 1 p.m. with the theme A Sci-Fi Christmas.

Meanwhile, as for that SDC Hudson Christmas Merchant Mascot dressed by member Kel Deegan (see photo below), well it is looking for a name. And if you would like to propose one, and perhaps win a prize in the process, then go to the association's Facebook page SDC Hudson Village or email info@SDChudson.com. And please, no Rudolphs or Prancers or Dancers or whatever. After all, I really don't think he, or she, is a reindeer!

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WALKING TO BETHLEHEM - Still on the festive scene, there's a truly magical and most moving theatrical experience coming once again to St. Lazare beginning that same weekend when, every year for the past 10 years, thousands of visitors from far and wide have flocked to partake in A Walk to Bethlehem recreated and re-enacted in the spacious grounds of the Hudson Community Baptist Church just near the Four Corners.

With a cast and crew of over 200 volunteers, including costumed actors and singers, as well as camels, donkeys, and barnyard animals, it truly is a joy to behold. Have been there as a traveler for the past three. And, while the story as told in the Bible may not have changed in 2000 years and we all know how it unfolds, can't wait to do so once again!

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TALKING TURKEY - Same is true for the terrific Turkey Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings being cooked up, and served by students from Westwood Junior High School, at Wyman United Memorial Church at the intersection of Main and Selkirk this Saturday, November 21. Now in its seventh year, it was conceived, created, and is kept current by Carol Laws, founder of Le Pont/Food Bridging food bank, and Jean Wood. Two long-time Wyman members who enjoy catering at church events, delight in each other's company, and who take special pride in this annual celebration. Master 'chef' in charge of the kitchen and ably assisted by a whole 'brigade' of volunteers is Lynn Sandquist and, as guests from previous years will attest to, she is one person who certainly knows her way around Christmas dinners!

Says Jean, "We work so well together that all this is a pleasure for us." Adds Carol, "Wyman's Christmas dinner brings folks together, old friends, new friends, families and extended families, and all the generations. It is wonderful in that way."

Indeed it is. And there are two sittings. At 5:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, $9 for children, and they can be bought at the Wyman office, May's Studio on Main, and at the door on Friday. Moreover, anyone with special dietary concerns should call the church at (450) 458-4912 so that they can make appropriate adjustments. And if you know of someone who would appreciate a traditional turkey dinner but is too indisposed to attend, a take-out meal can be arranged. Done to a T - for turkey - of course!

And by the way, the students can include this activity as an element of their curriculum's Community Service requirement. Worthy of support in itself, I would say! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SUPPORTING HOPE & COPE - Ditto for a very special vernissage in Hudson being launched today Thursday, November 19, by local acclaimed sculptor/visual artist for the past 33 years, Rosalie Levi. A member of the Hudson Artists Association whose works have sold throughout North and South America, Rosalie is teaming up with Sari Medicoff, the new owner of Mlle. Clifford's English Tea Room on Cameron - where her multi-faceted exhibit will be held through 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 21 - in support of a great cause.

Namely Hope & Cope which helps women with breast cancer including her mother-in-law who is now in remission. And more specifically with the raffle of Rosalie's beautiful solid silver-pendant brooch, Maternite, which represents the strength of women around the world battling this terrible disease and which will receive every dollar raised from ticket sales. To learn more about Rosalie, check out her web site at www.rosalielevi.com. Truly a most talented artist influenced by everything and everyone around her!

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DECORATING PARTY - And if you are looking for great decorating ideas for the festive season, then St. James' Church Hall, 642 Main, is the place to be on Saturday, November 21, when once again the Hudson Garden Club hosts its Christmas Decorating Party with three talented volunteers there in person to advise you. Deborah Harvey will be showing how to make an edible centre pice for your table. Joy Foster will be demonstrating wreath making with a difference. And Wanda Bray will show you how to make your own Christmas wrapping paper from the garden. Saving money and wrapping your gifts with originality and flair. For non-members, there is an admission fee of $5. And oh yes, there will also be a raffle for each of the items made during the demonstration that will be from 2 p,m to 4.30 p.m.. Hope to see you there!

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IT'S ONLY FAIR - In closing, there's a community event of a different nature next Wednesday, November 25, at Hudson Village Theatre when the Hudson Fair Trade Town Committee - in collaboration with HVT and the Hudson Film Society - will screen the 2015 film, The True Cost, at 7.30 p.m. preceded by a meet and greet reception at 7 p.m. with Fair Trade wine and coffee being served.

The objective, say the organizers, is to increase awareness and further inform Hudsonites about 'ethical trade'. Tickets are $10 and are available at Pure Art, 422 Main and HVT at 28 Wharf.

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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