• James Parry

Parrywinkle Feb. 4, 2016

Have you ever wondered who first coined that old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words? Me neither to be perfectly honest. Until this week that is. When I suddenly realized that pictures I have been taking around town recently and which, because of space limitations on this page, have never made it in to print, have been stacking up like aircraft circling the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in a blizzard.

And so, in a departure from the norm, more photos this week, less words. A departure that I'm sure will be applauded by certain wags in our community who have been known to poke fun at my verbal, and literary, verbosity. And most appropriate, perhaps, considering that we are now in February the shortest month of the year!

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GLORIOUS GALA - That being said, it would probably take a book to do full justice to the hugely successful Happening 2016 fundraiser for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) on Como Gardens in Hudson that my beautiful Sunshine and I attended on Saturday, January 30, at the magnificent Chateau Vaudreuil Pavilion. What a glorious gala on all counts!

With some $270,000 raised for the Residence that officially opened its doors in September, 2010, with a mission that it has more than fulfilled. But one that, while blessed with a dedicated team of directors, doctors, staff and volunteers, still requires some $1.5 million in donations every year.

For more photos, check our Facebook page.

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95 YEARS YOUNG - Just one day earlier, we had the distinct pleasure - along with many of her long-time friends from throughout the community and her second-cousin, Keith Boast, from Toronto - of joining our wonderful neighbour, Marion Clarke, in her Hudson home in celebration of her 95th birthday. Lovingly orchestrated by her two caregivers, Betty Piper and Jill Shortt, and with a fabulous cake created by our other neighbour, Roberta Yeldon.

And I must say that this very special birthday gal who - together with her late husband, Ron - has been our dear friend since we first moved to this little hamlet by the lake some 40 years ago, should be an inspiration to all.

Her family roots here in our neck of the woods date back to just after the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s. At the outbreak of World War II and together with 27 other ladies, she would board the liner, Île de France, to cross the Atlantic to England where she would serve with distinction as a WREN with the Women's Royal Naval Service while Ron played his own important role in the conflict with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

“There were also over 1,500 men on board and we were told that for our own safety and peace of mind, we would be quartered in the same section as officers of senior rank, laughed Marion. “We all thought it a real hoot!”

Upon her return to Canada, she would go on to serve as a teacher and finally as a vice-principal in Dorval. Together with Ron and with a deep interest in all things historical - if not hysterical - she traveled the world always intrigued by the arts and different cultures. Closer to home - in fact just a five-minute walk from her residence with its magnificent perennial gardens - she spent several years as the official librarian at the Hudson War Memorial Library.

But the one thing that I personally have to thank Marion for is the fact that she and Ron first introduced me to growing Kennebec potatoes in my veggie garden. Making for a simply scrumptious raclette followed by a bracing 'kiltlifter.’ But that's another story!

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CALLING CORRIES - If it's a nice cuppa tea you are looking for or something stronger, however, and in convivial Corrie company, then the Auberge Willow Inn at 208 Main in Hudson is the place to be this Sunday, February 7, when the Hudson Coronation Street Appreciation Society hosts its monthly luncheon starting around noon. Everyone is welcome to share some laughs and catch up on the news about the North of England's most famous street. The colour theme? Red, silver and grey and for more info, call (450) 458-7154.

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GREAT 3-PACK - Also learned from Hudson Film Society president, Clint Ward, who was up there in the projection booth, that nine movies from across Canada have now been confirmed for their first-ever Hudson Canadian Film Festival being screened March 3 through 6 with passes at $75 while continuing its mandate of transforming the way we see the world through film.

Oh yes, he also mentioned that for those who might find it daunting to take in all nine movies in such a short time frame, the Festival has launched a new early bird pass category called the 3-Pack. Any three films for $25 good until Valentine's Day when the regular price of $30 will kick in and available at HVT's Box Office or website villagetheatre.ca And while the controversy over the upcoming Oscars continues, must say it is hard to find fault with what promises to be a fabulous festival and great initiative!

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NEW ON THE BLOCK - Not sure if nearby Que de Bonne Choses – now in the IGA Poirier building after moving from its former location on Main Road - sells popcorn. Kinda doubt it, but did pop by there recently to meet with new owners, Gwen Giberson and Heidi Niderost. And, together with many other local residents, sample a complimentary cup of Le Nichoir's Bird Friendly coffee. Also learned that there will be a fund-raising film for the sanctuary at HVT this Saturday, February 6, at both 2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Funded in part by the BBC, it's a British comedy-drama titled A Brilliant Young Mind and for more info or tickets, call the Box Office at (450) 458-5361.

In closing, as to who first came up with the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words, take your pick. According to my exhaustive research - well, about 30 seconds on Google - it could have been a certain Fred Barnard, Tess Flanders, or even Napoleon Bonaparte. Check it out for yourself. I'm out of space!

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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