Parrywinkle March 10, 2016

Was going to devote this column to my personal, incisive, observations on the GOP farce that is sending seismic shock waves throughout the Republican establishment south of the border, the upcoming American election in November, its possible impact upon fellow residents of Hudson and environs, and why I'm hooked on watching Anderson Cooper on CNN for what has to be the craziest reality show in the history of television.

Also what ties, if any, Donald Duck - er sorry, Trump - has to our fair burg and whether the rumours that he is fishing for planning permission to build a casino and luxury golf course within putting distance of the Four Corners on Harwood are true. But I won't.

Because I have just learned of some really, really big breaking news that trumps all that. About a monster fish voted perhaps the biggest ever to be hooked through the frozen Lake of Two Mountains just a few hundred yards away from the shoreline here in Hudson that left local ice fishers literally reeling in shock this past weekend!


DENIZEN OF THE DEEP - For while Trump, Ted, Hilary and Bernie were all battling it out down in the U.S., Cody Goodwin and his fishing buddies were fighting to pull in a whopping big-bellied 54-inch Muskie through one of their ice holes out on Quarry Point. Would love to have been there.

For on a personal note, a couple of years ago in late fall, I was out on the lake with my fishing buddy, Quarry Pointer Ozzie Voortman, when we pulled in a real mighty Muskie after a fierce fight down under the Île aux Tourtes Bridge. Grabbing my camera, and as we always catch and release, I lined up the perfect shot to capture the moment for posterity. Guess what? The batteries were dead. Go figure!


PHABULOUS PHOTOS - Speaking of photographs, the Société de Développement Commercial d'Hudson (SDC) is currently in search mode for the best picture representing Hudson to appear on the front cover of a town map showcasing our community and its businesses to be printed soon. And to be made available online and as a pamphlet at tourist boards/agencies, the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre and businesses throughout town.

“This is a great opportunity for all local photographers,” the SDC's Kel Deegan and a wiz with a camera herself told me this week. “It's open to everyone of all ages and levels and they can use any type of camera, including their cell phone. Nor does it have to be a new one. It could have been taken any time previously but it does have to represent Hudson.”

The deadline, by the way, is Friday, March 25 - when the winner will be chosen with full credit given - and entries should be sent to complete with your name and contact info, including your telephone number. But make sure that your image is large enough for print.

Sheesh, will always wonder whether that Muskie shot that got away would have won me bragging rights for a year. Nah. For it was so big, nobody - apart from Ozzie - would have believed it anyway!


COMBATTING CRITTERS - Still on local businesses, a big bravo to several in our region that once again will be offering discounts to members of the Hudson Garden Club that will be holding its next meeting at the St. James' Church Hall, 642 Main, on Tuesday, March 15, at 7.30 p.m. when the guest speaker will be Tereska Gesing, owner of Urban Seeding a company that helps Montrealers grow food in the city by planting vegetable gardens and doing edible landscaping in yards, schools and worksites.

Here in Hudson, HGC member Kathy Conway tells me Tereska will be giving practical advice on how to defend our vegetable gardens against unwanted pests, critters and diseases. Also that it’s time to renew one's membership or sign up for the first time ever at a cost of $20 before March 31, incidentally, and $25 after.

Participating companies at press time comprise Champs de Rêves, Hollandia Fleuriste, Les Serres Vaudreuil (Daoust), Pepiniere Chantal (Rigaud), and Cité des Jeunes and Fleuriste Rita in St. Lazare. However, do make sure that you present your card to the cashier before your order is rung up and check with them as to which items the discounts apply, as not all qualify. Time to renew mine, for sure. Speaking from experience, I know that such savings will more than pay for my membership fee well before summer is over! For further info, go to


BROADCASTING BECKETT - Meanwhile, with Hudson's St. Patrick's Day Parade fast approaching on Saturday, March 19 - and also at St. James' Church Hall - the Hudson Players Club (HPC) is currently in final rehearsals for a live presentation of a radio play by Nobel Prize-winning Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett, titled All That Fall first commissioned by the BBC back in 1956.

Intrigued to learn from HPC's Mary Jefferies that Becket himself never wanted to see it performed on stage. “In fact,” says Mary, “he turned down both Laurence Olivier and Ingmar Bergman when they separately requested permission to produce a theatrical version. However, in 2012, director Trevor Nunn convinced the Beckett estate to allow him to mount the play on the London stage, while honouring its roots by presenting the script as if it were being read by actors in a radio studio.”

Adds Mary, “It proved to be an enormous critical success that transferred to Broadway. This is how we shall present the play, as actors in a studio recording a radio play, with live Foley and digital sound effects following the playwrights’ directions in the script.”

It all happens on Friday, March 18, with doors opening at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance, tickets are $5 and there will be a cash bar serving Irish coffee and other refreshments.

Director Christopher Gobeil has assembled a stellar cast including local actors Susan Gilmore, Peter Williamson, André and Aidan Floyd, Karen Delorme, John Elliott and Katrina Zub, and all profits from this evening will be donated to Playwrights Workshop (Montreal) Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing new work for the Canadian stage.

For further info, call Mary at (450) 458-4185 and, oh yes, the wearing of the green is definitely a go!


FIVE STARS - In closing, five stars to president Clint Ward and his fellow cast of volunteers at the Hudson Film Society for screening its first and phenomenally successful Hudson Festival of Canadian Film both in terms of attendance and quality diversity of nine films shown at Hudson Village Theatre this past weekend.

When it was all over Sunday night, the Audience Choice Award went to The Union by 23 year-old Rigaud-born Jeremy Thibodeau. Without detracting from this great movie, however, and while readily admitting that I didn't see them all, my vote went to the French-language film Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (My Internship in Canada) shot and produced right here in Quebec and directed by Philippe Farlardeau. A real hoot with a political twist and great subtitles, and introduced by former NDP Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP, Jamie Nicholls. Catch it if you can. If you loved La Grande Seduction, this one you will adore!

And that's a wrap!


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