Parrywinkle May 12, 2016

I'm kind of blushing as I write this, dear readers. But I was seduced this past week. In the dark. In a theatre. Watching a French-language film with no subtitles. And with my beautiful Sunshine, completely oblivious, sitting right there beside me, no less!

What's more, it was only when the lights went up that Mireille admitted that she too had been seduced. And we both came away feeling jolly good about it. Permit me to explain.


PUTTING ON THE POSITIVE - For, along with a full house, and an overflow crowd at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, we were watching a live screening of the Radio-Canada TV show. La Petite Séduction, at Hudson Village Theatre promoting the charms and the people of our little town by the lake. And tell you folks, if we didn't already live here - and have done for many years - we might be checking out the real estate ads in Your Local Journal right now with a view to moving here in a heartbeat.

No question, Hudson has its problems. Problems not likely to go away any time soon. But this night at the theatre for the hour-long show, shot here last year with the active participation of so many local families and volunteers and watched live on CBFT by over a million people, definitely showed the human and positive face of our community.

A community that is literally not burning down around us as is the case in Fort McMurray out in Alberta, where nobody is bombing us into oblivion, and where the biggest gripe of one resident - and believe me, I'm not making this up - is that blueberries are in short supply at local stores.

And so a big bravo to all from our town who helped make La Petite Séduction happen. Including Nicolas Pedneault, Kel Deegan, Céline Pilon, Vincent Maranda, Karen Burgan, Dave Dixon, and Pat O'Grady who acted as emcee for the evening in his inimitable style. Sheesh, as a writer, I thought I had a way with words. But Pat, blessed with the Irish gift of the gab, can certainly beat me into a cocked hat when it comes to standing up before a microphone!

If you were not there and would like to check out the show for yourself, go to, follow the link, and enjoy. We certainly did. And all the while being most pleasantly seduced!


FORT McMURRAY BOUND - Speaking of the tragedy unfolding out west, this just in. Bruce Munro, a long-time member of Hudson Legion Branch #115, has come up with a great idea to help the victims in Fort McMurray. He has been in contact with a lady in the Alberta Relief Centre who told him that there is still a real need for many items out there. And so, with the cooperation of the Hudson Branch and 10 other Legions in the area, Bruce has launched an appeal for donations that he will pick up personally and deliver by truck to the Centre leaving next Monday, May 16.

Items required comprise toiletries, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, brushes, tampons, diapers, underwear, pillows and blankets, towels, face and wet cloths, pacifiers, baby bottles, kid cups, dog and cat food, garbage bags, as well as shoes and clothing. But everything must be new.

Bruce tells me he will be picking up all donations by this Saturday, May 14, and all will be gratefully accepted. If you need further info, give him a buzz at (450) 228-2969 or e-mail him at

The address of the Hudson Legion, by the way, is 56 Beech Street, adjacent to the Community Centre.

What's more, just learned prior to going to press that arrangements have also been made with Poirier IGA in Hudson and Brunet Plus Pharmacie just across the road that they too will be accepting donations for pick-up. Why not add on a few extra items next time you are in there doing some shopping and leave them at the counter. Talk about a community spirit!


A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME - Meanwhile, over at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence on Como Gardens, it seems that the birds are back in the gardens for another season. And last week, a group of dedicated volunteers were busy re-erecting the bird-feeders outside the windows of the patients' rooms. Feeders all donated and maintained by Branch #115.

Says volunteer, Gerry Foliot, “This activity that they can see outside brings hours of enjoyment to the patients as well as their families and visitors. And if anyone would like to help us with the project, either with financial assistance or a donation of bird seed, we would love to hear from them as it will help us fill and maintain these feeders all summer long and we will provide them with a tax receipt.”

Donations can be made by dropping off the seed at the residence itself at 90 Como Gardens or at the legion. You can also can call Gerry at (450) 458-4125 to arrange for a pick up. Talk about seed money for a worthy cause!


GREENWOOD GALS - And now to changes over at The Greenwood Centre For Living History where,

following its recent Annual General Meeting, it was confirmed that my former editorial boss here at YLJ, Terry O'Shaughnessy, is the new executive director of Hudson's historic heritage home. Taking over from Audrey Wall, who has just completed nine full, busy, and extraordinary years in the same capacity and who is retiring from some of her Greenwood duties while taking on the role of associate director. Thus ensuring a smooth transition while remaining involved in the life of Greenwood.

For her part, Terry was named associate director in 2014, served on the board of directors in 2012/2013 and has been a member of the StoryFest Committee for four years. Both say they are looking forward to continuing to work together to foster Greenwood's, “burgeoning role in the community and the region, as a miniature jewel of Canadian and Quebec history.” Way to go gals!


RITES OF SPRING - And what a fabulous kick-off to the month-long, first ever festival, Rites of Spring - celebrating Hudson's multi-faceted artistic and artisanal community and running through June 5 - it was this past weekend at the Community Centre when Hudson Village Quilters welcomed visitors from far and wide at their super vernissage. Showcasing some 60 handmade quilts while raising funds through a very special raffle for the aformentioned Palliative Care Residence in town. (See story on page 00).

Learned from HVQ president, Marlise Horst, that the big prize - valued by quilt appraiser, Nicole Menard, at $2,550 - was won by St. Lazare resident, Marilyn Donaldson. Who, when told the news over the phone, exclaimed, “But I never win anything!” She was there merely minutes later to receive her really big win from Marilyn!

The second prize, a large quilted pillow, was won by long-time guild member and quilting stalwart, Ursula Steiner, of Pointe Claire. And a delighted Tanissa Jutras of St. Lazare, won the third prize, also a hand-quilted pillow. Ah, truly stuff that dreams are made of!


ALL'S FAIR - One segment of the Rites of Spring, incidentally, just happens to fall on World Fair Trade Day this Saturday, May 14. And what could be more appropriate than a party on the grass in front of the Town Hall to which everyone is invited marking the first anniversary of Hudson being recognized as Canada's 21st Fair Trade Designated town?

It all gets underway at 1 p.m. But if you plan on arriving a little earlier, there will be a Coffee Cupping event at the Hudson Mews, (Main Kitchen), 422 Main Road from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with free coffee and treats before heading over the road to 481 Main for music, cake, and unveiling of the new Hudson Fair Trade Town signage. Intrigued? Me too. And see you there!

And that's a wrap!


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