Parrywinkle June 9, 2016

Just for a change of pace, let's go golfing this week. Albeit in my case, very, very vicariously. You see, I'm not a golfer by any stretch of the imagination. Never have been, never will be.

Because dear readers - and please don't take this the wrong way - I've always considered the majority of golfers to be a fanatical, fickle, frustrated bunch. Up at the crack of dawn to get a good tee-off time. Upon arrival, carping about the foursome in front of them being too slow. And then after the game, spending the rest of the day analyzing and rabbiting on about what they did wrong on the 7th hole or whatever. Pick a number.

Or how they were robbed of an easy 2-foot putt by the aftershock of an earthquake somewhere in South America. Or how…. Well, you get the idea.

Nah, it's not for me. To be candid, and with apologies to all would-be caddies out there, I have only played once in my life. Came in with a score of 63 if memory serves me correct. And I was only on the 5th hole! Hey, even Tiger Woods has his off day. Suffice to say that I used the clubs, bought at The Bunker, as starter supports for my tomato plants a few weeks later. Apparently, the tomatoes didn't take to them either. They all died!


FORE! - That being said, I have nothing but praise and admiration for golfing guys and gals - those with a hard-won handicap and duffers who don't know a bogey from an eagle alike - who organize and partake in fundraising tournaments in support of so many worthwhile causes in our community. Both locally and more far reaching.

I'm thinking of people like Grahame Dorcas, Paul Alexander, Keith Dugas, Kristen Wilkin, Jim Beauchamp, Dion Cochrane and Scott Crowder who have been volunteering tirelessly to make this year's 6th Annual Cunninghams Pub-Hudson Charity Golf Tourney - which tees off at Whitlock Golf & Country Club in Hudson on June 20 - the biggest and best ever.

To date, they have raised over $90,000 for causes near and dear to their hearts and our community. Including the Canadian Kidney Foundation, Palliative Care, Le Pont/Bridging Food Bank, Canadian Breast Cancer Association, and Team Stock.

Says Jim Beauchamp, “This year, we will continue the tradition and we are counting on participants and sponsors to put us over the $100,000 mark. This time around, we will also be supporting the Centre montérégien de réadaptation (CMR) which provides rehabilitation services within our community for people with motor disabilities as well as hearing or language challenges. Also Dean Stock and his family's fight against ALS. And once again, Karen Major and her team will be on hand to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Association.”

The day comprises golf, cart, BBQ lunch, supper, and incredible prizes. The cost is $700 per foursome and if you would like to sign up or become a sponsor, Jim would love to hear from you and he can be reached at (514) 457-0080 in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, (450) 458-2122 in Hudson, or at (514) 691-2721.


TEEING OFF AT HVT - Speaking of foursomes, if you would like see real hijinks on the links, then does Hudson Village Theatre have a treat in store for you! An hilarious comedy penned by Canada's much-loved and most prolific playwright, Norm Foster, titled The Ladies Foursome, directed by Alison Darcy of Scapegoat Carnivale fame, and opening June 22 through July 10.

Without giving the game away - pardon the pun - it's the day following the wake for Catherine, Margot, Connie and Tate’s weekly golf partner, when the threesome gather on the tee with newcomer, Dory, to play a round in honour of their dearly departed. Over the ‘course’ of the next 18 holes, the rigours of golf pale in comparison to the surprises and confessions that emerge as the women discuss everything from life and love to men and sex.

Explaining his choice of Alison to direct Foster's latest, Matthew Tiffin, HVT’s Artistic Director, told me, "I've long been a fan of Alison's work, and have admired her talent, artistry, determination, and all the passion and good work she's given Montreal. When I read this hilarious play, the first person I thought of was her."

Margot, a devoted fan of the alcoholic beverage, is played by Susan Glover, last seen at HVT in Colleen Curran’s Casa de Mary Margaret. Shannon Hamilton, who recently finished filming her second season with the kids CBC show, The Moblees, makes her HVT debut as Tate. Mary Harvey, star of the 2014 HVT production of The 39 Steps, returns as the highly-sexed cougar, Connie. And Eleanor Noble, who had audiences in stitches during HVT’s Wife Begins at Forty two summers ago, rounds out the cast as Dory, the newcomer from the country.

Sure promises to be a hoot and for reservations call the Box Office at (450) 458-5361 or go to


MUMMY BUNNY - Still on golf, for I need a segue. Now while I know there may be 'eagles' and perhaps the occasional wildlife interloper on the greens and fairways of Whitlock on Côte St. Charles, not sure if there have been any rabbit sightings recently.

But I do know for sure that they are alive and well in the garden of Hudsonites, Don Kerbyson and Terry Haselhundel on Elm Street. More specifically, a mummy and her four baby bunnies who can't be more than a few weeks old. What's more, they have the pic to prove it. (See photo below).

Not surprised to learn that passionate gardeners Don and Terry have no plans to plant any lettuce in their veggie plot right now!


BOBBY BEATS IT - In closing, I'm sorry to report that Hudson's last British 'Bobby' on the beat has finally decided to call it a day and is hanging up his helmet - complete with its little flashing red light on top - to pass it on to a younger man. To follow in his footsteps directing traffic at the corner of Main and Blenkinship. If only once every two years when, as recently, the British Invasion rolls into town for the bi-annual car show organized and hosted by the Hudson Antique Car Klub (as in Hack, short for a London taxi) running since the year 2000.

I'm speaking, of course, about the indefatigable and irrepressible Roy Elliott who, at the age of 88, tells me that while he is quite happy to pass on that helmet, he will miss “standing in the hot sun for six hours slowly melting” until he can shut off his famous Belisha Beacon and head home.

Ah Roy, what can I possibly say? You’re just the ticket to cheer us all up. And, to the best of my knowledge, you never gave anyone a ticket throughout your illustrious career at the corner! Cheers!

And that's a wrap!


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