• James Parry

Parrywinkle, July 7, 2016

Following this past long weekend and as we head into the dog days of summer, thought we might take a walk on the wild side this week, dear readers. And no, I'm not talking about a trip out to Park Safari Hemmingford or Granby Zoo.

For although we might not have any zebras or tigers here in Hudson, we sure do have a lot of wild critters that are thriving right now in every sector of town.


IT'S A ZOO OUT THERE - And I'm not just talking about kamikaze squirrels dashing across the streets willy-nilly with some drivers, perhaps instinctively, breaking hard to avoid squashing them. Raccoons and their new cubs are everywhere. Spotted one mom with three youngsters in tow scooting up a drainpipe in the ditch in broad daylight on Elm Street just yesterday.

On Saturday, I watched a young fox square off against a big tabby cat on Main Road near Finnegan's before it retreated ignominiously into the bushes on the other side. A couple of hours later, he, or she, was still there looking all lost and forlorn.

Meanwhile, down in Quarry Point - chipmunk heaven since heaven knows when - it would appear that they are out in record numbers scurrying everywhere. Hungry groundhogs and their new families are having a field day in some veggie gardens in Como. Skunks and their baby kits have been spotted scouting and scavenging for scraps in the village centre. And reports of ravenous rabbits continue to reach me following the story I wrote on this page a couple of weeks ago about the bunnies who had set up home in the garden of Don Kerbyson and Terry Hasenhundel.

But wait, there's more. For I do have it on good authority that jaguars, cougars, mustangs, wildcats and broncos, could well be seen in town in the coming days. That's right folks. But absolutely no cause for alarm!


AUTO SHOW RETURNS - For they are also the names of cars. And with the 2016 Hudson Auto Show back in town this Saturday, July 9, anything is possible. The theme this year? 'Back to the Future' featuring, as it will, vintage vehicles - some almost a century old - as a nod to the history of the automobile, as well as a look to the future with those featuring the newest technologies of energy efficient, hybrid, and electric models.

“We are aiming to break the previous record of almost 250 cars on display,” Joseph Eletr, president of the show's organizing committee told me earlier this week. “If it's cool, has four wheels and an engine, you will find it at our Auto Show.”

The mission of which, he added, is to create a vehicle - don't you just love that pun? - “to showcase all that is special about summer weekends in Hudson. Including our merchants, restaurants, vibrant village hospitality, scenery, community spirit, and sense of fun.”

Moreover, all proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence on Como Gardens. Said Joseph, speaking on behalf of the entire committee, “We really appreciate the opportunity to support them in their ongoing care for those facing the greatest challenge of their lives.”


SUPER SOAP BOX DERBY - To this end, organizers have added new facets of the show to appeal to a much wider audience of all ages. Including the first Annual Hudson Soap Box Derby that promises to be a focal point of the day and a definite crowd pleaser at Benson Park on Selkirk. With three categories, comprising Junior, between eight and 11 years of age, Teen 12 through 17, and Senior 18 and older.

“The spirit of the derby is one of positive, fair, and honest competition, team building, and community pride,” said Joseph. “It is organized and staffed by volunteers and, as such, it is important that all involved work together to ensure a pleasant and memorable experience for all, participants and spectators alike. And all carts competing had to meet very specific guidelines in terms of construction and safety requirements.”

All heeded to the letter by five local restaurants and pubs that will be competing to win the chequered flag in their category albeit in friendly spirit and, again, pardon the pun. Namely Cunningham's Pub, Château du Lac, Restaurant Mon Village, Chez Biggs, and Auberge Willow Inn. Says Jim Beauchamp of Cunningham's, “I think it's a genius idea. A great event for families. Brings back the old days. Love it completely!”

Vehicles participating in the Auto Show will be parked along Main Road beginning from Restaurant Sauvé westward through the village. And in order to help transform the town centre into a pedestrian mall for the day, Cameron will be closed from Main to St. Jean for the duration of the show.

Said Joseph, “We have to thank the Town of Hudson for their permission to close the road, provide space to display the show vehicles, set up pavilions, and even loan out some of their outdoor tents and furnishings. The closure will greatly contribute to the street fair atmosphere and facilitate guest access to our exhibitors' and vendors' booths.”

Volunteer emcee will once again be TV reporter and radio personality, Mark Shaloub, who says he is delighted to be part of such a community event in aid of a great cause. And for more info on the show, go to its website at HudsonAutoShow.ca. See you there?


BRAVO CHLOE - Meanwhile, if you have been dropping by the Hudson Farmer's Market at the corner of Selkirk and Main on Thursday afternoons these past couple of weeks, you may have seen - and almost certainly heard - a young talented violinist playing her heart out. And, as it is known initially in the U.K., busking.

Playing music or otherwise perform for entertainment in a public place for voluntary donations.

Her name is Chloe Mitchell, she lives in Hudson, she is a student at Westwood Senior High, she has been studying and playing the violin since the tender age of five, and she is there because she wants to help repay her parents for making it possible for her to attend - for the second year in a row - a musical camp this summer. Tell you dear readers, yet another heartwarming example of what makes our little town so special!


QUIRKY QUESTIONS - That being said, speaking as I was earlier about kamikaze (divine wind) squirrels, thought the following observation by local wag, Jane Kirkland, most appropriate. Namely, why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Beats me!

Some of her other questions, for which I also certainly don't have answers. Why, why, why, do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak? Whatever happened to Preparations ‘A’ through ‘G’? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? And why do banks charge you a fee due to insufficient funds when they already know you are broke?

Haven't a clue Jane. But I do look forward to seeing you again at the monthly luncheon of the Hudson Coronation Street Appreciation Society this Sunday, July 10, at Auberge Willow Inn, 208 Main Road, when the colour theme will be all shades of peach and coral, as well as orange. Go figure! And where there will be some very special Corrie-related prizes to be won all donated by CBC TV in Montreal which, of course, screens Coronation Street five nights a week as well as an omnibus recap on Sunday mornings. For more info on the luncheon, call (450) 458-7154.

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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