Parrywinkle, July 14, 2016

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Sporting Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday t-shirts and Coronation Street-related gifts donated by Andrea Stanford of CBC Television in Montreal, some of the 40 crazy Corries who attended the monthly luncheon of the Hudson Coronation Street Appreciation Society at Auberge Willow Inn this past Sunday could not have been in more festive mood.

Ever wonder who first coined the phrases, it never rains but it pours, it's bucketing down, and it's raining cats and dogs? Well me neither, to be perfectly honest. Until this past weekend that is. When the second major outdoor happening in Hudson in as many weeks was a total washout. To use a sports analogy, rain stopped play. And boy, did it ever!

One can't help but feel for all the dedicated organizers, volunteers, and planned participants from throughout the region who had worked so hard to help create something positive for our community this summer. And heaven knows, we need it! Also for the families who were so much looking forward to being there. Only to have their hopes dashed because of something totally beyond anyone's control - the weather - failing to cooperate.

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DERBY DASHED - For the second year in a row, Hudson's Canada Day celebrations at Thompson Park were cancelled with the much-anticipated fireworks display postponed to a future date still to be determined.

And then this past Saturday, July 9, with organizers, including organizing committee president Joseph Eletr, having worked so hard to make the Hudson Auto Show the biggest to date while launching the first ever annual Hudson Soap Box Derby, particularly for youngsters and teens, the deluge downpoured.

Discouraging potential exhibitors and wiping out any chance of the derby proceeding as planned because of safety reasons. For without exaggeration, competitors would have been hydroplaning down Cameron from Lakeview to St. Jean. Once again, it has been postponed to a future date, still to be determined.

A darn shame. And can't wait!

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PHRASE FORENSICS - Regarding those phrases above in the opening paragraph, it never rains but it pours means when troubles come, they come together. Its origin? Haven't a clue.

As for raining cats and dogs, while its origin is unknown, evidently it was in use by the early 18th century, one supposed origin being that it derives from mythology. Dogs and wolves were attendants to Odin, the god of storms, and sailors associated them with rain. Witches, who often took the form of their familiars - cats - are supposed to have ridden the wind. It has also been suggested that cats and dogs were washed from thatched roofs during heavy weather way back, centuries before shingles and tiles.

As for bucketing down, well you don't have to be a rocket scientist or meteorologist to figure that one out!

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FOR THE LOVE OF SHAKESPEARE - Meanwhile, I'm sure that everyone involved with the great Hudson Players Club - an integral and dynamic part of the cultural life of Hudson for the past 00 years - is keeping their fingers crossed for great weather now through this Saturday, July 16, when to honour the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, they will be staging the world premiere of a brand new play titled, For the Love of Shakespeare.

PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE WALTERS All the world’s a stage at Jack Layton Park through Saturday, July 16, when the Hudson Players Club presents the ‘world premiere’ of For the Love of Shakespeare written and directed by HPC member Chris Gobeil.

Written and directed by HPC Board member, Chris Gobeil, and with music by Roy Vuorela, it's the story of a troupe of travelling Shakespearean actors in the late 19th century and it uses selected scenes, sonnets, and speeches from Shakespeare's work to illustrate the seven types of love as described by the Ancient Greeks. Namely, Agape, Philia, Ludus, Pragma, Philautia, Storge and Eros, which are claimed to be featured in many of the playwright's works.

Presented in the round at the beautiful Jack Layton Park overlooking the Lake of Two Mountains, it is a perfect blend of many of the good bits from The Bard. With the actors wandering and mingling with the audience throughout the performance allowing them to be drawn into the action and become part of the story as it unfolds.