Parrywinkle, October 27, 2016

Well, what a wash-out of a week! Weatherwise that is. Just when we were all congratulating ourselves on a glorious fall, still fantastic foliage with many trees yet to turn, and occasional record temperatures for this time of year. And then down came the rain. And the rain. And the rain. Five freakin' days of it. Together with powerful winds resulting in sporadic power outages throughout the region.

Oh yes, there was even the threat of snow this past weekend, which, fortunately, did not materialize. Wish the same could be said of that awful debilitating nose-throat-chest virus that has been sweeping through the community for the past few weeks with apparently no end in sight.

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JAZZ AND FLAPPERS - Reservations are required, however, for the latest production of The Hudson Players Club (HPC), The Great Gatsby, at Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, Thursday, November 3, through the 13th for which HPC members and director, Donna Byrne, have been rehearsing and preparing sets and costumes since August.

Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, it's a beautifully crafted interpretation of the well-known classic penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 which definitely defined the Jazz Age for all time. And the cast spotlights newcomers to HPC, Lia Ludbrook and Matt Langton as the ill-fated lovers, Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, as well as those familiar to Hudson audiences. Including Jazmine Floyd, Dave Fisher, and Sylvia Mauri. Moreover, long-time club member, Mary Jefferies, has a cameo role as the party-goer, The Duchess, which begs the question – is this type casting or what? With marvelous costumes reflecting the flapper era designed by Tina Struthers and energetic dancers performing to the music of the Charleston, this show promises to be one not to miss!

On a personal note, it's always a pleasure to promote HPC in this column. After all, founded in 1948 to serve Hudson and surrounding areas, it is now the longest running community theatre group in the Province of Quebec. And with a simple mandate. Namely to foster an appreciation of theatre in our community, and develop the capacity to engage audiences fully in the theatre experience. A mandate that it has more than fulfilled over the decades. Way to go guys and gals! For tickets or more info, go to hudsonplayersclub.ca or call (438) 923-6828. And enjoy the show!

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CORRUPT CITY COUNCIL - Still on volunteer community theatre, and with many fans here in Hudson and environs, Lakeshore Players Dorval (LPD) - which stages three shows a year - kicks off its 52nd season November 10 through 19 spotlighting, in a similar vein, venal corruption. To be more specific, The Inspector General, written by Nikolai Gogol with adaptation by Michel Chemers and directed by Corey Castle.

According to Corey, this comedy of errors satirizes human greed, stupidity, and the extensive political corruption of our times showcasing, as it does, a corrupt city council mistaking a penniless drifter for a federal agent. Scandal? And right on the heels of the US elections? How appropriate! This season, LPD will be holding all performances at Lakeside Academy High School at 5050 Sherbrooke West in Lachine, and for reservations call the Box Office at (514) 631-8718.

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BRILLIANT BIRTHDAY - Meanwhile, it's not often that a third birthday is particularly noteworthy. But here's one that definitely is. The Adult Day Centre, founded by Nova Hudson in 2013, is celebrating its third year of successful operation this month at St. Mary's Church Hall, 261 Main, in Como. Providing, one day a week (Wednesday) and absolutely free of charge, respite for families taking care of their loved ones with exercise, music, crafts, mind games, quizzes, pet therapy, thematic events, and a whole host of fun ideas to fill the day.

Explains volunteer, Wanda Bray, “An idea launched at our biannual Nova Gala as an outreach community project became reality thanks to the many supporters and generous donations. And we are proud to say this one day a week respite for loving families is working out to be exactly as planned. There is a one-to-one ratio of volunteers to members and we are so very grateful for the amazing support within our community.”

Adds Wanda, “We meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and if you have a loved one needing a day of comfort and stimulation, as well as a bit of time for yourself to recharge, just call our Nova Office at (450) 458-5727 or go to www.novahudson.com and you will be more than welcome to join us.”

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FASHION FUNDRAISER - And still on Nova Hudson, the phenomenally successful Nova Boutique - which for the past seven years is where the smart folk shop and which is an ongoing major fundraiser for the cause - is hosting a Fundraiser Fashion Luncheon at Whitlock Golf & Country Club, 128 Côte St. Charles, at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, with an informal fashion show by boutique volunteers during the meal.

There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets at $40 are available at the boutique, 455 Main Road, with all proceeds going to Nova Hudson, and for more info, call (450) 202-6682.

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FOOD BANK FUNDRAISER - Another fundraiser - this time for Hudson's Le Pont/Bridging food bank and St. James' Anglican Church, Parish of Vaudreuil - will be staged in the church hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, with a concert by Vivianne LaRiviere and her musical companions in what is being billed as an evening of song, reflection, community action, and belonging.

And I have to tell you folks, Vivianne is one very talented, multi-faceted, and caring and spiritual artist and lady who tells me that in today's ever-increasing troubled world, she feels the necessity to answer her call through intimate and soulful reflections and performances. And that weaving theology and the arts with issues of social justice are essential to her call as an artist and a 'fringe' theologian.

There will be gourmet snacks at intermission, wine and beer will be available, and tickets at $30 are available at the church office (450) 458-5897, Source Santé at 484 Main, and Centre Décor Hudson, 33 Yacht Club Road. And if you are planning on attending then Vivianne invites you to also take along a donation of non-perishable food and items that will be passed on to Carol Laws and her fellow volunteers.

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CHAMPIONING CHAMBER MUSIC - And still at St. James' and still on music, learned from Steve Ambler that this Sunday, October 30, the first concert of the 34th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will begin at 4 p.m. featuring the internationally-renowned Zodiac Trio. Comprising Kliment Krilovskiy (clarinet), Vanessa Mollard (violin), and Riko Higuma (piano) who have performed on three continents and have received rave reviews wherever they have played.

The program will include works by Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Ben-Amots and Stravinsky, as well as the world premiere of Comment révéler un secret by Nicolas Gilbert. And as usual, patrons will be able to meet and discuss with the artists after the concert. Season tickets for the four-concert series will also be available at a substantial discount and for more info, call (450) 458-4088 or (450) 458-5107 or log on to the website at hudsonchambermusic.ca/index.html which includes the full schedule of upcoming concerts.

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CHEESEY - On a lighter note, and with the clock ticking down to the US election, simply could not end this column without a reference to the soon-to-be-demised Donald Trump and his latest campaign slogan. 'Ban pre-shredded cheese. Make America grate again.' Ouch. There again, it is also said that the second mouse gets the cheese. In this case, however, I very much doubt it!

And that's a wrap!

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