Parrywinkle, June 22, 2017

Who would have thunk it? After weeks of rain and resultant woes and, as of this past Tuesday, members of Hudson Yacht Club unable to launch their boats because the lake is still too high, Hudson is under watering restrictions as of this past week.

In order to protect our aquifer for the months to come, lawn sprinkling is banned. As is washing of driveways – which has always struck me as a complete waste of our precious resource anyway – as well as patios unless prior to the application of a protective coating.

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COMMUNITY BUILDING - Meanwhile, heavy intermittent rain this past Saturday certainly didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those participating in two outdoor community events in town. Both of which were a great success according to organizers I spoke to.

The first being the annual garage sale on Côte St-Charles hosted by Gerdy Goudon of Gerdy's Rescues and Adoptions fame.

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Helping Gerdy Gouron (centre) with her garage sale on Saturday were dedicated volunteers Kim Elrassi, Kimberley Race, George Gervin, Gisela Latter, Christine Robert, Yvette Tupper, and Signa Voyer.

The other being the Alstonvale Residents Association's annual picnic on the parkland on Mayfair back after a 10-year hiatus when some 70 members joined newly-elected president, Michael McMillan, and former president, Terry Browitt, to start the tradition all over again.

Said Terry, “I thought a street party would bring the neighbourhood together and most people agreed. I always remember the street parties held in England after World War II which were tremendous community-building events. Here in Alstonvale, it was a board effort with many people and their spouses helping. And we do expect it to become an annual event as it was so well received.”

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

On a personal note, being born in late 1945 in the North of England, I guess I was too young to remember those street parties. But one that I will never forget was when whole bunting and Union Jack bedecked streets turned out to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. All of us kids were given wax crayons and colouring books at school with outlines of crowns, jewels, golden coaches, scepters, orbs, and all other kinds of fabulous stuff. Ah, I can still see it today. But that's another story!

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FABULOUS FOSTER - Truth be told, what I would like to see again - and probably will, space permitting - is the Quebec premiere of Norm Foster's hilarious but extremely poignant comedy, Jonas and Barry in the Home, running at Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf, through July 2. I attended opening night last Thursday and I tell you folks, HVT has another hit on its hands as it celebrates its 25th season.

In a departure from the norm and pardon the pun, this particular play - directed by Dean Patrick Fleming and starring Hudsonites Glen Bowser, Don Anderson, and Amanda MacDonald will have you not only rolling in the aisles but also just like me and my beautiful Sunshine and many others in the audience emotionally choked. It's that powerful!

As for the plot, in essence it tells the tale of two diametrically opposite retired guys searching for friendship, love, sex, and elusive happiness in an assisted living home where the daughter of one of them just happens to be the social director.

If you haven't yet reserved your seat, and would love a wonderful night out at the theatre so close to your own home, may I respectfully suggest that you don't leave it much longer so as not to be disappointed. Tickets are selling fast, and with good reason. This show is hot and it's a hit!

For reservations, call the Box Office at (450) 458-5361 or go to villagetheatre.ca.

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ARTS ALIVE! - And still on the entertainment scene, just learned from Barbara Ford, publicist for Arts Alive! Québec, that for the third consecutive year, Hudson and the West Island encompassing Dorval to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue will be two of six regions participating in the province-wide cultural festival featuring Quebec artists this summer.

Organized by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), and the other regions being Knowlton, Quebec City, Huntingdon, and Wakefield, it will feature performances and activities for the whole family from June through September. And while programming details are yet to be revealed, the dates set for Hudson are July 20 to 23 and for the West Island, September 23 and 24. Will keep you posted!

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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