Parrywinkle, July 6, 2017

First up, hats off to the Town of Hudson and all the many volunteers and participants from throughout the community for deciding that, come hell or high water, our Canada Day celebrations would go ahead as planned this past Saturday, July 1. Unlike certain other towns in the region which postponed their festivities until the following day and with no real promise of a big improvement in the weather.

And while there were as many brollies as Canadian flags on display, the rain - sometimes torrential - did little to dampen the spirits of families who converged on the field behind St. Thomas School to join in the fun. All agreeing - at least the ones I spoke to - that the site, with its ample parking and in the very heart of the village, was much better than Thompson Park further west where it has traditionally been held. A big bravo to one and all!

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THE WHEEL DEAL - A couple of days later and just by happenstance, I visited the park en passant, as you might say, while doing something that I haven’t done for at least 50 years. Namely, riding a bicycle!

I was with Hudsonite, Marc Balevi, who logs about 150 km a week and who had kindly offered to take me for a spin while filling me in on more details about the 700-km trip he and some seven other fellow cyclists are planning later this month in the Maritimes to raise funds for the Children's Wish Foundation.

PHOTO COURTESY MARC BALEVI

Following a recent ride, Rob Fetherstonhaugh and Marc Balevi take time out to plan final details for their upcoming 700 km trek in the Maritimes raising funds for The Children’s Wish Foundation.

Sheesh, they say that one never really forgets how to ride a bicycle. Don't believe them. After getting off to a wobbly start, sure, it did quickly come back to me. But I was so concerned about hitting a pothole, going off the road, or the intentions of the car behind or in front of me, that I had little time to admire the scenery around me.

Guess I just need more practice and a lot more confidence. But it was fun. And thanks Marc for the temporary loan of your bicycle. Just one of six that he owns, incidentally, including his personal favourite. His trusty 2000 Cannondale Hybrid that he bought in 2001 for his first Children's Wish fundraiser the following year and which he will ride from Charlottetown to Montreal, and which has well over 50,000 km on the clock, or whatever it's called. Go figure!

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CHEERS FOR CHANEL - And speaking of fundraisers, remember a couple of months ago the story I wrote about 8-year-old Cameron Jaquith holding a fundraising raffle at the Edgewater Spring Shop Fest in Pincourt for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation and was hoping to raise $4000?

Well, I'm delighted to report that Chanel - whose grandmother, Marie Nolan, lives in Hudson - has just presented a cheque in the amount of $4520 to the cause, bringing her two-year total to a whopping $7265!

Why does she do it? Because four years ago, the Grade 2 student was diagnosed with Strabismus, a muscular eye condition affecting her vision and thanks to treatment at the Montreal Children's she is now well on the road to recovery. “I just want to thank them for their kindness and help other young children there,” she says, while already planning next year's raffle!

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BRINGING BACK THE BARD - Meanwhile, down at Jack Layton Park at the end of Wharf Road, from July 13 through 22, the Hudson Players Club will be staging Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in their continuing popular Shakespeare by the Lake series in the outdoor amphitheatre there.

Directed by Sophie Gee, it promises to be a rollercoaster ride of young love, family feuds, and heartbreaking tragedy. In fact, everything one should expect from Shakespeare as interpreted by local talented thespians giving it their all.

Says HPC member and former president, Diana Gausden, who also has the role of Nurse in the show, “It is truly magical to experience Shakespeare while sitting under the open sky with trees and water all around. And people of all ages are guaranteed to have an incredible evening of theatre right here in Hudson.”

Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, to Saturday, July 15 and July 19 to July 22, and there is a suggested donation of $10. Ah, 'tis summer. Bring on The Bard!

And that's a wrap!

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