Parrywinkle, July 13, 2017


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Coming to a stop at the hay bale barrier and obviously thrilled that he had successfully competed in the Soapbox Derby at the Hudson Auto Show on Sunday, July 9, this youngster was one of several who hurtled down Cameron to the roar of the crowd.

Sorry to report dear readers, but this is my last column. Well, for three weeks at least. As everyone here at Your Local Journal is off on our summer break to spend quality time with our loved ones and families until our next edition that will be out on Thursday, August 10. And, with so much happening on Hudson's cultural and entertainment scene between now and then, the timing simply couldn't be better! So without further ado, here are just some of the highlights that you too might want to take in while supporting local organizations, artists, merchants, and performers in our fair burg by the lake!

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LAUDING LEONARD COHEN IN TOWN - Beginning with Hallelujah, an exhilarating musical journey covering the enigmatic and inspiring career of poet/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, opening tonight, Thursday, July 13, through July 16, at Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road.

Recounting the intense and varied experiences and aspects of his life, music, and writings, the show is staged with a fluidity that crosses time and space. Backed by a six-piece band of multi-instrumentalists and two female backup singers and led by Musical Director Colin Stewart, stories and songs are shared with the audience by a pair of passionate raconteurs, Aaron Solomon and Chris McHarge.

Representing both a younger and older Cohen and with a staggering song list, they take the audience on a moving musical odyssey, revealing the man behind the works that have inspired countless artists and moved so many people the world over.

For reservations, call (450) 458-5361 or go to www.villagetheatre.ca.

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BLOOMING GREAT SHOW - Also this weekend, the Hudson Garden Club will be hosting its annual Flower and Vegetable Show from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Road. The theme is Flowers, Fun, and Fashion, admission is free, it is open to members and non-members, and everyone is welcome to submit an entry in one or more of the following categories. Flower arrangements, cut flowers, roses, potted plants, vegetables, and vegetable art.

Just take them down to the centre this Friday, July 14, between 5 and 8:30 p.m. and for more info, call (450) 458-7604 or go to hgc.fsheq.org.

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STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM – The following day, Sunday, July 16, starting at 5 p.m. the super annual Strawberry Social is back on the grounds of St. James' Anglican Church, 642 Main Road, or indoors in the event of rain. Free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served along with potluck salads prepared by guests attending and then everyone will be treated to strawberries and toppings of their choice. All to be accompanied by huge bowls of the now-famous strawberry punches concocted for guests of all ages.

The entrance fee is a free-will offering to offset the cost of the barbecue and a bowl of salad sufficient to feed the number of folks in your own group. Call Claudia Gosselin at (450) 458-5897 if you are planning on going.

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ARTS ALIVE! - The following weekend, July 20 through 23, the town will surely come alive with a fantastic festival titled Arts Alive! Quebec initiated by ELAN (English-language Arts Network) in six regions in the province including Hudson.

A veritable feast of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and so much more, it will be staged in various locations throughout the community and for more details check out www.arts-alive-quebec.ca.

Says Kalina Skulska, HVT Executive Director and lead coordinator of Hudson's AAQ events, “The whole town gets behind this incredibly unifying festival. This year we added more activities to our programming and our popular friends, Natalie Choquette and Ranee Lee, are joining in the festivities with two highlight concerts. We’ve got Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, visual arts and handicrafts workshops, a Mini-Bo Artisan Market displaying and selling innovative, environment-friendly products and, new this year, improv and dance activities.” Enjoy!

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

http://www.arts-alive-quebec.ca/

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