Parrywinkle, October 26, 2017


Whitlock’s Food and Beverage Manager, Marc-André Boisclair, was delighted to join volunteer models Suzanne Raymond, Vicky Colier, and Nancy Campeau at the fashion featuring designer creations available at La Boutique Nova in Hudson.

T'was indeed a glorious weekend over at Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson. And absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the weather, golf, or curling!


GREAT HVT GALA - For on Saturday evening, October 21, together with some 200 other supporters and fans of the performing arts and, more specifically, Hudson Village Theatre now in its 25th season, my beautiful Sunshine and I partook in the sold-out fundraising HVT Gala Dinner. Also attended, by the way, by all three Hudson mayoralty candidates - Bill Nash, Jamie Nicholls, and Joseph Eletr, as well as Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke.


FOR FASHIONISTAS - Then just two days later in the very same reception area and dining room, it was a veritable luncheon feast - again sold out - for 140 fashionistas there to support the 6th edition of the fabulous Fashion Show organized, hosted, and modelled by volunteers of our very own Nova Boutique. Promoting not only our little town by the lake, but also the invaluable work done by Nova Hudson for so many local individuals and families year-round, and the excellent quality of the donations subsequently sold at the boutique on Main Road.

With the main themes being Winter White and Red Plaid, the creations of internationally-acclaimed designers such as Jones of New York, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and others were front and centre marvelously modelled by boutique volunteers Vicky Colier, Nancy Campeau, Carol de Sévigné, Megan Grey, Debbie Hodgson, Louise La Montagne, Suzanne Raymond, and Bev Wilkin.

And a big bravo on the organizational side goes to Corrine Smith, Louis Hatrick, and Inga Lawson. Oh yes, less I be remiss, also to Master of Ceremonies, Roland Schulz, for his humour and being brave enough to try to get the attention of 140 lady shoppers in the room!


AWESOME AUCTION – I caught up with Nova Boutique president, Janet Ellerbeck, while quietly perusing the silent auction tables that were truly awesome. Said Janet, “For the past 61 years Nova Hudson has been providing free in-home nursing care, family support, and volunteer driving to the residences of our local communities. The funding for the nurses comes from donations, charity events, and the sale of your gifts - new or gently used - by the La Boutique Nova volunteers and we are honoured to be part of this great initiative.”

Added Janet, “We would also like to extend a very special thanks to Marc-André Boisclair and the staff at Whitlock for finding seating for an additional 20 guests. We had originally booked for 120. And the scenery, the preparation of lunch, and the service was simply outstanding.”


MAGNIFICENT MURAL - As is the marvelous mural - still in progress - being created on the exterior wall of Hudson Legion Branch #115 facing onto Beach Road and flanking the curling rink there which I checked out just two days ago. And I was completely gobsmacked! Absolutely amazing!

Featuring, as it does, both 'famous' and 'regular' people who in their own way have contributed throughout history and even to the present day of this wonderful town of ours called Hudson and all aboard a boat symbolizing the importance of the Ottawa River and the Lake of Two Mountains. (See photos on our Facebook page.)


So here's an invite from Laura McCaffrey, Hudson's Tourism, Culture, and Communications Director, to be part of the community's history for posterity. Artists Kent Thomson and Daniel Gautier are inviting all local residents - young and old alike - to join them this Saturday, October 28, between noon and 4 p.m. to contribute with a paint brush (supplied) to the mural made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Federal Government as part of its Canada 150 celebrations and matched by the Town of Hudson for a total budget of $30,000. Sounds like a lot of fun and hope to see you there!

In closing, just a reminder that if you already didn't know, that Saturday, October 28, is also the final day for this year at Finnegan's Market. The weather report is good, sun and a few clouds. And I am sure the burgers with all the trimmings will be as delicious as ever!

And that's a wrap!


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