Parrywinkle, November 23, 2017

Had I not known better, I could have sworn that Christmas came a month early to our fair burg this past weekend. Spent the day Saturday like one of Santa's reindeers, Dasher, dashing hither and thither with my beautiful Sunshine to festive bazaars at two churches in Hudson and to a terrific turkey dinner at a third in the evening.


NEW TRAIN COMING TO HUDSON - And then, the icing on the cake, waking up Sunday morning to a winter wonderland and spotting snow ploughs already out clearing Main Road and other streets in the heart of the village. Ho Ho Ho!

And yes, there will be a Santa Claus Parade along Main on Sunday, December 3, starting at 1 p.m. at Westwood Senior High on Côte St. Charles and ending at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre on Beach Road where young and old alike will have the chance to meet Santa in person and have their photos taken.

Also at the Community Centre, on Friday, December 1, everyone is invited to Hudson's annual Lighting of the Lights starting outside at 6:15 p.m. to be followed, for the first time ever, by a family film night inside complete with complimentary pizza and popcorn. The movie? The magical Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. Admission? $5 for grownups and $2 for kids. And I hope to see you there!


VAUNTING VOLUNTEERS - Meanwhile, our first stop Saturday morning, as soon as the doors opened, was St. Mary's Church in Como - well, actually the nearby Parish Hall - where the ladies of St. Mary's Sewing Circle once again welcomed visitors from throughout the region snapping up their brilliant baking, super sewing, perfect plants, and famous chicken pot pies.

Then it was over to St. Thomas Aquinas Church where the remaining seven members of the Ladies Auxiliary were hosting their last Christmas Arts & Craft Sale after 43 years of volunteering to help those less fortunate both here and further afield. And what a wonderful turnout it was with many of the same people that we had seen just an hour earlier getting in some early Christmas shopping, not only for themselves, but also for family and friends.

Ditto at the two-sitting turkey dinner at Wyman Memorial United Church complete with a fun raffle, carol singing for a fundraising donation led by the inimitable Sarah Kemerer, and super service by students from Westwood Senior High. And all of which got me thinking.

Last week, as reported here in Your Local Journal, some 15 recipients - including Hudsonites Carol Laws, Frank Royle, Peter Lombardi, and Rod Hodgson - were presented with the Senate of Canada 150 Medals by another Hudsonite, Senator Larry Smith. And all more than well deserved.

But as I've said before over the years, and will surely say again, our little town is jam-packed with selfless volunteers that help make our community so special. Not only in the weeks leading up to Christmas but indeed year-round!


FABULOUS FIREMEN - Including the good folks at Royal LePage Village who, in collaboration with Le Pont/Bridging food bank and with gifts and services generously donated by local merchants, businesses, and residents, organized and hosted what has become an eagerly awaited Hudson tradition at this time of year, last night, Wednesday, November 22.

Namely their 40th Annual Charity Auction for the Firemen's Christmas Basket Fund at Hudson Village Theatre and for more info on how the evening went, check out YLJ's Facebook page and next week's issue.


MARVELLOUS MAY'S - And speaking of Royal LePage and our local food bank, a big bravo to Linda and David May of May's Studio fame who, on Saturday, presented legendary real estate agent and tireless Nova Boutique volunteer, Janet Ellerbeck - representing Nova Hudson founder, Judy Tellier, who was taking care of a patient that day - and Le Pont founder, Carol Laws, with two welcome cheques.

(Left to right) David May, Carol Laws, Linda May, Janet Ellerbeck

The money was raised during the Studio's three Photo Workshops this year at Verger de Hudson, Auberge des Gallant, and Sucrerie de la Montagne when participants - some of whom were loaned cameras and telephoto lenses for the day - were ch