• Elizabeth Kennell

St. James’ Anglican Church celebrates 175th birthday with exceptional lineup of homes for 62nd Hudso


PHOTO COURTESY ELIZABETH KENNELL

Now in its 62nd year, the Hudson Country Homes Tour kicks off the 2018 event with a visit to the 115-year-old Pyke home.

St. James’ Anglican Church is celebrating its 175th birthday in style with this year’s Country Homes Tour! The family of James Pyke, St. James’ first priest lived across the road in the Antebellum-style mansion. So, how appropriate that the owners graciously agreed to open their 115- year-old-home to visitors on June 7th for the 62nd annual tour. It will be joined by the original “Whitlock House” that dates back 200 years! Yes, the Whitlock Golf Course was built on Whitlock farm land in 1912. While not all of the six homes on this year’s tour can claim this level of vintage, each is unique and distinguished, even if thoroughly modern! Together, they will leave visitors with a sense of what makes Hudson a very special place.

It is in part why Richard Walsh of Raymond James Ltd. convinced his wife Christine to move here from the West Island just a few years ago. He is glad he did. And so are we! Richard was only too happy to have his firm Richard Walsh Investment Group of Raymond James Ltd. support the Hudson Country Homes Tour. He was especially drawn to the fact that the proceeds from the tour in turn help so many causes such as: Le Pont/Bridging, La Passerelle, NOVA Hudson, West Island Palliative Care as well as the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence and Mile End Mission. No stranger to the charitable sector, he serves on the Board for Alzheimer International.

A sailing aficionado, or for that matter, anything to do with water, he fits in well with Hudson’s sailing community. If you get the chance to visit his offices at Raymond James Ltd. on Harwood you will be in for a treat. Its nautical décor is nothing but authentic Richard Walsh, and almost worthy of being a stop on the tour!

Co-convenors Linda Cobbett and Marilyn Pound warmly welcome Richard Walsh to Hudson, and thank him for his generous support of the Country Homes Tour. While steeped in tradition itself, it celebrates the old and new, and all for a good cause! For a nominal $50 – $30 for the Tour and $20 for lunch at St. James – it is irrefutably the best deal around; and – thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers – nearly every penny goes to charity and the ministries of the church!

Tickets will go on sale at Decors & Tissus Sérénity, Centre Decors Hudson, Boutique Alena Kirby and Le Panier beginning May 1st; or you may order your tickets now by emailing: hudsoncountryhomestour@gmail.com.

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