Parrywinkle, May 17, 2018


Surrounded by local members of Grannies Aid for Africa, St. Lazare resident Zeina AbdulKarim was all smiles as she accepted the trophy for best soup as judged by all the tasters who attended the sold-out fundraiser at St. James’ Anglican Church in Hudson on Saturday.

Wow, what a wonderful weekend we just had and I'm not only talking about the weather! Was running hither and thither around Hudson like a blue-tailed fly with a camera visiting three churches while trying to take in the mind-boggling myriad events, each of which as far as I could see was a super success. Permit me to elaborate.


HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE - Friday evening, in addition to Trudeau Stories at Hudson Village Theatre and the opening of the blockbuster charity-fundraising book sale at Wyman Memorial United Church, the Greenwood Singers were presenting Songs for a Mid-Summer's Night followed by a most delightful reception at the nearby Greenwood Centre for Living History just a stroll away. Meanwhile, outside the Town Hall, members of the Hudson Players Club were gathered to place a commemorative plaque on the bench there in memory of David Clayton before heading over to Hudson Galerie Plus for a reception of their own.

As for Saturday, well, while Sunday may have been officially Mother's Day, it was definitely Grannies Day over at St. James' Anglican Church when the ever-young local Grannies Aid for Africa group hosted their soup-tasting fundraiser to a sold-out hall. Oh yes, there was also the spring sale of the St. Mary's Sewing Circle, a celebration of World Fair Trade Day at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, and a people and pooch-packed Finnegan's Market as always attracting a flock of visitors from far and wide.

Tell you folks, I haven't yet discussed it with my beautiful Sunshine, but I'm secretly contemplating pulling up stakes and leaving town. I mean, we came here originally for the peace and tranquility of a bucolic sleepy little hamlet where, we had been assured, nothing much happened and I could doze the weekends away in creative endeavours.

Sheesh, now the birds are waking me up at 5 in the morning, the bumblebees are buzzing away all day, and the town is a hive of activity on the volunteer, community, social, artistic, and fundraising front, with no end in sight throughout the summer.

Nah, of course I'm only kidding! We wouldn't have it any other way and – like so many other residents – we consider ourselves blessed to live in the wonderful community that is Hudson. But wouldn't it be even more wonderful if such events could be spread out and timed so that they are not always competing with one another for people, and particularly locals, to show up? Just a thought. Surely a concept worth exploring!


GREAT GRANNIES - And now, going back to the Grannies' first ever super soup fundraising tasting, while there were six local chefs competing for the treasured trophy who were not identified by name at the serving tables, there could only be one winner as judged by everyone who had bought a ticket. And that went to Zeina AbdulKarim of Zeina's Kitchen fame who is also a most talented stylist at Odyssey Medispa & Salon on Harwood. Bravo Zeina!

FOR THE CHILDREN - And regarding that Greenwood Singers concert, there surely wasn't a dry eye in the little church when they sang the Kurt Bestor composition, The Prayer of the Children, written some two decades ago when war broke out and Yugoslavia was splintered into warring factions with Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnians hating and butchering one another.

Said Greenwood Singer, John de Sévigné, in his introduction to the piece, “What came to him and haunted him, were the faces of the children he had known. Unfortunately, Bosnia is not the only place the children continue to suffer. In particular, the maiming and killing continues today, most notably in Syria and Yemen. So this beautiful song is not only for the children of Bosnia, it is truly a memorial anthem for all the children of the world.” Oof!

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And that's a wrap!


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