• Brian Gallagher

Summer has fallen


Well here it is beautiful people, two days away from fall. Autumn. Winter’s pre-season. Almost time to put away the lawnmowers and bring out the snow-blowers. Almost time to put away the garden gnomes and put up the inflatable snowmen. Thank goodness I never bothered to take down my Christmas lights since this year’s yuletide season is almost upon us. Yes, Christmas is imminent. Soon we will be at Xmas Defcon 1. No but seriously dear readers, look outside your front window (I’ll wait)… I’ll bet if you look around at your friends’ and neighbours’ facades there is at least ONE that is as lazy as yours truly and has their holiday cheer on full display 365 days a year. Maybe that ONE person is YOU.

Stand up proudly procrastinators and layabouts! At least WE will not be the ones freezing our derrières off fervently trying to clip on those annoying lights to our gutters in the wind, sleet and rain. WE will be the ones enjoying a dry martini with three olives in it while we sit in our chaise lounge at the picture window and snicker smugly. Hoorah! Okay, I’ll step off my pulpit now – but seriously, it seems like I blinked and the summer flew by in a flash. I truly hope you all had a fantastic summer dear readers and that you made the most of it!

So let’s get to it shall we?

The always hip and cool Hudson & Region Studio Tour returns for two weekends. September 21-22 and 28-29. This 16th edition of the tour features 20 local artists and artisans’ studios in Hudson, Saint-Lazare, Vaudreuil-Dorion and Les Cèdres. The studios are open to visitors who want to catch a glimpse into their creative domains. In each studio you will experience demonstrations and discussions about their individual creative process, and some will feature a ‘hands-on’ experience. This is a great opportunity to discover the region’s talent featuring fine art, sculpture, multimedia, pottery, photography, fused glass, jewelry and wood turning. The tour is self-guided and free of charge. All the details you need to know can be found at www.hudsonstudiotour.com.

This Thursday, September 19 there is a free vernissage at the beautiful Le Café de l’Horloge in Rigaud (168 rue St. Pierre) from 5-9 p.m. titled ‘L’Art Cause’ featuring works by 20 artists. Each artist’s work is inspired by a photo of photographer Christian Gonzalez to create an original and unique artwork. “This exhibition shows a great motivation to support the cause of a community organization that is particularly important to us,” said organizers. All the funds collected during the sale of these works will be donated to the community organization to which each artist is paired. So you know that if you purchase a piece the proceeds will go to a good cause as well. Besides, the café is a lovely little spot to drop into just to visit or have a cup of tea!

Well Mother Nature was thinking about raining on this years’ Hudson Porchfest but at the last minute decided to have mercy on us and held back the downpour. It was truly a great day with lots of folks walking about Hudson village and catching a variety of musical acts and styles. Kudos to all the organizers and volunteers who made it possible!

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for upcoming community events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out, please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.