• Brian Gallagher

Painting the town… taupe?


How do you celebrate the holiday season dear readers? Dashing through the snow? Roasting chestnuts on an open fire? Do you spend it with family? Do you travel? Do you shower your significant other with lavish gifts?

Good for you. Enjoy. This year we have decided not to give each other gifts, with one exception. You see we have been together for a long time (not compared to some of you wonderful married people out there but in hamster years we have been together, well, almost forever). A long blessed wonderful time. Magical, really. So we realized that we don’t need any gifts or some commercialized version of happiness and goodwill towards people …. We just need the gift of each other’s company. Okay, stop. Obviously the sweet addition of Baileys in my coffee this morning has brought out the Harlequin romance or Hallmark card writer in me. Better switch to whiskey to get back on track. Give me a second beautiful people – back in a flask (oops, ‘flash’).

There, much better. As I was starting to say before the Mr. Romantic took over from Dr. Jekyll, we made one exception this year. We have given the gift that keeps on giving, the everlasting gift of paint. I would say that over the years we have bought more paint than anything else (Bombay and Vermouth excluded). We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this past June, so I’m guessing the traditional gift for 18 years is Latex (now, now – I’m talking paint here people). Maybe 19 years is wallpaper?

So since we are repainting and renovating some of the upstairs and downstairs at this festive time of year, the house now looks like it was decorated in the ‘Sarajevo rubble’ style instead of festive small-house Christmas. But fear not beautiful people in the midst of displaced chairs, bookcases, pots, pans and cats, there does stand an undecorated pre-lit Charlie Brown quality Christmas tree to remind us that it is indeed the holiday season. God bless us, everyone.


For those of you lucky to have some free time on your hands, there will be a vernissage this Friday, December 6 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Galerie Plus on Main Road in Hudson kicking off a month-long exhibition of the works by Rosalie Levi. Drop by to see some of her artistry. More info can be found at www.Galleryplus.ca or www.rosalielevi.com/art.


Saturday, December 8 Montreal band Arcaydium will be playing their brand of alternative rock as well as some popular covers down at the Château du Lac (480 Main Road, Hudson). Show starts at 8:30 p.m. In January, 2019 the band released their self-titled EP and it was followed a few months later by their new single, ‘Sun's Still Shining.’ $10 cover, with a complimentary drink!


As always remember to scope 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.

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