Hud­son fes­ti­vals set to kick off

Mu­sic and street ce­le­bra­tions join forces

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TT­wo an­nual sum­mer tra­di­tions that have brought the streets of down­town Hud­son to life each sum­mer have joi­ned forces this year, and or­ga­ni­zers pro­mise the re­sult will be a week to re­mem­ber.

he Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the Hud­son Street Fair have ban­ded to­ge­ther to form one large par­ty, The Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Arts, Culture and Street Fair, which will take place from Ju­ly 31 to Au­gust 5. Jean Che­va­lier, Hud­son’s as­sis­tant parks and re­crea­tion di­rec­tor, said the ca­libre and va­rie­ty of en­ter­tain­ment and events to at­tend next week will be much larger than in past years.

The mu­sic por­tion of the fes­ti­val will in­clude such styles as La­tin mu­sic, coun­try, jazz, rock, folk, blues, roots, and new mu­sic. It will kick-off at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre on Ju­ly 31 with a Grand Ope­ning Ga­la that will pay tri­bute to Jo­ni Mit­chell. The eve­ning will in­clude per­for­mances by lo­cal sin­gers Ka­ren Young, Co­ral Egan, Isa­belle Young, Emi­ly Lamarche, and ma­ny more, in­clu­ding Ever­green Club Ga­me­lan.

Other mu­sic fest grand concerts will in­clude: The Ro­ger Mann Band per­for­ming Aug. 1 at the Whit­lock Golf & Coun­try Club; The Fabulous Ginn Sis­ters from Texas at the Hud­son Yacht Club on Aug. 2; The Dia­na Pan­ton Quar­tet at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre Aug. 3 & 4; The Clo­sing Ga­la, Don Ross & Brooke Miller and Per­sua­sion: A Tri­bute to San­ta­na, will take place on Aug. 5 at Auberge Willow Place Inn.

And the Grand Sa­lon Concert, ta­king place Aug. 3 at Mul­lans Mu­sic Hall in Hud­son, will fea­ture 50 years of Bos­sa Nova.

Meanw­hile, a free out­door concert stage will keep re­ve­lers hop­ping, while or­ga­ni­zers pro­mise a host of work­shops on such things as song wri­ting, gui­tar and per­cus­sions du­ring the week. And last but not least, the al­ways po­pu­lar Youth Show­case Com­pe­ti­tion will be held Aug. 4 at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre.

Street Fair

In ad­di­tion to world-class mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment right in our neck of the woods, the high­light of the week tends to be street fair day, being held this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Aug. 4. Thou­sands come in­to Hud­son to take ad­van­tage of a host of shop­ping bar­gains, delicious street foods and do­zens of craft ven­dors that set up for the day. Vi­si­tors will al­so be trea­ted to free out­door mu­sic and ac­ti­vi­ties across town in­clu­ding graf­fi­ti arts, in­fla­table struc­tures at Ben­son Park, horse and wa­gon rides, elec­tric train rides and more. Not to be out­done, the Wy­man Me­mo­rial Church will com­me­mo­rate its 105th an­ni­ver­sa­ry that day with an old fa­shio­ned-the­med coun­try fair that will in­clude a candy store, po­ny rides, BBQ foods, ar­ti­san kiosks and more.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the mu­sic fes­ti­val or to pur­chase a fes­ti­val pass (good for six shows and one work­shop), call 450 458-5633, or vi­sit the Hud­son Mu­sic Fes­ti­val web­site at www.hud­son­mu­sic­fes­ti­val.ca/. For in­for­ma­tion on the street fair, call 450 458-6699.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

A main out­door stage, used in past years, is a great place to hear free mu­sic..

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