Hudson festivals set to kick off
Music and street celebrations join forces
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.
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.
A main outdoor stage, used in past years, is a great place to hear free music..