By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Hudson – The Hudson Sesquicentennial Committee is progressing with plans to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary in 2016. Co-chairing the committee are Sarah Cressy, president and CEO of the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Selectmen Chair Fred Lucy.
Among activities being scheduled throughout the year are a parade, concert and fireworks Cressy noted.
“We’re looking at how the 150th birthday can be celebrated with some events that already occur,” she said.
Symphony Pro Musica, conducted by Mark Churchill, typically presents a concert in March at the Hudson High School (HHS) Auditorium. Next year, that concert is slated for Saturday, March 19. Hudson was incorporated on that date in 1866.
“The concept is to do a sesquicentennial-themed concert that afternoon and then launch fireworks at Morgan Bowl that evening,” Cressy said. “Fireworks on the actual birthday will be a lot of fun.”
The anniversary will also be observed during the 30th annual Hudson Community Fest to be held Saturday, June 11, 2016. A Civil War encampment will be displayed at Cellucci Park.
“They’ll dress as Civil War soldiers, pitch tents, create a fire and cook food,” Cressy explained.
Local architect and sesquicentennial committee member Glenn Davis is coordinating at least 12 presentations of the town’s architectural treasures throughout the year at various locations.
“He’s developing this with a bunch of HHS students through [art and photography teacher] Erin Yates,” Cressy noted. “We’ll have a live walking tour and also in a brochure form. We’re hopeful that we can also create some smartphone apps.”
Discussions are underway for a community mural to be organized by Kristin Summer of Creative Underground. The committee is seeking a building owner who will offer an outside wall to be painted. Otherwise, an option is a plywood wall to be built and painted at a public location.
A highlight of Hudson’s 1966 centennial was a parade. Applications are now being accepted to participate in the sesquicentennial parade to be held Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Being an election year, lots of political candidates are expected to participate. Veterans Agent Brian Stearns is serving as parade chair.
The 1966 time capsule buried in Liberty Park at Wood Square will be unearthed, noted Town Moderator Richard Harrity, a sesquicentennial committee member. He’s also vice president of the Hudson Historical Society, which is overseeing the project.
“We hope to dig up that time capsule, open it, and then bury replacements, most likely at the same location” he said. “Also, we hope to involve as many school-age children as possible, so that some of them will be there 50 years later in 2066.”
They also plan to welcome students’ suggestions for items to be placed in the capsule and buried next year.
Commemorative T-shirts with a “Hudson 150” logo designed by Gerry Jackson Kerdok are available for purchase at the town clerk’s office in the Town Hall.
Another keepsake in the works is a cookbook compiled by sesquicentennial committee member Linda Ghiloni, former recreation director. The cookbook will include recipes from residents, eateries and community leaders. The plan is to have it available at the 18th annual Pumpkin Fest in October at Morgan Bowl.
“If we have the T-shirts and cookbooks at Pumpkin Fest then people will start purchasing them as stocking stuffers,” Cressy said.
Hudson Public Library, River’s Edge Arts Alliance, and the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson has each expressed interest in hosting events as part of the celebration.
Other sesquicentennial committee members are Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, Christine DiMare, Mary Harrity, Lynne Johnson, Andy Massa, Vincent Picarello, Justin Provencher, Chuck Randall, Steven Santos and Joan Wordell.