By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Hudson – An evening of unseasonably mild temperatures Dec. 5 drew residents and visitors to the 13th annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll. Children shared their gift requests with Santa Claus by the fireplace at the Hudson Senior Center. Meanwhile, stroll guests of all ages got a unique perspective of the revitalized downtown via horse-drawn hayrides.
Merchants welcomed guests to open houses with refreshments and family-friendly activities such as creating holiday tree ornaments and decorating pastries. Marshmallows were roasted courtesy of the Hudson Rotary Club. New businesses participating in the stroll that opened within the past year were B. Barton & Co. Antiques, Medusa Brewing Company and Mullahy’s, a cheese and specialty food shop. At the Town Hall, the Hudson Historical Society offered mementos commemorating the 2016 sesquicentennial.
Live entertainment was also provided at the Town Hall beginning with Camerata, an a cappella group of the Hudson High School Chamber Chorus. Also featured were the River’s Edge Chorale, Youth Chorus and an ensemble of the Band. Metrowest Ballet performed “A Nutcracker Tea.”
Once again, a highlight of the evening was Santa lighting the trees at the Wood Square rotary. The stroll is presented by the Hudson Business Association with support from several sponsors.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.