Rimkus: Trip to Arizona delights; Symphony Pro Musica returns after COVID-19 hiatus

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By Rosemary Rimkus, Hudson Columnist

HUDSON – Your columnist enjoyed a week’s vacation in Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 3-10, basking in the sounds, smells and sun of America’s gorgeous Southwest and the warm hospitality of  my hostesses, daughter Julie Rimkus and her spouse, Camille Derricotte. 

Hudson Happ’nings columnist Rosemary Rimkus, left, Camille Derricotte and Julie Rimkus enjoy the Tucson “Meet Yourself” folk life festival on Oct. 9. The 48th annual downtown Tucson event featured dance, song, band music and food delicacies from almost every nation.
Hudson Happ’nings columnist Rosemary Rimkus, left, Camille Derricotte and Julie Rimkus enjoy the Tucson “Meet Yourself” folk life festival on Oct. 9. The 48th annual downtown Tucson event featured dance, song, band music and food delicacies from almost every nation.

The highlight of the week was the downtown Tucson “Meet Yourself” folk-life festival, featuring costumed music and dance performers from Native American, American bluegrass, right through South America, China, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, the Philippines, etc. Not only the performances, but the people-watching was such fun! 

I also enjoyed water-walking in the outside lane at the Tucson Tennis Club pool while Julie swam laps, driving southward toward the Mexican border to Patagonia Lake State Park to enjoy its clear lake as well as discovering stunning, lighted religious shrines set in the red rock canyon on the side of  the road, whose historic sign told us it was established in the 1940’s in gratitude for the safe return of  a family’s sons from World War II.  

This shrine was one of four lighted religious scenes set into a red-rock canyon near Patagonia, Arizona. Established in 1940 “based on a vow to God for the safety of their sons in War,” it was re-dedicated in 1980 by the Pemeria Alto Historical Society. Photo/Julie Rimkus
This shrine was one of four lighted religious scenes set into a red-rock canyon near Patagonia, Arizona. Established in 1940 “based on a vow to God for the safety of their sons in War,” it was re-dedicated in 1980 by the Pemeria Alto Historical Society.
(Photo/Julie Rimkus)

At the Tucson Desert Art Museum we marveled at the “Masterpieces of Southwest” which included Native American textiles, ceramics, jewelry and a stunning photographic essay of  the “The Dirty Thirties,” documenting the conditions of displaced tenant farmers, sharecroppers and migrant farm workers.

Another Arizona surprise was a five minute cloudburst which rained on our side of the street, while sunshine reigned on the other side. Amazing! 

While my hostesses were working, I enjoyed reading, crossword puzzling, tennis on TV, and watching a miniscule, hungry, little hummingbird at their feeder.  It was a great vacation!

 

Symphony Pro Musica returns

After a long absence due to COVID, the critically acclaimed Symphony Pro Music returns to live performance on Nov. 13 and 14, with the return of world-renowned cellist Zlatomer Fung. 

Cellist Zlatomer Fung

Fung was a gold-medalist in the International Tchaikovsky Competition and this will be his fifth appearance with SPM. 

Founder/director Mark Churchill will be conducting for his 39th year. 

The first performance will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the “Skip” Johnson auditorium at Hudson High School. A second performance on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. will be at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. For more information call 978-562-0939 or go to www.symphonypromusica.org.

 

Virgin Mary statue relocated to St. Michael Parish Cemetery

The statue of  the Virgin Mary, located for many years in front of the former Hudson Catholic High School, Main Street, has been relocated to St. Michael Parish Cemetery, on the Cox Street side. The statue was originally  donated to the Parish in memory of  the late Dr. Arthur G. Richer, by his family.

 

HHS Classes of 1955, 1956 hold reunions

Members of the Hudson High School classes of 1955-56 held joint reunions earlier this month, celebrating their 65th and 66th year since graduation.  The class of 1956 gathered at Finnegan’s Pub on South Street. They also joined the Class of 1955 the following night at the Bolton Street Tavern. 

Among those attending were: Ginny (Boire) Funk,  Henry Ricker of Virginia, Joe MacPherson, Judy (Davis) Hebert, Ann (Burney) Dupont, Carol (Bousquet) Gault and Gerry Gault, Jim Martin, Red Barton, Dolores (Stanechewski) Houchin of  California, Sandra Gregoire, Diane (Allen) Buchanan, Sheila (Meschini) Chase, Lloyd Tucker, Barbara (Hobbs) Baker, Carol (Bonazzoli) Guerard, Joan (Thimot) Esche, Larry White,  Bob Moraes, Holly and Nancy McAuliffe and Veronica Turner.  

 

Historical Society to host ‘High Technology in Hudson’ presentation

Hudson resident Paul Delvy will speak on “High Technology in Hudson” at the next meeting of the Hudson Historical Society Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at First Federated Church Hall, 200 Central St. Delvy will illustrate the many ways that Hudson was instrumental in technology development, including with Digital Technology Co., Honeywell, Intel, Wang Labs and others. President Christine DeMare invites members and friends to attend. Refreshments will be served. 

 

Looking Back – 1966

Marie Mayo was Hudson High School columnist in the Hudson News-Enterprise.

Ribbon winners in the Mass. State Rabbit and Cavy show included: Pauline and Debra Brooks, Linda and Mike St. Amand, Brad and Christine Jenkins. 

The Hudson Police Dept. reported 24 ambulance calls in September. 

The Hudson Portuguese Club was observing its 44th anniversary. 

Elaine Beede was back at Bates College after spending her junior year in Great Britain. 

Leo Murphy and Sherman Beattie were greeters at the Washington Street Motors Open House to display 1966 Oldsmobiles. 

 

Happy Birthday

Oct. 22 

Lynne Johnson, Mary Stapelfeld, Dick Mangus and Sophia Fleming

Oct. 23

Kris Harrington and Sara Bowen

Oct. 24 

Dave Jenkins

Oct. 25 

Catherine Russell, Patrick Crowley-Poirier, Bethany King and Steve Freitas.

Special greetings to Hudson native Dave O’Neil, who will celebrate his 95th birthday on Oct. 25. 

Oct. 26

Dave Cesario and Ryan Hartford

Oct. 27 

Jeff Parker, Matt Davis, Tom Noon and Joanne Ahearn

Oct. 28 

Katelyn Marie Terranova, Joel Patterson, Brittany Appleyard, Keith Poirier and Suzette Cunha

Oct. 30

Joe Bleiler, Willow Beccia, Caitlyn Cole, Mike Drummey, Maureen Clarke, Jenny Geary, Colleen Tucker and Richard Hartford Jr.

Oct. 31 

Happy Halloween birthday to Will Massinger, Elysha Megan Sathyaraz, Zachary Supernor, Katie Flanigan and Judy Powell

Nov. 1

Tim VanVorse, Paul Tucker, Brett Gellenthien, Jay Cunha, Natalie Mollica, Kaileigh Chartrand, Christopher Anderson and Jonathan Prendergast

Nov. 2

Cole DiPersio, Andy Keefe, Lauren Kelly Colbert, Chris McGuiness and Robert Yorston

Nov. 3

Shirley Howard, Emily Martel and Nicole Parker

Nov. 4

Mary Bruso, Jennifer Maglione and Marianne Massinger

Nov. 5

“Nelly” Ahearn, Pat Irwin, Mary Claire MacMillan, Tammy Robidas and Paul Terranova.

Happy Anniversary

Oct. 23

Ricky and Paulette Civitarese

Oct. 26

Joe and Yvonne Bleiler

Oct. 27

Ed and Marge O’Connor

Oct. 28 

Paul and Christine Terranova

Nov. 3

George and Barbara Shea.

 

Send celebration notices, etc., to 18 Cottage St., Hudson, MA 01749 or email [email protected].  

 

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