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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynne Johnson, Mary Stapelfeld, Dick Mangus and Sophia Fleming
Kris Harrington and Sara Bowen
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.
Dave Cesario and Ryan Hartford
Jeff Parker, Matt Davis, Tom Noon and Joanne Ahearn
Katelyn Marie Terranova, Joel Patterson, Brittany Appleyard, Keith Poirier and Suzette Cunha
Joe Bleiler, Willow Beccia, Caitlyn Cole, Mike Drummey, Maureen Clarke, Jenny Geary, Colleen Tucker and Richard Hartford Jr.
Happy Halloween birthday to Will Massinger, Elysha Megan Sathyaraz, Zachary Supernor, Katie Flanigan and Judy Powell
Tim VanVorse, Paul Tucker, Brett Gellenthien, Jay Cunha, Natalie Mollica, Kaileigh Chartrand, Christopher Anderson and Jonathan Prendergast
Cole DiPersio, Andy Keefe, Lauren Kelly Colbert, Chris McGuiness and Robert Yorston
Shirley Howard, Emily Martel and Nicole Parker
Mary Bruso, Jennifer Maglione and Marianne Massinger
“Nelly” Ahearn, Pat Irwin, Mary Claire MacMillan, Tammy Robidas and Paul Terranova.
Ricky and Paulette Civitarese
Joe and Yvonne Bleiler
Ed and Marge O’Connor
Paul and Christine Terranova
George and Barbara Shea.
Send celebration notices, etc., to 18 Cottage St., Hudson, MA 01749 or email [email protected].