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Hudson Hall Announces Winners of Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest

Winter Walk 2022 Window Decorating Contest winning window by Jack Dylan at 441 Warren Street

Hudson Hall is proud to announce the winners of the 26th Anniversary Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest. Creativity, color, and Hudson’s signature imaginative flair won the day with the many unique and beautiful window displays on show throughout December. Produced by Hudson Hall since 1997, Winter Walk takes place on December 3 from 5-8pm.

The anonymous judges were so impressed, the list of awards is extensive and effusive with praise. Of the many awards, the number one spot went to illustrator and graphic designer Jack Dylan’s beautiful train-themed display (also awarded the “The Night Before Cliffmas Award”) at 441 Warren Street. Meticulously handmade, the little winter scene includes an embroidered “cat-skill” mountain backdrop, an ornate wooden bridge, and a model train with copper rivets.

Runners up included Lisa Durfee’s stunning dollhouse display at 524 Warren Street (also cheekily named as the winner of the ‘A Humble Hamptons Holiday Award’), and Winter Walk Decorating Contest stalwart, Red Dot Restaurant and Bar (321 Warren Street). Red Dot also received the ‘The Rudolph Red Award’ for their sumptuous velvet-laden display that, as the judges applauded as “what dining in a Christmas present is like”.

“Hudson’s holiday windows are always a highlight of Winter Walk each year, and this year is no exception” says Hudson Hall Executive DirectorTambra Dillon. “From classic to cheeky, minimalist to over-the-top fun, Hudson’s independent retailers have gone above and beyond.”

For more information about Winter Walk 2022, visit hudsonhall.org or phone (518) 822-1438.


2022 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest Winners List:

Best of the Best:
Jack Dylan, 441 Warren Street

Runner Up:
Lisa Durfee
, 524 Warren Street

Special Mention:
Red Dot Restaurant & Bar
, 321 Warren Street
In order of geographical location, with judge’s notes:

The Rosery Flowery Shop, 128 Green Street
The McQueen Woodland Collection Award
“This is the post-apocalyptic holiday at its most extravagant”

Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street
The Rudolph Red Award
“This is what dining in a Christmas present is like. Having dined in, I can say I felt properly packaged.”

Antigo, 337 Warren Street
The Caitlyn Jenner Basement Award
“The sense of an enthusiast’s basement. Sexy skier. Something kinky in the air.”

The Flow Chart Foundation, 348 Warren Street
The Personal Is Political Award
“Poetry is not a luxury—but dismantling the master’s tools is.”

Westerlind, 419 Warren Street
The Forbes Highest Paid Mannequins Award
“A successful cross-country ski outing in the alps with the Westerlind family.”

Hudsontricity, 428 Warren Street
The If You Give A Mouse A Mushroom Award
“The rodents pulled out the red, green, and the hay for this one. What is Santa’s secret?”

Little Rico’s, 437 Warren Street
The Flamingo Bells Award
“Flamingo bells, flamingo bells, flamingo all the wayyy!”

Henry (in Hudson), 438 Warren Street
The Basketed Brownian Motion Award
“Difficulties joyfully abound, and aren’t the holidays about stomaching many stories at the same time? Tastes and ideologies sit together in a basket and we are better for it. Besides, we all have secrets, too!”

441 Warren Street
The Night Before Cliffmas Award

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are preparing for holiday lift-off!”

Ornamentum Jewelry Gallery, 506 Warren Street
Most To The Point Award

Favreau Design, 521 Warren Street      
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg-Claus Award 

“For not only Santa Claus will judge you but also these scales. And they have determined that everyone gets presents. Just some get heavier presents.”

Lisa Durfee, 524 Warren Street 
A Humble Hamptons Holiday Award
“Get lost in the cozy holiday you wish you were having. Walking down the stairs with the stiff elegance only a doll can muster.”

Battle Brown, 528 Warren Street
The Barnum & Bailey Bananza Award
“While the fortune teller takes a bathroom break, the monkeys in the canopy make the most of the clearing.”

Bodhi, 543 Warren Street
The Dreamworks Award for Gnome-Owl Diplomacy
“We have owl sanctuaries! Our quality of life is better! I can see when we live together!” She performs on her stage, demonstrating her way of life with great diligence. The owls help her see.

STAIR Galleries, 549 Warren Street
The Confident Coniferous Conspirators Award
“Here we have the quiet conspiracy of lampshades planning their infiltration of the coniferous oligarchy. So confident and clear! I think they can do it.”

Modern on the Hudson, 555 Warren Street
Most Polite Houseguest Award
“Your friendly clipart, eager to help, patiently waiting on you. A most unobtrusive digital butler, bashful with romance. Will you sit here?”

CVS, 617 Warren Street
Most Convenient Award
“We’re really matter of fact here, and within arm’s reach, despite this difficult high horizontal window, the longest mantle ever. Evokes a parade or a firing squad.”

Front Room Gallery, 727 Warren Street
Most Likely to Monologue Award
“I don’t even question why there is a chair on the pond because of course you would want to sit on your little stage of ice. Or maybe the chair was learning to skate and is taking a break.”

Vasilow’s, 741 Columbia Street
The Home Sweet Home Award
“Nothing says home for Christmas more than multicolored icicle string lights. Momma bear will take care of you.”

Download images of contest winners here.



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Hudson Winter Walk 2022, Dec 3

winter walk 2017
Winter Walk 2017. Photo by Jeff McKinney

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera Houseis thrilled to announce the lineup of performers, events, and attractions for the 26th Anniversary of Winter Walk. The free event takes place on the street and in the independent stores lining Hudson’s historic downtown on Saturday, December 3 from 5-8pm, kicking off the holidays with a magical evening of music, dance, circus, visual arts, food, holiday shopping, fireworks, and family fun. With its focus on local and regional talent, Hudson Valley-made goods, and with a generous holiday spoonful of only-in-Hudson charm, Winter Walk brings together the whole community to celebrate the season. For a full list of all Winter Walk 2022 performers and attractions, download the Winter Walk Guide.

On the night before Winter Walk, excitement builds on Warren Street as Hudson’s creative spirit shines through the stunning window displays unveiled for the Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest on Friday, December 2 at 5p m. Among the first to enjoy the holiday spectacle are the seniors from Providence Hall, who enjoy a free bus tour of the beautifully decorated windows on Winter Walk day – including the winners of the official Winter Walk Decorating Contest – after being treated to tea and cookies at Tanzy’s.

Winter Walk 2022 officially kicks off at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 3 with the bells of the First Presbyterian Church ringing 26 times in honor of the 26th Anniversary. Then, the sound of sleigh bells and clicking of horse’s hooves signals Santa’s arrival at City Hall (520 Warren Street) in his horse-drawn carriage. The young Harmony Project Hudson choristers welcome Santa with a song before children and families are invited join him inside to share their holiday wishes and receive a free gift-wrapped book. Meanwhile, Friends of the Public Square (FOPS) shines a light on 7th Street Park with the Lighting of the Tree, generously donated by Kody & Jo Pinkowski.

Over at Hudson Hall (327 Warren Street), an exhibition of young artists from local and area schools showcases our region’s artists of tomorrow. Sponsored by Winter Walk Grand Sponsor Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Community Canvas features work by students from the Hudson City School District, Catskill Central School District, Catskill Montessori School, Germantown School District, Ichabod Crane Central School District, and Taconic Hills Central School District. From future artists to a warm hug from the past, Winter Walkers can take a break upstairs in Hudson Hall’s beautiful 1855 theater and enjoy holiday episodes of nostalgic television on Hudson Hall’s full size silver screen.

Back out on Warren Street, musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances, while roving performers delight crowds taking in the decorated storefronts. Winter Walk favorites such as Circus Theatricks with Sean Fagan, carolers Key of Qand the Victorian Voices ChoirSax-o-Claus, and fire twirler Acadia Rae return this year, as will horse and carriage rides at 7th Street Park. Returning for a second year, conductor Gwen Gould leads a brass quartet from the Hudson Festival Orchestra in front of 441 Warren Street. DJ Ronnie Rave returns to rock the pocket park next to FINCH hudson (427 Warren).

In addition to visiting Santa at City Hall, young families will enjoy free pony rides and a petting zoo at the corner of 5th and Warren Street, free face painting by Boho Body Art, and can collect their very own balloon creature by Trixie the Clown (both at Hudson Hall).

New to Winter Walk this year is a special hour-long show by dancer and performance artist Davon & Friends presented by The Spark of Hudson at The Spark Stage (364 Warren Street) from 6:30pm; singer/actress Ilana Meredith and accordion player/keyboardist/clarinetist Joe Rutkowski serenading shoppers amongst 100 silver balloons at Hudson’s newest retail store, Black Label Vintage (711 Warren Street); DJ collective The Robyn Party transforming Winter Walkers into winter groovers with a fun DJ set of pop vocal holiday classics and remixes outside 225 Warren Bar & Grill; and the Camphill Hudson Chime Choir performing for the first time at Mercury’s Playhouse (339 Warren Street).

A highlight of this year’s event is performances and installations by the recipients of the 2022 Winter Walk Artist Grant Program. Sponsored by Winter Walk Grand Sponsor Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, the program was created to support Hudson’s unique creative community by giving financial support to help create work featured on the street and in shops on December 3. Features include puppet artists Rachel Drozdowicz and Wren Bytheway’s enormous Winter Bird puppet (created by Camphill Hudson) flapping its beautiful wings on Warren Street; artist Jack Dylan’s bucolic scene of animated vintage train cars with a backdrop of the cat-like Catskill Mountains in the window of 441 Warren Street; the opportunity to sit on Ms. Trixolina Clauzone’s lap and have your picture taken while serenaded with carols by drag performer Ophelia Nightly; master screen printer Jef “Wolfy” Scharf’s unique take on a holiday shop (where all the gifts are free and created using repurposed materials) outside Hudson Hall; Likeminded Objects’ (344 Warren Street) interactive T-Shirt Waste Loom upcycling demonstrations; and dance artist Rachel Kappel’s Dancers & Prancers – featuring dozens of dancers in shop windows and along the street. Participating dancers and groups include Sondra Loring,Elena Mosley and Operation Unite NYRoz’s Dance WorksSternfeld Dance StudioHudson Valley Performing Arts Center, and Zumba with Paula. For a full list of artist grant recipients, visit hudsonhall.org.

At eight o’clock, fireworks light up the winter sky from Promenade Hill, marking the official conclusion of Winter Walk and time for Santa to be on his way. The merriment continues long into the night with many businesses open late for food, drink, and entertainment. For those looking to warm their hearts as well as their bellies, Hudson Hall welcomes new and old friends from 8:15pm to enjoy a special Winter Walk “Chilly” Dinner fundraiser to honor Hudson Hall’s first Directors Emeritae Elena Mosley and Ellen Thurston. Tickets are $100 with proceeds going towards the cost of producing Winter Walk each year. More information and tickets at hudsonhall.org.


DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 3, 2022 / 5 – 8pm

LOCATIONCity of Hudson



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FASNY Super Saturday: Smokey Bear & His Forest Friends, Nov 19

Join FASNY Museum of Firefighting for a free in-person event on Saturday, November 19th, with Smokey Bear and his friends.

First, meet live raptors and learn how we can all protect these regal birds by being fire-safe. Then the big man himself, Smokey Bear, will visit the Museum and pose for pictures with attendees. Kids will also meet a DEC Forest Ranger and learn about their job and their equipment. Finally, kids can complete a Smokey Bear craft project.

All activities are FREE and will be indoors. FREE admission to the Museum will also be offered to all who attend this special event.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 19, 2022 / 10:30am – 12pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: FASNY Museum of Firefighting 
117 Harry Howard Avenue 
Hudson, NY 12534


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Somatic Embodiment and Yoga w/ Ashni & Sondra Loring at Sadhana, Nov 20

Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation, in Hudson, is hosting a workshop on Somatic Embodiment and Yoga with Ashni and Sondra Loring on November 20th.

This workshop will delve into the study and practice of embodiment, defined as a felt sense of self. It will touch upon the wealth of information from different sources, including Somatic Experiencing, Body-Mind-Centering, and breathing techniques, to validate and clarify your personal potential and strengths. Identifying boundaries, working with the nervous system, and finding more ease and efficiency within the muscles and joints can bring consciousness into our experience of our body. This leads to being comfortable in our own skin and a willingness to engage with life more fully.

About Ashni

Ashni, daughter of Cynthia and Allan, is a farmer, at Mumbet’s Freedom Farm, facilitator, educator and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with rich roots in the island of St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Movement, music, healing and their expansion through meditation and love are essential keys to Ashni’s being. From early experiences with death, escapades in library stacks to discovering yoga and teachings with Buddhist monks in High School, Spirit has always piqued her curiosity and tickled her heart.

Working on and at the intersections of Earth based teaching and practices, wellness and environmental and social justice, Ashni facilitates 1-on-1 and group sessions, ceremonies, meditations and experiences permeated with love that cultivate radical awareness, appreciation of self and overall ecstatic wellness within participants and their community with the intention of re-cultivating a deep connection with our Earth mother.

About Sondra

i am a movement artist, educator and steward of a small botanical, bird, and fox sanctuary near Hudson, NY. i am drawn to the mystical, the poetic, to dirt, to rewilding, and to the daily rigorous investigation of somatic embodiment. i make dances and performances, am a yoga and somatic educator, share stories and overturn stones to see what’s underneath. i’m queering my community, teaching as a living, and radiant with the hope of meeting you all.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, November 20, 2022 / 1pm – 3pm

LOCATION: Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation
403 Warren St,
Hudson, NY 12534

COST/REGISTER: Sliding scale $20, $25, $30
Register here


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Hudson Area Library Presents Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: Tour w/ Kelley Drahushuk, Oct 23

The Hudson Area Library presents the fifth anniversary tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from
Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour on Sunday, October 23.

Kelley Drahushuk’s talk at the library, Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts, was so
popular that this tour was created and it has become an annual event. Kelley once again acts as tour

Long-touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”,
the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and
notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists,
paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original
cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout.

Kelley Drahushuk is a long-time resident of Hudson, NY with family history in the city dating
back to the 1800s. She, along with her husband Alan, own The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, now
in its 17 th year of operation on Hudson’s Warren Street in the former CH Evans Hook & Ladder
building. She has served on the board of the Hudson Area Library and continues as a member of
the History Room Committee. She earned a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology in
Industrial Engineering. Two adorable children, a very chill cat, and two bossy guinea pigs keep
her quite busy.

Donations are appreciated but not required and they will support the archiving of the library’s
History Room collection based on the history of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport.

As this is a walking tour, wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. We may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways. Attendees will meet in the cemetery office parking lot promptly at 12pm.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 23, 2022 / 12 – 1:30pm
Rain Date: Sunday, October 30 / 12pm

LOCATION: Cedar Park Cemetery
Cemetery Office Parking Lot
20 Columbia Turnpike
Hudson, NY 12534

REGISTRATION: Required and limited to 45 participants
Register by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org

LOCATION: The Greenport Conservation Area
319 Joslen Blvd,
Hudson, NY 12534



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