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Hudson Hall Announces Winners of the 2018 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest

Hudson, NY: Hudson Hall is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest. Now in its 20th year, the contest celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of Hudson’s independent retailers, restaurants and galleries on the eve of the city’s largest, liveliest and most colorful event of the year.

The ‘Best Overall’ prize is awarded to FINCH Hudson. Created by luxury fashion leader Andrew Arrick (whose resume boasts work for design houses Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang), and husband Michael Hofemann, FINCH Hudson’s window features two festive scenes reflecting heaven and earth with a distinctly upstate style.

The ‘Best Newcomer’ award goes to fashion, accessories, and contemporary art retailer Mikel Hunter, who opened a second location of his Martha’s Vineyard in Hudson last year. Hunter’s window brings rock’n’roll to the holidays with stylishly dressed characters and a festive bow-covered motorcycle.

Mikel Hunter Daytime Full Window (1 of 1).jpg

The judges also gave a ‘Special Appreciation’ award to The City of Hudson in recognition of its long-time support of Winter Walk, and the tireless efforts of City employees who have helped make this beloved winter event a success for 22 years.

2018 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest Winners List:

Best Overall Window:
FINCH Hudson (555 Warren Street)

In order of geographic location:

Most Enchanting

The Rosery on Warren (238 Warren Street)

Most Elegant
source adage (314 Warren Street)

Most Whimsical 

The Gilded Owl (318 Warren Street)

Most Magical (exterior/interior)

The Artisan Shop at Camphill Hudson (360 Warren Street)

Best Use Of Lights

Vince Mulford Antiques (417-419 Warren Street)

Most Dickensian

La Maison Supreme Ltd. (431 Warren Street)

Most Glamorous

TK Home & Garden (441 Warren Street)

Best Storytelling

Five and Diamond Vintage (502 Columbia Street)

Best Second Story

Emma Sandall’s Dancing Snowflake Projections (521 Warren Street)

Best Newcomer (533 Warren Street)
Mikel Hunter

Best Empty Shop

602 Warren Street

Most Eclectic
Arenskjold Antiques Art (605 Warren Street)

Most Charming 
The Bee’s Knees (725 Warren Street)

Special Mention

Todd Farrell’s Car Care Center

Special Appreciation:

The City of Hudson

Winter Walk is a free community event that brings upwards of 20,000 to Hudson’s historic downtown the first Saturday in December. Produced by Hudson Hall, Winter Walk is possible thanks to the City of Hudson, and with generous support from Taconic Biosciences, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Five Star Urgent Care, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Columbia Memorial Health, Fingar Insurance, media partner Columbia Greene Media, media sponsors The Berkshire Edge, Rural Intelligence, WGXC and 98.5 The Cat, and other local businesses on Warren Street and vicinity. For more information and full schedule of events, visit hudsonhall.org or phone Hudson Hall at (518) 822-1438.


Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in a historic landmark that houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in April 2017 for the first time in over 55 years. The newly restored Hudson Hall reflects Hudson’s rich history in a modern facility that welcomes residents and visitors from throughout our local community, across the nation, and around the globe.


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Hudson Winter Walk 2018

Warren St during Winter Walk, 2017

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that brings upwards of 20,000 people to town.  Hudson’s unique creative community and independent retailers lining Warren street transform the city into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday shopping, and family fun.

Winter Walk begins at 5pm outside Hudson Hall with the arrival of Santa, welcomed by the young Harmony Project Hudson choristers. Once settled inside, Santa’s elves will distribute a free, gift-wrapped book to every child who pays him a visit. Santa’s visit is proudly supported by Hudson’s Five Star Urgent Care.

winter walk 2017

On stage at Hudson Hall, choreographer Adam H. Weinert presents Rip the Nut, a pantomime-style, Hudson Valley-inspired mash-up of the Rip Van Winkle story and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker suite. Professional dancers Logan Kruger, Brett Perry, Davon Rainey, JM Tate and Emma Sandall join Weinert and a talented young local cast for three enchanting performances filled with music, dance, comedy, slapstick, and that special, only-at-Winter-Walk charm.

winter walk 2017Back out on Warren Street, musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances, while roving performers delight crowds taking in the decorated storefronts or enjoying locally made food and drinks. Highlights include ice carver extraordinaire Bill Bywater (in front of Finch), guitarist Alex Turnquist (at 2Note Perfumery), vocalist Lady Moon (at Hudson Milliner and Swoon) and young harpist Malachi Cherubini (at Lilli and Loo). Family favorites King Hill Miniature Horses, Christine the Crazy Balloon Lady, Seano the Clown and Sax-o-Claus return this year, along with a host of new performers ready to enthrall Winter Walk crowds. A full list of performers will be updated at hudsonhall.org as they are confirmed.

Returning to the Below 3rd district is the traditional Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture by Ukrainian-born, Hudson-based artist Maryna Bilak. The colorful, brightly lit wooden structure stands eight feet tall with eight rays emanating from the center, an ancient symbol of balance, harmony and equilibrium.

Up at the 7th Street Park, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available, and guests can wander through Santa’s Village of tiny homes featuring fun festive scenes and enchanting characters.

At eight o’clock, fireworks light up the sky from Promenade Hill, marking the official conclusion of Winter Walk and time for Santa to be on his way, but the merriment continues long into the night with many businesses open late for food, drink and entertainment.


Saturday, December 1, 2018: 5 – 8pm (Rain, Snow, or Shine)

Warren Street, City of Hudson, is the center of the activities but don’t forget to check out side streets and the Hudson Area Library, which are also involved in the celebration.

Visit HudsonHall.org

All photos in this post were taken by me during past Winter Walks. Follow me on Instagram to see live updates from this year’s Winter Walk.


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Hudson Holiday House Tour, Dec 9 2017


How often have you walked through Hudson after dark and peeked through the windows? Just getting a glimpse of those beautiful interiors isn’t enough, is it? The Hudson Holiday House Tour allows you access to 5 of those beautiful gems – all historic and all within walking distance of each other and Warren Street. This year each stop on the tour is a functioning Inn or Bed and Breakfast.

Saturday, December 9 2017,  2:00pm – 5:00pm

Advance tickets are $20/person. Day off are $25/person. Tickets are limited.
To purchase, visit HudsonHolidayHouseTour.com/tour.html

City of Hudson, NY. Ticket(s) and tour materials may be picked up at the Barlow (​542 Warren Street) at noon on tour day, December 9th



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Hudson Winter Walk 2017, Photo Recap

Did you make it to Winter Walk in Hudson on Saturday? The town was packed with visitors strolling along Warren Street. Here are a few pictures from Warren, and an interior shot of Red Dot, which creates a themed-space for the bar each year. This year’s theme is The Russian Tea Room.


Red Dot’s Russian Tea Room


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Winter Walk 2017 Festivities From Hudson Hall

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that brings upwards of 20,000 people to the town’s mile-long Warren street. The event is organized by Hudson Hall, which is also presenting some additional Winter Walk festivities.

Hudson Hall West Room, 5-8pm

Hudson Hall has received confirmation from the North Pole that a new representative will be visiting children at Hudson Hall for the duration of Winter Walk this year. Hudson’s own Mark Orton takes a short hiatus as co-owner of Warren Street’s Davis Orton Gallery to assume the identity of the jolly bearded man. After being welcomed in his horse-drawn carriage to Hudson Hall at 5pm by Harmony Project Hudson, Santa will be hearing Christmas wishes and giving out a free gift-wrapped book to every child.

Also on the first floor at Hudson Hall will be Harney & Sons Tea, who will be offering samples of their delicious hot beverages and the chance to win a winter wreath or Christmas tree in their free Winter Walk raffle.

Hudson Hall Performance Hall, 5:15pm- 8pm
Free, no reservations required
Stage Direction: Adam H. Weinert
Featuring Logan Frances Kruger, Brett Perry, Emma Sandall, Davon Rainey and Adam H. Weinert

RIP THE NUT is a raucous, Hudson Valley-inspired mash up of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and The Nutcracker Suite. This enchanting, family-friendly show will take place in Hudson Hall’s historic performance hall from 5:15pm. Featuring dance, storytelling and song, Rip’s adventure through time will be performed as a narrative loop for the duration of Winter Walk, with each cycle roughly 25 minutes each. In addition to performing himself, Hudson-based choreographer Adam H. Weinert has engaged renowned dancers Logan Kruger, Brett Perry, and Davon Rainey as the core group of performers, along with ex-Royal Ballet ballerina and now Hudson resident, Emma Sandall.

Every iteration begins and ends with live narration from a different Hudson Valley personality, and will include dance and musical performances by local community partners organized by Operation Unite NY. These include the talented students of the Sternfeld Dance Studio, Seano the Clown’s Circus Wonderland, Harmony Project Hudson, Body Playground, Kuumba Dance & Drum, Hudson Valley Academy of Preforming Arts, young rising dance star Orlando Harbutt and more.

1st and Warren Street
Artist: Maryna Bilak Haughton

Ukrainian-born artist and Warren Street resident Maryna Bilak Haughton has designed and built a spectacular Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture/installation for the 21st Anniversary of Winter Walk. Based on a traditional Ukrainian symbol, the brightly lit, three-dimensional wooden structure stands eight feet tall with eight lit rays emanating from the center. “Ideologically, this is a symbol of order and the world creation”, says Bilak Haughton. “It connects all sides of the world and indicates absolute balance, harmony and equilibrium. The octagonal star is a very ancient positive symbol of the sun and light, symbolizing birth and the creator of the Universe.”


Winter Walk is Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5–8 pm (Rain, Snow, or Shine)

Warren Street, City of Hudson, NY

Visit HudsonHall.org


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