I heard a rumor that I hope is not true. Perhaps you can do some investigation. According to the source, The Opera House (aka Hudson Hall) is NOT doing Winter Walk this year. This will be a huge loss for our business but, more importantly, for Hudson. It is the one event that brings people together every year and is the kick off to the holiday shopping season. Once the event is gone it will be hard to get it back.Fortunately, the rumor is not true. Hudson Hall has already announced Winter Walk 2017--the 21st Winter Walk--on its website and has begun soliciting local food vendors, performers, and volunteers to take part in the festive evening.
The basis of the rumor may be the exchange that took place at the AET Committee meeting, when, while discussing the possibility of withdrawing City funding for festivals and events in favor of funding a "community day," Alderman Rick Rector (First Ward) posited, "Winter Walk will go on regardless," and Tambra Dillon, co-director of Hudson Hall, shot back, "That's not true." It seems possible, were the City to withdraw its support, there might be no Winter Walk beyond 2017.
The contribution Winter Walk has made and continues to make--both in bringing the people of Hudson together and in bringing thousands of people to Hudson to discover and patronize our shops and restaurants--is irrefutable. Winter Walk has demonstrated that it deserves robust and continuing support from the City of Hudson. The notion that the City might withdraw its support from this event and others that contribute to the character of our community is unthinkable.
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