Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter Walk Is Nigh

Tomorrow, the first Saturday in December, it's Winter Walk, "Hudson's largest liveliest, and most colorful event of the year"!

Photo: Albert Gnidica
This year, as every year, there will be much to see and hear and experience along the entire length of Warren Street. The official guide to Winter Walk 2018 is available here. Studying it in advance is recommended lest you miss out on any of the delights of the evening.

Here are a few Gossips recommendations:
  • Adam Weinert's Rip the Nut, "a raucous Hudson Valley-inspired mash-up of the Rip Van Winkle Story and The Nutcracker Suite," with a small and subtle homage to The Gossips of Rivertown, will be performed three times--5:15, 6:00, and 6:45 p.m.--with three different casts, at Hudson Hall, 327 Warren Street.
  • The shops below Third Street are having a scavenger hunt called "Find George the Gingerbread Man." Pick up your passport for the hunt at Hudson Hall or Lili and Loo (259 Warren Street), find George at the participating shops, collect ten stamps, and be rewarded with a yummy gingerbread cookie at Dish (102 Warren Street).
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution will be offering guided tours of their historic house at 113 Warren Street.
  • The historic ice boat Whiff will be on display in front of BackBar at 347 Warren Street.
  • The Triform Bell Choir will be performing in the Solaris Gift Shop at 360 Warren Street.
  • Lady Moon will be performing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hudson Milliner Art Salon, 415 Warren Street. Afterward, from 7:15 to 8:00, there's an event called "Musical Chairity" to benefit the Hudson Youth Center. A $20 donation is required to participate, and winners will receive a painted and collaged image by Charlotta Janssen.
  • In the vicinity of 426 Warren Street, the ice carver Billy Bywater will be at work creating an ice sculpture.
  • At 427 Warren Street, the old police station, the History Room of the Hudson Area Library will have an exhibition from its extensive collection of vintage post cards.
And then there are the projections--a concept not entirely new to Winter Walk but certainly more abundant this year.
  • At Wm. Farmer & Sons, 20 South Front Street: Mark Morris's "Dance of the Snowflakes" from The Hard Nut
  • In the PARC Park, 326 Warren Street: Rip Van Winkle
  • At 429 Warren Street: Video installations by Second Ward Foundation artist in residence James Autery and artist Carolee Schneemann
  • At 521 Warren Street: Snowflakes of Hudson created by artist Emma Sandall  
And don't miss the new huts in Santa's Village in Seventh Street Park, created by the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council and Like Minded Objects.

So, hope the rain being forecast for tomorrow holds off until after 8 p.m., and come out and join your friends and neighbors to revel in the festive beginning of the holiday season.

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