Friday, November 26, 2021

Winter Walk 2021

A week from today, Warren Street will be abuzz with last minute decorating and preparations for Hudson's best loved holiday event--Winter Walk. This year, Hudson Hall presents the 25th Winter Walk from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. This year's lineup of includes a brilliant array of music, dance, projection, and more.

Photo: JD Urban
Here are the latest events to join the roster of Winter Walk activities--all of which have been designed to provide maximum safety with an equal measure of merriment.

Winter Walk Kick-Off
The evening begins with a tribute to the resiliency of our community and to our friend Vincent Mulford. Mulford, who passed away this October, was a longtime resident and pioneering antiques dealer in Hudson, as well as a long-standing champion of Winter Walk. To commemorate his life and the silver anniversary of Winter Walk, the bells at the First Presbyterian Church will ring twenty-five times at 5:00 p.m.

Seventh Street Park will then burst into color with a Holiday Tree lighting, thanks to Friends of the Public Square. The tree lighting will be accompanied by a performance by the children of Harmony Project Hudson and the Hudson City School District band program. The park will also be the scene of a Menorah Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m., and the Hudson High School Marching Band will lead revelers from Seventh Street Park to the Park Theater, where the HFO Brass Quartet will perform a selection of songs featuring many local special guests.

Rip the Nut Reimagined
In a nod to the earliest days of Winter Walk, many Warren Street shop windows will feature dancers participating in a reimagined production of Rip the Nut--a raucous mashup of the Rip Van Winkle story and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite ballet, choreographed by Adam Weinert. Typically performed on Hudson Hall's stage, this year the show comes down onto Warren Street and unfolds along the mile-long promenade.

In addition to live dancers, this production will also feature Rip the Nut Redux, a series of handmade installations by R. B. Schlather at Like Minded Objects and a video projection titled "Ghosts of Winkles Past" at Hudson Hall.
Santa Claus
Visitors can drop by City Hall to meet Santa Claus. The jolly little elf will be on hand for socially distanced consultations with the little ones, assisted by our friends from the Hudson Youth Center. Whether they've been naughty or nice, every child will receive a free age-appropriate book from Santa. 

Dance Party at the High-Beam
At 7:00 p.m., join the cast of Rip the Nut for a dance party at the corner of Front and Warren streets with DJ Ronnie Rave at the High-Bean Stage. Special guest performances include Chase Buntrock, Moscelyne Parkeharrison, Bodysonnet, and more.

As always, the evening will end at 8:00 p.m. with a magical fireworks display from the Hudson River, viewable for miles around.  

Holiday Honky-Tonk at WYLDE Hudson
After Winter Walk proper has come to an end, scurry over to WYLDE Hudson in time for their own tree lighting at 8:00 p.m. This kicks off a two-hour "After Hours" Holiday Honky-Tonk featuring Brett Miller and The Neon Moons.

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