By DAVID LEE
HUDSON – As the holiday season is upon us, a themed village has magically appeared in the Seventh Street Park in Hudson consisting of eight small houses each fitted with a big window allowing a view into a holiday scene.
Nobody knows exactly when the tradition started, but it was likely some time back in the 1980s or early 1990s. Since then the little buildings have undergone updates and revisions but the tradition continues. This year the Hudson NY Public Community Board has taken up the cause led by Lynn Brandt who wrangled volunteers and raised funds so that 8 of the 9 existing houses could be made ready for display.
The official lighting ceremony was conducted Monday, November 26. Mayor Kamal Johnson provided a welcome, Ms. Brandt and co-organizer Justin Elliott called out each of the sponsors and then the group proceeded from house to house as each was switched on.
Arrayed around the perimeter of the Seventh Street Park were: the Kwanzaa house sponsored by Operation Unite; Santa’s Woodland Music Room sponsored by Lowe’s; the Hanukkah house sponsored by Lowe’s and Sherwin Williams: the Gingerbread Factory sponsored by Ross Construction and Lowe’s; Santa’s Mailroom sponsored by the Hudson NY Public Community Board; the Fox’s Den holiday house sponsored by Silver Fox Builds/Renos and Lowes; Santa’s Workshop sponsored by the Hudson Fire Department; and the Grinch House sponsored by the Hudson Police Department.
Other contributors include DC Home Renovations, Herrington’s of Hudson, MK Crafts and Decor, Nick Cozzolino, Quality Trophies, The Mat Laundry in Hudson and the Hudson and Columbia County Departments of Public Works.