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The houses for the 30th annual Christmas Tour of Homes are ready. Four Hudson homeowners, the Octagon House, Chamber Member businesses, the Tour of Homes committee and a team of volunteers have been working their magic to make this special event another amazing experience for ticketholders. Event coordinator Andrea Jorgensen of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau describes the months long preparations this way. “The tour takes a village of coordinated creativity including the beautifully decorated downtown by the city of H
The Octagon House Museum will debut its 2015 holiday theme “Comfort and Joy” during the Hudson Tour of Homes opening on Nov. 21 and 22. This year the museum is decorated with festive sights, sounds and smells that evoke the special feelings of the holiday season. The museum’s annual Victorian Christmas Night is set for Friday, Dec. 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to see the museum in its holiday splendor by the glow of lamplight.
Judge Michael Waterman announced his candidacy for election for a full term to Branch 4 of the St. Croix County Circuit Court. Waterman has held the position since May 2015. He was appointed judge by Gov. Scott Walker to fill a vacancy caused by the retirement of Judge Howard Cameron. “I accepted Governor Walker’s appointment to fulfill a commitment to public service,” Waterman said. “Since becoming judge, I have worked hard, decided cases impartially, and remained faithful to the Constitution and rule of law. “I hope I have earned the confidence of my fellow citizens.
The 10th annual H.O.M.E. Thanksgiving meal is Thursday, Nov. 19, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St. from 5-6:30 p.m. The meal is provided by the Foster family who own and operate Barkers and San Pedro restaurants in downtown Hudson. The meal will be served by members of the Gherty law firm. There will be homemade pies for dessert and entertainment. The meal is open to the public and free.
The Hudson School District Community Education in collaboration with Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Catalyst Sports Medicine and PowerUp have scheduled open gym nights for families this winter. The first night, Friday, Nov. 13, will kick off with a special kids dance and other family fun activities. The “Get Fit Crew” from Catalyst Sports Medicine will set up games and activities at each open gym time to encourage children and their families to be more active.
Ballroom dance parties are offered on the first and third Saturday of every month October – May, and the third Saturday of every month June – September, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Tom Larson offers a dance lesson during the first hour. West Coast swing and the hustle will be featured on Nov. 21. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome.
A community Thanksgiving goodwill dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at The Orchard, 571 Hwy. 63, Baldwin from 11 am.-2 p.m. Reservations are appreciated but not mandatory. Volunteers are needed with two-hour shifts available. Donations of gently used hats, coats and mittens will be accepted until Nov.
I have a theory about academics who write biographies of famous literary personalities. Ever since the invention of the word processor, these tomes have become heavier and heavier. Why might that be? My theory is that the word processor is so easy to type on that academics, when they finally sit down and type, find it so much fun they just keep typing and typing. I'm not the only person who might agree. I recently heard a comedian say that had Moses owned a computer there would have been 19 -- not 10 -- commandments. So God bless Peter Ackroyd.
The Hudson Women’s Club, in cooperation with Operation HELP and Turningpoint, will provide an opportunity for those who want to fulfill the Christmas wishes of families in need through the club’s annual Giving Tree. At the meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 there will be Christmas trees decorated with festive tags each representing a family and their gift wishes.
For thirty years, the Christmas Tour of Homes has delivered visitors to preview amazing Christmas décor. Four Hudson homes plus the Octagon House promise to continue this weekend tradition by delivering beyond expectations. Homes range from traditional to contemporary and are decked out for the Holidays. Whatever your style, join us for a fun weekend of touring, shopping and dining in Hudson.