Hudson Festival Days offers something for everyone

by LAURA FREEMAN | REPORTER Published:

Hudson — The Hudson Festival Days June 12 and 13 will have plenty to offer whether its architecture, gardens, artists, ice cream or a movie.
The Hudson Home and Garden Tour, in its 67th year, runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 13. Presale tickets are available at the Learned Owl and Acme. During the event, tickets are available at the tent on the Hudson Green and the Garden Shop at the Hudson Middle School, 77 N. Oviatt St. for $25. Presale tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by writing to the Hudson Garden Club Ticket Chairman, 205 S. Main St. Hudson OH 44236. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and check to Hudson Garden Club. Presale tickets can be purchased at Acme and The Learned Owl Book Shop. More information is available at www.hudsongardenclub.org.
The event raises funds for tree planting, the Garden Club’s annual scholarships, grants, school programs, mentoring workshop and community gardening projects. More than 500 men and women donate thousands of hours toward this project.
With the ticket, visitors are given a booklet listing each home and a map. They can drive to each home or park and walk. The Garden Club creates floral arrangements for each home, and hostesses share interesting facts and features about the homes and gardens.
The Garden Shop at the Hudson Middle School sells plants and garden items. No ticket is needed to enter. Also at the Hudson Middle School is an afternoon tea from 2 to 5 p.m. each day.
During the Hudson Home and Garden Tour the Hudson Society of Artists is sponsoring its Clothesline Art Show, celebrating 51 years, at the Hudson Middle School Commons. Artwork will be on display and for sale. More information is available at www.hudsonsocietyofartists.com.
Throughout town during the event, eight to 10 artists will create artwork in the plein air style or on site. The artwork will be displayed June 14 at Hudson Fine Art and Framing Co., 160 N. Main St. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., said owner Kathy Johnson. The artwork will be for sale.
Friday evening the festivities continue with the Ice Cream Social, a tradition since 1947, on the Hudson Green from 6 to 9 p.m. Presale tickets are on sale at The Learned Owl or at the event.
During the Ice Cream Social, residents can help decorate three butterfly murals and learn how to create a butterfly habitat with a pollinator garden. Destination Hudson and the Hudson League for Service received a grant May 15 from the 2014 Habits of the Heart and Seniors and Youth Partners in Philanthropy grant program, according to Liz Murphy of Destination Hudson. Laurel Lake seniors and Seton Catholic School students create a committee and learn about philanthropy by reviewing applications for the grants, which are funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
People who have a cool car or truck that they would like to show, make a reservation by calling 330-554-4689.  Old or new, historic and current, if yours is special, share it with neighbors at the Cool Car Display at the Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Hudson League for Service.
At dusk June 13 Screen on the Green, a project of Leadership Hudson 2011 class, will present “Frozen,” the sing-a-long version of the movie on the First & Main Green. Future films include “Gravity” on July 18 and “Despicable Me 2” on Aug. 23. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the outdoor film.

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