The unexpected Christmas tree in July is on the relatively new path that runs just south of Hudson High School between Stow Road and Hudson-Aurora Road; some people called it the Turnpike Trail.
I am amazed at the number of people who have seen the tree and I was hoping that the creator of this sweet surprise would email me and let me know how it came to be, but that hasn't happened yet.
Instead, I received a lovely note from Shirley Noe thinking that the tree was a different tree on a different path in Hudson, one that is decorated each year by the David Hudson Chapter of the Questers in honor of Vonnie Watson.
Vonnie was a charter member of the David Hudson Chapter, and served as president in the late 1980s. Vonnie loved Christmas; long-time Hudson residents will remember that at Christmas time, Vonnie's shop, "The Attic," was so filled with Christmas paraphernalia that you could barely walk through. Remembering her passion, when Vonnie died the Questers had a pine tree planted on the path behind Rosewood Grill in her memory, and for many years would decorate it with 'ornaments' that were part of nature - seed balls, peanut-butter filled pinecones, etc. Shirley promises that this will happen again this winter, so be sure to take note of pine trees on the south side of the path as we approach the holiday.
Hudson is very lucky to have three active Questers chapters. This is an international organization founded in 1944 and made up of approximately 900 chapters in the United States and Canada. Their mission is to promote knowledge and education of antiques and collectibles, and encourage preservation and restoration of historic sites to preserve our past and benefit our future. The Anna Lee, David Hudson and James Ellsworth chapters have all made major contributions to the preservation of Hudson's history. The 1831 Case Barlow Farm house has been restored and furnished with period appropriate pieces and artifacts, in great part thanks to these three Hudson chapters of Questers. Utilizing grants and fundraisers, they purchased period furniture and brought other period donations that continue to enhance and preserve the farm for future generations. In addition, members provide their time and expertise to staff the farm's monthly open houses (every second Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.) as well as help with the cleaning and maintenance of the 14 restored rooms. The chapters have also worked individually on preservation projects including the Hudson Clock tower, transcribing letters for the Hudson Library and Historical Society and the Old Hudson Township Burying Ground.
And one more thing while we are talking about Christmas -- Hudson Community Service Association (HCSA) has kicked off their campaign to raise additional funds to start the necessary change to LED lights for the holiday lighting of the downtown greens. HCSA has organized and raised funds for Hudson's annual Holiday Lights program since 1948, when Mary Lou Morse and friends took a step ladder and some lights and started decorating. Information about how you can join the "Hudson Light Brigade" will be in the Hub, on HCTV, and on Facebook/holidaylightshudson.
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