The stately fence pictured last week is in front of 28 Owen Brown St., home of the Swegans for eight years. Amy Swegan thinks that there are only two of these original wrought iron fences left in town -- the other is at the corner of Baldwin and N. Main St. The fences that were not used for ammunition during the Civil War were most likely gathered up for the scrap metal drive during WWII.
A reminder of two upcoming events in town -- both filled with history, and one vital for our future. If you watched Hudson's Memorial Day Parade, you probably saw the restored wagon pulled by two Clydesdales, filled with people portraying Chauncey and Cleopatra Case and their family as they arrived in Hudson in 1814. The Case Barlow Farm, 1931 Barlow Road., is holding a 200 Year Celebration on June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., filled with activities and food such as the ones that you might have found back then.
The Ice Cream Social was first held in the late 1940s, and for many years Hudson women would bake pies and cakes and line up to drop them off at the Clocktower for the celebration. In the early days, it was a spaghetti dinner, complemented by these desserts. Over the years it evolved into a dessert-only event, but the days of Hudson women baking desserts ended about the same time that parents had to start checking their children's Halloween candy. Now it has gone full circle with hotdogs and other food available, in addition to ice cream and a cookie. There are many activities for children, and this year one of the new activities is the Butterfly Mural Project, to raise awareness of the serious plight of all pollinators. Butterflies, bees and birds are dying out because their habitats are disappearing, and Hudson League for Service wants to show how easy it is for anyone to make their yard "butterfly friendly." Kids can glue bottle caps onto wooden butterflies, and there will be fact sheets and mini seed packets distributed to interested adults.