Downtown Hudson showcases performing and visual arts at ArtsFest

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Grupo das Candeias, a musical group based at the Hudson Portuguese Club, performs in front of Hudson City Hall. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

HUDSON — Months after Hudson won the nationwide “America’s Main Streets” competition, her acclaimed route once again featured the performing and visual arts on June 4.

The Cultural Arts Committee of the Downtown Hudson Business Improvement District (BID) hosted its third ArtsFest Hudson. This marked the return of the event, which has been canceled for the past two years due to pandemic restrictions.

This year’s committee placed over 50 vendors on Main Street, running from the Wood Square roundabout to the Main Bank Street parking lot at the intersection of Main Street and Manning Street.

The children created their own art with sidewalk chalk. In addition, children participated in craft projects offered by the Hudson Public Library and the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club.

The Hudson Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition presented the Opioid Project’s traveling multimedia exhibit in the lobby of City Hall. This artwork with audio is created to commemorate loved ones lost to an opioid overdose.

Live entertainment outside City Hall and the Main Street Bank parking lot featured singers, instrumentalists and dancers.

Festival-goers also bought tickets for a 50/50 raffle organized by the BID to benefit the Armory Project of the Hudson Cultural Alliance. The alliance is a non-profit organization that is spearheading the purchase and transformation of the downtown armory into a community arts center.

The winner of the raffle will be announced at BID’s first-ever Celebrate Hudson Festival on Saturday, September 17.

In the meantime, raffle tickets are available at Avidia Bank, CroseNest Apothecary, Hudson Appliance & Mattress Gallery, Main Street Bank, Mullahy’s, Serendipity and Wright Jewelry & Design Company.

The Cultural Arts Committee is chaired by Mae Zagami. Other committee members are Lori Burton, Aimee Cotnoir, Doreen Howes, Ellen King, Vikki Levine and Mercedes Murphy.

Follow the BID at Discoverhudson.org and facebook.com/DiscoverHudson.

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