Chime Choir & Ella Ghent team up for well-attended Winter Walk performances
During Winter Walk on Dec. 2, the Camphill Hudson Chime Choir performed classic Christmas songs accompanied by Ella Ghent reading A Visit From Saint Nicholas (also known as The Night Before Christmas). Winter Walk, the city of Hudson’s most visited event of the year, draws thousands of people to Warren Street. The street is closed to cars while vendors, carolers, musicians and other merrymakers offer entertainment up and down the street and fireworks provide an exclamation point at the end of the annual event. Our gallery space inside Solaris was packed with audience members during three staggered performances. The chime choir, led by Onat Sanchez-Schwartz, featured many of our friends decked out in seasonal attire. They warmed the space beautifully with joyful music, while Ella Ghent breathed life into the poetic story. The event was well-received by three audiences, made up of friends of our community as well as newcomers, from near and far.
The Camphill Hudson Players performed the Shepherds’ Play twice in front of crowds this December, to enthusiastic audiences at Hudson’s First Presbyterian Church on Dec.16 and at Camphill Ghent on Dec. 19.
With many behind-the-scenes hurdles overcome leading up to the performances, the group, guided by Michael Hoy, put on possibly the best rendition of the play in Camphill Hudson’s recent memory. And it should be noted that this marks the first return of this tradition for Camphill Hudson since 2019.
Melissa, who portrayed the first innkeeper in the play said the “cast was awesome” and that it felt pretty good to be up in front of an audience. "It was so much fun," said Annie Green, who accompanied Melissa in portraying the first innkeeper. "I'm so proud of us and we did an awesome job."
Nicole, who, alongside Chaydvan, portrayed the third innkeeper, said she had a great experience. “My favorite part was doing sign language,” said Nicole, who signed her lines as Chaydvan spoke them.
Chaydvan, who grew up in Germany, said it was his first time seeing or being part of the Shepherd’s Play. “There was a lot of nice energy in this play and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “It was nice to work with the friends on this and I was also impressed how well people memorized long stretches of lines.”
From our Poetry Group - Animal kingdom reflections
The Camphill Hudson Poetry Group meets weekly and is led by Seneca and Minh. For each week of Advent different kingdoms are celebrated. In order of the weeks of Advent, the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms are honored.
At the beginning of the third week of Advent the poetry group explored memories of a favorite animal. The following are excerpted from the group’s work and shared with the authors’ permission:
“My animal today is the dog Kevin. Kevin is the dog of Sarah. He is a big, brown dog that has wavy hair. I met him when he was a little baby. I choose him because I loved to play with him. Even if it’s outside or inside. With him I felt comfortable and safe. I loved to play ball or cuddle with him. My best memories was when Sarah, Kevin and I walked.” – Melissa
“I remember my favorite pet I enjoy the most was a black lab dog named Newman. Kept me so happy. Gave Newman a nice life, good walks, running with bike riders – fed that dog good food and big fat cheesy snuggles. I loved Newman way too much in my heart. It made me so happy to see Newman’s spirit. How I loved to watch Newman swimming… Newman was 14 years old.”
“My parents found a new puppy, small Lexi; she feels happy. Poughkeepsie walking trail – my Dad feeds her dinner. Lexi, she sleeps – Lexi her belly and laughing language. Lab. She hears me when I sing. Lexi, she smiles and looks at me and my mom and dad. She likes swimming.”