Hudson’s liveliest, largest, and most colorful event of the year, celebrating 21 years!
A huge thank you to the supremely talented George Kroenert for the beautiful Hudson Hall window display
Winter Walk transforms Hudson’s mile-long main street into a holiday wonderland for one magical evening
Saturday, December 2 from 5 – 8pm, Hudson Hall’s annual holiday celebration came of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest and most colorful event of the year. For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique creative community and independent retailers lining the mile-long historic main street transformed our city into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday shopping, and family fun. Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year,” in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Winter Walk attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors to the City to kick off the holiday season.
Although Hudson Hall coordinated the festival, it’s truly an event that comes together with the cooperation and support of the City of Hudson, our Grand Sponsor Taconic Biosciences and with generous support from the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Harney and Sons Tea, Cafe Le Perche, Etsy, Kinderhook Bank, and so many of our local businesses on Warren Street and vicinity.
Winter Walk 2017 began at 5pm outside Hudson Hall with Harmony Project Hudson choristers welcoming Santa Claus in his horse-drawn wagon (*NEW* location), before helping him to settle into in Hudson Hall’s West Room to greet visitors and listen to children’s holiday wishes. Thanks to our generous publishing partners, Santa’s elves distributed a free, gift-wrapped book to every child! While waiting to meet Santa, families enjoyed a warm cuppa courtesy of Harney and Sons Tea in the Common Council Room, or viewed SEE ME LIKE THIS, an exhibition of photographic portraits created by Valerie Shaff with the young women of Perfect 10 Hudson, on view in the Center Hall Gallery until January 21 .
On stage at Hudson Hall, visitors enjoyed choreographer Adam Weinert’s RIP THE NUT, a raucous, Hudson Valley-inspired mash-up of the Rip Van Winkle story and The Nutcracker suite. Weinert was joined by dancers Logan Kruger, Brett Perry and Emma Sandall as time stood still, snowflakes wondrously danced, and a host of community partners organized by Elena Mosley of Operation Unite NY paraded through time.
New to Winter Walk this year was the Where’s George the Gingerbread Man? scavenger hunt through the shops and galleries of Warren Street’s Below 3rd district, and a stunning traditional Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture/installation by Ukrainian-born, Hudson-based artist Maryna Bilak Haughton. The brightly lit and colorful star-shaped wooden structure stood eight feet tall with eight rays emanating from the center, an ancient symbol of balance, harmony, and equilibrium at First Street on Warren Street.
Along the full length of Warren Street, visitors were regaled by the cast of roving performers, carolers, costumed characters and Zuumba flash mobbers. Musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances. Returning favorites included Sax-o-Claus, Crazy Christine the Balloon Queen, The Spinstress, Tots the Clown, Shook Gals, Holly Andy Ivy, the Orcapelicans (Bard College’s acapella sensations), miniature horses, carriage rides, baby goats, and face-painting. Seano the Shakespearean Clown and the students of Montgomery C. Smith Middle School tickled the chilly funny bones with a hilarious performance that was part poetry, puppetry, parade, and play – developed through an after-school workshop presented by Hudson Hall.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED FOR 2018
For questions about SPONSORSHIP, please contact Rebecca Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Volunteer
We will need lots of help from our Friends the night of Winter Walk. Want to wear one of our amazing costumes during the festival? We also need a few good elves and ushers. To become one of our beloved Winter Walk volunteers, contact Rebecca Gee, Director of Fund Development (email@example.com).
Winter Walk: Then and Now Photos
Send us your photos of Winter Walks gone by, and we’ll use them in our social media, press and marketing efforts. Send photos electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, and hard copies can be delivered to 327 Warren Street.
WINDOWS & DECORATING CONTEST
The Annual Window Decorating Contest WINNERS!
Hudson Hall was proud to announce the winners of the annual Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest. Astounded by the creativity, style and flair of the beautiful displays lighting up Hudson’s historic district, the anonymous judge felt it essential to create a series of new categories to celebrate the unique talents of a very unique town.
The full list of awards are as follows. Images of each award winner can be downloaded here:
Best Overall Awards:
Window Display: Vincent Mulford Antiques (417-419 Warren St)
Interior: Red Dot Restaurant and Bar (321 Warren Street)
Technical Wizardry: Marine Penvern Atelier (701-703 Warren Street)
In order of geographic location:
Best ‘Ale’ Not in a Bar: Kasuri (1 Warren Street)
Best Newcomer: home/made Hudson (119 Warren Street)
Best Traditional Holiday: Lili and Loo (259 Warren St), Rural Residence (316 Warren Street)
Best Spiritual (Christmas or Otherwise): Tom Swope Gallery (307 Warren Street)
Sparkliest: Hudson Home (366 Warren Street)
Best Just-Another-Day-in-Window-Decorating: John Doe Records (434 Warren Street)
Best Hudson Spirit: Stair Galleries (549 Warren Street)
Most Xmas-y: Finch Hudson (555 Warren Street)
Most Inviting: Hawkins New York (613 Warren Street)
Most Kinetic: Hudson River Tattoo (724 Warren Street)
You can stay informed by following the Hudson Hall on social media (@HudsonHall1855).
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WinterWalkHudson on social media.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC
All of Warren Street, from Front Street to 8th Street, will be closed to traffic and parking during Winter Walk from 5-8pm. Only Worth/Prospect Avenue and Front Street will be used for north and south-bound traffic. Parking and traffic in all alleys will be restricted to emergency vehicles only. All other cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Trucks will be re-routed around the city for the evening. Cars can use all open entry points to the City, but Warren Street will be closed to all traffic from 5-8pm.
All City municipal parking lots will be available for parking. This includes lots on Columbia, Union and Warren Streets, the John L. Edwards Elementary School, the Consolidated Firehouse at 7th and Washington, and the waterfront lots at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. All County lots on Columbia and State Streets will also be available. Paid parking is available at the hospital’s parking garage at the top of Columbia Street and at the Amtrak long-term parking lot on Front Street, across from the station.
Please do not park in privately-owned lots without permission from the owner. We recommend that you dress warmly and arrive early to secure a parking spot.
Please Join Us in Thanking Our Supporters for Winter Walk 2017
Winter Walk wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our many sponsors and supporters.
GRAND SPONSOR Taconic Biosciences
PARTNERS City of Hudson | Columbia Economic Development Corporation | Harney and Sons Tea
SPONSORS Cafe Le Perche | Etsy | Kinderhook Bank | W&B Golf Carts | Questar III
MEDIA SPONSORS 98.5 The Cat | WGXC | The Columbia Paper
PATRONS Berkshire Bank | de Marchin | The Falls | FINCH | Fingar Insurance | Hudson Home | Lotus Energy | Price Chopper | Red Dot | Stair Galleries | Stewart’s Shops
SUPORTERS 2 Note Botanical Perfumery | Ad Lib Antiques | Aetna | Albany Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Group | Carrie Haddad Gallery | The Cascades | Columbia County Chamber of Commerce | Columbia County Department of Tourism | Concepto Gallery | CVS Pharmacies | Doyle Antiques | Foley & Cox Home | Hawkins NY | Herrington’s | House Rules Cafe, | Iron Horse Cigar Depot | J. Damiani Gallery | Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski & Hogan, CPAs | Kenneth Polinskie | La Maison Supreme | Lili and Loo | Lowe’s Home Improvement | Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts | Mane Street Hair Styles | Mutiny | Olde Hudson Market | Paper + Goods | Peter Jung Fine Art | Rural Residence | Steiner’s Sports | The Second Show | TK Home and Garden | Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture | Tradewinds | White Rice | Williams Lumber & Home Center | Vasilow’s Confectionary
SPECIAL THANKS to Basilica Hudson | William Blowers| COARC| Congregation Anshe Emeth, Gia Delmar| Drop Forge & Tool | Peg Patterson | Maurice D. Haughton & Maryna Bilak-Haughton | Ellen Thurston | Mark Orton | Greenport Fire & Rescue | Tiffany Martin Hamilton | Etsy | Elena Mosley and Operation Unite NY | Hudson Business Coalition | Hudson City Police Department | Hudson Department of Public Works | Hudson Fire Department | Hudson Youth Center (HYC) and HYC volunteers | Johnny’s Ideal Printing | Shanan Mcgee | Amanda Hummel | Mike Tucker| JD Urban | Sarah Lipsky | Juan Madrid | Shanan Mcgee | Rick Rector | Jean Sagendorph | Tanzy’s | William Blowers | Nicole Vidor | Adam Weinert & Co.