The replica of the theater seeks a new home; people celebrate their birthday
HUDSON – A miniature, meticulously detailed ‘Arab theatre’, created by the late Charlie Groves in the 1960s, is looking for a new home.
Former Hudson resident Bob Gorey, who ‘fostered’ theater in the basement of his Andover home for many years, says ‘It’s time to bring Charlie’s masterpiece back in his hometown”.
Officials from the Hudson Public Library and the Hudson Historical Society said they have no space to display the icon, although they wish they could. It is hoped that a local, private or public, pre-kindergarten or preschool, or other Hudson home can be found to house and/or display the colorful theatre, which dates back to the days of elegant “movie palaces”. . ”
Charles Groves (1905-2003), manager of the old Hudson Theater and caretaker of the Hudson Public Library, spent 20 years researching and building on the five-by-four-foot miniature icon, working in his shop at the back of the Odd Fellows building, which is now occupied by Hudson Art & Framing.
The creation was inspired, in part, by the 1942 movie “Arabian Nights”.
Grove’s creation screen features the skyline and desert of “Moonlit Baghdad”, along with over 300 small stones and 2,000 “diamonds” for ornamentation. There are two rows of 70 miniature seats.
Bob Gorey and his brother Chris Gorey recall a real theater movie presentation in the mid-1960s at the Hudson Public Library.
Longtime friend Lorene Jean of Hudson Art & Framing remembered Charlie as a Hudson icon, walking daily until late in life and organizing a banjo band while managing the Hudson and Maynard Theaters.
In the late 1990s, before entering a local nursing home, Charlie requested that the theater be sent to the home of Bob Gorey, whose parents, the late Herb and Joy Gorey of Hudson, were among his greatest fans.
Anyone with suggestions for a new home for the iconic Arab Theater is welcome to contact [email protected] Where [email protected].
Residents celebrate 50 years
Hudson residents William “Bill” and Diane Dexter observed their 50and wedding anniversary on November 22.
They were honored with a “COVID-crowd” party at Diane’s niece’s house, complete with birthday cake. Their son Andrew and his wife, Danielle, from Westborough, brought them a birthday meal from 110 Grille on November 21.
Diane, a retired Hudson teacher of 37 years, and Bill, a Stow native, were married at First Federated Church in Hudson.
A Vietnam War-era Navy veteran, Bill retired after working for Digital Equipment Co. and Lifeline. Their son Michael resides in Florida. The couple have four grandchildren.
Claire Rimkus designs the NYT crossword
The New York Times December 3 crossword puzzle was built by our granddaughter, Claire Rimkus, of North Grafton. This is her second NYT puzzle and she has also contributed several to USA-TODAY. A 31-year-old medical examiner, she is the daughter of Peter Rimkus, originally from Hudson, Coventry, CT, and the late Dianne Rimkus.
John P. Rio Jr., 90, Hudson
John P. Rio Jr., 90, of Hudson, was announced to have passed away on November 25, 2021 at his home in Tucson, Az. He was a member of the Hudson High class of 1949 and has many local survivors, including his brother, Alfred Rio of Hudson.
Parishioners mourn the passing of Reverend Antonio “Tony” Lalli
Rev. Antonio “Tony” Lalli, sx, a member of the Xavarian Missionary Fathers in Holliston and a frequent Mass at St. Michael’s Church, died December 3, 2021. A funeral mass was held December 13 at the church St. Mary’s Church in Holliston followed by interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Springfield.
Hudson Hosts a Winter Farmer’s Market
The Hudson Winter Farmer’s Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudson Town Hall on Saturday, December 18, with many great product choices from area vendors.
Swap Shop scheduled for December 18
An exchange store at the Recycling Center at 300 Cox Street will be open Saturday, December 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for free items and also donations. The volunteer team offers free seasonal decoration, toys, games, etc.
All donations must be in working order.
Back to 1966
Mrs. Veronica Eklund has joined the staff of Linden Street School as a first grade teacher.
Staff Sgt. Robert W. MacDonald was a jet aircraft mechanic in Vietnam with the US Air Force.
The Rotary Club banquet committee honoring the Hudson High football team included Will Kirkpatrick, Al Harasko and David Lamson.
Federal mediators were called when a general strike halted production at all Raytheon Co. factories.
Army Sergeant. Norman “Red” Taylor, back from Vietnam, was the guest of honor at the Veterans Day Parade.
December 18 – Savannah Fillmore, Robert Simpson, Debbie Bryant, Deb Devereaux and Theresa Bryce.
December 19 – Dick Bushey, Sarah Cressy, Samantha Santana.
December 20 – Lexi Leandres.
December 21 – Bill Bissett, Jim Gasek and Diane Durand.
December 22 – Yvonne Bleiler, Travis King, Matthew Lenthal, Michael Chartrand and George Dunnells.
December 23 – Mark O’Connell, Ellen Auger, Emily Larkins and Teresa Costa Figueiredo.
December 24 – Hannah Knowles, Karlie Lazarus, Kristen Joyce and Holly Richardson.
happy birthday christmas december 25th – Hudson Postmaster Chris Capobianco, Will Jackson and Patrick Moran.
December 26 – Jay Murphy, Steve Falcone and Art Zina.
December 27 – Ed Vorce, Kevin Appel, Margaret Fieldsend, Dick Tracy, Carolyn and Alyssa Downing.
December 28 – Chris Francis, “Dee” Jordan, Elizabeth Hydro, Jim Toohey, Cara Sullivan, Michael Fernandes, Adelaide Saragian and Danielle Watson.
December 29 – Kayleigh Darwin, Calleigh Walsh, Carol Sedam, Jonathan Woodford, Anthony Luongo and twins Ben and Sam Jackson.
December 30 – Danny Lopez, Don Garcia, Rachel Sousa, Luis Macedo, Brian Blais, Gerry Gault and Dick Tombeno.
December 18 –Mark and Kristi Edwards
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all Hudson Happ’nings readers and contributors!
Send items for Hudson Happ’nings to 18 Cottage St. Hudson MA 01749 or email [email protected].
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