A Holly, Jolly Visit to the Bustling Hudson Senior Center

December 20, 2019


by Lori A. Bowen, Hudson Senior Services Coordinator

Hello Friends!

It seems like forever since I have had time to sit down and write you all a letter.  Like everyone else we have been super busy up here at the Senior Center.  I wanted to fill you in on a few past events and share some upcoming ones.

So in the past few months we have been wrapping up our summer activities.  The walking group has hung up their sneakers for the year but has sharpened their snowshoes, so if you want to join them just give Lori a call and she will put you on the list.

Pickleball started back up indoors.  There is still room for more so come on up to the center and register to play on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Lori has the information and registration forms.

As we celebrated Halloween, we had a break “in” of a few local girls that snuck out of the local “Senior Correctional Facility.”  They came to the center to bust up the line dancing class and share a laugh or two with Gail Eaton, our line dancing teacher.  All in good fun we found out after it was just the “dance” girls that had gotten together as a joint costume.  They looked fabulous in their orange jumpsuits and were accompanied by very real looking police officers.  Thank you for the fun ladies!

We had our annual Christmas Party here at the Senior Center this week.  What a great time we had!  George spun the “tunes,” Gail led the dance floor, and Dave ran Bingo!  Our participants were even treated to a visit from Santa!  Our caterer this year was The White Birch, and Ray took such good care of us!  Thank you to Dave, Chrissy, and Naomi who came and served our fabulous lunch.  And, of course, a big thank you to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to come share.  We hope you enjoy the pictures; thank you to Bruce for stopping by to take them!

If you get a chance, please stop by and see all of our festive decorations!  We have an incredible collection of nine decorated Christmas trees, one Menorah, two small villages, six wreaths, 50-feet of garland, two Santas, a lamp post, and an angel!  Plus more twinkling lights than we can count!

We have some musical groups coming up in the New Year to perform!  Bob and Benes will both be here in March.  Don’t forget, the Hudson schools’ music programs will also stop by to perform.  Make sure you don’t miss them!

We have some upcoming information sessions pertaining to the Town of Hudson.  On Jan. 14 the Planning Board’s Master Plan will be discussed …10:30 a.m. in the Function Room.  Also on Feb. 11 we will be having a presentation of the Town of Hudson and the School District Budget for Fiscal Year 2021.  Please feel free to join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Function Room.

If learning a card or board game like Rummikub or Mah Jongg is your New Year’s Resolution, then stop by to see all of the offerings we have.  Tim teaches Mah Jongg on the first Tuesday of every month and we are starting a new Rummikub group on Tuesdays at noon.  All of the other card games are offered at various times, and the group will teach you.  We also play Scrabble every Wednesday afternoon starting at noon, and there is always room for more.

We are starting a new presentation series called “Healthy Habits for Adults Nutrition” and it will be the third Tuesday of the month starting at 10:30 a.m.  January’s topic is salt and will be Jan. 21.  This information session is being presented by Bone Builders Nutrition.  Please join us in the Function Room.

Our Trip Office has announced some of the trips for 2020.  Lucille will start taking reservations on Jan. 15 for trips going out before June.  Please make your reservation check out to the Town of Hudson and bring one check per trip.  A $20 deposit reserves your seat for most trips.

You do have to register to come to activities at the Senior Center.  But don’t forget that we are not zip-code biased so if you live outside of Hudson you can still come play.  Stop by and register today!

The Foot Clinic is held at the center every month now.  Call 882-2941 to set up your appointment for the last Wednesday of the month.

Don’t forget you can always look up our activities and newsletters on the website at http://www.hudsonnh.gov/departments/hudson-recreation/senior-center where you will find a list of all our activities, lunch menus and the current and past newsletters.  If you want to sign up for lunch, you can also call and leave a message at 578-3929.

A gentle reminder that if the Hudson School District is closed or has a delayed opening because of inclement weather then the Hudson Senior Center is not open.  Stay safe and we will see you the next day we are open!  We will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31; also Jan. 1, 2, and 20 for Presidents Day.

I hope you all have a wonderful safe and Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!  No matter what your traditions are or where you are, we are so glad you have been a part of the Senior Center for another year!

As the year ends I wanted to say thank you to the great people who volunteer to make the Senior Center an amazing place for all to come.  Thank you to you all!  Whether it is making coffee or putting away a book or helping decorate a Christmas tree, you are appreciated!  And a special thank you to those at the Hudson~Litchfield News for inviting me to print our little article about all things happening at the Senior Center.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact Lori at 578-3929 or at lbowen@hudsonnh.gov or stop by the “Barn” at 19 Kimball Hill Rd., Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., or Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  I look forward to seeing you soon!