Montreal Girl Falls in Love with Small Town America…
Place: The City of Hudson, NY. Purchased from native Mahicans by Dutch in 1662, chartered as a city in 1785. Population estimated at 6,661, composed of a real microcosm of America… mega medley of little bit of everyone, all colors, some with nothing, some with everything plus a notably growing number of freaks, tree huggers and art geeks. Named after the British explorer Henry Hudson. Two hour drive North of NYC and four hour drive South of Montreal. My Montreal heart met geographically halway between the magical city that formed me and the BIG Apple that seems to forms a little bit of everyone.
History: One of the most eclectic and oddly forgotten histories in America… Founded by an affluent group of Nantucket Whalers, it became one of the few inland whaling ports in the world. One of the first scientific excavations of mastodon bones. Architecture from every era of New York State history, all preserved and represented in ten by ten city blocks. First half of the last century, the entire City of Hudson was an infamous Red-Light District, the place where post WWI and WWII soldiers came for sex and underprivileged women came to find freedom in the sex industry… and much much more, leading up to it’s current incarnation of a reclaimed and revisited American city of lost dreams, embodying big dreams of the future.
Muse: Massive1880s factory by the Hudson River, made of sturdy and weathered brick, steel, concrete and terra cotta tiles. Commanding building that demands to be filled with Art, Performance, Sound, Community and the Avant Guard….. Fill it to the rafters. Devote your all to it.
Ode to Montreal in small town America….. MONTREAL, JE T’AIME.
How to Visit: www.BasilicaHudson.org or jump on a train in time for www.BasilicaSoundScape.com