Greenwood Media Archives

The Greenwood Media Archives give you a glimpse of "Greenwood Past." As you will soon discover Greenwood was just as lively, engaging and inspiring in years gone by as it is now.  

Enjoy your walk down memory lane...



Greenwood Centre holds 16th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas

By RILEY SPARKS

Volunteers were at work on Friday morning putting up Christmas decorations at the Greenwood Centre in Hudson for the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas event.

“Everything has to be all authentic, so it’s all fresh pines and balsam, and we just strung some cranberries and popcorn, and we’ve got gingerbread boys hanging in the windows and little oranges and lemons,” Greenwood director Audrey Wall said.

Only decorations that might have been found in a 20th-century home will be featured at the Christmas event, a Hudson tradition now in its 16th year.

“We’ve got a whole team here decorating. It’s always a fabulous time. It’s so nice, and our volunteers are amazing,” Wall said.

Tickets for the Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday are sold out, but some are still available for the two seatings at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

For $12, guests can enjoy hot mulled apple cider and homemade Christmas cookies. Tickets are available at the Greenwood Centre or at Pure Art.

Tickets are also still available for the Greenwood Singers concert on Dec. 11 at St-Mary’s Church, which includes a reception at the Greenwood Centre.



Jeanette Kelly from CBC Radio visits Greenwood

October 7th, 2013 - Jeanette Kelly from CBC Radio visited Greenwood to interview Audrey Wall, the Executive Director of Greenwood, about this year's StoryFest. Kelly was also treated to a private tour of the museum and was fascinated by it!


Norm Foster Visits Greenwood

28 July 2013- Norm Foster, Canada's most-produced playwright, visited Greenwood for the second time in as many years!

The Hudson Village Theatre was thrilled to feature Foster starring in his new playOn a First Name Basis, on stage from Wednesday July 24th to Sunday July 28th.

The cast was invited for a brunch at Greenwood and welcomed on the day by Audrey Wall, Greenwood Executive Director. Happy trails to all involved in the production, which continues to be staged across central Canada during the summer months.



Greenwood and Its Poets

By SUZANA VUKIC

Recently I was invited by St. Lazare poet and writer Louise Carson to join the Greenwood poets for a session at the house from which the group got its name. It was my pleasure to join them on a recent Saturday afternoon. I had never been there before and looked forward to this visit.

I was pleasantly surprised upon my arrival. I joined the group, which included long-time Greenwood volunteer and gatekeeper Bill Young. But first I was given a tour by executive director Audrey Wall and intern Julien Blouin.

The Greenwood Centre for Living History, located at 254 Main Road, is more than just a house or a museum. This place has been a prominent part of Hudson history for 281 years. The original part of the house (located in the back of the property and also, surprisingly, the most solid part of the home) was built in 1732 by Jean-Baptiste Sabourin. It was purchased in 1820 by Peter Francis Christian Delesderniers as a residence and general store and it remained within his family for five generations. Greenwood’s last owner was actress Phoebe Nobbs Hyde, the great-great granddaughter of Delesderniers. After her passing in 1994, it was bequeathed to Canadian Heritage of Quebec, in accordance with her wishes.

As I went through this house, I remembered childhood days on school field trips to heritage homes and properties, with well-preserved settings of the past that gave one a clear idea of what life was like in the “olden” days. I always enjoy these experiences. Everything on display – from the period furniture that was once used (for example, an old spinning wheel) to the clothing and household accessories (in addition to the actual structure itself) – brings the past to life.

On that Saturday, I learned all about this home and its vivid transformations and the colourful individuals who made it all possible. I was fascinated and wondered why I’d never been to Greenwood before.

My one regret that day was the fact that I couldn’t stroll through Greenwood’s splendid lakefront garden due to the heavy rain. All I could do was have a glimpse of this lush bit of paradise through the rear window. It reminded me of the exquisite gardens that I’ve seen in England – elaborate and yet seemingly effortless, as though brought into being by nature. And the good thing about missing out on this experience is that it gives me an excuse to go back.

Many different events take place at Greenwood, or are connected to it. These include the Home and Garden Tours (taking place on the premises during this period), Theatre on the Lawn, the autumn StoryFest, and others.

It felt like a privilege to be able to read poetry and critique the work of fellow poets in a setting as storied and rich in history as the front living room of this dwelling. This appears to be Greenwood’s legacy: to encourage artistic and cultural pursuits in a community setting.

Indeed, the success of this centre owes a great deal to community involvement, and the generous support of the people of Hudson and surrounding towns. Maintaining a heritage site requires a great deal of involvement. This is one area in which Hudson has triumphed so beautifully, and where other towns and societies have failed so miserably. My hope is that Hudson will continue to preserve this treasure.



Greenwood Centre traces fascinating 
history of early Canada

Article and image courtesy of the Off Island Gazette

By BRENDA O'FARRELL

Given a little time, every home collects a few family tales — a history.

But only a few families have lived through a history that tells the storied tales that trace the outline of early Canada. And rarely has there been a family that has managed to preserve that rich history within the walls of one home. Yet, that is what you discover when you walk through the front door of the Greenwood Centre for Living History in Hudson.

The yellow house set on the shores of the Lake of Two Mountains was built in 1732. The original section was built by Jean-Baptiste Sabourin, who operated the first seigneury in the area. This section of the house still has the original wide-plank floor boards and Quebec-made cast-iron wood stove, considered a museum piece. The wooden armoire in the corner dates back to the 1750s and contains a collection of copper pots and cups and tobacco cutters from the era.

The room is a time capsule of life in seigneurial New France. It has attracted the interest of officials from Montreal’s McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian in Washington.

In 1820, the original house was sold to Peter Francis Christian Delesderniers, and was handed down to a variety of family members over the course of six generations. Throughout this time, the home, which was dubbed Greenwood, was expanded and became the home and summer home of a list of notable movers and shakers whose names and those of their friends and associates are linked to the building of Montreal institutions, the captains of industry that fuelled the economy of a fledgling nation, and some of the top academics at McGill University.

The family also left its mark in their hometown of Hudson, christening part of the area Como after the area in Italy and building St. Mary’s Church on Main Road.

“The impact of this family on Canadian history is quite profound,” said Diane Ratcliffe, a volunteer at the centre who provides tours of the historic house.

Greenwood is open to the public for tours Wednesday through Saturday in the summer. Visitors learn the story of how Delesderniers opened the area’s first general store in the building and established a trading post that helped spur the fur trade with the natives from Oka, across the Lake of Two Mountains.

As you walk through the dining room, which is furnished with a table from the Duke of Wellington, and the front entrance, whose walls are adorned with portraits of some of the home’s former residents, you discover the fascinating history of this dynamic family.

The Delesderniers had one daughter, Mary Cecilia, who is credited with giving the home its name. It is widely believed that the name Greenwood was inspired, in part, by the Thomas Harding book Under the Greenwood Tree, which is on display in the front entrance of the house, and a large elm tree on the grounds that Mary Cecilia often spent time sitting under.

Mary Cecilia married R.W. Shephard in 1847. Greenwood became their summer home. Shephard is credited with identifying the channel through the Vaudreuil rapids that opened the area to large steamship traffic. As president of the Ottawa Navigation Company, he ferried his large family of 10 children along the river to their summer residence. A model of one of his steamships sits under a glass case on the second floor. This particular ship, the Sovereign, had a special cabin reserved for John A. Macdonald for his trips from Montreal to Ottawa.

Another portrait that hangs in the main entrance is that of Frank Shephard, a member of the next generation. He was a doctor and dean of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. The same painting hangs on the sixth floor of the Montreal General Hospital.

The board of directors of Greenwood is attempting to restore the hundreds of artifacts. They are completing this task through their Adopt an Artifact program, whereby benefactors can donate the funds needed to preserve the items to museum standards. As the tour moves into the living room, you are ushered into another era. The room is filled with items from the lives of Cecilia Shepherd and her husband Percy Nobbs. Nobbs was an architect, an Olympic fencer and artist. Among his most notable designs is the McCord Museum building. He was also the dean of architecture at McGill, where he is credited with designing the university’s distinctive crest.

He also designed the couple’s four-poster bed that is on display in the upstairs master bedroom. This fall, Greenwood will be lending the bed to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for an exhibit entitled Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890–1918.

Nobbs’ daughter Phoebe was the last person to live at Greenwood. In 1994, she bequeathed the property to the Canadian Heritage of Quebec and the Greenwood centre was established.

Audrey Wall, the centre’s executive director, says Greenwood has many unique charms and urges visitors to bring their book club or reserve the space for a corporate meeting. “This is not just a museum,” says Wall. “We would like to have it used.”

The Greenwood Centre for Living History is at 254 Main Rd., Hudson. For more information, go to greenwood-centre-hudson.org. 450-458-5396.

*As printed in Off Island Gazette, (Montreal Gazette,) July 17, 2013. See original article, with slideshow online at Off Island Gazette



Hudson Mayor Diane Piacente visits Greenwood

Executive Director Audrey Wall welcomed the interim mayor of Hudson, Diane Piacente to Greenwood. Greenwood House and its gardens are manned by many volunteers from many of the surrounding communities, and everything is now open for the summer season. We appreciate the new mayor taking the time from her busy July schedule to come visit! 



Bill Young Awarded
QAHN's Marion Phelps Award

Bill Young was awarded the QAHN's 2013 Marion Phelps Award for outstanding long-term contributions by an individual to the preservation and promotion of Anglophone heritage in the province of Quebec. Congratulations, Bill!



Linda Rutenberg Has Returned for a Special Event:"Greenwood , A Step Back into History"

Greenwood Museum of Living History in Hudson Quebec is an extraordinary house filled with antiques and memorabilia from lives of several generations of one family. There is a sense of history, memory and nostalgia.

We will spend a morning photographing, exploring and capturing the spirit that resides in this place. A follow up class will take place a week later to look at the results.

Dates:

Shoot: Saturday September 22 10AM -2PM at Greenwood

Follow up class : Friday 28th 6:30 pm -9:00PM at Linda's Studio

Cost for both days: $100

Register for this event at history@greenwoodcentre.org (Max 10 people)

Linda Rutenberg
1001 Lenoir #521
Montreal Quebec
H4C 2Z6
514-739-0511

www.lindarutenberg.com
www.thegardenatnight.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bYSF7zbpyo



Visit Our New Exhibit: "High Tea"

COMMUNITY HUDSON BILL YOUNG: Celebrating 15 great years at the Greenwood Centre Bill Young The Gazette Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pass around the balloons and the party hats! Light the candles. For this summer Hudson's Greenwood Centre for Living History celebrates a full 15 years of welcoming visitors to its grounds.

To some, 15 years might not seem like much, especially when you realize the Greenwood property and residence have been fixtures in the area for almost three centuries.

But to those volunteers charged with the task - and the challenge - of converting an irreplaceable historic site into an installation designed to captivate the public with stories of earlier times, it seems like eons.

To honour the anniversary year, the gurus of Greenwood have enhanced the regular program of tours Wednesday to Saturday and every second Sunday and other ever-anticipated regular events by adding a couple of new features that evoke Greenwood's past.

Gary Dover, a cabinet-maker with an abiding interest in the ways of traditional woodworking, has launched Project 1732. This effort brings together a group of likeminded craftspeople at Greenwood on Saturdays to recreate artisanal woodworking as in days gone by. The curious are encouraged to drop in.

On Saturday, July 19, designated Family Day at Greenwood, a band of historical reenactors will make a first visit to the centre. Outfitted in period garb, these folks will present a day in the life of a community long ago. They say it might even involve a battle!

But for all this, the highlight of the summer is found within the Greenwood residence itself. In recognition of the centre's 15 years, a special exhibit has been mounted to display 15 heirlooms fundamental to Greenwood's history.

These objects, stunning every one, both in themselves and for the stories they tell, range from works of art to furniture to prized collections, and include family letters and Notman photographs.

Artists whose work is represented include Robert Harris, Napoléon Bourassa, Louis Philippe Hébert, Paul Beau and, of course, Percy Nobbs, who for years summered at Greenwood.

Audrey Wall, Greenwood's executive director, describes this display as "another example of the many ways Greenwood is able to link our past to today's world - and make it all seem meaningful."

For indeed Greenwood has a rich history. The original residence, which was constructed by a tenant farmer on the Vaudreuil seigneury, dates back to approximately 1732. It is generally thought to be the oldest building in Vaudreuil County.

The property was purchased by the Delesderniers family in 1820. It remained in their hands until the last owner/resident, Phoebe Hyde, a granddaughter four times removed, passed away in 1994.

Among prominent Canadians associated with Greenwood were R.W. Shepherd, proprietor of the leading steamboat company on the Ottawa River, and Dr. Francis Shepherd, a physician whose contributions to the development of modern medicine are still applauded today.

And some might add the unsinkable Phoebe Hyde herself to that list. For it was her generous and courageous gift that made the Greenwood Centre for Living History possible.

Fully aware of the rich homage to the past encased within the walls of Greenwood, Hyde arranged long before her passing to bequeath her estate to the Canadian Heritage of Quebec, a charitable foundation dedicated to the preservation of historic properties.

She directed that her treasured Greenwood be preserved and shared with the community in an appropriate manner.

And it was, with care and sensitivity. To-day, the inviting, hospitable Greenwood Centre for Living History offers visitors a treat for eye and ear, a feast for the imagination and, in these hot and confused times, respite for the soul.

If the eminent Canadian historian Jack Granatstein is to be believed, "There is nothing quite like Greenwood anywhere in the country."

Why not see for yourself ?

Greenwood is located at 254 Main Rd., Hudson. For information call 450-458-5396 or visit greenwood-centre-hudson.org

Bill Young is a long-time Hudson resident. He served as Greenwood's first executive director from 1996-2004.



Working Backwards in Time

by JAMES McCAFFERTY

After a 280-year hiatus, Greenwood has a master woodworker in residence. Gary Dover and his students have transformed the garage into a 1732-era woodworking shop reminiscent of the year the original trading post was built. Last Sunday was the official opening, with Gary’s comments as a prelude to a demonstration of the techniques and technologies available to the pioneers.



Hudson's Greenwood gardens a must-see

Greenwood's heritage house and gardens are now open for the season. One of the wonderful gardens the public can visit in our area are those at Greenwood House in Hudson. A heritage property, anyone can drop by the site which is right on the Lake of Two Mountains waterfront.

The property is almost 300 years old and dates back to the days when Quebec was New France.

Five generations lived in the historic house which was bequeathed to the Canadian Heritage of Quebec, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of lands and buildings of beauty or historic interest. Well known Hudsonite, the late Phoebe Nobbs Hyde, was the last of the five generations to live there.

Greenwood is really a unique place to visit.

The gracious house sweeps down to the waterfront, and many special events have been held in its dining room and other rooms.

Among other events are the much-loved Old Fashioned Christmas held every December, and the visiting authors who are part of StoryFest, an increasingly recognized literary festival that has brought the crème-de -la-crème of the Canadian literature scene to Hudson.

But it’s the gardens that, for me, are truly magical.

Great banks of mauve and white phlox are one of its trademarks, as are many other perennials.

There are species of lilies at Greenwood that I’ve never seen before—those lilies that are “Turk’s cap lilies.” (No doubt this is now political incorrect to use that name but you know the lilies I mean). There’s a gazebo in the gardens, a philosopher’s statue and an antique sundial. Wandering on the lawns and in the floral beds truly gives you a feeling of timelessness—and I suppose the waves that lap on the shoreline are part of that feeling.

Greenwood House and gardens are manned by volunteers, and everything is now open for the summer season. There is a new self guided tour of the gardens with 10 stations complete with great write-ups to guide you as you meander, and for the first time Greenwood has a crew of volunteers working in the garden. And they are always looking for more, so if you itch to garden in a heritage property, this might be your chance!

Location: 254 Main Road, Hudson, Quebec, J0P 1H0. Tel.:450-458-5396. www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org/



Coming up at Greenwood:
Celebrating the Performing Arts

By AUDREY WALL

The beautiful garden at Greenwood is getting lots of use this summer. Upcoming events bring three different artistic events to the historic setting on the lake. First, on Sunday, July 24th, The Greenwood Poets will present readings in the gazebo. Two weeks later, on Aug. 7th, harpist and singer Caitlyn Bowser will delight guests as she performs in the garden. And finally, the ever popular Theatre on the Lawn returns Aug. 21st, with performances taking place at 11:30pm and 1:30pm. On July 24th and Aug. 7th, guests are invited to take a tour of the 279-year-old home at 1:30pm or at 3:30pm, with the poetry recitations (the 24th) and harp concert (the 7th) presented at 2:30pm. Admission is $10, and includes tours, performances and refreshments. Reservations can be made by calling Greenwood at 450-458-5396.

The Greenwood Poets began as a group five years ago, following a Poetry event that took place during StoryFest. Under the leadership of Sandra Stephenson, the group began meeting monthly at Greenwood to share their readings and organize workshops. In the last few years, they have moved to performing public readings throughout the area, and have published two books: Passages, and .Portrait of Greenwood. Several of the Greenwood poets have also published their own works.

Caitlyn Bowser is a Hudsonite, who hopes to move to the Turks and Caicos in the fall. A harpist and classically trained singer, she has been performing as a classical, Celtic and contemporary vocalist for over 20 years, and has been playing professionally on the Lever Harp since 2004. She will perform a set of storytelling songs, in honour of Phoebe's legacy. Caitlyn recalls Phoebe dressing up and acting out stories and tales for her when she was little. For more information on Caitlyn, visit her website at: www.flamingoharp.com.

The Hudson Players Club continues to perform a summer piece at Greenwood, following in the tradition of Phoebe Hyde, who had annual productions on the lawn. This year, “The Romancers” (by Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac), will be performed as part of Greenwood’s Theatre on the Lawn. A spoof of Romeo and Juliet, the action takes place in one day and follows two neighbouring fathers who pretend to hate each other when in fact they are best friends. They hope that their children, tempted by the forbidden, will fall in love and marry. The deception, however is not complete and hilarity ensues. Directed by Mary Vuorela, this play will be the major piece of the afternoon, with several surprise pieces to be added in!

As printed in the Hudson Gazette of July 20, 2011



Terry O'Shaughnessy in Greenwood Gardens

On July 10th, Terry O'Shaughnessy was our first guest of the "Writers Who Garden, Gardeners Who Write" series, here at Greenwood. After home tours and refreshments in the garden, visitors heard Terry speak about her passion for all sorts of gardens, from the historic and mythic to her own.

Greenwood has Sunday events every second Sunday in the summer. Our next event is July 24th with the Greenwood Poets. 



Greenwood Presents “Writers Who Garden, Gardeners Who Write” July 10th

By AUDREY WALL 

What could be more appropriate than combining a Home and Garden Tour of the oldest home in our region with one of our favourite writers, talking about gardening? This special Sunday event is coming up July 10th at the Greenwood House (254 Main Road).

Hudson’s own Terry O’Shaughnessy will be our first guest in a new series called “Writers Who Garden, Gardeners Who Write”. The brainchild of Julie Gedeon, a member of the StoryFest Committee, this idea had appeal from the beginning.

With a long list of talented writers/gardeners on hand, the committee selected Terry as their inaugural speaker- a natural fit for Greenwood. Terry is a member of the Greenwood Singers and a frequent visitor to Greenwood. She feels very much at home in the gardens here. 

Terry writes a weekly blog called In the Garden for the West Island Edition of the Montreal Gazette. Over the past three years, she has attracted a loyal following, and writes about “why-to” rather than “how-to” garden! She is extremely fond of garden history and lore, and in the fall, she plans to publish a collection of her blogs. Terry is also the executive editor of Your Local Journal! 

On Sunday, visitors can come for a tour of this very beautiful historic home at 1:30pm or 3:30pm. At 2:30, Terry will speak to our guests about what how she combines her interest in gardening and writing. Admission for the afternoon is $10; refreshments will be included. For reservations, please call 450-458-5396. 

Appeared in July 7th edition of Your Local Journal. 



MP Jamie Nicholls Visits Greenwood

From Left to Right: Director Audrey Wall, MP Jamie Nicholls, President Diane Ratcliffe, Julie D'Aoust, and volunteer Darryl Seaman.



‘Passages’ opens at Greenwood Centre
Exhibition explores First Nations ties

By JIM DUFF 

HUDSON — Like everything else at Greenwood, there’s a story within a story about how ‘Passages,’ the museum’s new exhibition, came into being.

Was it when Darryl Seaman and his crew of volunteers took on the project of renovating the late Phoebe Hyde’s study? Was it when summer intern and avid historian Julie D’Aoust got the funding and the green light to begin assembling Greenwood’s extensive but chaotic collection of First Nations artifacts into a professionally curated exhibition?

Or did it all begin when marauding Mohawks kidnapped New England teenager Sarah Hansen in 1725 and brought her to Oka, where the 16-year-old Quaker girl was ransomed by Jean-Baptiste Sabourin, her husband to be? 

D’Aoust, a first-year McGill med student working her second summer at Greenwood, has given the 279-year-old treasure trove a much-needed focus so that visitors can begin their own voyages of discovery somewhere. 

At Sunday’s official opening, D’Aoust described how her year-long project began with Phoebe’s passing and worked backwards to Hansen’s ordeal. “I began looking around and realized what an amazing collection of artifacts we had.” 

D’Aoust’s focus, Seaman’s renovations and a grant from the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network have allowed the museum to showcase material that would otherwise have never seen the light of day, says former Greenwood director Bill Young. “The bane of museums is the stuff you don’t show.”

Greenwood’s long history with the First Nations and the Mohawk community of Kanesatake across the Ottawa was a logical place to start. It begins with Sabourin and Hansen, continues through five generations of Delesderniers, Shepherds and Nobbs to end with Phoebe Hyde, Greenwood’s self-appointed custodian and last resident. Her own ties were through Greenwood’s gardener/handyman Ronnie Gabriel. 

In her researches, D’Aoust has uncovered a wealth of little-know lore, such as a July 1, 1817 letter from a second-generation Delesderniers to his father noting the East Indian market for crystallized ‘jensang,’ Quebec’s wild ginseng harvested in abundance on both sides of the river. ‘Native Elder’ a striking pastel by Russian-born Canadian artist Nicholas de Grandmaison, finally has the prominence it deserves. There’s also a sit-down audio exhibit where visitors are transported back to Hyde’s “Indian Days” on the lawn where she held celebrations for her friends from Kanesatake. 

Thanks to Seaman and his volunteers, D’Aoust’s exhibition has an attractive, well-lit space, but their labours are another story. Greenwood’s executive and members who gathered Sunday to honour Seaman heard how a simple lighting installation turned into a two-month project that included jacking a staircase, replacing a wall and rebuilding the ceiling. The changes have made Greenwood’s amazing collection far more accessible. Passages is open to the general public as of today (June 29) and visitors are welcome to stop by throughout the summer (Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm). 

To become a member of Greenwood Centre for Living History visit: www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org or drop by 254 Main Road, Hudson. Call for more information at 450-458-5396.

As printed in the Hudson Gazette, June 29, 2011 



279 year-old Greenwood historic house charms visitors

If you’re looking for a place to bring your visitors this summer, look no farther. The Greenwood Centre at 254 Main Road—has been charming visitors in recent weeks.

Greenwood House itself, and its lavish gardens, are in fine shape, and guests stepping inside the 279 year-old home are amazed as they discover the rich history the house stores, the beautiful table setting in the dining room, and the stories the guides tell as they tour the home of the remarkable residents that lived at Greenwood.

A recent visitor from London, Ontario was so taken with the house and its history she asked for a membership, as she wanted to stay in touch with Greenwood via our semi-annual newsletters.

Another visitor from Ireland re-marked that this was the best place she had seen in her travels to Montreal and area. A kindly retired teacher brought a neighbour on an afternoon excursion; they stopped by after seeing the sandwich boards on the street advertising that the museum was open for visits. The elderly neighbour sat on the porch sipping tea, as a gentle breeze blew off the lake and the scent of peonies filled the air, and declared that she was moving in!

The Greenwood House and Gardens are open for visits from the public Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every second Sunday.

Special groups can call for tours out- side of these hours. In the past month, the house has been used as a meeting place for groups—artists, bridge players, book clubs etc.

If you have a group that would like to make use of this magnificent home, please call 450-458-5396. For more in- formation about The Greenwood Centre for Living History, visit our website at www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org 

As seen in Your Local Journal. 



First Greenwood Home and Garden Tour

By AUDREY WALL

HUDSON — The Greenwood Centre for Living History welcomes guests to its first Home and Garden tour on Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 pm. Tours of the home and garden are given, followed by a tea served on the front porch overlooking the lake. For reservations, please call 450-458-5396.


Then at 3:30, Greenwood members are invited to enjoy an afternoon of festivities in the garden. Live music will be featured, and refreshments will be served.


Greenwood Members will be the first to see the new exhibit, “Passages.” It’s the brainchild of summer student Julie D’Aoust. The exhibit explores the exchanges and confrontations that have taken place between Greenwood’s residents and First Nations communities both near and far over the past three hundred years. Our extensive collection of First Nations artifacts was largely put together by Phoebe Hyde, the last woman to live at Greenwood, either through her dealings with Kanesatake or her travels across Canada and abroad. The collection includes photos and letters from our archives. The exhibit also features some of Greenwood’s oral history: Visitors will be able to listen in to the celebrations of Phoebe’s “Indian Day” in the 1980s and hear historical readings and discussions pertaining to Hudson and nearby Oka. 


Following the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new exhibit, a special presentation will be held for Greenwood volunteer Darryl Seaman. 


Around Greenwood Seaman is Mr. Fix-It. He has spent the last two months working tirelessly renovating a room for Greenwood’s new exhibit. In the past year, he has also erected Greenwood’s gazebo, repaired the summer kitchen, and has the ability to fix anything that is broken, a very handy person to have around a 279-year-old home.


It’s not too late to become a member and join in on Sunday’s celebrations.


To become a member of Greenwood Centre for Living History visit: www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org or drop by 254 Main Road, Hudson. Call for more information at 450-458-5396. 

As found in the Hudson Gazette. 



Greenwood Opens for Another Season

The Greenwood Centre for Living History is now welcoming visitors to enjoy a tour of the house and its beautiful gardens. Tea and treats are served afterwards. Visitors are invited to drop by Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm during the summer. Reservations are not needed - just drop by and we will be happy to show you around. There is a small cost for the home tours. 

Greenwood is also a great place if you’re looking for the perfect picnic location or perhaps some artistic muse. Gather a group of friends to play cards or to discuss that great book you just finished reading. Members are invited to use the garden at any time during the year. For information or to find out how to become a member, visit our website at www.greenwood-centre-hudson.org or call 450-458-5396 Greenwood is located at 254 Main Road, Hudson.



Percy Nobbs Day and Treasures in the Attic

The Greenwood Centre for Living History will be hosting Percy Nobbs Day on September 5th in honour of one of Greenwood’s best-known residents, the talented architect Percy Erskine Nobbs. A special “Percy Nobbs Tour” will be offered at 1:30 p.m. followed by the screening of a short film created by Karen Molson, Helen Henshaw and Peter Mundie. The cost of the event is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Refreshments will be served.

Born in Haddington Scotland, Percy Erskine Nobbs immigrated to Canada in the early twentieth century after having been offered the Chair of Architecture at McGill University. In 1909 he married Cecil Shepherd whose family had resided at Greenwood since the 1820’s. Percy and Cecil were married at St Mary’s Church and spent their summers at Greenwood along with their two children Frank and Phoebe.

As an architect Percy designed in the Arts and Crafts style. His most famous building, now the McCord Museum, still stands on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal. In addition to architecture, Percy was also an enthusiastic painter, conservationist, athlete and outdoorsman. The special “Percy Nobbs Tour” will provide visitors with an in-depth look at Percy’s life and achievements.

Later in the month, Greenwood will once again be hosting Treasures in the Attic on September 18th with both a live antique auction and silent auction. Expert appraisers will be present to assess your personal treasures from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Artists in the Garden

On Tuesday, July 20th,Greenwood's gardens served as inspiration to several West Island Artists who came to spend the day. The weather was beautiful and the flowers were in full bloom.

We invite all Greenwood members to come and enjoy the grounds; bring your own paints or if you are not artistically inclined, perhaps a book and a picnic.

Photo: Peter Mundie


The Life and Times of Percy Nobbs

From left to right; Christine Davet, Silvia McNally, Samantha Hodhod, Dave Fisher, Les Davis, David Clayton

On Sunday, July 11th, Greenwood held home and garden tours followed by a play in the garden. The play focused on the life of Percy Nobbs, father of the late Phoebe Nobbs Hyde and promiment Montreal architect. Written by Christine Davet and directed by David Clayton, 'The Life and Times of Percy Nobbs' provided a glimpse into what life at Greenwood would have been like in the 1920s. The new gazebo doubled as a stage and the audience was afforded beautiful views of the Lake of Two Mountains while enjoying the play. 

Photo: Peter Mundie



Pre-StoryFest Event with Louise Penny

Best-selling mystery author (and former CBC radio host) Louise Penny launched Greenwood’s literary festival Storyfest for 2010 to a very appreciative audience at Hudson’s St. Mary’s Parish Hall, followed by a reception at the Greenwood House. Camille Leduc of À Temps Perdu was also there to supply Penny’s bestselling books (most current title The Brutal Telling for which she received her third Agatha Award for Best Mystery) for Penny’s book signing in the garden. 

Louise Penny is pictured above enjoying lunch on Greenwood's veranda before giving her presentation. 



Filming at Greenwood

Producer and cameraperson Helen Henshaw and writer/director Karen Molson, who have been working on a short film documenting the life and work of Percy Nobbs, were busy capturing this 're-enactment' scene on the lawn at Greenwood last Sunday morning.

Percy Nobbs, played here by John Angus, teaches his grandson Peter Nobbs, played by Yan Schnell, the fine art of casting for trout. 



Mount Pleasant Students Visit Greenwood

On Friday June 11th, students, teachers, and even some parents came to hear about the history of Greenwood. After tours of the residence, everyone spilled out onto the lakeside lawns for lunch and play. 



Greenwood Singers

Seen in Your Local Journal (June 10th)



Greenwood Singers return to St. Mary's

A painting of St. Mary's by Mary Cecilia Delesderniers

June is now here, and that means the harmonious Greenwood Singer are about to return with another Songs for a Midsummer Evening concert at historic St. Mary's Anglican Church in Como.

The concert will take place on Friday, June 4 at 7:30 pm. And as they have been doing for the better part of this century, the Greenwood Singers will again offer up their signature mix of traditional and current music, comprising songs both familiar and newly discovered.

Tickets cost $22 and include the concert and the reception; they are available from Greenwood (please call 450-458-5396), from Frank Royle, A Temps Perdu, and May's Studio.

Since their founding, the Greenwood Singers have made St. Mary's their main performance venue. This is especially fitting because, for as long as it has existed, that picturesque place of worship in the woods has been inextricably linked to Greenwood and the family of Phoebe Hyde. 



2010 Opening Season

Dear friends of Greenwood,

I am delighted to announce the beginning of our season! On Sunday, May 2, we will be holding our Opening Season Celebration and Annual General Meeting. It takes place at St. Mary's Church Hall, starting at 2pm. All are welcome!

After a short AGM, we will be treated to live music performed by the Kitchen Ceilidh, delicious refreshments, and then the launch of our theme for the summer "Remembering Percy Nobbs". Members of Theatre Panache will perform dramatic readings of excerpts from Percy Nobbs unpublished memoirs.

This remarkable man, who is part of Greenwood's history, writes of his exploits at the Coronation of Nicholas 11 in St. Petersburg, fishing and sailing adventures, and how he obtained a medal in fencing at the 1909 Olympics. We hope you'll come and be part of this event.

Our next event is the screening of the popular Film "Bright Star". This takes place on Monday, May 17th at the Hudson Village Theatre, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at A Temps Perdu or by calling Greenwood (450-458-5396).

Our many wonderful volunteers are reminded of two important dates: on Wednesday, May 7th, at 3 pm, we will be holding our Volunteer Tea, and on Saturday morning, May 15th, we are holding a Work Bee here at Greenwood. We would be delighted to have you join us.

We hope to see you at Greenwood very soon. Happy Spring!

Audrey Wall
Executive Director 



Greenwood Welcomes...
 Jane and Tony Urquhart

Celebrated author Jane Urquhart was a special guest at Greenwood’s StoryFest last fall. Those who heard her speak at the Village Theatre may remember that she was charmed by Hudson, The Willow Inn, the theatre, and Greenwood, and spoke eloquently of the importance of “place” in one’s life.

She promised to return to Hudson, and recently, she and her renowned artist husband, Tony Urquhart, did just that. They were in the area because Tony has just opened a remarkable exhibition at Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire, called "Ambiguous Geographies: Unearthing the World of Tony Urquhart."

However, before the show started, Tony and Jane and their family booked a night at the Willow Inn, and then came for a visit to Greenwood Sunday morning. We were delighted to give them a leisurely tour, and they were fascinated with the history of Greenwood and the remarkable number of artifacts that are in our historic home, located at 254 Main Road.

Tony Urquhart is the recipient of many awards and grants; he was named to the Order of Canada in 1995, and received the Governor General’s Award for the Visual Arts in 2009. Over 80 of his works are on display at Stewart Hall from March 20th-May 2nd. It is an exciting show, well worth seeing.

Jane Urquhart has been hard at work on a new novel since her visit to StoryFest last fall; it will be released this fall- watch for it!

And we at Greenwood are hard at work planning for another exciting edition of StoryFest this fall.



Greenwood Celebrates the Holiday Season! (2009)

Greenwood's "Old Fashioned Christmas" has long been a favourite with families of all ages. This year's events will be held on December 6th and 13th (1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.).

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling and hot apple cider, as well as music from the Kitchen Ceilidh and other seasonal treats. Each year, Greenwood's exceptional volunteers out-do themselves in decorating the house with homemade ornaments, making this final event of the season one not to be missed.

Also this month, the Greenwood Singers will be presenting the second of their bi-annual concerts, "Carols for a Mid-Winter Night", on December 9th at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held at St. Mary's Church, followed by a reception at the church hall. 



StoryFest 2009 Grand Opening Oct. 6th
With Jane Urquhart

StoryFest 2009 will be launched on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6th at 3:00 pm. All pass holders will be invited to a special "Tea with Jane Urquhart" to be held at Greenwood.

So don't miss out- if you haven't picked up your Festival Pass yet, you can do so at A Temps Perdu in Hudson or by using the contact form on this site.

That evening, come and meet one of Canada's most loved authors, Jane Urquhart, at 7:30pm at the Village Theatre.

Jane Urquhart has published 3 books of poetry and 6 novels (The Whirlpool, Changing Heaven, Away, The Underpainter, The Stonecarvers and A Map of Glass) and a collection of short fiction (Storm Glass).

In 1992, her novel The Whirlpool was the first Canadian Book to win France's Best Foreign Book Award.

Her third novel, Away, remained on the Globe and Mail National Book Seller's list for 132 weeks, the longest of any Canadian book, and won the 1994 Trillium Award.

In 1994, Urquhart also received the Marian Engel Award for an outstanding body of prose written by a Canadian Woman.

In 1997, The Underpainter won the Governor General's Award, and became a fixture on the national bestseller's list.

Her 5th novel, The Stonecarvers, was published in 2001 and shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

In the Globe and Mail's review of her most recent novel, they state "she has claimed an urgent place as one of our most interesting and accomplished writers."

Jane Urquhart was named an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005.

We do hope you'll take this opportunity to meet such a notable Canadian in your own community! 



Greenwood Launches First Publication!

The Greenwood Centre for Living history is proud to announce the publication of our first book: "Portrait of Greenwood". The book features a collection of poems by Grell Grant entitled "Greenwood Suite". The second half of the book is made up of "Greenwood Voices", a compilation of works by some of the Greenwood Poets, as well former inhabitants of the house itself.

A celebration of the book's launch will held for the public on July 26th at 2 p.m. at Greenwood. Author Grell Grant will on hand to sign books in addition to Greenwood's customary Sunday Home and Garden Tour.



MP Meili Faille Visits Greenwood

Greenwood welcomed Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Meili Faille (seen here with Greenwood Executive Director Audrey Wall) on June 30th.



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