The Holiday Lighting program was started in 1948 by Mary Lou Morse and her husband, family and friends. It was a time to be more festive as World War II had ended and loved ones were returning home. The trees were smaller then and easy to string lights on and became a personal passion of the Morse Family. As the trees grew so did the popularity of seeing the lit trees on the Green. Eventually, the family and HCSA turned to Hudson Public Power to use their trucks and equipment. Hudson Public Power employees donated their free time and vacation time to help string lights on the trees and garland around the bandstand and light poles. Over time, the Holiday Lighting has become a collaboration between HCSA and the City of Hudson. HCSA raises money through private donations to furnish materials for decorating – lights, bows, wreaths, the Mouse and roping. The City absorbs the labor and utility costs.
It has been a good working relationship but the key has been the generous donations from city residents, organizations, foundations and merchants who have steadfastly donated the necessary funds to make it all possible.
Donations can be mailed to:
Hudson Community Service Association- Holiday Lighting
P.O. Box 284, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
The Hudson Senior Citizens is a social and support group that meets to socialize, plan events and support its members. It was started in 1967 as an HCSA initiative and has been active ever since.
Membership is open to anyone aged 55 and older. If only one spouse is 55, both are eligible for membership. Membership entitles you to participate in all scheduled events, a monthly newsletter and a current membership booklet. Hudson Seniors meets on the second Friday of every month (except December) at 11:30 a.m. at the Barlow Community Center. The meeting includes a catered meal and a program of events. Plus, there is a picnic each July and an annual Christmas Holiday Celebration at Laurel Lake.
Annual membership dues are $9.00 per person. Luncheons are $10.00 per person, reservations required.