Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Arts and Entertainment Committee Meeting Tomorrow night

"Warren Street Woof" by Gretchen Kelly

Last night, on Warren Street, I watched the passersby admire the dog statues. People interact and talk about them, and even I've had a couple of interactions with people on the street yesterday, that I would not have had otherwise.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 2nd, at 7:15, the Common Council's Arts and Entertainment Committee meets at City Hall.

Now, I know that the Common Council didn't have much say about the dogs.

If the "Dogs" are not your cup of tea, then my suggestion would be to attend the Common Council Arts and Entertainment Committee meeting tomorrow night and suggest YOUR idea for the town and help organize it to make it happen.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

TRIXIE SAYS: If the "Dogs" are not your cup of tea, then my suggestion would be to attend the Common Council Arts and Entertainment Committee meeting tomorrow night and suggest YOUR idea for the town and help organize it to make it happen.

How about NO MORE ideas for the town except letting it grow naturally. There is plenty going on and people keep coming/moving here.

Hudson doesn't need more gussying up, it looks pretty great as is. Local government should keep the storm drains clear and the sidewalks in good repair. I don't look to government to provide me art and entertainment.

Trixie said...

Well, like it or not, local government does play a cultural role; festivals, stores, restaurants, city planning (the Parc Foundation), etc.

Here in Hudson, the local government is very accessible.

It's like anything else in life....

Some people watch things happen and some people make things happen.

Trixie said...

The other issue I have is this one line:

"I don't look to government to provide me art and entertainment."

YOU ARE your government.

Participate.

Or, stop complaining.

Anonymous said...

Yes.... Some people make things happen..... and some people make BAD things happen.

Doing things and working hard doesn't guarantee success (or require our approval). Walgreens is "working hard" to make a new store happen in Greenport. Some people will like it.

The good news is I don't have to go to Walgreens if I don't like it. But on Warren Street there is no choice but to see the dogs. EVERYWHERE.

Hudson was doing fine without being all dowdied up by people with too much time on their hands.

Trixie said...

I think that the dogs are GREAT!

There were tons of people in town this past weekend, and many seemed to enjoy them.

It was very nice to see art taken to the streets, and to the people - by local artists.

Art is subjective, sorry you don't like it, but many people do.

Anonymous said...

When you say that "local government does play a cultural role" in stores and restaurants, could you explain that? Is Rick Scalera moonlighting as a sous chef at Swoon? Is Rob Perry shop-sitting at Historical Materialism? When did this happen?

Anyway....... anecdotal claims of popularity don't make this automatically a good thing for Hudson. OK, so the dogs might bring in more window shoppers who want some shallow entertainment, but who won't actually buy more than an ice cream cone. The people who have made Hudson an interesting destination are the ones we need to keep attracting. For example, I know a very good artist with an excellent gallery, with pieces in major collections, who was in Hudson this weekend and was really turned off. "I thought you said Hudson was cool," she asked.

As for participating, some of us have participated for years and years before the Doggie Do-gooders came along. (When you have been your 250th meeting, we'll have a party for you joining the club.) Plus some people participate in other ways than going to Council meetings.