Destination Hudson Announces Visitor Center Grand Opening in Time for Much Anticipated Summer Events

Hudson, Ohio (August 10, 2011 – Destination Hudson is pleased to announce the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting of the new Destination Hudson Visitors Center on Tuesday, August 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 89 First Street, Suite 205 on the Terrace Level in First & Main and shared with the City of Hudson’s Office for Economic Development, the visitor center came to fruition thanks to the generosity of the City of Hudson, Tom and Joy Murdough, and First & Main.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 6:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served while neighboring Terrace Level businesses will also be open to welcome guests.

In celebration of the grand opening, a number of original paintings by long-time Hudson resident Peter McDonald will be on display for the first time. The paintings are part of an extraordinary group of iconic Hudson landmarks donated by Mr. McDonald and his wife, Linda, in commemoration of the new Hudson Library and Historical Society. The Library has graciously loaned the artwork to Destination Hudson for this occasion.

Destination Hudson, which is working towards the goal of a fully staffed and always open status, is focusing on two components.

The outer vestibule showcases a display filled with flyers and brochures from area businesses and a large screen showing a rolling series of Hudson photographs and key visitor information. Once staffing is available, the second room which is filled with art from various Hudson artists and artisans will be open during peak hours. The room will feature various items for sale including the artwork, Hudson t-shirts, the Hudson coffee-table book, mugs, postcards and note cards as well as a “Book of Menus” giving hungry visitors an opportunity to find the perfect meal and additional visitor resources.

Destination Hudson was formed three years ago to promote the community of Hudson as a top-of-mind destination in Northeast Ohio and beyond, for fun, culture, history, shopping and dining. The five primary focuses for the group have been public space beautification, creating a Visitors Center, advertising and promotion of Hudson as a whole, creating a destination oriented website and publishing an annual events guide.

Currently, the Visitors Center vestibule is open on weekends. During Art on the Green (August 27th & 28th) and Taste of Hudson and the WRA Antique Festival (September 4th – 5th), the Visitors Center will be staffed and fully open to the public.

For more information about Destination Hudson, visit www.destinationhudson.com or call 330-256-8704.

Destination Hudson is a fund of the Hudson Community Foundation and exists to promote Hudson, Ohio and all it has to offer. Visit www.destinationhudson.com for more details.