The Hudson Portuguese Club sponsors many cultural groups. If you are interested in joining, participating or volunteering for any of these groups, please see the appropriate page on our website and contact the person listed.
- Amigos de Santo Espírito
- Banda Recreativa do Clube Português de Hudson (Hudson Portuguese Club Band)
- Grupo Folclórico de Crianças (Children’s Folklore Dance Group)
- Grupo das Candeias (Musical Group)
- Portgual 73 (Portuguese Radio Program)
Amigos de Santo Espírito
“Amigos de Santo Espírito” was established in 2005 by a group of people in Hudson, Massachusetts who emanated from the Community of Santo Espírito in Santa Maria, Azores. The main purpose of the“ Amigos” is to promote an annual social and cultural event in October (Saturday – Columbus Day weekend) which gathers people from Santo Espírito and their friends. The group has raised funds for the Hudson Portuguese Club and scholarships for local youth. It has also donated funds to the Parish Center of Santo Espírito. The group can be contacted via email at: email@example.com
The Community of Santo Espírito is located on the southeastern part of the island. In 1960, this community had a population of about three thousand. Today, it has less than eight hundred because most people emigrated to the United States and Canada. A very large percentage of the Portuguese-American community in Hudson has its roots in Santo Espírito. Tradition tells us that the first Mass in the Azores, honoring the Holy Ghost, was celebrated in this parish. Watermills and windmills used to be very popular in Santo Espírito. Maia, a vacation sea resort, is one of the main attractions. On a cliff overlooking Maia one finds the Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse.
Banda Recreativa do Clube Português de Hudson (Hudson Portuguese Club Band)
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O Grupo Folclórico de Crianças
The Children’s Folklore Dance group, O Grupo Folclórico de Crianças, helps keep Portuguese Customs and Traditions alive by teaching children an appreciation for Portuguese Culture through traditional music, songs and dance. They perform regularly at the Hudson Portuguese Club. Their first practice class took place in December of 2006. The class is a unique opportunity for children. It introduces the children to European differences by providing exposure to a foreign language, traditional style costumes and folkloric dance. At the same time, it’s fostering a sense of belonging and acceptance to the child that may be part of a Portuguese-American family with a history immigration to the US. As these children embrace their culture, it becomes special. They become special. And camaraderie is developed. The group debuted in June of 2007, at the Holy Ghost Festival at the Hudson Portuguese Club to an audience of approximately two hundred.
View the Grupo Folclorico de Criancas’ website.
Grupo das Candeias
The Hudson Portuguese Club is very proud to be the home of the musical group Grupo das Candeias. Originally forming under the name Tuna das Candeias in 2002, the group changed their name to honor Nossa Senhora das Candeias, a name of the church in town of Santo Espírito on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores where some of the musicians are from – others have roots in São Miguel and mainland Portugal. The groups consists of many musicians playing various stringed instruments, accordions and percussion instruments. Accompanying the music are the talents of several gifted vocalists. The ages of the musicians range from high school students to retirees – the older members mentoring the younger. Grupo das Candeias performs frequently in Hudson at parades and different social and cultural events. They have traveled to perform all over New England, Florida and internationally in Montreal and Cambridge Canada. Their music is primarily from the Azorean Islands with a select set from mainland Portugal. The group can be contacted via email: Grupo das Candeias or call Juvenália Chaves at 978-875-0352.
The Hudson Portuguese Club is proud to be the host for the weekly Portuguese radio program, “Portugal ’73”. The program is broadcast on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon on WSRO 650 AM. The show has lots of great music, interviews and news. On special occasions the show has been broadcast simultaneously from Hudson and Santa Maria in the Azores.
To listen to WSRO live on the internet, Click here.