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Tisha Tanzillo Mulligan, along with her sister Sandy, is co-proprietor of Tanzy’s, a tea shop in Hudson. Tisha spoke about growing up in Hudson in the 1950s, with an Italian family. She spoke about moving to San Francisco as a young adult, and then some decades later living in Belfast and in the UK, and then returning to Hudson. She shared her memories of Hudson, such as the Thursday evening strolls during her Childhood, and also stories about the city’s history and her thoughts about the city’s changes over time.
She told many stories about her mother’s cooking and how food and cooking became an important part of their relationship, and now her relationship with her sister and how they remember their mother. She described specific memories of foods and the feeling of agrarian Hudson as a child, working in her mother’s family’s fruit orchard, the foods her family had on Thanksgiving and Christmas. She also described the homesickness she felt when she was away from her family on those holidays.
Tisha spoke frequently about the fact that she has instant, strong, and deep intuitions about the future: about the home she would live in as an adult, about the man who would be her husband, about the storefront that would become her store. She described returning to Hudson as an adult “with new eyes,” and her love of new experiences and new places. She said she believed that buildings have a spirit, which comes from their past, and that that spirit allows her to always feel at home when she gets to a new place.
Diana Lempel is a 29 year old who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, though she grew up in Oakland, California. She is a PhD student in Urban and Landscape Studies, and she is especially interested in the everyday, sensory experiences of place. She is interested in stories that combine food, memories, and sense of place, and some of her own strongest memories are of Italian family meals and recipes.
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