The Red Chair

The Red Chair
John Lees with the Red Chair

The Red Chair’s  journey started in 2011 on Cape Cod, and continues to this day as the chair moves from one inn to the next as a treasured guest and new American icon.

At each stop, the Red Chair is introduced to all that is memorable and beautiful about the local area, with a B&B owner as the chair’s concierge.  Traveling is about getting outside of the everyday and seeing the world with fresh eyes.  Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits.

The Red Chair is currently in international territory, British Columbia, and this website includes photos, blog posts and news of this famous chair’s five year trek.  As the Red Chair travels, the story grows and you are a part of it!  Share our website, and sign up for our newsletter so you can keep up to date with the story.

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Spotlight on… The Chuck Perrin Tree

In the fall of 2015, members of the Festival of Lights were trying to figure out how they would again tackle the issue of replacing all the lights in the Chuck Perrin Memorial Tree (the large fir tree at the Aggie Hall), which had 3,000 bulbs in it.  The FOL committee had worked on a three-year plan to re-string and re-bulb the tree.

Chuck Perrin tree
Chuck Perrin tree

RKM CranesFestival has been fortunate that the folks at RKM Crane have always been there, when needed to help, in re-bulbing as well as putting up and taking down the tree-top every year but the tree is always growing and needed refreshing.

Nanaimo Airport Steps In

Nanaimo Airport

We were very fortunate when the folks from the Nanaimo Airport came along and asked Festival if they could become a partner and what could they do that could make a difference. The first thing that came to mind was, “Re-doing the Chuck Perrin Memorial Tree in LED lights”!

After a couple of meetings and an official proposal the Nanaimo Airport Commission came back and said they would be thrilled to take on that project and anything Festival needed to make it happen… just let them know!  That very generous overture has turned into a five-year agreement between the FOL and Nanaimo Airport and has enabled us to put in over 4,000 of the new generation five-diode LED lights as well as all new strings and even a new tree topper.

As well as the new lights, which FOL members will not have to worry about for at least five years the tree has a whole new look. Many folks had said the tree was looking “sad” at Light Up so with the new lights and the “new design” this year the turn on  of the Chuck Perrin Tree was amazing … and this had become possible because of the huge support from the Nanaimo Airport.

BC HydroHaving all this happen… though… still takes volunteers and when we took all the old lights down and put up the new ones… we not only had the donation and support from RKM Cranes, in Chemainus, but AGAIN … the employees from BC Hydro stepped forward and really helped.  For two days we had six or more volunteers from Hydro come down and help out.  Hydro donates the use of the bucket trucks and supplies fuel and their lines people come out and really do a great job for us.

This really shows what Light Up is all about… with folks like the Nanaimo Airport stepping forward to help Festival make it grow to companies that volunteer their equipment, like RKM and BC Hydro, to the many volunteers that come and help even in terrible weather.

Ladysmith is very fortunate to have people like all of them.

The New Chuck Perrin Tree

Bill Drysdale and his dedicated crew removed all lights and decorations from the Chuck Perrin Memorial Tree back in April 2015.

Chuck Perrin tree
Chuck Perrin tree

The Angel came down and now it’s time for a new Emperor’s Coat.  Robin Francis, chair of Visual Design, has found a new look for the tree which sports a new G-30 LED lights and a STARBURST topper.

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