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.

Adopt a Tree

Festival of Lights has officially kicked off its Adopt a Tree program.

Adopt a Tree

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The ADOPT A TREE is designed to enable us to change from expensive energy consuming incandescent bulbs to longer lasting, entry saving LED’s!! To help make this program a success, as well as to keep Ladysmith on the energy saving map, we have initiated a program where businesses, organizations, families or individuals can sponsor a tree for a one time donation.

Inquiries are to be directed to Greg Edwards on 250-616-1748 or Duck Paterson on 250-246-0637.

How Much Does it Cost?

A tree that has 4 strings of lights x $100 per string for a 5-year period = $400 in total, which actually works out to a cost of $20 per string per year for your sponsorship.

  • Festival will purchase, on behalf of the Adopter, a sign stating their business or individual names, to be placed with the tree they choose, during Light-Up, each year for the 5-year block
  • You can choose the tree you desire along First Avenue although some have been spoken for at this point (the program is a first come/first serve basis)
  • The earlier you make your request, the better able we are to accommodate you as the bulbs have to be ordered and we want to beat the festive rush
  • Festival does have a coordinated colour scheme in effect which allows for consistency of patterns
  • The LED bulbs are new generation and very bright so as not to diminish our show
  • This initiative will save tax payers dollars as the cost to operate each bulb is much less than the current incandescent bulbs

On behalf of the Festival we appreciate your support and hope this new community initiative meets with not only your approval but also your participation.


Spotlight on… RKM Cranes

RKM CranesIn this picture , Bill Cottrell from RKM Cranes, readies the man basket so that the members of FOL can start the taking down of all the lights and angel from the Chuck Perrin Memorial Tree at the Aggie Hall.

RKM Cranes has stepped forward for years when it’s time to put the angel up and take her down.  They have donated the crane and driver and time for however long it takes.

In April, members of the Festival of Lights as well as members of the Rotary Club and RKM proceeded to take down EVERYTHING in the tree. Over the years the tree has grown beyond the “lighting infrastructure” and the Rotary Club has volunteered to rebuild it so that all the lights will no longer be buried in the tree.  The whole project took the better part of the day and now it’s time to start rebuilding.

Festival normally re-bulbs the tree every three years, as it’s a fairly labour-intensive project, but this year with the help of the Rotary it’s been decided to redo everything and the goal is to replace all the lights with LED bulbs.

Spotlight on… Dianne Edwards

There are many volunteers who make the Festival of Lights happen. We focus on Dianne Edwards who has helped greatly and is a valued member of the team.

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Cliff Fisher, Dianne, Bill Drysdale (photo: Marina Sacht/TAKE 5)

1. How long have you been associated with Festival of Lights?

I joined Ladysmith Festival of Lights as Secretary in 2002 and became the Coordinator in September 2006. November 2006 was my first Light-Up as the events Coordinator.

2. What is your role?


3. What is your favourite part of the Festival?

It is very gratifying when everything comes together and Santa flips the switch to light up the town. The excitement of families and friends cheering Santa, having fun, enjoying a grand parade, and completing their evening with fantastic fireworks.

It is a good feeling to know that I have contributed to the success of the day.

4. Which decoration is your favourite?

Do not really have one favourite, every decoration is unique in it’s own way. Each year I spend several evenings driving around, stopping and adding to my photo collection, and just generally enjoying the festive scenery.

5. Favourite bulb colour?

My favourite bulb is the twinkle light – little diamonds twinkling into the night inviting folks to visit our town.

6. What main challenges face Festival this year and beyond?

Involve more volunteers. We will continue to require more volunteer assistance as we welcome residence and visitors to participate in Light-Up festivities.

A safe and happy environment allows us to continue having successful and memorable celebrations.

Thank you, Dianne.

Spotlight on… Duck Paterson

There are many volunteers who make the Festival of Lights happen. We focus on Duck Paterson.

1. How long have you been associated with Festival of Lights?

I’ve been involved since 1990.

2. What is your role?

Hard to say somewhat… I guess I’m in charge of scrounging. I’m also the Emcee (the best job in the world) and whatever they want. I also try and coordinate the bucket trucks and volunteers for set-up & take down.

3. What is your favourite part of the Festival?

I have many favourites… the whole thing is one… but probably the top is seeing the Town looked at with excitement.

How the community comes together with pride on what they can do… and then the final one… is watching the kids faces when the lights go on!!!!

It’s quite a show for a small group of volunteers to be able to put on!!!

4. Which decoration is your favourite?

My favourite is the gift on the roundabout… it’s such a WOW when you come into town. Also, the Canadian flag stringer by the Bakery.

5. Favourite bulb colour?

All of them… not a big fan, yet, of the LED bulbs… but they are getting better!

6. What main challenges face Festival this year and beyond?

There are a couple… we need people to get involved. We’re very lucky when we have our work parties we get lots… but we also need people who want to see it continue… we need more “operations” involvement to plan.  It’s not getting any smaller but quite a few of us are getting older!

The second item is dollars… insurance is a big expense as well, now, the new LED bulbs are quite a bit more costly… again, it will take people to help raise these dollars

Thank you, Duck.

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