Last week our Victoria crew had the pleasure of heading up to Ladysmith to decorate the “Chuck Perrin Tree”, which is a beautiful 90-foot fir that can be seen from highway 1, just south of Nanaimo. Ladysmith is known for its Festival of Lights that takes place every year, and this tree is a large piece of that! The amazing thing about this particular festival is that the whole community gets involved, and it has been such a delight to get to work so closely with this community.
While this tree may be the most conspicuous aspect that we have contributed to, the trees along Main St. will also be decorated with our lights. 2015 is a special year for Ladysmith, because the town is making the big switch from incandescent lights to LEDs. This is in part being funded by the “Adopt a Tree Initiative”, where sponsors can essentially purchase the lights for a specific tree. There are a few trees left if you feel like getting involved!
The annual Ladysmith Light Up will take place on November 26th. The Kinsmen Parade will start at 4:00 pm, and the lights will be turned on shortly after that, with the Chuck Perrin Tree being turned on last. Fireworks will then erupt in the sky! We will be there with bells and whistles on, and can’t wait to see the tree in its full glory. The Chuck Perrin Tree is a new record for us, with 3500 G30 lights (5LED’s in each bulb) in a single tree. We’re pretty sure that it will be able to be seen from space!
For more information on Ladysmith and their Festival of Lights, check out http://www.ladysmithfol.com/.