Ed and Rhonda Shirley on the front porch of their B&B Hawley Place

B&B ‘Red Chair’ in Ladysmith Feb. 20

Ideas wanted about where the famous seat should go for best tourism promotion

The Red Chair is coming to Ladysmith, and Hawley Place B&B owners Rhonda and Ed Shirley are looking for your ideas about where to take it.

From Feb. 20 to 26 one of the world’s most famous pieces of furniture will be placed in various Ladysmith  and area setting, where it will be photographed, with the descriptions of its sojourn here placed on the RedChairTravels.com web site.

“Bed and breakfast hosts photograph The Red Chair at some of the favourite spots that our guests come to see and experience, and then post the photos on the internet to promote both our beautiful area and our bed and breakfast,” said the Shirleys.

The project has been ongoing since the winter of 2011, with most of the Red Chair’s stops in the United States. But this winter the chair is in BC, traveling in the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan and on Vancouver Island.

The Shirleys hope to make its Ladysmith stay memorable.

“With the Red Chair in tow, we are hoping to make an adventure of places and people while promoting our beautiful seaside town and area,” they said.

They will be taking a stroll along First Ave., “stopping for a cinnamon bun, and possibly a lunch or refreshment at one of our local restaurants” before making “a quick stop at the Ladysmith Museum.”

Of course you have to take in the view of Ladysmith Harbour from Transfer Beach, maybe even take a short kayak trip and have a picnic lunch. The Waterfront Gallery is a stop the Red Chair will want to make, said the Shirleys, “and now that the Ladysmith Arts Council has installed an elevator, it will be easier for the honoured seat to get upstairs.”

“Then to the LMS dock,” the Shirleys said. “We might even be able to go out for the Harbour Tour to get a close up of the 49th Parallel.”

A trip out to Yellowpoint is certainly in the works, with a walk out to the sandstone shoreline at Roberts Memorial Park, and a stop for refreshment at The Crow and Gate Pub.

“A short hike on the Holland Creek Trail is a necessity,” they said, “although we may have to have a rest before continuing our tour.”

Ladysmith Little Theatre, the Chemainus Murals, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival, the Stz’uminus First Nation… there’s lots to see and do, and the Shirleys are looking for suggestions. Email them to hawleyplacebnb@gmail.com.

“The purpose is to showcase our pretty town and area, both for potential tourists and locals,” the Shirleys said.

Eight to 10 photos from the visit will be posted on the redchairtravels.com website, along with  videos, pictures, blog posts, and stories.

The visit will also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, for the world to see.



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