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

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.



Just Posted

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Justine Keefer’s Cedar Elementary School Grade 6/7 class put together a student paper, as part of a school project. Pictured here Andrew Gregory, left, Felix Leduc, Addison Armstrong, Lucia Walker and Anise Dick. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cedar Elementary School students create their own newspaper

Grade 6/7 class publishes Wolf Pack News as part of language arts and social studies

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)
‘Little Inventors’ from Ladysmith showcased in national science challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements were one of 15 finalists in the Little Inventors Challenge

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Most Read