Annual Duck call for Light Up

Volunteers needed for a work bee being held November 6.

Volunteers are needed for a work bee Nov. 6.

Volunteers are needed for a work bee Nov. 6.

This Sunday, people of all ages can come together to help prepare for one of Ladysmith’s most renowned events of the year, the Festival of Lights.

A community work bee is being held Nov. 6, and everyone is encouraged to take part in the fun. Starting at 9 a.m. at 49th Parallel grocery, volunteers will go out into the streets of Ladysmith to string up lights in trees along First Avenue, Bob Stuart Park, Dogwood and Roberts Street.

“We need volunteers on the ground, that’s the important part, for doing the trees in Bob Stuart Park,” said Duck Paterson, one of the Festival’s organizers. “We like making that really shine, because it’s the entrance to the community.”

Business owners are also encouraged to take part as volunteers will be cruising by to replace storefront bulbs.

“If the business people are there to make sure their lights are on, the fire department as well as the folks from Hydro and Davey tree will be there to help make their buildings look brighter,” Paterson said.

The workbee is scheduled rain or shine. Volunteers only need bring themselves, their friends, and a pair of gloves, if desired.

Volunteers will be provided a hot lunch by the Ladysmith Family and Friends program.

Paterson anticipated the workbee would end around 1:30 p.m.

“A lot depends on the weather and a lot depends on the number of volunteers,” he said. “If we get more volunteers, it gets done quicker and people have a lot more fun.”

For additional information, call 250-245-5888 or 250-245-2263 or visit