Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb says many of the seniors who enjoyed the free Ferris wheel ride in honour of Gloria Lazzarin last Thursday morning at Billy Barker Days got pretty wet, but it was still a lot of fun. Lindsay Chung photo

Quesnel seniors enjoyed Billy Barker Days

Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb writes about Billy Barker Days and being a new great-grandmother

Ginnie Dunn Webb

Observer Contributor

It must be unusual for a brand-new baby to have six grandmothers!

I think it’s another sign of us all living longer. My one and only brand-new great-grandchild does have six grandmothers. I keep counting them in disbelief.

There’s Mother’s mother and Father’s mother, to begin. Then, three of the mother’s and father’s mothers are very much alive – I am one of them! And the new baby’s father is remarried, and his wife is a step-grandmother. If you’re counting, that makes six.

As I was excitedly telling another family member about being a new great-grandmother, he informed me that he has just become a great-great-grandfather. And then I noted — he is only 76 years old!

That seems even more unusual than being one of six grandmothers. I told him that if he lives another 20 years, he could be a great-great-great-grandfather!


Quesnel seniors didn’t take full advantage of Gloria Lazzarin’s free Ferris wheel ride on Senior’s Day of Billy Barker Days. Many of us who did enjoy the ride got pretty wet from the on-and-off rain! Anyway, it was still fun, and I, for one, probably wouldn’t have even thought to have a ride if not for the offer. Thanks, Gloria.

And after the ride, seniors had a great free lunch. It is not possible anyone walked away from that lunch wanting more. The food just kept coming and coming! Seniors enjoyed the music of Windy Reeds, Old Time Fiddlers (who keep getting younger!) and Ellaine and Friends, all them playing mostly the old-time music that seniors appreciate. The music of the fifties and sixties would be a welcome addition for the younger seniors – just saying. The Nelson Brothers usually play lots from that era.


Please call me at 250-747-7479 or email me at if you have something to say to seniors in the area, and I will be glad to include it here.

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— Submitted by Ginnie Dunn Webb

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