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LETTER: Theatre company liked walk in Quesnel woods

Creating costumes and characters part of national pride
Runaway Moon Theatre attended Quesnel’s Canada Day celebrations and helped the public create costumes and characters for their Walk Of The Woods tree parade. Some of the participants were (L to R) Bonita as the lodgepole pine, Emma as a cottonwood, Brayley as a cottonwood, Natasha as a white spruce and Malcolm as an apple tree. (Quesnel Community Arts Council photo)

To the Editor,

On behalf of Runaway Moon Theatre, we would like to thank all the brave people who participated in our Walk of the Woods Tree Parade at Canada Day celebrations in LeBourdaise Park.

For those who weren’t there, the sky opened up and blessed us with a torrent of rain, just as we began the procession.

Astonishingly, the rain only lasted as long as the parade. And the band played on! (They were fabulous.)

Special apologies to the small children who ended the parade in tears.

We would also like to especially thank Canada Day organizer Charlene Lawrence, for taking a chance on a couple of artists she’d never met, and Tarin Lefebvre for welcoming us to your wonderful Arts & Recreation Centre.

Thanks also to the very talented local artist, Natasha Lepine, who helped us in the workshop, and the wonderful young artists Emma, Harlow and Brayley who made costumes to represent the cottonwoods and birch. Thanks to their mom and grandmother, Kayla and Loni, for all their support and encouragement.

We had a great time in your town. Thank you all very much.


Paula Jardine and Cathy Stubington

PS: If anyone has photos or short clips of the actual parade, we’d love to see them. Send to

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Frank Peebles

About the Author: Frank Peebles

I started my career with Black Press Media fresh out of BCIT in 1994, as part of the startup of the Prince George Free Press, then editor of the Lakes District News.
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