The Prescott Journal - July 16, 2003
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
Those who lurk about on show nights are obviously trying to raise a tempest. Too bad they miss the point. I'm not talking about those who are just strolling by, but those with obvious intent to disturb. All of us who work towards and support the efforts of making Prescott a better place get the point. And the point is to make a great impression on those who visit Prescott. Why? So they'll tell their friends and family and come back, again and again. That's how we can make our economy grow instead of complaining about how it's shrinking.
Despite the superlative efforts and support of so many individual groups and volunteers, the need for security has become all too apparent. The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival could not provide such excellent entertainment if it weren't for the vigilant watch of the Prescott Blossoms security team with the aid of Prescott Police and volunteers.
What will happen next year? We could see permanent fencing erected to block out non-ticket holders. Any other suggestions? The ticket price may be affected it is now a bargain at $12 per ticket for seniors/kids, $16 reg. In comparison, two hours at Upper Canada Village with my relatives this week cost $19.50 per person that's for seniors. A play at 1000 Islands Playhouse costs $26.50 for seniors, $28.50 reg. And not to mention Stratford, where ticket prices start at $49.50
There are so many people who contribute to our work. Forestry Technician Rob Ross from the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Limerick Forest department helped supply us with treetops for filling in the stage area for Shakespeare's The Tempest. Transporting these trees was organized by Hans Van Helden and Dave Pope from Prescott's public works department.
On those blistering hot days, Sea n' Sky Scuba came out to cheers when they presented us with a case of cold drinks. Many other individuals who see us working around town generously stop to offer us cold drinks and praise. It's precisely at these moments that I witness the profound change in our team as each one shines with pride at a job well done.