Sunday, October 31, 2010

Meadowbrook Cart Ride near Barkerville, B.C.

Meadowbrook Cart Ride near Barkerville, B.C.

Well, this is a little late in posting, but I finally had time to do some editing of a few video clips Amy took on her iPhone of our cart rides this season.  (see link below)
We put on close to 100 km with the cart and Babe this summer.  A great way to travel. They say you can ride until you're 70 and drive (a team that is) until you're 90, so I'm good for a while yet.

Grandson Ollie and I at Amy's apartment after a 20 km ride. Amy Newman photo.

Lunch time at the Cornish Mountain loop junction. 
Ollie's least favorite part was Babe's "gassing off", but he is a great companion. 
He learned to ride in Dubai. Richard Wright photo.

We choose this Meadowbrook cart in part because we know this type was used in Barkerville in the early years, as evidenced by the photo below of Josiah and Laura Beedy. (Laura was a Lindhard, born in Denmark and Josiah an American. He was on Williams Creek by 1863 and they were married in Van Winkle in 1871.)

Josiah and Laura Beedy with one-horse cart and light driving harness. Note the large wheels.


One advantage of riding and driving is that wildlife pays less attention to us. 
This moose was on the Cornish Mountain loop, my favorite cart ride. Richard Wright photo.


The road to Roundtop from the Cariboo Hudson mine is one of the most difficult we have found, verging on impassable for the cart. The hills are steep and rough, but fortunately short. Once we hit alpine the road was fine and the views great.  Richard Wright photo.

While the view is spectacular it was shrouded in smoke from the Chilcotin fires. 
Clouds of horseflies meant lunch was just a short break. Richard Wright photo.


Another ride took us up Sawmill Creek from Antler Creek, through two fords, 
to the pass into the Swift River at Littler's Meadow. 
The flies were so bad Babe could not stand still. Richard Wright photo.

The iPhone video would not load to this blog site for some unknown reason, so here is a direct link to the You Tube posting:

The vertical format of the iPhone is a little unusual, but it actually works well for the road and Babe. The hill is actually very steep which is why Babe is stepping so carefully. I walked her up but found I had more control by driving her down.
We have another list of routes to try next season - stay tuned.

Copyright 2010, Richard Wright and Amy Newman

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Theatre Royal, Barkerville - an audience survey

Greetings from the Producer's Desk at Theatre Royal, Barkerville;

This blog seems a good way to reach a few more people and get more answers to questions to help us plot our direction for the next couple of years at the Theatre Royal, Barkerville, B.C.

Would you spare us a few minutes of your time? If you have been to a show in the last two years your response will be of value to us. As revenues at Barkerville fluctuate we need to find ways of reducing costs and increasing revenues while continuing to produce quality shows and responding to our audiences.

Our full cast on our last British Music Hall show which included Marcello Sequeira. Maya Meron, centre, also joined us in these shows.

How many shows did you attend?
Did you attend the 1 pm Gold Rush Revue variety show?
Did you attend the 4 pm drama (ie: Overlanders, Fire Storm, Unquiet Grave)?
Did you attend our weekend An Evening British Music Hall?
Did you attend The Bride of Barkerville at 11 pm?
Did you attend Just Another Cariboo Day, our Thursday show?

Which of these did you prefer, or were they equal in your mind?

Do you think we should continue to present our historical drama at 4 pm (ie Overlanders, Fire Storm, Unquiet Grave)?
The 2010 cast of "The Unquiet Grave". Matt Quick, Ben Bilodeau; Alison Jenkins, Robert Ahad, Amy Newman, Sayer Roberts, Richard Wright.

Should we continue to present our Variety show?

Would you prefer to see another light variety show instead of the more serious drama?

Were the times appropriate for your visit, ie: 1 pm and 4 pm and weekend evenings at 7pm.?
If not, what times would you suggest?

Amy Newman as Jessie Hamilton on "The Unquiet Grave" set, designed and built by Dave Brotsky.

Our adult price is $12.75 plus HST, with discounts for seniors, youth, children and family?
Do you feel this is:
Just right
Too high
Too low

Any other comments will be appreciated.

Thanks for responding to this. It will be of great help to us.
The easiest way to respond is to cut and paste, type in your answers and email to: wrighttheatreroyal.ca.  (Remove the at and replace with @)

Richard & Amy