Wicked winds and ruby hiking boots

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Grande Prairie anymore,” Dora says in There’s No Place Like Parks.

Parks interpreter, Katelynn Cook, wrote and stars in this one- woman musical.

References to the Wizard of Oz dot the play and add humour to environmental information specific to Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.

The wicked west wind blows Dora and her little dog into LSLPP.

Toto chases a squirrel into the woods.

Dora follows the great hiking trail from Devonshire Beach to Marten River Campground.

Along the way, Dora meets various forest dwellers – from Frankie, the pirate to a mafioso Canada thistle and his invasive species friends.

Ceiridwen Robbins, a parks interpreter, made the fun and inventive costumes for Cook and audience members.

Everyone is welcome to the free performances of There’s No Place Like Parks.

During the summer, the play runs most Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at Marten River Campground amphitheatre. The first performance was on June 30.

On July 20, the play will be part of the Parks Day celebration from noon to 3 p.m. There is no play on on August 3.

Marten River Campground is off Hwy. 88 30 minutes north of Slave Lake at the northern end of the park.

Sandy, the spotted sandpiper, interviews Dora and teaches about the ways ungroomed beaches benefit wildlife and plants.
Mafioso Canada thistle (Katelynn Cook) with his invasive species buddies oxeye daisy (Steve Allen) and common tansy (Doug Parker).
Frankie the pirate, a Franklin gull, talks all about “shiny new bird-bands” and the bird observatory. and the bird observatory.

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