As you tour the village, you’ll notice that brightly painted post people stand here and there. The following photos are used with permission from Magical Port Stanley, which is loaded with gorgeous pics from around the village.
Recently, I wrote a fictional love story about a couple of the post folks. I made up names and back stories for the dental assistant and police officer on each side of Bridge St.. Others have been around a long while and they’re part of the personality of Port Stanley.
They are what they sound like – people made from wooden posts. Some have feet. Some don’t. They wear outfits befitting their professions or activities. And they’re definitely eye-catching.
Cathy and Mike Cook are their creators. The couple had stopped making them a few years ago but the wooden people are enjoying a revival. The BIA has commissioned some, as have local residents, so the Cooks are back in the post-people kitchen, serving them up to order.
The amount of detail is stunning. They use high-quality outdoor paint so the looks last a long time. Back when I wrote about Constable Woody, he was just about to get a full makeover. He’s freshly dressed and brightly coloured again. This gardener represents the village’s wonderful volunteer gardeners.
Port Stanley residents can order a post person for as little as $50. I’d like one for my tiny front lawn except that we already have a Bell box and a fire hydrant. So, as beautiful as they are, I’m torn.
It’s fun to spot them and immediately get what they’re about. Every once in a while we’ll notice one we haven’t seen before. These photos are just a taste – there are many more in and around the village.
The Cooks do a wonderful job adding to Port Stanley’s memorable charm. You can find them on Facebook along with Magical Port Stanley, where you can see why this village is so special.