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What Rural Route Communications Has Been Up To!

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Rural Route Communications team members Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen have kept particularly busy over the past few months. In mid-March of 2015,  they  travelled to Fairlee, Vermont, where they screened Louise's short documentary about the history of canoeing on Lake Memphremagog,  Beautiful Waters, during the Wilderness Paddlers Gathering at the Hurlbert Outdoor Center . The video is now available for viewing on YouTube:



For three days in mid-June of 2015, Niels served as the official photographer for an automobile-related event called The Art of Transformation at the Davis-Kell Farm in Ogden, Quebec.


On June 26, 2015, Louise and Niels attended the opening of an exhibition at the historical round barn in Mansonville, Quebec, that featured some of Louise's photos and an excerpt from her documentary Giving Shelter: Historic Barns of the Eastern Townships. Friends and project collaborators John and Dianne Rhicard joined them at the exhibition and for supper afterwards.

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On Saturday, July 4, 2015, Louise and her sister, Toronto author Elizabeth Abbott, participated in an authors' event at Brome Lake Books in Knowlton, Quebec, during the Arts Alive Quebec festival initiated by ELAN (English-Language Arts Network).

On August 12, 2015, Louise and Niels led a tour of four barns in the vicinity of Georgeville, Quebec, for the Georgeville Historical Society. Louise sported a t-shirt with the message Vernacular is Spectacular: Save Our Barns! on it kindly given to her by National Barn Alliance board member Bob Sherman of Illinois.

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On August 15, 2015, Louise's new half-hour documentary, Saving the Founder's Home, was screened at the inauguration of the Paul Holland Knowlton house in Knowlton, Quebec.

Louise is now working on volume two of her landscape history of the Memphremagog region and on an audio-visual presentation titled The Islands of Lake Memphremagog: A Natural and Human History for an event on November 28, 2015, hosted by Georgeville Nature Ski and Studio Georgeville in Georgeville, Quebec.

Niels, meanwhile, continues to work on a photo essay for clients outside of Georgeville who want a record of their beautiful garden in all four seasons.

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