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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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Saving the Founder's Home

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Louise Abbott  recently completed a documentary titled Saving the Founder's Home for the Brome County Historical Society (BCHS) about the preservation of the Paul Holland Knowlton house in Knowlton, Quebec. The circa 1815 square-timber house was moved on Friday, October 17, 2014, from its quarters at the Knowlton Golf Club on Lakeside to its new home on the grounds of the BCHS on Lakeside.


Louise followed the progress of work on the building through its restoration this summer. The house was officially opened to the public on August 15, and Louise's documentary was screened at the inauguration. The film is now available for sale in DVD ($20) and Blu-ray ($25) format from the Brome County Historical Society or from Rural Route Communications. Proceeds will go towards the final touches on the house, in particular, chinking between the squared logs.


Yves Beaupré gathers wood, while David Kininmonth does some measuring at the Paul Holland Knowlton House on April 7, 2015.


By Design

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Niels Jensen's work as a furniture designer-maker was featured in a show of modern furniture titled By Design at Studio Georgeville  in late June.

Niels continues to take on commissioned projects, like the tables and chairs seen in the photos below that belong to a client on the shores of Lake Memphremagog.






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Louise Abbott finished a contract for COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Assocation) in June of 2015, producing two interpretive panels about the history of Cape Hope Island, or Nunaaluk, in southeastern James Bay. The panels were installed on the island during COTA's annual general meeting in Eastmain in July.

One of the panels features a reproduction of a detailed watercolour by Townships artist Dominique Gagnon that shows the location of  homes and dog teams as well as other aspects of life on the island during the Inuit occupation from the 1920s to 1960. Mini Aodla Freeman, the only surviving Inuk to have been born and raised on Nunaaluk, provided a sketch for Dominique and conferred with her on numerous occasions as Dominique's painting evolved. Dominique wanted to include Inuktitut names, and Mini kindly provided those for her.

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The second panel features historical photos of Nunaaluk, including family patriarch George Weetaltuk, and a bilingual text by Louise Abbott outlining the history of the Inuit occupation of the island. Mini Aodla Freeman acted as a consultant on this panel, too.

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Our thanks to Mini and Dominique for their help. Our thanks to Lettrage Fortin in Magog for mounting the panels and building and painting the posts. And finally, our thanks to COTA for the commission.

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