71Re: [maineswedishcolony] Idea for radio story
- Feb 11, 2003Dear Mr. Allington,
You should consider Dan Olson from New Sweden. although not a native,
he's married to a New Sweden girl and is a wealth of information. We also
are celebrating Midsummer June 21 -22 . Anyway, its a Saturday and Sunday.
While my married name is French, I would also be happy to help you in
any way. Local characters include Stan's home of the ten cent coffee, Ralph
Ostlund, who at the age of 70 + years still skiis.
Brenda Jepson who is also a member of this group, teaches at Caribou
High ?School where her video production class has produced at least 4 videos
about New Sweden and surrounding areas. She would also be a good contact
Please let me know what else I can do for you. Anything to showcase this
wonderful town we live in.
----- Original Message -----
From: "adam allington" <adam_allington@...>
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 10:42 PM
Subject: [maineswedishcolony] Idea for radio story
> My name is Adam Allington and I am a radio student at
> the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies in
> I am contacting the Swedish Colony email group today
> to tap everyones collective knowlege about the Swedish
> Communities of Aroostook County. I am currently
> researchinh topics for my upcomming field project in
> Documentary Radio to be aired at a later date on Maine
> Public Radio.
> I have lived in Sweden myself for several years and
> am very interested in Scandinavian culture and its
> influences on communities here in America.
> I am primarily looking for a "people piece" A story
> about one person or family that in some way imparts
> some unique aspect of your comunity to those who have
> never been there.
> One thing that I am very keen on researching is
> Aquavit, or Swedish Schnapps and the role that it
> plays in Swedish tradional/culinary life. My host
> grand parents in Sweden made their own Schnapps and
> the process has always been very interesting to me.
> Is there anyone in the county who still makes
> tradional schnapps?? There must be...
> Other topics of interest would be such things as:
> Interesting local characters, people who are a complet
> product of your unique community. Maybe even
> linguistic influences if there are any.
> As Portland is very far away from Aroostook, I am
> trying to get a few ideas before I make the long
> drive. Since the subject or subjects who I end up
> interviewing will probably not have email access
> (although the might) I would be very grateful for any
> tips and/or information that anyone might be able to
> give me.
> Thank you all very much for your time.
> Warm Regards,
> Adam Allington
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