June 19, 2018
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New Calendar, video magazine show the best of Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

STOCKHOLM, Maine — Each year, just as Crown of Maine Productions gets its newest products out for Christmas, the process begins all over again for the next year.

Owners Brenda and Alan Jepson start searching for images that would make fantastic calendar photos while at the same time thinking of subjects for their yearly video production.

With the holiday season here, the Jepsons also are selling their newest Aroostook County-based products, a 2013 calendar complete with images of The County in all seasons, and “Awesome Aroostook,” a documentary focusing on some of the most unique people and projects in the area.

“It was a lot of work, but I think this really is a fantastic video and a really beautiful calendar,” Brenda Jepson said Thursday afternoon. “Even for people who have lived here all their lives, it’s not always possible to know about all of the awesome people and things that are going on here. This year’s video really tells the stories people may not hear about.”

“Awesome Aroostook” is a one-hour video magazine focusing on nine people, places and projects in the region. It includes segments on the Bridgewater General Store, where Mennonites sell old-fashioned wares; on a young man in New Sweden who made his own space-age snowmobile out of found parts; and on how the closure of Loring Air Force Base paved the way for the founding of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. The MSSM piece focuses on the students and projects taking place at the school.

Other pieces include segments on the Whole Potato, a new Presque Isle restaurant that caters to people who prefer organic spuds; Friends Quaker Church near Fort Fairfield, a last stop on the Underground Railroad; and Bouchard Family Farm in Fort Kent, which produces a famous ploye mix and other products.

The calendar depicts the landscapes, waterways, potato fields, animals and people from across The County. This year’s calendar includes images of Gateway Crossing footbridge in Houlton, Old Duncan Farm in Presque Isle and Chamberlain Barn in Woodland.

When they are not working on their yearly calendar and video project, the owners of the Stockholm-based company also produce commercials, training videos and promotional videos.

Jepson said she is excited about a premiere party for the video, which the public is invited to. It will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at The Whole Potato, 428 Main St., Presque Isle. The store and video is on sale at stores throughout the region and online at Crown of Maine Productions.

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