by Dan Bustard

The Northeast Kingdom will be the subject of an upcoming promotional video, and a video crew went on a boat tour of Lake Memphremagog this week to take a closer look at what some call a hidden treasure.

Odyssey Productions of Vermont, based in Williston, has made this type of video on other areas of Vermont before. Dorothy Lovering said the Northeast Kingdom video has been in the works for some time and should be ready by September.

Lovering and a video crew toured the lake on Bill and Nancy Cook's boat, along with Joyce Morse, Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association president, and Mary Paull of Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

Jim Heltz of Green Mountain Video, also based in Williston, has been shooting for the video for some time. Lovering said many places in the Northeast Kingdom have already been visited, such as St. Johnsbury, Island Pond, the many covered bridges in the region, and Albany, to check out the Hayden House curse.

The weather started out a bit cloudy but, armed with a historic map of Lake Memphremagog, the boat cruised along the many sites it contains. Memphremagog means "beautiful water."

The small light beacon, Province Island with the CanadianIUS border shown clearly by a clear cut area that extends to a path cut on either shore, and Skinner's Island, where a pirate came to die, were all captured on video for potential use.

The weather cleared, and Heltz was able to grab shots of boathouses, homes, and the unmanned customs station, where boaters call in their plans for their trips. Lovering said promotional videos like these are very popular, showing people scenes of different areas they may not traditionally consider as vacation or getaway destinations.

Boat traffic on the lake was light, something the Cooks said was not an uncommon occurrence, meaning Lake Memphremagog may still be a hidden treasure for many.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record


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