Archivist ‘sells’ Stanstead to TV show
Some people around town may have been wondering, in early April, why Kathy Curtis, the Colby-Curtis Museum’s archivist of the last fifteen years, was seen running around Stanstead for a couple of days with a strange man and a video
camera. Well, the ‘cat came out of the bag’ last Wednesday with the welcome announcement that the new CBC television comedy Still Standing was coming to Stanstead!
Still Standing, which debuts on Monday, June 22nd, follows actor and comedian Jonny Harris when he visits small, rural towns across the country looking for big laughs as he gets to know the local people and places. After spending a week in the chosen community, Mr. Harris presents a free, stand-up comedy show about the town and for the town, a comedian’s way of saying “Thank-you”.
“One of the producers of the show, Robin Waite, called me at the Museum after finding my name on the Stanstead Historical Society’s website. He told me about the show and asked if I could help him contact people in Stanstead. It really caught me off guard!” said Kathy Curtis who has lived in Stanstead East for thirtytwo years and knows the community well. “Later he sent me a link so I could watch a whole episode to see what it was like. It was so well done!” added Kathy who had a few small, initial concerns about the show’s premise.
Apparently, everything happens fast in the wonderful world of television and, two days after Kathy was first contacted by the CBC, she was introducing Robin Waite to all the local attractions, people included. “The first place I contacted was ag alm and, when Robin arrived, we jumped in my car and off we went.” After a visit to the factory of that famous skin emollient, Kathy and the producer visited ock of ges for a tour of the factory and epitre ranite for a lesson in sandblasting granite. “I also brought him to the granite quarry; that’s pretty impressive.”
Pulling out all the stops as Stanstead’s official ‘tour guide’, Kathy brought Mr. Waite to see the Stanstead Stone Circle, which unfortunately was still half-covered in snow, the world-famous CanUsa Street, the ranite useum, the Pat urns rena and, of course, the Haskell ree ibrary and Opera House. “At the Haskell Robin learnt the whole history behind the big flower pots.”
Kathy had to keep quite ‘ Mum’ about her impromptu stint as a Stanstead guide while the town was being considered for the thirty minute long show. She even had to face a reporter from an English daily who came to town because he had heard the rumour that urdoch ysteries, the show that Mr. Harris stars in, was coming to film an episode in Stanstead, and wanted confirmation. So she was thrilled to finally hear that her efforts had paid off. “I really, really, really wanted it to happen. It wasn’t my place to say anything about the show, and I didn’t want to jinx it either. I’m happy that now I can share what I know!”
“I’ve also been working with another producer of the show, Catherine Swing, giving her names of local people to contact. She told me that with all the things going on and interesting people here they could do a two hour show. But what really grabbed me about the people at the CBC that I’ve been talking to is that they are really caring. I think they’ll be able to show our story and I think that Jonny Harris will put on a great show at the end of it all,” commented the archivist.
The filming of the Stanstead episode will begin on May 10th when a CBC crew of about twelve shows up with an enormous amount of equipment. “I only wish that Stanstead had a hotel that they could all fit in. They want to stay in Stanstead and spend their money in Stanstead,” said Kathy. The filming wraps up on May 17th with Jonny’s comedy performance at the Haskell.
While Kathy was strolling down CanUsa Street with Mr. Waite, she mentioned to him: “You don’t stop and think about your hometown so much until you’re showing somebody your world. For the first time I saw my town as a tourist would.” But what Kathy was most impressed with was her neighbours. “Everyone we approached in town was so warm and welcoming. They made me very proud of my town,” she concluded.
Seen here in front of the Colby-Curtis Museum is its archivist, Kathy Curtis,
who is extra busy these days helping the
CBC plan the filming of a Still Standing
episode in town.
Kathy Curtis, the Colby-Curtis Museum’s archivist, was contacted by the CBC for information about the town and its inhabitants for the new comedy Still Standing.