Holiday festivities in Aroostook focus of upcoming MPBN special

15 years ago
By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    Maine Public Broadcasting Network is getting into the holiday spirit by offering a variety of programs between now and Christmas that feature a variety of topics including the National Christmas Tree Lighting event in Washington, D.C., scheduled to air Sunday, Dec. 20 at 12:30 p.m., then again on Thursday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.     One program is sure to be of interest to folks in Aroostook County.
    “On Christmas Eve, we’ll be airing ‘Christmas Greetings from Aroostook.’ With its near guarantee of snow and an abundance of Christmas traditions, Aroostook County is a special place to visit at Christmastime,” said MPBN Board of Trustees Chair Craig Denekas in a recent release.
    The program is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. on WMEM, Channel 10, for those in the Presque Isle viewing area.
    A wide range of holiday activities will be featured, from musical performances to parades and sleigh rides.
    “This show features the Heavenly Harpers of Houlton, the joyous voices of the Caribou Choral Society, the Presque Isle Light Parade, sleigh rides in Mapleton, a Santa Lucia procession in New Sweden, and making tourtiere in The Valley,” said Denekas.
    “Christmas Greetings from Aroostook” was produced by local filmmaker Brenda Jepson, while Maine Public Service Co. is one of the show’s sponsors.
    MPBN will continue the festive theme through Christmas Day.
    “Don’t miss the rousing U.S. Navy Holiday Concert 2009. That will air on Christmas at 9 p.m.,” said Denekas.
    For more information about MPBN, visit or call 800-884-1717.
    Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Theresa Fowler is pleased to see the county featured in such a festive way.
    Watching this program, said Fowler,  is “a nice way to relax and enjoy the traditions of the area.”