A “Lunch Lady” with a local connection to the food she cooks, a harp maker with a loving connection to his muse and a telephone collector with connections galore are highlighted in the new edition of the travelogue program “Backroads of Montana,” which premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, on MontanaPBS.
Producer Gus Chambers traveled to Greenfield School outside Fairfield, where an active farm-to-school program teaches students about food awareness, and the “Lunch Lady” fixes tasty meals from local farm products.
At Alamon Telco in Kalispell, producer Ray Ekness met company owners Peg and Frank Gebhardt. They have an impressive collection of vintage telephone equipment, from Montana’s first pay phone to solid oak phone booths. And, as Frank demonstrated to host William Marcus, many of them have working connections.
A nearly 60-year-old love story is at the center of producer John Twiggs’ profile of harp maker Wayne Hampton in Fort Benton. Twiggs also spends time observing the spring courtship rituals of Montana birds.
Marcus hosts the program from the grand-opening festivities for the new facility at the Big Horn County Historical Museum in Hardin.
“Backroads of Montana” is supported by grants from the Greater Montana Foundation, which encourages discussion of issues and trends important to Montana; the Montana Office of Tourism and The University of Montana.
“Backroads of Montana” is a production of KUFM-TV/MontanaPBS at The University of Montana. MontanaPBS is a collaborative statewide service of KUSM-TV at Montana State University in Bozeman and KUFM-TV at UM. Check local listings for channel information.
More information on the series is online at http://www.umt.edu/montanan/s01/backroads.html.
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