Camden Snow Bowl to be featured on Boston news program

By Jenna Lookner | Jan 21, 2013
Photo by: Jenna Lookner Andrew Dailey, left, escorts Chronicle Producer Maggy Harper to the toboggan chute at the Camden Snow Bowl where she and her cameraman, far right, filmed as part of a segment for their New England Main Streets series.

Camden — The Camden Snow Bowl toboggan chute and Hope Elephants are among the local attractions to be featured on an upcoming episode of Chronicle, a news magazine program that airs nightly on Boston-based ABC affiliate WCVB channel 5.

Producer Maggy Harper was at Camden Snow Bowl on Jan. 21 preparing for a run down the toboggan chute. Ski instructor Andrew Dailey was on hand to show Harper around and inform her about the toboggan chute and other offerings at the outdoor recreation area.

A handful of teams that will compete in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships during the weekend of Feb. 8 through Feb. 10 were on hand to demonstrate for Harper and her camera man. The "Flying Beer Boys" a four-man team sponsored by Andrew's Brewing Company of Lincolnville were among the teams zipping down the chute for the benefit of Chronicle's cameras.

Harper said Chronicle does a segment called New England Main Streets. Filming that segment takes their crews to various hard-to-find and rural places throughout New England where they spend a day or two filming at local attractions. Harper said their team generally heads out with one big story in mind and leaves time to "discover" other stories of interest.

"When we pick a place we try to find a story in the area, in this case there are two," she said.

She explained that she and her cameraman will shoot at the Snow Bowl and at Hope Elephants, and that they'll also visit Frost Ice Bar at the Samoset and film a segment at the local foundry operated by artist Richard Remsen.

Harper said the segment on the Camden area will probably air in early February.

Past New England Main Street segments have been filmed in numerous locations including Barrington, Mass., and Stowe, Vt.

Harper — who visits Pemaquid Point each summer — said several years ago they shot a segment in Damariscotta during the spring.

"It was probably one of the prettiest [segments]," she said.

Harper said she'll look for a few other points of interest during her visit to Camden.

"[New England Main Streets] is one thing that our audience loves the most," she said.

Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at


George Martin, center, of Searsmont, and Ben Hazen of Lincolnville, stand alongside Jim Tyler, back to, of Searsmont. The men are teammates on the toboggan team called the Flying Beer Boys which also includes Andy Hazen and Jeff Hanson. Tyler is flecked with ice after taking a run down the toboggan chute for a news magazine segment that will air in the Boston area in February. (Photo by: Jenna Lookner)
Maggy Harper surveys the toboggan chute at Camden Snow Bowl. In the background, three members of the public carry their toboggan off the ice after a run. (Photo by: Jenna Lookner)
Chronicle producer Maggy Harper and Camden Snow Bowl staff member Andrew Dailey stand beside the toboggan chute. (Photo by: Jenna Lookner)
Andy Hazen of Lincolnville holds one of the toboggans that he makes by hand. (Photo by: Jenna Lookner)
A two-man team takes a run down the toboggan chute Jan. 21. (Photo by: Jenna Lookner)
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