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Comedian Jonny Harris, host of the upcoming CBC comedy, Of All Places, took to the streets of Berwick April 30 for the “re-invention and renewal tour” hosted by Coun. Rod Reeves and town staffers Carol Boylan-Hartling and Julie Glaser. - Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca
The Berwick area was in the spotlight last week when a television crew was in town to tape a segment for Of All Places.
Filming for the CBC show began April 30 with the arrival of comedian Jonny Harris, host of the upcoming series about Canadian towns with stories to share. Harris is a Newfoundlander who currently plays Const. Crabtree on the "Murdoch Mysteries" television series.
Harris said the premise of the show is to visit towns where the heart of the community is truly the people.
“We are here to tell the story of the town, what is loveable about it, why people like to live here and how they meet the challenges facing small towns,” said Harris.
The Berwick-area episode will highlight the town’s history and some of the area’s residents and interesting characters, including local entrepreneurs George and Harley Moody. The show will also visit a local alpaca farm, a farmstay operation and Meadowbrook Meat Market in Somerset.
Berwick’s community development director, Julie Glaser, pitched Berwick’s resiliency to the producers of the show.
“I stressed how the town has coped with the loss of industry over the years,” said Glaser, pointing to the closures of the Berwick Bakery, Avon Foods and Larsens.
“When crisis happens in Berwick, the community doesn’t disintegrate. It rises to the challenge.”
Filming began at the town hall, with Harris taking to the streets April 30 on a “re-invention and renewal tour” of the downtown, accompanied by Glaser, recreation co-ordinator Carol Boylan-Harltling and Coun. Rod Reeves. It wrapped up on May 4 at the Union Street Café, where Harris performed a stand up routine with material he collected during his visit to Berwick.
During the show, which was attended by about 75 people, Harris remarked on how impressed he was with Berwick’s “overwhelming sense of optimism.”
“The people of this town show that you can be happy when you are rolling with the punches,” Harris said during his comedy routine, which was punctuated by apple-themed humour and a recounting of some of his experiences during his visit to the area.
“I learned there are people diving into brand new, exciting things and making them work,” he added.
The segment about the town will appear on one of 13 episodes airing on CBC in 2015.