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From:grixit
Date:November 26th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)

Here's my idea

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Let's say for the sake of argument, that the small towns, farms, purveyers, etc, of the region really can use some publicity and cultural presentation. Well if this is the case, then surely Cooks Source was not doing the job.

I say, let some folks who live in the area, who actually know aomething about something, take the thankless burden of poor Griggsie's shoulders and let her limp away to heal her foot bullet wounds.

Let some group create a new entity, call it Downhome New England, or some such. Base it around a website and fill it with volunteer content. Advertising fees would go to pay the hosting account and if there's any extra it can be donated to charity. People can send in their own photographs and articles.

Get writeups on local fairs, pictures of prizewinning veggies and flowers, and tricks on landing a tricky trout. Local cooks csn submit recipes, in their own words, and ordinary people can write about family favorites.

And don't limit it to food related subjects. What else is notable about New England. Hand made furniture? Folkdance? Living history pageants? Obviously that's something the locals will have to decide.

And instead of driving 100, 500, or 900 miles, until you're so blotto that you accidently steal another dozen articles, just produce a monthly printable digest. This would be sent to the various merchant associations, chambers of commerce, and tourism offices to print copies of at their own expense to give away.

So the region won't suffer for lack of Griggs's heroic journeys, uphill both ways, and she will be free to find another job more in line with her qualifications.
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