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Bruce McToose Featured in Humorous Travel Shows on Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Bruce McToose Featured in Humorous Travel Shows on Maine Public Broadcasting Network

The famous Maine road sign at the junction of Route 35 and 5 in Lynchville gives the distance to Norway as 14 miles, to Paris 15 miles, Denmark 23 miles and several other “foreign” locations only a short distance away. As seasoned Mainers know, all these places with far away names are communities within our state’s borders. Several of these communities are the subject of the humorous television series featuring the fictional character Bruce McToose.

While McToose claims to be a celebrity traveler and explorer, in fact he has a serious misguided sense of direction. This curious impediment provides an opportunity for fun at McToose’s expense as he seeks out legendary world landmarks that are often several time zones away.

For example, in one show McToose travels to Norway, Maine in search of Norway’s legendary fjords. Another episode takes McToose to the Portland Library. Since the library is located on Congress Street, McToose mistakes it for the “Library of Congress.”
Two half-hour shows of the Bruce McToose humorous travel series will be presented on Maine Public Broadcasting Network in June.

 The Portland Adventure, which highlights three places in Portland visited by McToose, airs Thursday, June 16 at 10 PM and Saturday, June 18 at 11 AM. In one episode of this show McToose visits the Old Port Festival where he takes part in the celebrations and interviews visitors to this annual event. Shifting to a new location McToose tours the Observation Tower in Munjoy Hill. Here he confuses this Portland landmark with the Eiffel Tower since you can get an “eye-full” view from the top. His third stop is to the Narrow Gauge Railroad which he gets mixed up with the Orient Express.

 The Paris Show follows Thursday, June 16 at 10:30 PM and Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 AM. While in Paris, Maine McToose makes another search for Eiffel Tower. While he doesn’t find the tower he meets some Paris citizens who share their knowledge of the town.

 McToose is portrayed by comic actor Josh Hrehovick, who has recently moved back to Kennebunk, the town where he grew up.

 Hrehovcik says, “The series is all in good fun and uses the travel theme to reveal often overlooked historical, geographical and legendary facts about the people and places in Maine. Our plans for future shows will take Bruce McToose to the Maine towns of China where he’ll want to stroll on the Great Wall and Mexico where he’ll search for some Aztec artifacts. Also on our list of “distant lands” in Maine are Poland, Naples, Rome, Denmark, Sweden, Moscow, Egypt and several others. Our series has also traveled beyond Maine and promoted musical and community events.”

To learn more about the antics of Bruce McToose visit: www.BruceMcToose.com.


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Looking for directions to “far away” places, the fictional traveler and explorer Bruce McToose, portrayed by Josh Hrehovcik, consults the famous Maine road sign in Lynchville at the junction of Route 35 and 5. Two half-hour travel shows featuring the misguided McToose will be aired on Maine Public Broadcasting Network in June.

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