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Locals to be featured on HGTV


Kaitlyn Hummel

Three Rutland County locals will be featured on Home and Garden television (HGTV) in a “Log Cabin Living” episode that will air Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 p.m and Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 a.m.

Episode 5 of Season 2 was filmed over four days in September across central Vermont, said Kaitlyn Hummel, a Realtor for ERA Mountain Real Estate in Killington. HGTV is calling the Rutland County episode “Green Mountains Rustic Dream Cabin In The Woods.” In it, homebuyer Jared Galster looks for a cabin to better fit his active, outdoorsy lifestyle. HGTV describes Galster as an outdoor enthusiast who spends his time hunting, hiking with his dog, skiing and riding his ATV.

“Galster wants to relocate from his confined Rutland condo and find a rustic log cabin to be closer to the outdoor activities he loves,” wrote HGTV in its introduction to the segment. To help him in his search, he’s called on the help of his friends, a Realtor (Hummel) and Sarah Filskov, another Killington resident, who is not afraid to state her opinion.

“Will having his friends along pay off for Jared in the end, or will they prove to be a conflict of interest?” HGTV asks in the conclusion of its promo. Hummel shows Galster three log cabins for sale in three different central Vermont towns.

“It was a fun experience. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity,” said Hummel reflecting on the experience. Hummel said the filming schedule was intense. They spent 10-12 hours each day for four consecutive days in September going through the process. She said they would often film the same scene eight times in different ways, so they could really cut it together to be almost anything. HGTV has not released even a clip for Hummel, Filskov, Galster or anyone else to see prior to the Saturday episode.

“It’s really nerve-racking,” said Hummel.“I haven’t gotten to see a single clip since the filming.”

Hummel, who does not have a TV at home, will be bartending at the Lookout Tavern in Killington Saturday night, where she said she plans to watch the episode.

Hummel said she applied for the show based on criteria HGTV had specified, which included having an active log cabin listing, having an active buyer looking for a log cabin or having sold a log cabin in the last month. Her first application was not accepted; her second was, she said.

HGTV broadcasts a variety of how-to shows with a focus on home improvement, gardening, craft and remodeling. As of February 2015, approximately 95,628,000 American households (82.2 percent of households with a television) receive HGTV, according to an industry report published on Zap2it, a branch of the Chicago-based Tribune Media.

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