Maple Festival Blends Old and New
The Middletown Springs Historical Society will be holding its 26th annual Maple Festival on Sunday, March 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will feature Fred Bradley’s demonstration of early maple sugarmaking in a cast iron kettle over an open fire. Bill Clark, past president of the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers Association, which dates back to 1893, will give a talk on the evolution of sugaring technique, using examples from the Historical Society collection. Delicious maple desserts created by Society members, maple products and crafts, and new 2014 syrup will be available for sale. Old-fashioned sugar on snow and maple cotton candy are always favorites. Videos about Vermont maple sugaring will be shown continuously. A silent auction will feature antique maple sap buckets decorated with images reflecting the maple sugar season, done by student artists from local schools and Green Mountain College, as well as handwork from local artists and craftspersons, merchant donations and services. A raffle for over 50 prizes will go on continuously during the festival, including $75 and $50 in cash, maple gift baskets, maple syrup and maple products, craft items and gift certificates from local businesses. Acoustic music and kids’ activities will enliven the free afternoon event. For more information, call Robert Gould at 802-235-1811 or David Wright at 802-235-2376.