Historical Society Maple Festival

by Middletown Springs on March 12, 2013

Historical Society Maple Festival Blends Old and New

The Middletown Springs Historical Society will be holding its 25th Annual Maple Festival on the Green and indoors on Sunday, March 17 from 1-4 pm.

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, one of the oldest Vermont maple  organizations, dating 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 2013 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 Maple Sap Buckets decorated by local school students, as well as hand work from local artists and craftspersons, merchant donations and services. Student artists from the Middletown Springs Elementaty School, West Rutland High School, Long Trail School and Green Mountain College have decorated antique buckets with images reflecting the maple sugar season.

A raffle with over 50 prizes including $75.00 and $50.00 in cash, maple gift baskets, maple syrup and maple products, craft items, and gift certificates from local businesses will go on continuously during the festival.

Acoustic music and kids’ activities enliven the free afternoon event.

For more information about the Maple Festival call Robert Gould at 235-1811 or David Wright at 235-2376.

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