Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Historical Society Maple Festival blends old and new

Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.–MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS—Remarkable silent auction offers, local artists and craftspersons, merchants and professionals highlight the 29th annual Maple Festival of the Middletown Springs Historical Society Sunday, March 19, 1-4 p.m.

The event will feature a demo of early maple sugar making in a cast iron kettle over an open fire. Local sugar maker Ryan Mahar and historians David Wright and Jon Mathewson will give a presentation on maple sugaring history and current practice using examples from the Historical Society collection.

Maple desserts, Vermont maple products, plus 2017 syrup will be available for sale. Old-fashioned sugar on snow and maple cotton candy are always favorites. Acoustic music and kids’ activities enliven the free afternoon event. Videos about Vermont maple sugaring will be shown continuously.

Silent auction offers include stays at vacation condos or B&Bs in Williamsburg, Va. and Middletown Springs; a 2017-18 Killington one-day pass; a professional ski tune-up; 100 gallons of heating oil; genealogical and natural science research; lessons in billiards/pool, spinning and  photography; a basket of wine; a homemade quilt as well as other fine craft items; homemade pies; and more. A raffle drawing with prizes including cash, maple syrup and maple products, craft items, and gift certificates from local businesses will go on during the festival.

Museum exhibits on Middletown Springs history are on view during the festival. Admission is free and the building is handicap accessible. For more info, call 802-235-2376.

Courtesy of Middletown Spring Historical Society
This maple festival features a demo of early maple sugar making in a cast iron kettle over an open fire.


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