Maple syrup-making demonstrations March 23

Mar 12, 2014

Edgecomb — Camden-Rockport Historical Society is celebrating Maine Maple Sunday with a sugaring-off Sunday, March 23, at its Cramer Museum, located on the Camden-Rockport line.

From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be demonstrations of maple syrup-making in the 1820s sugarhouse at the museum complex.

“Free Maple syrup-ice cream sundaes will be available in the museum," said Society President Brenda Barrett.

There will also be free samples of open fire pit cooking — Maynard Stanley’s famous chuck wagon beans — and a blacksmithing demonstration in the smithy’s shop.

Miners Creek Band will be performing their unique style of bluegrass music in the Cramer Museum, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

It’s almost all free. Maple-flavored doughnuts will be available for sale along with other maple flavored treats, and there will be a nominal fee for beverages. Containers of the chuck wagon beans will also be available for sale.

The Maine Maple Producers Association offers these bits of information on maple syrup:

— In a good season, a single large tree can produce as much as 60 gallons of sap without suffering any injury.

— That amount of sap will boil down to one and a half gallons of syrup.

— The average maple tree isn’t tapped until it is almost 40 years old. Tapping younger trees can often harm them.

The winning ticket for the Pie-A-Month Raffle will be drawn at 4 p.m. The winner need not present. Raffle tickets are still available by calling the Historical Society at 236-2257.

For more information, contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at 236-2257 or email crhs@midcoast.com.

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