Friday, March 25, 2011

A Sweet Weekend on Tap

It's here. It's finally here. Well, almost. Maine Maple Sunday is just a couple of days away - and I can't wait. If you've been following me, you know Maine Maple Sunday is one of my favorite holidays (yes, I think of it as a holiday which should tell you something!). If you haven't followed me, you might want to read about this personal obsession here or here.

Maine Maple Sunday, the fourth Sunday of March each year, is the day when sugarhouses around the state open their doors to let everyone join in this annual rite of spring--sugaring (which is the fancy New England word for making maple syrup). As you drive around the state, you'll see steam rising from the sugar houses and have the opportunity to partake in all sorts of maple-infused festivities from pancake breakfasts to maple syrup sundaes. The farms will be busy with visitors all decked out in their mud boots and great big smiles.

And, if you are lucky, you'll hear some fiddlers and singers singing this chorus of "Maple Sweet", an early nineteenth century New England folk song

Oh! Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble goes the pan,
Furnish sweeter music for the season if you can,
See the golden billows, watch their ebb and flow.
Sweetest joys indeed, we sugar makers know.

It is a very happy and very sweet day. Looking for Maine Maple Sunday events?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminder! HAVE FUN!!

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