March 10, 2006
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its eighth annual "Sucrerie" on Thursday, March 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Nowland Hall.
The maple sugar camp recreation, which has drawn upwards of 300 community members to campus in year's past, open to the public and will feature a maple sugar making demonstration, an Acadian buffet, traditional maple taffy pull on the snow, and live entertainment.
Organizers of the "Sucrerie" are working with Camille Theriault, UMFK building and grounds maintenance crew leader and Henry Carbone, part-time UMFK faculty member who produces maple syrup as a hobby.
A nominal fee of $5.00 will be charged for the buffet meal only. The maple taffy demonstration and taste testing are free to the public.
"The Student Senate is very pleased to be involved in this year's Sucrerie," said Anup Sharma, senate president and member of the organizing committee. "The event has always been popular with students, faculty, staff and community members. It has provided our student body with a wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with local community members who visit the campus for the day."
In addition to the Student Senate, UMFK's associate director of student activities and diversity programming, Ray Phinney is helping to coordinate details for the event.
"At the UMFK, we believe that diversity is an integral part of our ever growing global society. The university has made a commitment to celebrate and embrace diversity on campus and in the community," said Phinney.
The organizing committee has been working with dining services manager, Jason Carter to create the perfect menu for the event.
"We plan to serve a traditional Acadian meal with pot-en-pot, patates fricassees, soupe aux-pois, chicken stew, ployes, beans, salade de jardin, carottes et navets, molasses cookies, and pudding chômeur," said Susan Tardie, administrative assistant of university relations and a member of the organizing committee.
Serving the Acadian lunch will be staff volunteers from the UMFK campus community who will dress in Acadian costumes provided by the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce.
"Sucrerie" organizers are also planning live entertainment. Lionel Doucette and Joan Bard both of Madawaska will be performing several French Acadian musical pieces that are favorites of many residents in the St. John Valley.
The public is encouraged to attend the "Sucrerie".
Local school teachers interested in bringing their classes to the event should contact the university in advance to make arrangements.
For more information, contact the University Relations office at 834-7557.