March 12, 2004
The smell of spring's sweetest nectar will fill the air at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Thursday, March 18 as the campus hosts its annual "Sucrerie", a maple sugar camp recreation, which in years past has drawn hundreds of community members for good food and great fun.
The University's French Heritage Council will host the sixth annual "Sucrerie" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Nowland Hall, the campus dining facility.
Open to all members of the UMFK campus community and the general public the event will feature a maple sugar making demonstration, an Acadian buffet meal, traditional maple taffy pull, and live entertainment. This year's event has added significance, as the campus continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary.
Again this year, Camille Theriault, UMFK building and grounds maintenance crew leader and Henry Carbone, a part-time UMFK faculty member who produces maple syrup as a hobby, will construct a demonstration that will show the sweet nectar in various stages of processing, and prepare and pour the boiling maple syrup on clean snow for the taffy pull.
The taffy pull will complement a traditional Acadian meal served at lunchtime in Nowland Hall. A nominal fee of $4 will be charged for the buffet meal only. The maple taffy demonstration and taste testing are free to the public.
"We want to make our "Sucrerie" as pleasant and as authentic as possible, especially since it is our University's 125th anniversary," said Nora Roy, French Heritage Council member and event coordinator. "The Acadian meal comprised of many regional dishes is also a part of our maple tradition."
Included in the special meal will be regional favorites including ployes, patates fricassees, chicken stew, baked beans, molasses cookies and much more.
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. Organizing committee member Anne Chamberland has arranged for musicians to perform several French Acadian musical pieces that are favorites of many residents in the St. John Valley.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the "Sucrerie". For more information, contact the University Relations office at 834-7557.