March 4, 2005
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Senate will host the seventh annual UMFK "Sucrerie" on campus Thursday, March 24, 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, is again open to the public and will feature a maple sugar making demonstration, an Acadian buffet, traditional maple taffy pull, and live entertainment.
Organizers of the "Sucrerie" are again working with 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, to conduct a "taffy pull" on the snow.
In addition to the taffy tasting, the UMFK maple sugar day will include a traditional Acadian meal served at lunchtime in Nowland Hall. A nominal fee of $5 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 Sarah Smith, 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 campus for the day."
In addition to the Student Senate, UMFK's French Club, under advisor Katharine Harrington, assistant professor of French, is helping to coordinate details for the event and actively involved in the planning.
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 completely Acadian meal with pot-en-pot, soupe aux-pois, chicken stew, ployes, beans, salade de jardin, molasses cookies, and pouding chômeur. These dishes are favorites of many local community members and allow us to introduce local culinary delicacies to our students from around the world," said Jason Parent, UMFK's director 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. Organizing committee member James Maxwell, a member of UMFK's French Club, 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".
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.