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UMFK to host annual "Sucrerie" on March 22

March 9, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its ninth annual "Sucrerie" on Thursday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nowland Hall.

The maple sugar camp recreation, which has drawn upwards of 400 community members to campus in years past, is 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 Henry Carbone, part-time UMFK faculty member who produces maple syrup as a hobby, and Camille Theriault, UMFK building and grounds maintenance crew leader.

A nominal fee of $5.50 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 the Sucrerie," said Donatas Sumyla, 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 has helped on a new menu for this year's event.

"At 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 worked with dining services manager, Jason Carter, and his staff to create the perfect menu for the event.

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 also are planning live entertainment. Warren Harvey and Joanne Blier both of Fort Kent will perform several French Acadian musical pieces that are favorites of many residents of 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.