2017-03-14 / Community

Get your maple on at Curran Homestead in Newfield


NEWFIELD — Folks can “get their maple on” at a number of sugarhouses over Maine Maple Weekend,  March 25 and 26, including a look at an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation and an Irish celebration at the Curran Homestead Village at Newfield. 

Curran Homestead, formerly Willowbrook, is smack-dab in maple country, with an array of sugarhouses to visit for those making the rounds. Besides the Curran  boiling operation, folks can stop by  Hilltop Boilers, Maple Hill Sugar House, Morin’s Maple Syrup and Thurston and Peters, all in the Newfield/Limerick area.

Director Robert Schmick plans  maple sap boiling in an outdoor wood-fired evaporator with some maple syrup available for purchase. As well, the museum’s Victorian Kitchen will have the heat pouring out of the newly restored Crawford woodstove with a batch of Irish stew made with grass-fed beef from Wee Bit Farm in Orland cooking, Irish soda bread baking, and other samples of sweets and savories flavored with maple syrup available for to sample.

Don’t miss ginger ice cream with syrup drizzled on it from Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor. There will be a hands-on wood working activity for youngsters aged 8 and older involving some early hand tools  - kids who take part make a coat rack.

There will be an egg hunt around the museum campus that will result in some prizes. Tom Bragg of Kennebunk will have his team of Belgian draft horses pulling a carriage for rides.

As well, Schmick said folks may visit the smithies where Blacksmith Sam Smith will be striking while the metal’s hot. Admission includes all activities including food samples and a horse drawn carriage ride. 

Events take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both weekend days.

Members/Donors: $8 Adults, $5 Child Under 12. Maximum Family: $25; Non-Members: $10 Adults, $6 Child Under 12, Maximum Family: $30. www.curranhomestead.org, call 205-4849 or 745-4426, or visit thecurranhomestead@gmail.com

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