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Maple Festival offers a sweet day at farm museum

ORRINGTON — Experience an ongoing demonstration of how maple syrup is made, beginning with tapping a tree and collecting sap. The tree-sweet event is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum at 372 Fields Pond Road.

It will also mark the 17th annual Festival and Irish Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt at the farm.

Taste ice cream with maple topping and Charlene Bowden’s beans made with maple syrup. Walk away with maple recipes. Find hidden Easter Eggs and meet the Easter Bunny.

Sample corned beef from A Wee Bit Farm in Orland cooked by Curran Farm President Richard Stockford along with a corn chowder by past resident John Mugnai along with other goodies prepared in the Curran kitchen.

Enjoy the Irish folk music of Jerry Hughes in the living room of the main house. Discover Karla Brown and her farm animals including Zeus, in the barn. Watch Dwight King and Pat Roy demonstrate blacksmithing.

Special guests  of the day will be ABC 7 and Fox Bangor’s News Director and Anchor Craig Colson with daughters Natalie and Lydia.

“It’s time to harvest what may be the state’s oldest crop: maple syrup,” said Curran Homestead Executive Director Bruce Bowden. “More importantly, Mainers have been tapping trees, boiling sap and sweetening their pancakes, biscuits, doughnuts, baked ham and baked beans with maple syrup for ages. So this annual Curran family event helps to preserve that tradition with an all-volunteer staffed program.”

The Curran Homestead is a non-profit living history farm that preserves a large collection of turn-of-the-20th century artifacts for education purposes. Using these original and reproduction artifacts, the Curran volunteers provide hands-on experiences and exhibits illustrating the rural farm-family culture and economy in Maine, provoking thought and discussion about history.

“The Curran Homestead is indeed a place where history comes alive,” Bowden said. “The family farm, once commonplace in eastern Maine, is disappearing from the landscape, and each acre partitioned from once productive farmland will likely never revert to productivity, certainly not during our lifetimes.

“It is we who bear the responsibility for leaving future generations some remnant of our common past,” he said. “The Russian writer Alexander Pushkin once wrote, ‘Without the past, one cannot build the future.’

“We at The Curran Homestead actively seek to provide visitors of all ages with a richer, fuller understanding of that past, and perpetuate the lore, traditions and values of generations of hard working Maine people, as well as the land upon which they toiled, and which sustained them,” Bowden said.

Admission to the Maple Festival is $7 members and donors, $5 students, $24 family; $8, $6, $28 family others, including food tasting and all events.

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