Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pictures from the Festival, Part One

We've had a few nice Spring-like days in a row, but tomorrow will be cooler again. I can handle 40s and 50s, though, because I know that Spring really is just around the corner.

I mentioned on Facebook that my c
ousin Mark had a severe heart attack Sunday morning. He is doing very well. I do worry about him though, because he is only 40, and he has already had several heart attacks and bypass surgeries. I'm not sure they could do another one or put in a stent if needed. (His father was my first cousin Mike who died last year.) Thank you to everyone who expressed concern. He says he actually feels better right now than he has in ages, but I hope that lasts.

Here are a few of the pictures that I took on Saturday at the Maple Syrup Festival (see previous entry).

There was such a c
rowd we had to park way out in the "lower forty"! That's Thomas and Eler Beth in the pictures above.

Freshly made Pure Maple S
yrup. We bought some of the Dark Amber and some of the Light Amber. It is SO delicious. I don't usually have syrup on my pancakes, but I have been eating this syrup. It is really good. Thomas used some in his home made BBQ sauce Sunday, and it was great! Have you ever had maple cotton candy? DELICIOUS!!! And the maple hard candy was pretty devilishly wonderful, too!

There were various
demonstrations, like this one, showing how the Native Americans made syrup using logs and stones.

The Sugar House. The first
weekend we went, it was a good place to go inside to get warm. We didn't have that problem this past Saturday.

The first Saturday we came, we had
breakfast in the dining hall. We had pancakes and sausage, and we bought BBQ chicken and pulled pork lunches to take home with us. (Their home made cole slaw was the best I've ever eaten, by the way!) This past Saturday we ate before we came, and it's a good thing, because look at these lines. There were three entrances into the dining hall and the lines were long at each of them.

More pictures to come . . . .


Beth said...

Glad to hear that your cousin is doing well!

The festival looks like it was fun! And the weather cooperated this time, too. I don't put maple syrup on my pancakes or waffles (I'm a powdered sugar gal), but I buy pure Maple Sirup (that's how they spell it) from Funk's Grove, a place on Route 66 in Shirley, Illinois. I use it for marinades, dressings, and slice kielbasa and cook it in the "sirup."

I honestly don't think I could eat the stuff they sell in the stores now that I've had real maple syrup. It's thin, but the flavor is SO delicious.

Hugs, Beth

Missie said...

The bottles of pure maple syrup made me hungry for blueberry waffles!!

I'm glad your cousin is okay. He's so young to have such serious heart problems!!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Looks like a lot of fun with lots of variety :o)

Gerry said...

I looked at all the pictures. I have never seen such a good display of photos of a festival. Made me want to have been there. The maple syrup sounded so delicious. I do really enjoy something like this. Thanks for posting!

Traci said...

Glad your cousin is doing better. That is scary.

I love all of the pictures from the festival. Looks like so much fun!