Here comes the Hebron Maple Festival

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Feb. 29, 2012
Ron Wenzel chats with visitors while Brian Whalen stokes the fire from last year's Maple Festival. File photos by Melanie Savage.
Ron Wenzel chats with visitors while Brian Whalen stokes the fire from last year's Maple Festival. File photos by Melanie Savage.

The 22nd annual Hebron Maple Festival is almost here. What started as a simple library fundraiser has blossomed into one of the most well-attended festivals in the area, drawing thousands from Connecticut and surrounding states. This year’s festival is scheduled for March 10 and 11.

Sugar houses expected to participate in this year’s event are: Wenzel Sugar House, Woody Acres Sugar House, Winding Brook Sugar House, and Pierce's Sugar House. Last year’s event found sugar producers in full steam, with weather conditions producing a good sap flow.

“I wish I could tell you the season is going to be as good as last year, but I can't say until April first,” said Ron Wenzel. “I can say the season is going well for me. I do wish it were a little muddier, as I've found the wetter the soil the more sap.”

This year’s festival will offer other educational opportunities, including a new addition to the line-up – Hills Farm on Route 85 (see Feb. 2 article in the ReminderNews). “They are a family farm and will give insight as to how much time it takes to get a quart of milk,” said Wenzel.

Andover/Hebron/Marlborough Youth and Family Services will bring back two popular events this year. The Birds of Prey exhibition (see more information in separate press release in this edition) is produced by Wingmasters, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Also returning is the popular bird house sale.

The Hebron Historical Society will again host a number of events. The Lebanon Town Militia will be returning to Maple Festival on Saturday, March 10, for the second year in a row. The Old Town Hall on Route 85 will be the site for popular Maple Milk made from Farmer’s Cow Milk, ice cream samples from the Farmer’s Cow, and the annual Quilt Show and Teacup Raffle. There will be tours of the Gull School House and the Burrows Hill School House. Once again, the Old Town Pound will be open with a live animal exhibit.

Other tours and demonstrations will include: 'Shack Out Back' chainsaw carvers; tours of Hebron fire apparatus; biobrick, grill and pellet stove demonstrations; and various demonstrations at The Country Carpenter on Route 85.

There will be a craft show, a silent auction, face-painting, temporary tattoos and various other forms of entertainment.

Goodies available will include: icy maple milk, sugar-on-snow, chili, hot dogs, homemade soup, maple kettle corn, maple cotton candy, maple pudding cake, glazed doughnuts, fried dough, Girl Scout cookies, maple baked goods, traditional Jewish pastries, and sandwiches.

Most activities are free. The Hebron Maple Festival brochure is available in various locations in Hebron and surrounding towns, or visit the website

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