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Maple Madness: A Week of Celebration

Maple Madness: A Week of Celebration at the UVM Libraries

The University of Vermont Libraries are celebrating the creation of a new Maple Syrup Research Website with a week of programs, exhibits, and food, beginning March 28th, 2010. The website is a comprehensive subject guide in the field of maple syrup, including historical publications and photographs related to maple syrup research at the University of Vermont.

Cook Maple, Win Prizes

A Maple Cook-Off will be held at UVM’s Davis Center on March 28th, from 4 to 6PM, featuring a buffet of maple delicacies, music by acoustic trio The Growlers, maple displays, children’s activities, and prizes of gift certificates to local eateries (awarded by food critics, activists, and producers). The event is free and open to the public. Register now! Get more information.

A Party in the Woods

John Elder, a Professor at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” on maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM, and is co-sponsored by Special Collections and the UVM Libraries.

Elder’s talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the launch of the Maple Syrup Research Website in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

Maple Exhibits

Maple exhibits in the Bailey/Howe Library include images of sugaring-off parties, historic recipes, the story of Helen Nearing, and much, much more. The exhibits are located in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby and in Special Collections. They will be on display through June 2010.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Homemade Maple Syrup by Chiot’s Run, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Maple Madness Cook Off

Do you have a favorite dish featuring maple? Enter your torte, flan, taffy, pork loin, cheesecake, yam, bread pudding, parsnip, or polenta recipe in the UVM Libraries’ first-ever Maple Cook Off.

On Sunday, March 28, from 4-6pm, the University of Vermont Libraries will be hosting a Maple Cook-Off to celebrate the launch of its Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The doors will open at 4 PM. The Growlers, an acoustic trio that plays upbeat rock, blues, and country music, will provide musical entertainment from 4-5pm, while the judges are evaluating the entries. Guests can browse maple displays and children’s activities. After the judging is complete, all attendees are invited to sample the buffet of maple delicacies. Winners will be announced at 5:30pm.

Confirmed judges include: Suzanne Podhaizer, Seven Days Food Editor; Sarah Lyons, maple producer, Square Deal Farm; Sue Bette, owner of Bluebird Tavern; and Kate Turcotte, UVM ecological agriculture major and organizer of the Vermont Food Summit.

Prizes, donated by local eateries, include gift certificates to Magnolia, Penny Cluse, August First, and Hen of the Wood.

Registration to participate is free and open to the public. You do not need to enter a dish in order to attend. Register now! Get more information.

The Maple Cook Off is the first in a week of events that include the Bailey/Howe Library exhibit It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, and “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” a talk by Middlebury College Professor John Elder on March 31st at 5:30 PM.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Bisquick Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Syrup and Bacon Frosting by cupcakequeen, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky

John Elder, a Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, will present “A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration Under a Changing Sky,” co-sponsored by the University of Vermont Libraries and Special Collections. The talk will take place in Bailey/Howe Library’s Special Collections on March 31st, at 5:30 PM.

Elder will discuss maple sugaring as a traditional rural lifeway that both illuminates contemporary challenges like climate change and exemplifies the need for celebration within environmental thinking today. It will weave together and reflect upon excerpts from his book-in-progress, In Hardwood Groves, a work he is expected to complete later this year.

John Elder is an accomplished writer and professor whose work marries literature and environmental studies. He has been a member of the faculty at Middlebury College for over 30 years, and has won numerous awards, including, most recently, the Vermont Campus Compact Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award, the Carnegie Foundation’s Vermont Professor of the Year Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His published works include numerous articles, in publications ranging from Orion to the New England Review, and books such as The Frog Run: Words and Wildness in the Vermont Woods, an account of building a sugaring house with his sons, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh.

The talk will follow a 4:30 PM reception to celebrate the Maple Syrup Research Website, created by the UVM Libraries in partnership with the National Agricultural Library. The reception will be held beside It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont, an accompanying exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby.

The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 802-656-9980 or e-mail selene.colburn@uvm.edu.

Maple Sugaring Time by deCadmus used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Maple Exhibits

The UVM Libraries have been collecting maple resources for many years, creating an outstanding collection for the study of Vermont’s signature maple industry.  This spring, all the display cases in Bailey/Howe Library feature maple exhibits based on materials selected from the Wilbur Collection of Vermontiana, the Maple History Collection, and the collections of UVM’s Proctor Maple Research Center.

“It’s Always Maple Time in Vermont” in the lobby the uses photographs, paintings, prints, business records, advertisements and artifacts to show how the essential process of evaporating and concentrating sap through boiling has been modified as a result of innovation and research.  The display also includes images of sugaring-off parties and examples of maple-themed poetry, prose, and even country music.

“Sweet and Savory: Cooking with Maple,” also located in the lobby, documents the richly varied and creative dishes that home cooks and professional chefs make with maple.  Drawing from over 100 years of cookbooks, the exhibit showcases dishes that are well-loved and familiar, such as Maple Bars, as well as those that are unusual and intriguing, such as Black-Peppered Maple Cream Pie.

The exhibit cases in Special Collections feature women who made outstanding contributions to Vermont maple business and research, including the enterprising ladies of Maple Grove Candies, author and sugarmaker Helen Nearing, and UVM scientist Mariafranca Morselli.

The exhibits are located in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby and in Special Collections.  They will be on display through June 2010.