Maple Festival kicks off this weekend with sugar houses and artisans opening their doors along with fun activities throughout the town
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Maple Fest
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WHITINGHAM- The 16th annual Whitingham Maple Festival will be held on March 22 and 23.

The maple festival celebrates an important aspect of Whitingham’s economic and cultural heritage. Seven of the 18 Whitingham sugar makers have graciously opened the doors of their sugarhouses and given their time so that residents, visitors, and guests alike will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the art and science of maple syrup and sugar making and the historical importance of “sugaring” in Whitingham.

New this year is a self-guided tour of the artists and artisans that contribute to the town’s vitality. Participants will open their studios and workspaces to share their ideas, process, and products. Also, the town hosts a craft fair on Saturday and Sunday, pancake breakfasts/luncheons on both Saturday and Sunday, and a sugar-on-snow supper on Saturday evening.

Whitingham is the birthplace of Brigham Young and there are two monuments in town noting Young’s achievements.

“Sweet Pots” at Town Hill Pottery

WHITINGHAM- Town Hill Pottery is participating in the Whitingham Maple Festival with their annual syrup pitcher show and sale.

The “Sweet Pots” exhibition will be part of the festival’s inaugural artisan’s tour, a self-guided tour of artists, crafters and specialty food makers in the town. The festival is on March 22 and 23 and Sweet Pots show hours are Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm.

Syrup pitchers developed especially for the exhibition will share the space in the gallery with other work by potters, Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom. The care and craft that goes into making our delicious local syrup is echoed in the thoughtful design of these sweet little pots.

The gallery is located at 612 Town Hill Road. Visit www.townhillpottery.com for directions.

Glass artist shares unique pieces

WHITINGHAM- Wilmington glass artist Jen Violette will be exhibiting some of her unique and colorful blown-glass pieces during the Whitingham Maple Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23.

Violette is excited to be a part of the Maple Festival this year and will be a guest artist at the Twitchell Family Sugarhouse at 1103 Town Hill Road.

Violette will be exhibiting a vibrant sampling of her hand blown glass pieces, including her whimsical syrup pitchers, vases, bowls, garden balls and glass jewelry. Also on display will be a collection of Violette’s still-life wall sculptures, which incorporate blown glass fruits and vegetables on a distressed stainless steel background.

A selection of Violette’s paintings featuring rural Vermont landscapes will also be on display, along with delicious baked goods by Jessica Twitchell and handmade beaded jewelry by T.A.N.

The Twitchell Family Sugarhouse is a friendly, small-scale, family-operated sugarhouse that has been a part of the Vermont sugar-making tradition since 1956. Their way of sugaring still remains old-fashioned.

To learn more about the Twitchell Family Sugarhouse visit https://www.facebook.com/sugarmantwitch.

To view more of Violette’s unique hand-blown glass visit www.jenviolette.com or call (802) 464-5206 for more information.

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