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A slit slashed in the tree allowed the sap to drip down a sliver of wood into a hand carved wooden container or a birch bark pail. Sap was gathered and assembled at the sugar camp where whole families maintained the fires.
The syrup was constantly stirred and poured at the proper moment into moulds. Continued stirring produced fine white granular sugar. All this was a highly skilled, labour intensive process. Maple sugar was a valuable trade item for the Chippewa. A sugar camp of 300 trees could produce 600 pounds of sugar a year. Settlers learned the process from their neighbours.
The Moravian diaries report that March 14, 1813, amidst the chaos of war, the sugar camps were in full production. The familiar springtime routine must have been a comforting experience in those troubling times.
By Frances Kilbourne…
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The CBC has contacted Crocodile Productions. The footage they submitted of their annual “Showdown in Wardsville” Battle of the Bands Concert which took place on April 30, 2011 was selected for the upcoming Documentary Film “1 Day”. The Bands are: Nikki Richard, Sexually Transmitted Funk, The Long Lots, Longway and All Hazed.
The Film is scheduled to be broadcasted August 21, 2011 over the CBC Network. http://youtu.be/H07yJUFLtyY
Here is the E-mail they received from CBC:
John here from CBC’s 1 Day Documentary team. Thank you for your 1 Day submissions from the Battle of the Bands competition in Wardsville. There was some great camera and editing work there along with some interesting music.
If you have any questions feel free to email me.
John Van Dusen
Head to the Canadian quilter’s conference being held at Perth Hall at UWO in London this year until May 28, 2011. Fantastic. Who better to champion barn quilt trails than quilters? They all have seen a barn quilt in the U.S. on their travels. And they have all heard of Wardsville!
For more information go to: http://www.quiltontario2011.blogspot.com/
Crocodile Productions have been working very hard to promote their video footage of the Royal Scots for the upcoming CBC Documentary “1 Day”. The footage highlights The Battle of the Longwoods.
Please watch it and Comment. The more views and comments, the more likely it will be used in the documentary.
Here is the link
Your Wardsville community association
519 287 3566
The Commemoration of the War of 1812 – 1814 approacheth.
On Saturday, my family and I hosted a movie night for the first time. It started at 6:30 pm and ran until 8:45 pm. Man you should have been there, it was awesome! The movie was called Spy Kids 2 -Land of the Lost Dreams. For people who haven’t seen it you do not know what you are missing. It starts off with the President’s daughter sabotaging a theme park ride called “The Juggler” trying to get her father to take the time to talk to her. Then, two spies, Carmen and Judi, are sent up there to save her. I don’t want to spoil anything else so you should see it for yourself.
We are having another movie night next Saturday, February 26 featuring Led Zeppelin in their concert film “The Song Remains the Same”.
So be there!!!!
Movie night is free and everybody is welcome.
Bring your own chair.
Kid in the Hall