This morning we decided to forego the big St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hartford and head to the Hebron Maple Festival instead. Hebron is a neighboring town with a solid farming heritage, and our favorite event there (aside from the Connecticut Renaissance Festival in the summer) is the Maple Festival. It's a town-wide event which celebrates everything maple, as well as the agricultural life in general.
At Hills Farm we enjoyed a country music band, toured a cow-milking barn, cuddled some chickens and tried fried cheese curds dipped in maple syrup (of course). Then we stopped at Country Carpenters where we watched a colonial blacksmith demonstration, learned the fine points of firing a musket and ended up taking home some neat colonial hooks for our pantry. We also walked away with three newly-constructed wooden tool boxes.
Then it was off to the center of town for some maple cotton candy and maple ice cream. And we finished it all off with a stop at Pierce's Sugar House where we hung out in a genuine, fully-operational sugar shack; a sweet-smelling place where we would have enjoyed spending the entire afternoon if we had the time!
Small photo album's on the right...