✰Maine Gold!✰

Buckets collecting the pure gold!

Buckets collecting the pure gold!

In New England, maple sugaring is the first sign that Spring is on its way!  The state of Maine is one of the very few places where the sap from a maple tree can be tapped and then turned into maple syrup, which we call “liquid gold”.

This is part of what makes Maine and Maine Maple Syrup so special.

Maple sap cannot be harvested just anywhere there are maple trees.  Particular weather conditions are necessary in order for the sap to flow correctly for harvesting. Freezing and thawing creates the pressure level needed to get the sap flowing.  Therefore, warm days and cold nights make for ideal maple sugaring conditions.

When the pressure from a maple tree thawing reaches a certain level, sap is then collected. This pressure allows the sap to flow from the small holes that are made to collect the sap.

Most of the sap is gathered the old-fashioned way, in buckets hung from trees (which you see photos of on this page) and boiled down to syrup over wood fires. There are larger producers that use labor saving modern technology. They gather the sap with plastic tubing strung all the way from the trees (if you drive along Maine’s back roads you will see many blue tubes), gravity fed to the “sugar house”.  Once the sap flows from the tree, the sap must be processed within a few hours or it will spoil, thus, syrup makers work around the clock.

From the holding tanks (which may hold as much as a thousand gallons), the fresh sap (usually about 3% sugar) is fed continuously into the evaporator. There it is kept constantly boiling as it becomes more concentrated. When the syrup reaches a temperature of 219 degrees, the sugar-density is perfect.  Immediately, the syrup is filtered to remove particles of “sugar sand.” These, although harmless, would make the syrup cloudy. After it is clear, the finished syrup is packed in sterilized containers and sealed, ready to be enjoyed around the world.

The syrup can be dark and rich, or pale, gold and delicate.  Paralleling wine, much depends on the soil composition and terrain, as well as the wind and the weather.

It takes approximately 40 years for a sugar maple tree to reach tapping size.  In a good year, one large tree may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap without suffering any injury. That may seem like quite a lot, until you realize that the sap will be reduced to only about 1½ gallons of syrup!

“Maine Maple Sunday” is held every year on the fourth Sunday in March, which is

March  22nd this year.

This event is when Maine maple producers open their doors to the public to demonstrate maple syrup making.   Visitors can experience personally with free samples of maple syrup on ice cream, mini pancakes and muffins, maple candy, door prizes and much more at some of Maine’s best maple syrup producers.

Smell the aroma as boiling sap fills the air and is transformed into sweet Pure Maine Maple Syrup!

Contact us for participating businesses in our area

Maple Tree Tapped

✰4th of July 2015✰

Fireworks viewed from the Greenville Inn

Fireworks viewed from the Greenville Inn

Dine with us, have a dreamy night sleep, a scrumptious breakfast (at a private table), enjoy all the activities

just one block from us (our guests don’t have to worry about where to park!)

-craft fair, family activities by the Katahdin, a block party with live music and the

-best seats on the lake for Greenville’s Fireworks on our veranda!

This is as good as it gets!

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❄ Ski for FREE! ❄

Stay with us for 2 consecutive nights on weekends in February or during the week of Feb. 14-22 and receive a One Day Ski Pass for Big Squaw Mountain Ski Resort during the 2015 season!

While you are here, you can also do some dog-sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sight-seeing…

or just relax & enjoy our fabulous views!

(cannot be combined with any other discount)

 

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★Wilderness Sled Dog Race 2015★

There will be PLENTY of snow this year for the Willderness Dog Sled Race!

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Snowstorm Jan. 28, 2015

Dog Sled Race

Join us at Moosehead Lake for the 10th Annual Wilderness Sled Dog Race.  Come early to check out the teams before they leave the starting gate. There will be a 60 and a 30 mile race starting at Leisure Life Resort.  There will also be Sled Dog Race Video, Kids Snowshoe Races, Educational Programs & Activities, a Bonfire and, of course, Refreshments.

(Then come back to the warmth of the inn to enjoy some hot coffee or cocoa!)

http://www.100milewildernessrace.org

  • February 7, 2015

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★Events at Moosehead Lake–Winter 2015

Looking for something to do?  Here’s a list of events for our area from January through March.

Check them out:

B52 Commemorative Ride and Spaghetti Lunch


Enjoy a weekend at Moosehead Lake and take part in one of our most popular winter events. Meet at the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club at 12:00 for a Spaghetti Lunch, then at 1:00 PM, ride up to Elephant Mountain for the Annual Commemorative Snowmobile Ride.

  • January 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Clup
    Outer Scammon Rd, Greenville ME
  • Contact Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club for more information
    207 695-4543

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 Annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby


The Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead, in conjunction with the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Ricky Craven, will host the Annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby. The three heaviest togue win cash prizes of:

1st place – $1,500, 2nd place – $500, 3rd place – $250.

Grand Door Prize drawing (available to all entrants, no fish required to win)

Tickets are $25 for an individual and $40 for a family.

All proceeds from the Derby go into NREC’s Fisheries Internship/Enhancement fund and are therefore used to further fisheries management in the Moosehead Lake Region.

Tickets are available at Indian Hill Trading Post, Moosehead Lake Region Visitor’s Center, Lucky Bait, Moosehead Bait and Tackle, Mountain’s Market, and Van Raymond Outfitters.

We also have Maine Registered Guides that can take you on an

ice fishing trip!

  • January 24 – 26, 2015
  • Moosehead Lake
    Greenville Village, Greenville

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Plum Creek Wilderness Sled Dog Race


Join us at Moosehead Lake for the 10th Annual Wilderness Sled Dog Race.  Come early to check out the teams before they leave the starting gate. There will be a 60 and a 30 mile race starting at Leisure Life Resort There will also be Sled Dog Race Video, Kids Snowshoe Races, Educational Programs & Activities, a Bonfire and, of course, Refreshments.

http://www.100milewildernessrace.org

  • February 7, 2015
  • Leisure Life Resort
    Village St, Greenville

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11th Annual Chocolate Festival


This delicious event is sponsored by the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce and has become a very popular event!  (Terry’s personal favorite event!)  A great afternoon for the whole family.  You will choose 12 samples from a selection of delectable chocolate delights. There will be a special corner for the children with unique food, games and prizes. Don’t forget to place a bid on a wide variety of items in the Silent and Chinese Auctions!

  • February 15, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Masonic Temple
    Pritham Ave, Greenville Me

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Maine Maple Sunday

“Maine Maple Sunday” is held every year on the fourth Sunday in March, which is March 29th this year.

This event is when Maine maple producers open their doors to the public to demonstrate maple syrup making.   Enjoy this experience personally with free samples of maple syrup on ice cream, mini pancakes and muffins, maple candy, door prizes and much more at some of Maine’s best maple syrup producers.

Smell the aroma as boiling sap fills the air and is transformed into sweet Pure Maine Maple Syrup.

Contact us for participating businesses in our area

Here’s a link to an interactive map:   http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html

 

Moose in the Mist

Recently I went on a Moose Safari with some of our students…not only did we see 6 moose, we also saw a family of loons and some frogs sunning themselves!

I was able to capture a great photo of a moose walking out of the mist into the water…

Watch my video “Moose in the Mist”…make sure you have the sound turned up to hear all the birds, frogs & loons!  (We were in a moving canoe!)

Watch “Moose in the Mist” on Youtube

Frog “hanging out”

“Breakfast!”

✰Forest Heritage Days✰

Certified Logging Professionals and the Game of Logging …
This is a weekend dedicated to providing the public with some knowledge and activities about the working forests of Maine.

August 8- 9, 2014

Some events over the two day celebration:

  • Demonstration of some “old time logging skills”- they are amazing!
  • “Game of Logging”- Events include saw chain filing, speed cut, bore cut, precision stump, spring pole, precision bucking and precision felling.  This is the culmination of the 4 days of training with a competition by “the best of the best” competing for a prize pac.
  • Crafts & exhibitors throughout the day located on the grounds by the Greenville schools.
  • The Center for Moosehead History & Lumberman’s Museum will be open for self-guided tours.
  • The restored steamboat The Katahdin will be going out on regular cruises.

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✰New Menu!

Lobster Sliders

Lobster Sliders

Chef Curtis (Bear) Hillard has been working on creating a scrumptious new menu…and it is done!

He has incorporated some old favorites and some dazzling new creations.

The restaurant is open June 24-Oct. 12

Tuesday-Saturday Evenings

Reservations Suggested

207-695-2206

1-888-695-6000

WWW.GREENVILLEINN.COM

Mushroom Ravioli

Mushroom Ravioli

 

✰Moose Mainea 2014

Every spring, the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month long celebration of the MOOSE.

Join us in celebrating our most famous resident- the MOOSE!

Some of the events on June 14th:

  • Children’s Moose Stories & Craft

Greenville Gazebo * 11:00 am
Hosted By Shaw Public Library
Story about our beloved Moose will be read
with Moose themed crafts to follow.

  • Historic Katahdin Boat Tours

Docked  * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hosted by the Moosehead Marine Museum
Step aboard the Katahdin and tour the boat as she shows off her local pride dockside.
Suggested Donation $5:00 ~ 10 and under free.

  • Moosterpiece Craft Fair
    Camden National Bank Parking Lot
    9:00 am- 3:00 pm
    Unique & one of a kind items created by local artisans
  • Town Wide Yard Sale

Hosted by Greenville Recreation Department
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Explore the hidden treasures throughout town,
Find yourself a bargain!  Maps available at Greenville Town Office & Visitors Center

  • Greenville Skate Park Fundraiser

Hosted by Greenville Recreation Department
Greenville High School Field
10:00 am- 12:00 pm Children’s Games
12:00 BBQ By Donation
1:00 Live Auction
Contact Sally at 207-695-2424

  • Moose Management Presentation

Center for Moosehead History, 6:30 pm
Hosted By the Natural Resource Education Center
A discussion about moose management in Maine with the
Regional Wildlife Biologists in the Moosehead Lake Region.


(and… this is the best time to see a moose!)


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★2014 “Ice-out” ?????★

The official “ice-out” on Moosehead Lake is determined when the Katahdin steamship can safely travel from the East Cove to Northeast Carry.

According to the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s records, the earliest recorded ice-out date was April 14, 1945 and the latest was May 29, 1878.This year with the severe cold temperatures, many locals were speculating that there might be a new record…and as of today, April 24th, there is still quite a lot of ice on the East Cove.

I took this photo on April 24th, and you can still see the large amount of ice still on the cove…

East Cove of Moosehead Lake on April 24, 2014