I’m busy gearing up for the final celebration of the Somerville Maple Syrup Project: The Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival. I hope everyone in the area will be able to join us at the Somerville Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) on Saturday March 5th any time between 10am and 2pm to celebrate the finale of the 2011 syruping season. Attendess of all ages are invited to come to this free event to watch and learn as sap from local trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire. If you come, you’ll have the chance to taste syrup, join in the singing of sappy songs, participate in kids’ activities and demonstrations, and more! Waffles, syrup, and T-shirts will be on sale to support the Somerville Maple Syrup Project.
The Maple Syrup Project is run on an extremely tight budget but is hugely successful thanks to the amazing support of many partners. Some folks give time, some give money, and many businesses provide materials and services needed to make the entire project run smoothly. Check out the list below to see if there’s anything you can do to help out. Even joining the crowd and adding excitement and energy the day of the boil down is appreciated!
Maple-y Workshops: are better than ever! If you know young families with kids between 6-9 years old, help spread the word! We’re hoping to boost attendance for the last workshop and build up momentum as we near the day of the Boil Down http://www.groundworksomerville.org/2011/01/13/2363/
Boil Down Preparation Work Day: February 26th, 10am-2pm, Join volunteers at the Somerville Community Growing Center and help to prepare the space for the Maple SyrupBoil Down Festival the following weekend. This is a great opportunity to be active and outside in the early spring and volunteer in the community! Bring work gloves if you have them. Tasks will likely include shoveling, moving the boiler, stacking wood, creating activity stations, and cleaning up some storm damage.
Activity station volunteers needed Friday March 4th from 8:30-noon or 11am-2:30. This first day of the Maple Boil Down is devoted to field trips for second grade participants in the education component of the project. Great for folks who like working with young elementary students and being outside.
Musicians needed for at least hour long blocks Friday March 4th from 8:30-2:30 and Saturday March 5th from 10-2. If you’re avaliable during any of these times and would like to lead simple sappy songs with attendees of the Boil Down, we’d love your help!
Print the flier and spread the word: http://www.groundworksomerville.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/BoilDownFlier2011.pdf
RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108366505908272 and “like” Groundwork Somerville while you’re there!
Bucket Washers needed AFTER the Boil Down: Volunteer to come to our office for hour long blocks the week after the boil down to wash a round of buckets and leave things in good shape for next year!
Hope to see you soon! If you’d like to help out, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-628-9988. Thanks!