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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

2014 marks the 19th year that Harlaine Maple Products has welcomed visitors to its sugar shack as part of the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. Hundreds of people have visited their farm on Concession 1 south of Sunderland to see how an old-fashioned product is made using the latest in modern technology. Here's the history of Paul and Betty Anne Harder's family maple sugaring operation, as told by Betty Anne: Douglas and Gloria Harder purchased the farm in 1954 from Vince Beaton (sons Jack and Jim) who had previously boiled sap at this maple bush, since 1933. Douglas started boiling at his parents maple bush when he was in his early teens, and continued on after purchasing the property. At age 87, Douglas passed away in 2004. Paul and his Dad tapped around 500 to 600 taps in the 1970's, all with buckets. In 1984, they put in the first pipeline with approximately 150 taps. The next year, the whole bush was on pipeline. They always had a used evaporator, approximately, 4x8, and boiled in the bush with no hydro until 1991, when a new building was built near the house. Now there is water and hydro for late night boiling. The building includes an evaporation room, a store, a kitchen and a small bottling room. Once this building was erected, we were able to expand and now have approximately 2,500 taps. In 2011, we finally purchased a new Lapierre Force 5 evaporator. It's all stainless steel and very efficient. We still fire it with wood, and it can process approximately 250 gallons of sap an hour. On a good year, with many cold nights and warm sunny days, we can make approximately 1700 liters of maple syrup. We also make maple butter and maple sugar candy, for sale along with the popular maple syrup. During the festival years, we have seen over 4,000 people come out to the bush to watch the syrup being made. We have had people involved for the last 18 years of the festival, hosting bush tours, demonstrating maple syrup production, boiling sap in a large kettle as the pioneers did, and showing how the native people boiled sap using a hollowed out log and hot stones from the fire. Harlaine Maple Products store is open during the festival, plus we have a booth on the main street of Sunderland. In 2012, we hosted the first tapping for the Kawartha Haliburton Maple Syrup Association. We are also members of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. Harlaine Maple Products have toured the world and we are proud to be able to produce pure maple syrup: A Canadian tradition. As for recipes, we always enjoy fresh maple syrup on Old Fashioned Johnny Cake, maple syrup pie, maple butter tarts and maple apple crisp. Maple Syrup is also excellent on fruit and with carrots, squash and turnip. Maple syrup is very versatile and can be incorporated into most recipes. I try to hand out a flyer with favourites and I also sell a cookbook of recipes using maple syrup. REMINDER: Get your bus tickets for a tour of Harlaine Maple Products at Sunderland Public School on Sat. March 29 and Sun. March 30 during the 2014 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!
Blain Thompson of the Sunderland Fire Department says that his organization supports the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival because, "We feel that it is important to keep community spirit alive in Sunderland. It's a terrific place to live and raise a family!" The firefighters also like the fact that the SMSF donates proceeds back to the community every year. For example, one year the festival donated over $5,000.00 towards the new fire truck. "Talk about community spirit" Blain said. "We are very pleased to be associated with such a good event that is well run and gives back to the community the way it does." The Fire Dept. is the sole supplier of barbequed hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers at the festival. Blain commented, "We like the way that the festival only allows one booth or supplier to supply each specific item." The local Fire Dept. also assists with First Aid and other functions when needed during the two day festival. Plan to enjoy a delicious barbequed lunch cooked up by our own local firefighters at their booth on River St. in downtown Sunderland during SMSF weekend, March 29 and 30.
2014 marks the 19th year that the Sunderland Maple Syrup festival has offered bus tours at an economical price. In the past, there have been excursions to B.H. Farm in Sunderland, Ed and Dorothea Barkey's sugar shack in Cannington, and to Harlaine Maple Products in Sunderland to see how tree sap is magically transformed into delicious and nutritious maple syrup. There have also been tours to an alpaca farm, a petting zoo, a koi farm, and a goat farm. This year, tour buses will be visiting Harlaine Maple products and Salem Alpacas two interesting venues. Two local businesses help make the annual bus trips happen. Stock Transportation provides the buses and the drivers, and the staff from the CIBC bank in Sunderland take on the responsibility of ticket sales. CIBC Manager Jodi Buck says, "We love our community and we want to be part of our community." "We are thrilled that the proceeds all go to the community. We all benefit greatly from the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival and the wonderful work it does." "Everyone likes jumping on the bus and going on the tour together," said Sharon Graham, Charter Coordinator at Stock. "It gives people from out of town a chance to see our community and what it has to offer." Visitors from as far away as Windsor have joined the thousands of people who take the Stock bus to Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival trip destinations. Maureen Nicholls, Operations Manager at Stock, pointed out how much the festival has grown over the years. Usually two buses run, but sometimes it is necessary to add more. Local drivers Harry Sarvis, Angela Hubers and Al Simpson have been providing transportation for the Festival every year since it started. Stock has even had a bus driver from Pickering volunteer to participate. "He wanted to be part of it," said Maureen. "We have our business in the community and we want to show our support for the festival," she added. Driver Angela Hubers always looks forward to the Festival. Taking people on the tours "is fun," she commented.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Sunderland Museum has many artifacts to promote the History of Brock Township. This includes weapons, sports items, business signs and equipment , school supplies, and regalia from various organizations. See the artifacts from the War of 1812, and the regalia of the Orange Lodges of Brock as well as the new bee keeper's display all new this year..

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gather around ladies, gentleman, lads and lasses, for Blades of Glory will tell you the story from the beginning
This Year we will have Hands On Exotics, an CAZA Accredited Zoo from Toronto joining the Festival visit their website at:

Monday, March 04, 2013

At this time of year we are all trying to find a little light at the end of the tunnel to get us through the last blast of winter. It is nice to think of the maple sap getting ready to run. In fact did you know that maple syrup is actually the first crop of the year? Please join us at the first tapping ceremony for The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. This year it will be hosted by Betty Ann and Paul Harder of Harlaine Farms. Betty Ann and Paul have been instrumental in the establishment and growth of our maple syrup festival. The First Tapping Ceremony will take place Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. It will be held at The Helms Residence, 10895 Sideroad 17 (on the east side of Sideroad 17, two houses south of the 2nd concession). Hope to see you there.
To date Kyle has worked through more than 50 restaurants/clubs including hundreds of private & corporate functions. Kyle to date has worked with some of the biggest entertainment companies in Canada, so make sure to keep your eye out for this Illusionist because you never know where he will appear next!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Family and friends appreciate unique handcrafted gifts, and there will be lots of choice at the 2012 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival Art & Craft Show on March 31 and April 1, 2012. There will be over 30 vendors at the Sunderland Public School venue offering a potpourri of treasures, including:
2012 Sunderland Maple syrup festival
• painted glass • jewellery • knitted items • hand sewn items • wrought iron art • ice-cream mixes • chocolates & candy • home baked goods • ceramics • pottery • woodworking • embroidery • painted totem poles & masks • unique clothing • metal wall art • fine art prints Admission to the craft show is free of charge. Horse and buggy drawn wagons can transport people from River St. to the school on Albert Street to visit the annual Art & Craft Show. Tickets for the bus excursions are also sold at the school. This year, people are invited to tour Harlaine Maple sugar bush and Salem Alpacas. Entertainer Trulee Odd is coming back by pop- ular demand to amaze the crowd at the school venue. Drop into the café to grab a coffee or some lunch. And don’t forget to visit the Sunderland Community Library at the school site. The Festival Craft Show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. See you there!

Family Fun Festival Sunderland
While at the festival why not drop into our beautiful historic town hall to experience some incred- ible art work. We believe there must be something in the water, for there is no other explanation for the vast number of incredibly talented artists that call this area home. There is everything from wonderful paintings of farm life by Lynda Cunning- ham to beautiful landscapes by Harvey Walker. Mixed in is also the stunning and often larger than life contemporary works of Christa Gallant. Of course art is not simply defined by paint and canvas. Craig Telfer creates his own masterpieces from wood. And Anja Kooistra will have you amazed with her wonderful garden statues. The artists will be there in person to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The fine art show runs both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Whosarmy is a rock band that formed in Toronto when high school friends Travis Wood(vocals) and Cory Williams(guitars) teamed up with Max Trefler(drums) and Greg Markham(bass), who have also played together since high school. It quickly became apparent that there was a great chemistry between the four members as they began playing the club circuit in Toronto extensively. Whosarmy released their first self-titled EP on May 6th, 2011 which features 8 original songs.
Whosarmy recently won CBC’s hit show “Cover Me Canada”. On an average week, Cover Me Canada reached over 1.9 million Canadians aged 2+, and over the course of the season, reached more than 6.3 million different Canadians, or 19% of the total population (almost 1 in 5). Whosarmy competed for 9 weeks playing some of Canada’s most iconic songs including “American Woman” by the Guess Who, “Ironic” by Alanis Morrisette, and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Judge Ron Fair had only good things to say, and shortly into the competition exclaimed “ If you’re not the biggest band in Canada in a year, something is really wrong here.” They also received large praise from Paul Anka, Johnny Reid, Alan Frew, and the other judges Jordan Knight and Deborah Cox. As a result of winning, the band won $100,000.00 and a single recording contract with Universal Canada.

After winning Cover Me Canada, Whosarmy released an original single “Alive” which was produced by Ron Fair and reached #6 on the iTunes Canada Rock charts in under three days. The song, which was co-written by Chantal Kreviazuk, was also prominently featured in the series finales of CBC’s “Being Erica” and was performed by Whosarmy on George Stroumboulopoulous Tonight. Alongside those milestones, Whosarmy also gained thousands of new fans online and had YouTube videos of their performances reach over 80,000 viewers collectively.
Whosarmy is currently writing new material for their upcoming record which will be produced by Gavin Brown. The band is also actively collaborating with notable songwriters such as Dave Genn, Todd Clark and Hawksley Workman.
For an athlete, there’s no better feeling in the world than standing atop the podium as your national anthem plays. Just ask Jessica Phoenix.
The Wilfrid resident – and her horse, Pavarotti, returned home from the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October with a pair of medals around her neck after winning the gold medal in eventing and helping lead Canada’s team to Silver. “It was an unbelievable feeling to be at the top of the podium,” Ms Phoenix said in an interview Tuesday. “It was such a privilege to ride for my country and help Canada win the silver medal. My top priority is putting on the best performance I can for the team”.
She led the three-phase eventing competition from start to finish. On the opening day, she earned a score of 43.90 penalty points in the opening phase of dressage.
No penalty points were added to her score the next day, as she completed the cross-country portion with no jumping faults and stopped the clock two seconds under the optimum time allowed of nine minutes and 30 seconds. In the final phase of show jumping, Ms Phoenix jumped clear to lead Canada to the team silver before returning to the stadium to once again jump clear and claim the individual gold medal.
It marks just the second time that a Canadian has claimed the individual gold medal in eventing in the history of the Pan Am Games.
“It reflects many years of hard work, dedication and perseverance,” Ms Phoenix said. “And it also reflects how much support I have around me. I never could have done this alone.” It was the second time Ms Phoenix has competed at the Pan Am Games, following a 12th-place individual finish in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007.
She had been named to the Canadian eventing team for the 2008 Summer Games, Ms Phoenix was forced to withdraw after her horse, Exploring, suffered an injury just weeks before they were scheduled to depart for Beijing.
Barring any unforeseen injury, she’s a virtual lock to be named to Team Canada at the 2012 Games in London.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The gauntlet has been thrown... The Challenge has been accepted:
Two Knights raise their swords in a salute acknowledging their respected foe. A tip of their helmet addressed to the Lady they are bound by honour to defend. Only one will emerge victorious on this day. The tension mounts until a voice rings out... "Commence!" Certain to be lots of excitement and thrills!!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Come to the Sunderland Museum as we mark the 200th Anniversary with a display of swords from the Battle of Waterloo and a British Infantry Officer's Sword from 1812.
We also will have artifacts from the Vrooman Family of Brock Township .Their efforts at the Battle of Queenston Heights saved Canada from an invasion of 5000 American troops and helped win the battle for Sir Issac Brock and his second in command Major General Scheaffe. Also available are numerous resources that trace the history of the early settlers to Brock Township after 1818.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Chippewa Natives of Georgina Island will be featured at this year’s Maple Syrup Festival and will be performing the following: Chi Meegwetch will be sharing cultural and historical teachings along with the legends of the Chippewa Native Indians of Georgina A drummer will be singing songs and sharing the history and significance to the native culture of each song, Native dancers will be performing and sharing their culture through the world of dance. …Certain to prove very interesting as well as leave a historical impact on the audience.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Clean Up your Act and enter the Bath Tub races:
Center of town at High Noon!!!The Junior Farmers' have decided this year to have bath tub races so “Clean up your Act” and join in the fun!!!. Make that bath tub real pretty, dress up with a wild imagination and win BEST DRESSED! Call Michael Harder at 705 357 3475 to find out how your team can enter and win fabulous prizes in this Saturday crowd pleaser!