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OFF ROAD CHRISTMAS PARADE – 2018
FIRE IN THE HOLE – 2018
WOW! The 5th Annual Chili Cook Off was the best one yet! We had 9 amazing Chilis with Dave Webster taking 1st place, 2nd place was Dave Bonnell, and 3rd went to Pat Langan! I have so much appreciation for the cooks who spend so much time and love on their chili’s. I know it is truly a labor of love! Well done all! You managed to feed and impress 75 judges!
I would like to thank all the lovely helpers! My beautiful family host this every year and so many friends volunteer to make this happen! Thank you Kris for all you do for me, for providing electricity for 10 crocks and still having the lights on! Thank you to my children Becky Osborn, Aiden Osborn and my beautiful grand daughter Sammy! Thank you to Don and Jitka Osborn! Blair C. Longhurst and Laurie Crouse-Longhurst were out in full force as they are for every Shrewsbury event! Dave and Karen Healey, Terri Lynne Ramsdendid a fantastic job cooking up some toast as a perfect side to the many chili’s. Holly Vollans made up some beautiful baskets and Peter Danieljoined her and drew a $137 50/50 win! Ben Coll kept the party going with his fantastic entertainment skills – as always! Lastly thank you to the SRA board and members for pitching in and encouraging us to continue this event!
Thanks to our sponsors and generous judges (attendees), we were able to raise enough cash to donate almost $500 to the SRA PotttyFund to improve the washrooms at the hall. Thanks to Blenheim Home Hardware, Blenheim Chev, Barb Christmas, and Holly Vollans for their gift prize donations and Shrewsbury LTD for donating the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize money as well as pop and water.
Great show Debra Klippenstein and Tony Gaal running the Pumpkin Carving contest with Becky Osborn winning the adult pumpkin and Lorenzo – grandson of Richard Welch winning the junior. What an amazing turnout! Added a huge amount of Halloween cheer and decor!
Thank you Shrewsbury! For always coming out, getting involved, supporting events, volunteering your time and resources! I have never been part of a community like this one before; a community that bonds together to make things happen! Shrewsbury truly is a gem and I can honestly say we are “Living The Dream!!
Ribs n’ Blues
Our Premier fundraising event the annual Shrewsbury Ribs n Blues festival takes place in late July every Summer.
Since 2013 every year in the early spring, the Shrewsbury and Raglan Assembly has partnered with Giffin Maple products to put on the Annual Shrewsbury Maple Syrup Festival.
This premier fundraiser, organized by local volunteers has three elements.
A delicious breakfast of Pancakes, Sausage and Genuine 100% SW Ontario Maple Syrup.
An ecological tour of Sinclair Bush detailing how trees are tapped and how maple sugar is stored in sap
A tour of Giffins Sugar Barn, where Don shows how sap is boiled into Delicious Maple Syrup.
In The News:
A maple tree lasts at least 30 years and is 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped
It produces sap all of its life, 100+ years
What makes the sap flow?
Ten’s of thousands of buds, high in the tree are all growing and expanding in the spring. As they get bigger, each pulls a like a tiny pump, the sap, stored in the roots over the winter is pulled up inside the trunk through tiny tubes
Tapping does no permanent damage to the tree.
Whats that thing sticking out of the tree? It’s called a “Spile”. The new plastic, 2 part spiles prevent tree disease.
How big is the hole? 19/64th of an inch
As a tree grows, more taps can be added, up to a maximum of four.
Only 10% of the sap is collected each year.
Each tap yields an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, yielding about one quart of syrup.
Warm sunny days (above 40º F) and frosty nights are ideal for sap flow.
The maple season may last 4 to 6 weeks, but sap flow is heaviest for 10 to 20 days.
Sap flowing in high volumes is called a “run”
The first flow is called the “Robin Run”. This flow is discarded as it flushes the lower sugar and higher mineral content sap from the tree.
The harvest season ends with the arrival of warm spring nights and early bud development in the trees.
The sugar content of sap averages 2.5% for Sugar (hard) maples 30-50 gallons of sap are evaporated to make one gallon of syrup. (About 40 to 1)
The sugar content of syrup averages 66.5%
A gallon of pure Maple Syrup weighs 11 pounds
Maple Syrup is boiled even further to produce Maple Cream, Sugar and Candy.
It takes one gallon of syrup to produce eight pounds of candy or sugar.
It’s with a heavy heart that I write, telling you of the passing, on October 23rd 2017 of a good friend of the Assembly Don Giffin.
Don was instrumental in helping the Assembly set up and run the Maple Syrup Festivals. They’ve been a great success. A couple years ago he tapped trees here in the village and boiled down the sap, providing three years worth of maple syrup, all for free.
In the late winters, we’d drive around in his truck, watching eagles, looking at trees and talking about maple syrup, his favorite topic. Don was a good steward of the land and conserved the natural features that allow forests, people and wildlife to live together.
I was very lucky to learn some small portion of what Don knew about maple syrup.
We owe Don and his surviving wife Jean, a debt of gratitude.
Condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Goodbye old friend.
|Don Giffin showing ice in the Sap|
|Ken Bell talking about trees|
|Explaining about how the sap get up the tree|
|Murray Knott and TerryLynn Murphy|
|Murry making maple taffy for the kids, No Charge|
Everyone 18 and over is welcome to join us at the
Shrewsbury Community Hall
112 New Scotland Line, Shrewsbury
First Sunday of every month 2 – 4 p.m.
Cash prizes. Kitchen will be open and providing
an assortment of delicious treats and beverages for purchase.