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2016 Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest

November 14, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest 2016The annual Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Step back in time to a simpler era when friends and neighbors gathered together to tackle a big job and make a festival of it! The annual Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest is just that: a trip back to the 1870’s.

In those days, everyone who could grew sugar cane. Come fall, they’d harvest the stalks, squeeze out the juice, then boil the juice down into a sweet syrup. Grinding and boiling the cane down was a long and hard task but the resulting syrup was often the only source of sugar they had.

Cane boils were more than just a lot of hard work, however. Sharing the labor meant less work for everyone. Consequently, cane boils were also a time to come together. Folks would gather to exchange news, gossip, and celebrate community as they worked.

The annual Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest is a chance to experience these otherwise forgotten traditions.

Cane is fed into a mule-powered press to extract the juice, which is then boiled for up to six hours during the event. Watch as 60 gallons of juice are boiled down to a mere six gallons of syrup. Then it’s your chance to taste it!

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