WENTWORTH – A large crowd attended a successful Wentworth Pancake Supper located at the recreation centre. A large number of volunteer workers were on hand to give the crowd a fine meal.
Coming in the door of the large hall, we saw three long tables with seating.
At the entrance, Ethel Gilroy and Twila McMaster greeted people and sold them tickets for the show. Next to them was another table with Ben Legere and Tina Palmer selling tickets for a 50/50 draw as a fund raiser for the recreation centre.
At a third table, Avard and Jean Bentley were selling maple syrup products.
Sandra der Mode, assisted by Marie Duranceau, greeted people to arrange seating for them. They were helped by Debby Alexander, Sharon Barkhouse and Alex Verge guiding customers to seats.
Other volunteers who were helping serve the meal out on the floor were Colin van Vulpen, Aaron van Vulpen, David Fitgerald, and Mike Law.
Laurel Adams and Joanne Ferdinand were the skilled directors of the kitchen and Laurel gave me an excellent report of their busy work there:
“Once again the Wentworth Recreation Centre held its annual Pancake/ Maple Supper. The event on Saturday, March 10, was a snowy one with lots of late winter snow on the ground. The supper featured pancakes (plain or with blueberries), pork sausages, homemade baked beans and rolls, cakes, coffee, tea , and juice.
“This event is the culmination of a lot of work from dedicated volunteers. From the rec centre executive and to those who faithfully bake and bring food and clean up afterwards, this event is made possible by the efforts of many wonderful people.
“Music was playing in the background and helping with the enjoyment of the occasion. We thank you all.
“Thanks to present fire chief Kevin Sprague and past fire chief Vernon Sprague for making sure the yard was plowed for the safety of all our customers.
“The volunteers who helped in the kitchen were myself and Joanne as directors, Donna Weatherbie, Bob MacLean (President of the Recreation Centre Executive), Marilyn MacLean, Gary Jollymore, Helen Feeley, Anne Feeley, Brenda McLean, Peggy and Winston Patriquin, Carol Hyslop, Lorre Adams, Robert Henry, Melissa Rushton, Barbara Palmer (Councillor for Cumberland County, District 6), Jessica Palmer, Kevin Palmer, and Sandra Palmer.”
Customers picked up their first course of pancakes, sausages, and beans at the kitchen counter. Jars of maple syrup were on the tables to pour over the pancakes. Near the kitchen counter was a long table featuring a variety of may cakes for dessert and tended by Anne Feeley and Jeanette Murray.
It was not only a pancake supper, but also a maple supper as well as it is expected to have maple syrup with the pancakes.
How important is maple syrup in Canada? Well, look at our flag. In the center of the flag is the sugar maple leaf symbolizing Canada!
Avard and Jean Bentley from Westchester, next to Wentworth, produce the best maple syrup I have ever tasted. Canada produces 76 to 80 per cent of the world's maple syrup with Quebec being the world's largest producer. Ontario and the Maritimes produce about one per cent . However, in all of the counties in Nova Scotia, Cumberland County has the largest number of maple sugar producers. Certainly, the maple sugar business owners can do without clearcutting woods in this Wentworth/Westchester area.
New technology now can have a monitoring system to spot leaks on sap lines by strapping solar powered radio units to trees and keeping an electronic eye on their sap vacuum lines, have reverse osmosis machines, have vacuum pumps, and special storage tanks.
Avard and Jean Bentley gave me the following report as they sat at their table: “Bentley's Maple was started in 1981. We started with 1,000 taps. Today we are up to 50,000 taps. Avard and Jean have five children: Michael, Nancy, Sandra, Marney, and Mary. Michael works for us. Marney helps sell maple products at Pancake Suppers. Marney also helps run the shed at Blueberry Harvest time. We produce syrup, cream butter and candy. We are also involved in the Blueberry business.”
In brief, the Wentworth Pancake Supper in 2018 was a grand celebration.