Okay, only one virus. But what a virus, one who’s name we all know by now and has upset most all of our lives in ways we may not have been prepared to experience. At the Avon Hills Folk School it has put the brakes on plans for any classes or courses or experiences within… Read More Grants, Maple Syrup, and Viruses
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson We’re not sure if Francis Schellinger ever read any Emerson, chances are that he did since he was an avid reader with a wide ranging interest. But what we do know is that Francis knew how to have fun – to play! He… Read More This is Where the Fun Happens
We’ve pulled the taps, collected the bags, finished the syrup and retired (we hope) the old, worn out sap evaporator we’ve used for almost 40 years! The old girl gave us tons of memories, burned more than a few pans of sap/syrup, and put a twinkle in the eyes of dozens of children AND adults.… Read More Another Sugarin’ Season Comes to an End
The frame is up and the roof is “dried in” and waiting for spring Winter will be spent finalizing the plans for the exterior elevations and final decisions on the metal roofing. To include finding it! The frame of the Sugar Shack is a traditional timber frame with the timbers being Basswood from the land… Read More Sugar Shack Update
Big thanks to those who came to “raise the walls”. The heat and bugs did not deter the volunteers who arrived just in time – TWICE – to lift up the three completed bents (kind of like walls, but a timber framing term and actually they connect the walls of the timber frame). Suffice it… Read More The First Floor is Up!
The Avon Hills Folk School Sugar Shack is taking shape! While Chris focused on the barn, neighbor Brian Smith dove in head first on the timbers for the Sugar Shack. The timbers were originally sawn two years ago, from Basswood trees on the property. They dried for a year, were re-sawn last year and now… Read More Moving on… to the Sugar Shack!
The plan is made, the timbers are cut, and the joinery is in progress. After nearly 40 years of maple syrup production the syrup operation will finally receive a home worthy of the history, potential and future plans for the home of the Avon Hills Folks School. The Sugar Shack will house the syrup production… Read More The Plan