Maple Festival Set for April 1, 2017

The Maple Syrup Festival, a fun-filled, educational event for families, is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 8 am – 2 pm at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette. Maple Syrup Festival is hosted by the Friends of MacKenzie and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The event features free guided tours of the sugar bush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to make syrup, interpretative talks about how Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup as well as current methods used in our own MacKenzie sugar bush.

Participants will have the opportunity to watch home-made ice cream being churned with an antique engine and listen to live music. In addition, the wildlife area, which includes animals native to Wisconsin, and the historic exhibits on property will be open.

A pancake breakfast, sponsored by Friends of MacKenzie will be served from 8 am until noon at the Main Lodge. The cost is $7 for those 12 years old and older, and $5 for ages 3 – 11. Refreshments, maple products, and souvenirs will be sold by the Friends of MacKenzie. The Friends will also draw the winners for their quilt raffle at 12 noon.

The MacKenzie Center is located two miles east of Poynette on County Road CS/Q.  Besides this website, you can find us online at dnr.wi.gov and search “MacKenzie” or visit the Friends of MacKenzie Facebook page.

Quilt Raffle at Maple Fest on April 1

early Jan 2017 025This is the quilt that will be raffled at the MacKenzie Maple Fest on April 1, 2017.  It was created by Carol Buckmaster and she calls it “Woodland Serenity”.  Here’s what she has to say about it:

The woodland fabric with the deer inspired me to create Woodland Serenity.  I live in a semi-rural area and deer are frequent visitors to the property where I reside.  It is a calming and relaxing feeling to watch nature, especially with a fresh coating of snow. This quilt is 60” wide by 80” long.  This quilt will provide years of comfort and hopefully a peaceful feeling to the new owner.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Friends of MacKenzie at Maple Fest on April 1.  In addition, members of the Friends and volunteers will have tickets for sale.  If you are interested in buying or selling tickets (or both) please let Deb Wearne-Neurohr know at friendsofmackenzie@gmail.com or 920-992-5403.  You can return ticket stubs and cash to Deb (or Don Jackson) or bring them to Maple Fest on April 1.  The drawing is at noon, so be sure they’re back before then.  All proceeds will be used to support the MacKenzie Center and its programs.

Photos from Snowshoe Hike 2-12-17

Lauren Snowshoe Hike 2-12-17Lauren #2 Snowshoe Hike 2-12-17Deb Snowshoe Hike 2-11-17Don, Steve, John Snowshoe Event 2-12-17

Thanks to the MacKenzie staff for planning a really nice mid-winter event.  The sun was out and the trail was a good one.  So nice to warm up in the lodge by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies!

Snowshoe Hike (or just a hike, depending on conditions) Sunday, Feb. 12

MacKenzie Center Friends and Volunteers–

The MacKenzie Center Snowshoeing Hike is still scheduled for this coming Sunday, February 12th  from 1pm-4pm at the MacKenzie Center Lodge. Although the weather may not cooperate with us the event will still be happening! If there is not enough snow to use snowshoes, visitors will still be able to hike, enjoy hot chocolate or coffee, warm up by the campfire, and participate in some activities in the lodge. The wildlife area and museums will also be open! If you are able to volunteer please let Hayley Parsons know at Hayley.parsons@wisconsin.gov! We hope to see you all there and let’s hope for some snow!

The MacKenzie Education Team

 

Thanks United Community Bank!

United Community Bank made a very generous offer to the Friends of MacKenzie.  They donated $1 to the Friends for every “like” they received on their Facebook page during a two week period in October.  The total was just under $150.  Treasurer Don Jackson accepted the donation on behalf of the Friends from Rebecca Sackett, Website and Social Media Administrator, United Community Bank.  It’s great to have the support of businesses in our community!

Fall Festival a Huge Success!

The first ever Fall Festival held on Oct. 22 at the MacKenzie Center was a huge success.  We were fortunate to have wonderful weather which made the whole day even better.  Approximately 1300 people showed up to try the many activities offered and to get to know more about what the MacKenzie Center has to offer.  The Rio Band and Prairie Thunder Cloggers provided some great entertainment and added to the festive spirit.  Thanks to our 100+ volunteers and the many donors who helped make the event not only fun, but a successful fundraiser as well.  All proceeds will stay at the MacKenzie Center and will help fund programs for school groups and improvements to the facility.  We’re already thinking about holding the event next year and have started talking about ways to make it even better!

Oct. 30 Last Chance to Help MacKenzie by Liking United Community Bank page

 

This offer ends Monday, Oct. 30.  Please “like” if you haven’t yet and try to get at least one other person to do so, too.

United Community Bank (with offices in Poynette, Pardeeville, Cambridge, and Harmony Grove) has made a very generous offer to the Friends of MacKenzie.  They are willing to donate $1 to the Friends for every “like” they receive on their Face Book page between October 17 and October 30 (up to $1000 total).  Please help us out by “liking” the United Community Bank Face Book page during this period and spreading the word to anyone you know by any means that works for you (email, FB, Twitter, Snap Chat or any other social media or even old-fashioned word-of-mouth).  Thanks!

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“Like” United Community Bank to Help MacKenzie!

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Please click on this link to help support the MacKenzie Center.

United Community Bank (with offices in Poynette, Pardeeville, Cambridge, and Harmony Grove) has made a very generous offer to the Friends of MacKenzie.  They are willing to donate $1 to the Friends for every “like” they receive on their Face Book page between October 17 and October 30 (up to $1000 total).  Please help us out by “liking” the United Community Bank Face Book page during this period and spreading the word to anyone you know by any means that works for you (email, FB, Twitter, Snap Chat or any other social media or even old-fashioned word-of-mouth).  Thanks!

Entertainment Set for Fall Festival, Oct. 22

We are very pleased that the Rio HS Band will be playing at the Friends of MacKenzie Fall Festival at 11 am and that the Prairie Thunder Cloggers will be dancing at 1 pm.  Both groups will perform for about 45 minutes.  Take a break from the other festivities (maybe while you eat lunch) to enjoy the music and dance, or let the music be a backdrop while you participate in some of the other activities.  Either way, these talented performers are sure to make Fall Festival even better!

Baked Goods Needed for Fall Festival

For our food tent at the Fall Festival on Oct. 22, something we’re hoping to sell is bars and cookies.  If you could bake something, let me know.  What would work best is for you to package what you bake so it’s ready to sell.  I’m thinking of plastic “baggies” marked w/ contents (note if there are any nuts) that would sell for $1.00 — 2 avg sized bars, 3-4 avg sized cookies, or a sm. bag full of something like caramel corn or Chex mix.  If you are coming to the festival, you can bring them that day.  If not, please drop them off at the office in the Lodge at the MacKenzie Center between 8 am and 4 pm.  Thanks!

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