ANSWER: Each fourth Sunday of March, dozens of farms across the state, many of which are members of the Maine Maple Producers Association, host their share of more than 100,000 visitors eager for their first taste of the season’s maple goodness. The annual event began in 1984 as way to promote Maine’s more than $48 million (2015 numbers) maple industry. Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry markets the event along with Maine Maple Producers as a way of promoting the product and educating people on the process of making maple syrup.

Over the decades, the popularity of the event has continued to grow and now many maple sugar houses have morphed the one-day event into an entire weekend, prompting some to refer to Maine Maple Sunday as “Maine Maple Weekend.” Participating sugar houses are listed on page B1 of today’s Sun Journal, or you can visit sunjournal.com.

For details on what each participating farm will offer at its location, visit maine.gov/dacf, or contact your favorite farm individually.

Typical activities you can expect to find at a participating sugar house might include tours and demonstrations of the maple sugaring process and tasty treats ranging from pancakes and maple-topped ice-cream, to maple baked beans and taffy.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The United Church of Monmouth and Monmouth Museum are hosting our 4th Annual Spring Quilt Show, Bazaar and Fire House Market at the United Church of Monmouth, Sanctuary and Packard Activity Center and Monmouth Fire Station on April 30. We are looking for vendors, crafts persons and businesses, to display and sell your wares from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Ludewig by emailing [email protected], or by calling (207) 441-7071 or 993-4677. We’re also specifically looking for World War II and other wars memorabilia for display during the event and veterans of wars to share their memories. Also, if you have an old dollhouse with furnishings that you’d like to display, or antique quilts, new quilts, handiwork, hooked or braided rugs, knitting or crewel items, then please contact me. Thank you. — Nancy, Monmouth.

GOOD MORNING MADAME SUN SPOTS: In reference to the person looking for an organizer, my daughter is a professional organizer who is located in Portland and services the central and southern Maine areas. This is her website: organizemaine.com. You might want to add her to your Rolodex. — No Name, No Town.

ANSWER: Thank you for sharing the information. The website has been added to the Rolodex.

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