Malabar Maple Syrup Festival

From a press release from Malabar Farm State Park:

The 33rd Annual Maple Syrup Family Festival is planned for the first two weekends in March (DATES: March 6,7,13,14, 2010) from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. daily. This free festival is a great opportunity for families and friends to step back in time, learn, and enjoy the history of Ohio syrup making at Malabar Farm State Park.

This festival includes demonstrations of sugaring techniques from the early days, when Ohio was home to Native Americans, through present day. self-guided tour of the sugar camp and sugarhouse will reveal the evolution of sugaring equipment and how maple sap is transformed into maple syrup. peek inside the summer bell house, behind the Pugh Log Cabin, will take you back to Ohio’s past. Presented by the Richland County Museum, the summer bell house is now set up as a pioneer’s cabin, where kids and adults can take part in daily pioneer chores like washing clothes, tending fire, making candles, and cooking. Kids and adults will also enjoy the horse-drawn wagon rides to the sugar camp provided by the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association.

Free samples of maple syrup will be available at the sugar house. Pure Ohio maple syrup, homemade Maple Walnut Fudge, Maple Cotton Candy, Maple popcorn, and other maple products will be on sale during the event, and in the Malabar Farm Gift Shop throughout the season. Live musical entertainment will be provided along with light refreshments and snacks during the festival in the Pugh Log Cabin located near the event. Bromfield’s historical 32-room mansion will be open for self-guided tours. Tickets can be purchased in the Visitor’s Center Gift Shop.

The Malabar Farm Restaurant will offer lunch and dinner specials featuring Malabar Farm products and maple food items both weekends – kids menu available. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205.

Additionally, overnight accommodations for individuals, groups, and families are available at the Malabar Farm Hostelling International – call 419-892-2055 for reservations.

 

Candlelight Christmas Tours at Malabar

Visitors have the chance to celebrate the beauty of the holidays during the annual Candlelight Christmas Tours at Malabar. This special four-day holiday event will be held Thursday – Saturday December 10,11, 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday decorations will feature greenery, candles, bubble lights, and many other items common to the 1940’s. Six trees will be decorated with a special theme by volunteer organizations. The Malabar Farm Country Store will be open for holiday shopping featuring unique Ohio made products, Malabar Farm’s all natural beef and pork, and fresh made fudge.

The four-day special Candlelight Christmas celebration will Christmas music, freshly baked cookies, hot wassail , and a visit with Santa Claus. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.50 seniors and $3.00 for children age 6-17 for a self-guided tour of the decorated Big House.

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library will sponsor a reading for children of The Night Before Christmas in the rustic Pugh Cabin on Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:00pm. For more information and to make reservations for the story reading program, contact children services at the main public library at 419-521-3130. Space is limited, call early.

Malabar Farm is the former home of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and conservationist Louis Bromfield. His home was designated as an Ohio State Park in 1976 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. For more information about this and other events, contact the Malabar Farm State Park Office at 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843-9745, or call 419-892-2784. Be sure to visit their web page at www.malabarfarm.org.

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Ohio Heritage Days

DATES: September 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday)
TIME: 10AM – 4PM
FEE: FREE!!!!
Barn Dance: Saturday, September 26 at 7PM-10PM

As part of Ohio’s Agricultural History, Malabar Farm will host the 34th Annual Ohio Heritage Days from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. This popular festival is one of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living-history festivals and is open to the public.. Craftspeople will be demonstrating their talents and various old-fashioned trades in period clothing. Among the crafts being demonstrated will be spinning, weaving, woodworking, broom making, apple butter making, quilting, and more. Most craftspeople will have items for sale throughout the event.

The Malabar Antique Tractor Club will display vintage Willy’s jeeps, antique tractors, and many types of antique farm machinery. Local community non-profit groups will be offering a variety of foods from pumpkin items to funnel cakes. Vendors will also offer refreshments throughout the event including homemade sarsaparilla root beer and roasted nuts.

Louis Bromfield’s mansion, the Big House, will be open throughout the weekend for self guided tours.

The Malabar Farm Smoke House will be in full operation on both Saturday and Sunday. Visit Malabar Farm’s Naturalist at 1:00PM at the smokehouse for free smoked samples of Malabar raised bacon and ham. All of Malabar Farms ham and bacon, as well as other meat products including beef patties, sausage, bratwurst and more, are sold in the Gift Shop located in the Louis Bromfield Visitors Center.

Music Lineup

Music: Bud Preston
Date: Saturday and Sunday
Location: In front of the Visitors Center.

Clearfork Valley String Band
Date: Saturday
Location: Working Farm Area

John Henry and Friends
Date: Saturday & Sunday
Location: Main Farm Area (near Big House)

Stone Soup
Date: Sunday
Location: Working Farm Area

Back Porch Swing Band
Date: Saturday at 7PM to 10PM (Square Dance)
Location: In the Main Barn

Living History Demonstrations

Civil War Hospital (NEW)

Live demonstrations of a typical field hospital attached to Ohio regiments during the American Civil War. Live amputations!

Ohio Light Artillery Regiment

Live firing demonstrations and artillery displays.

Sons of Confederate Veterans (NEW)

Information pertaining to descendents of Confederate veterans who served during the American Civil War. Yes, there were soldiers from Ohio who served in the Confederacy.

Flint Knapping and Artifact Display (NEW)

Demonstrations and a four table display of local pre-historic artifacts brought to you by the Richland County chapter of the Ohio Archaeological Society.

Pioneer and Buck Skinners Encampment

Blacksmithing demonstrations, weaponry demonstrations and more!

Barn Dance

On Saturday evening, our traditional Square Dance will be held in the main barn next to the Big House. The dance will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will feature live music and square dance calling. The barn dance is sponsored by the Mohican Resort and Conference Center. This dance is open to all free of charge. Experienced dancers and beginners are welcome. Loudonville FFA Alumni will have refreshments and hot food available at the dance.

Hostelling International Open House

This is a very special year for hostelling! 2009 marks the 75th Anniversary of HI-USA and the 100th Anniversary of the worldwide hostelling movement. Stop by the Malabar Farm overnight hostel for a tour and to learn more about hostelling.

The Malabar Farm Restaurant will be open on Friday and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205.

The Malabar Farm Market, located next to the Malabar Farm Restaurant, will be open summer and fall featuring locally-grown produce. Additionally, overnight accommodations are available at the Malabar Farm Hostelling International. Call 419-892-2055 for reservations at the Hostel.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, Ohio, just one mile west of State Route 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. For more information about this and other special events offered year-round, contact the Malabar Farm State Park Office at 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843-9745, or call 419-892-2784. Be sure to visit our web page at www.malabarfarm.org.

 

Malabar’s “Farm Fun Day” – Barn Dance

As one of many events planned at Malabar Farm State Park, Fun on the Farm is the theme of this event. Some of the activities scheduled for the morning activities include: Egg and Spoon Race(five eggs have to be picked up and carried in a small basket over the finish line); Lasso the Steer; Get Dressed for Work (contestants must run to put on bib overalls, a coat, hat, gloves, and boots, then run to the finish line); Fix the Machinery (a container holds the right bolts to fit several holes in a steel plate, mixed in with an odd assortment of other nuts and bolts); Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest; Rubber Chicken Toss; a Sack Race and more. Additional competitions include A Pie Eating Contest (Noon) (chocolate or banana cream), Sidewalk Art and a Fishing Derby.

Instructions & Time Line

August 1, 2009

GAMES, SIDE WALK ART & PIE EATING CONTEST

  • 10AM – 10:30AM: Morning Registration
    Note: (Register for games, sidewalk art, pie eating contest. Pick up your game completion.)
  • 10:30AM to 11:45PM: Morning Farm Games (Must be registered.See list of games below))
  • 10:30AM to 11:45PM: Sidewalk Art (Must be registered)
  • 12PM: Pie Eating Contest (Open to first 20. Register during "Morning Registration")
  • 12:15PM: Pie Eating Contest Awards
  • 12:15PM: Contest Certificates

Note: Must complete all "Farm Contest" from 10:30AM to 11:45PM. You will receive a card at registration and will receive a check with the completion of every game.

FISHING DERBY

  • 12:30PM: Fishing Derby Registration
  • 1:00PM: Fishing Derby Begins
  • 2:00PM: Fishing Derby Ends
  • 2:10PM: Fishing Awards

MORNING GAMES INCLUDE:

  • Walnut Pickup
  • Dress like A Farmer (Get Dressed For Work)
  • Sack Race
  • Cow Pie Toss
  • Rubber Chicken Toss
  • Egg Spoon Race
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
  • Fish In A Bucket
  • Lasso A Steer
  • Horse Shoes
  • Fix The Machinery

RULES & IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. An adult should accompany children.
  2. All activities are open to the public free of charge.
  3. Certificates of completion will be awarded. It’s all for fun!!!!!
  4. Game completion certificates will be presented at the rear porch area at the Visitor Center.
  5. Limited poles, wheel chair access dock, and bait will be available for youth under 16 years of age.
  6. If you have your own fishing pole please bring it with you!
  7. Ohio Division of Wildlife will be stocking the ponds with fish for the event.
  8. Fishing Derby prizes awarded at 2:15PM are for most fish caught & largest fish caught.

BARN DANCE

Additionally, Malabar Farm will host a Summer Square Dance at the main barn beside the Big House. The dance will be held on Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The barn dance is sponsored by the Loudonville FFA Alumni. This old-fashioned square dance will take you back to the days when people gathered to celebrate summer with their friends and neighbors. Live music will be featured along with square dance calling. This dance is open to the public at no charge and refreshments will be available.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE EVENT

The Malabar Farm Restaurant newly renovated will be open on Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205. The Malabar Farm Market, located next to the Restaurant will be open summer and fall featuring locally-grown produce.

Additionally, overnight accommodations are available at Malabar Farm Hostelling International. The Hostel is a restored 1919 historic mail order catalog home where the Bromfield family lived from 1939-1940. Rates start at $20.00 per person. Call 419-892-2055 for reservations at the Hostel or visit the Hostel sub-page at malabarfarm.org.

 

Night Haunt I

May 30, 8PM – 12PM
Pre-registration required

The evening will begin with a program on Ohio’s only flying mammal, the “bat”. The group will then walk through the evening fog to the famous Ceely Rose. In 1896, Ceely Rose murdered her entire family inside of this little Pleasant Valley home. park naturalist will tell the grizzly true story on the front porch. The night concludes with a rare “candlelight” tour of the Bromfield Mansion where haunted stories will be told.

The fee for this unique experience is $30.00 per participant. This program is not recommended for children under 16 years of age due to its length and content. Dress for weather conditions. Call 419-892-2784 to pre-register. Groups are limited to 25 so register soon to insure your spot.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, just one mile west of SR 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. Louis Bromfield, a world-renowned novelist and conservationist, created the farm in the 1940s as a demonstration farm for progressive conservation practices. Malabar Farm State Park is the only working farm in the Ohio State Park system. Programs and special events are offered year-round. For more information about this or other programs, call the park office at 419-892-2784 or visit their Website at malabarfarm.org.

 

Spring Plowing Days

Visit Malabar Farm on May 16 & 17, 2009 from 11AM – 4PM for this free event.

Malabar Farm’s Spring Plowing Days features the beautiful and majestic draft animals which once were the mainstay of farming in early Ohio. The setting for this event is the rich rolling countryside of Pleasant Valley where agriculture has played an important role since the 1820’s. Malabar Farm State Park and the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association will once again host Annual Spring Plowing Days. Spring Plowing Days will feature teamsters and draft teams testing their skills in competition. All competitors must be members of the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association. This is just one of the opportunities Malabar offers visitors to reflect on and experience many things which have changed as well as a few which have stayed the same.

Sunday’s events include adult classes for men and women in the box-wagon obstacle course. The log skidding contest begins at 11:00 a.m. and the weekend’s activities wrap up with the fun pull. Teamsters pit the strength of their teams against their competition to see which team can pull the greatest load over a distance of 25 feet.

The Malabar Farm Restaurant is open Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 8:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. year around. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205. Additionally, the Malabar Farm Hostelling International, will be holding their Annual Open house from 12 noon till 4pm both days. Call 419-892-2055 for more information.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, one mile west of SR 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. Louis Bromfield, a world-renowned novelist and conservationist, created the farm in the 1940s as a demonstration farm for progressive conservation practices. Malabar Farm State Park is the only working farm in the Ohio State Park system. Programs and special events are offered year-round. For more information about this or other programs, call the park office at 419-892-2784 or visit our Website at malabarfarm.org.

While you are in the area, check out the Butternut Loop Trail at Malabar Farm State Park.