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Sights, sounds and smells of Christmas

    Around the holidays, I like to recall the sights, sounds and smells from my childhood Christmases at home in the 1950s. I remember the beautiful tree we had decorated in the corner of the front room. It was not a perfectly-shaped store-bought or artificial tree. Many times, Mama and I walked the woods…

Learning the Art of Cane-Grinding in Liberty County

The weather is cooler, and cane-grinding time is here. This is something most young people usually only know about from an agricultural exhibit. When I was growing up in Long County a “few years ago,” it was common for farmers to grind cane and cook syrup. This was a great time for the community to…

Keeping cane-syrup tradition alive

Steven Gordon and his father, Charles Gordon, feed sugar cane into a syrup mill. Photo provided.   Years ago, almost every rural family had a ugar-cane mill and a boiler shelter. To make your syrup, cane had to be grown, gathered, the juice squeezed out and boiled. This was usually done during Thanksgiving vacation; by…