2013-08-09 / Community

A Window on the Past

Living history cooking demonstration
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


South Portland will take a step back in time Sunday, Aug. 11, when a Wabanaki cooking demonstration is held at Bug Light. (Courtesy photo) South Portland will take a step back in time Sunday, Aug. 11, when a Wabanaki cooking demonstration is held at Bug Light. (Courtesy photo) The first peoples inhabiting the land now known as South Portland were the People of the Dawnland, the Abenaki, and now more collectively known as the Wabanaki. In honor of this heritage and her parents, Guy Stanwood and Ruth Ellen McLellan, Susan McLellan Plaisted will present “Foods of the Dawnland: A Presentation of the Foodways of the Wabanaki.” This outdoor historic cooking demonstration will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 4 pm at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum located at Bug Light Park in South Portland.

At this special afternoon event, Ms. Plaisted will demonstrate the cooking methods and types of foods that were used by the Wabanaki. Please come and visit at any time between 1 and 4p.m., as this will be an ongoing demonstration. The event is free and open to the public.

To reach the museum, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, then right on Madison St. that leads right into the park. For GPS users, enter 1 Madison Street to obtain nearest directions.

For more information, call 767-7299 or visit the South Portland Historical Society on Facebook.

Plaisted is the proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American and European cooking methods, practices, and recipes, as well as pre-European-contact and post-European-contact Native American foodways. Her repertoire ranges from open pit, through down hearth, raised hearth, and cookstove cooking.

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