Patti Page maple syrup

patti page


It’s time to think about holiday giving. People aren’t getting much from me this year; if I have the strength to bake a few Russian teacakes and put them in cute little containers, that’ll be about the size of it.

But some years I do better. There are always catalog gifts (who doesn’t like a cheese wheel?). And sometimes I come up with something absolutely brilliant, which then falls flat.

One year Partner came up with the best gift ever: bottles of Patti Page maple syrup, straight from New Hampshire. Patti Page was a 1950s singer who, upon retirement, moved north, bought a maple orchard, and started bottling her own syrup. The syrup was okay, but the bottle was incredible.  There was a little light-activated mechanism inside the cap; as soon as you opened the bottle, Patti warbled a little sugary-sweet maple-syrup song.

This was absolutely perfect, I thought. So I bought half-a-dozen bottles, and sent them out, and  –

Almost no response. “Thanks for the syrup,” I got from one or two people.

Then, over the next few years, I started getting little messages from those same people. “Did you know that that bottle of syrup sings a song? We just opened it, and –“

Oh yes. It took some of them two years or so to open my gift.

Merry Christmas!


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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

7 Responses to Patti Page maple syrup

  1. Scott says:

    I still have the bottle cap in the top silverware drawer in my kitchen so every time I open the drawer it sings to me. Thought the sound is getting more and more scratchy, it’s still the gift that keeps giving. Haha

  2. starproms says:

    What an original idea. I love Maple Syrup, but it’s so expensive. Who wouldn’t love a gift of it!

  3. Norma says:

    Does anyone know where I can buy one of the Patti Page of Maple Syrup with the singing cap?

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