Neighbors: Things Getting Curiouser and Curiouser in Sunderland

The Recorder, August 31st, 2015, by Anita Fritz

Hello neighbor.

Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12.

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn.

This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann.

When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and there have been 2.8 million views on the image-sharing site Imgur.
While Alice navigates the characters and creatures of Wonderland, you will explore the twists and turns of the wondrous maze, and to help you get through, a specially designed game will challenge you to assemble your own croquet team and flamingo mallets on your way to the Queen’s Croquet Match.

It might just be time to peruse your copy of the children’s classic — or get to your local library — because you’re going to need that knowledge to successfully ace acres of trivia and come out to receive a coveted farm prize.

This year is Mike’s Maze’s 16th anniversary. Located at the foot of Mount Sugarloaf in Sunderland, the maze is not the only feature — there will be activities, games and amusements to entertain all, including the newest addition, pedal carts, along with the popular horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides and petting zoo, as well as the potato blasters.

If you’re planning a visit to the maze, you should also plan on having lunch or a snack at Mike’s Corn Cafe.

The maze at 23 South Main St. is open Sept. 12 through Nov. 8. Admission is $12, with reduced rates for students, seniors and children. Children under 4 are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance to the maze.

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