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By Joshua Maloni
As The Bangles once sang: The leaves are brown, and the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
But hang on to your hopes, my friend. … Yes, look around. The grass is high, the fields are ripe – and the custard is churning.
Hibbard’s is open!
Lewiston’s world-famous, Barenaked Ladies-endorsed sweet shop served its first custard of the season at one minute to 11 on Monday morning. Joe Woodbury of the Tuscarora Reservation was first in line.
“I’ve been coming here for nigh unto 60 years,” he said. “My dad brought me here. Now I bring my kids. Now I’ve got a granddaughter. We just like the atmosphere around here, the quaint town persona.”
He noted, “I like the taste. I had one the other day (from somewhere else); it was just really heavy. I just really like the way this tastes overall.”
Woodbury said, “My granddaughter wants black raspberry. I always go with vanilla. And my son wants cookie dough.”
Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard team members Dan Buchner and Stephanie Sawyer turn on the “Bat Signal” … which is to say, they flipped the switch on the famous red “Open” sign.
In addition to traditional custard flavors, Hibbard’s also offers a rotating cast of colorful creations, including a “Cookie Monster”-inspired mashup, and “Big Barenaked Bang,” which was inspired by Canada’s own BNL. This summer, pistachio has been promoted to a daily flavor.
Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard, celebrating its 83rd year in 2022, opens with operating hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It is located at 105 Portage Road, right across from the Tuscarora Heroes and “Circle of Honor” monuments. Visit online at www.hibbardscustard.com.
For the second year in a row, Joe Woodbury was the first customer of the season at Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard.