Thurman Launches March Maple Celebration March 12
By Mirror Staff
Friday, March 4, 2011
There’s snow on the ground, but spring in the air, and Adirondack maple producers have been hard at work, preparing for the flowing of the sap sparked by the magical combination of warm days and freezing nights. They’ve wallowed through bitter cold and fluffy snow on snowshoes to set thousands of taps and hooked up their equipment. They are ready.
Thurman kicks off three weekends of maple fun on Saturday, March 12th. Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal open the doors at Valley Road Maple Farm at 9 a.m. for early birds who want to fortify themselves with a hearty pancake breakfast before they go touring. All sites offer tours and demonstrations at 10 and continue greeting visitors until 4 p.m. At Martin’s Lumber, just up the road from Valley Road Maple, Gary Martin will give demonstrations of their sawmill, discussing the management practices they engage in to keep woodlands healthy and productive for generations to come and show samples of slab wood for bars and countertops. Wini Martin will show how she creates her Lucyann’s Stained Glass Stepping Stones and Lucyann’s Paper-bead and Sterling jewelry, so named in honor of her grandmothers, who inspired her. Back on the syrup trail, on Bear Pond Road, Adirondack Gold’s legendary character “Tapper” will take young and old into the sugar bush to witness the miracle of the season’s first sap. Guests may visit the sugarhouse to see their new evaporator in operation, look at equipment for sale, browse among the many maple products and sit down for a visit with a cup of Cheryl’s hot coffee. Toad Hill Maple Farm will roll out the red carpet at its brand new facility on Charles Olds Road, just outfitted with some of the most energy-efficient equipment available. The Galusha family will explain the operation and tour guests inside and outside of the sugarhouse. Find them all by heading out of Warrensburg via NYS route 418 and following your nose and some signs, or pick up maple maps around the area online at www.persisgranger.com
At four p.m. Saturday, just as the sugarhouses are closing, Hoddy Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers will be tuning up at Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Road, Athol, to entertain those attending the annual Maple Sugar Party, that runs, as organizers say, “From four until the last guest is served.” It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet that stretches nearly twenty feet, and dessert is the traditional maple country dessert of “jack wax” or “sugar on snow,” a taffy-like confection made from syrup donated by local sugarmakers. Donations for the dinner are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for those 5 and under. Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society.
Thurman’s maple breakfasts, tours and demonstrations continue on Sunday, and again on March 19th and 20th and March 26th and 27th, when the town participates in New York State Maple Weekends.
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