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Maple-sugaring weekend events in the Hudson Valley
Looking for some sweet family fun? It’s maple-sugaring season, that once-a-year spell of mild days and icy nights that provides just the right conditions for the maple sap to flow in the Hudson Valley. At about 20 days long, the prime maple season is fleeting; so don’t miss your chance to experience it. These five local sweet spots invite families to learn about the process, celebrate the season and, of course, sample some sweet maple goodies this weekend.
Sunday: Sugarfest in Mount Kisco
Start your day with an all-you-can-eat pancake feast topped with 100 percent New York maple syrup. Then, travel back in time to learn the history and evolution of making maple syrup, from the Native American days through the early Colonial period to today, during a one-hour “Maple Sugaring Through the Ages” demonstration. The popular program fills up quickly, so reserve ahead.
When: 9 or 11 a.m. breakfast seatings; 10 a.m. or noon maple-sugaring demonstrations, Sunday, March 10
Info: Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco; 914-666-8448; www.westmorelandsanctuary.org; $10, $6 for members, $4 for kids 10 and under
Sunday: Maple sugaring in Katonah
Kids are invited to learn about the sugaring process firsthand in Muscoot Farm’s sugar house, where they’ll see the hot evaporator busily boiling sap that has been harvested from maple trees to make syrup. Farm staff will be on hand to give visitors a friendly primer on the process and the history of making syrup.
When: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10
Info: Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100, Katonah; 914-864-7286; www.muscootfarm.org; free
Sunday: Maple sugaring party in Scarsdale
Children can try their hands at candy making and crafts, enjoy live music and learn about the techniques of the past through historical depictions of sugaring sites in Colonial and Native American times at Greenburgh Nature Center’s seasonal celebration. California Pizza Kitchen will sell refreshments at the event. Pay the day of the party or register and prepay online for a discounted rate to this all-ages event.
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 10
Info: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale; 914-723-3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org; $12, $7 for members; $2 discount for early registration
Sunday: Sugaring Sundays in Ossining
Youngsters can pick up fun facts and fascinating folklore about all the steps of the sugaring process -- from tapping the trees to filling the bottles -- during one-hour sugarhouse tours led by a Teatown Lake Reservation naturalist. Registration is strongly recommended for the all-ages program.
When: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10
Info: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining; 914-762-2912; www.teatown.org; $5; free for members