TUPPER LAKE - Sugar houses at The Wild Center and Paul Smith's College VIC are prepared to take that pure maple sap and turn it into the golden nectar that adorns pancakes and other edible delicacies. 31 families have already signed up for The Wild Center's Community Maple Project, with 300 taps, double the number of last year.
Boiling begin March 8. Visitors are welcome to visit both sugar shacks.
Those in Tupper Lake can join its community maple project, led by The Wild Center and one of the first of its kind in the state. The Wild Center invites community members to tap maple trees in their yards and have it collected by a Wild Center representative on a daily basis during the sugaring season. Once returned to The Wild Center, the sap will be boiled down into maple syrup. Interested communities members are encouraged to attend the workshop on Saturday to be involved in this project. Space is limited.
The free "Art of Maple Sugaring Breakfast and Workshop" will introduce the natural history of maple trees, provide access to the latest in maple information, including the tools you need to tap a tree, collect maple sap and ways to participate in the project.
Those who wish to attend are asked to pre-register. Registered participants will receive a pancake breakfast, expert-led workshop and the tools to tap your own sugar maple for the 2013 season. Families are welcome. Register at www.wildcenter.org/sweet.
On Saturday, it's all maple, all day at The Wild Center with maple stories, crafts, and tastings. The Adirondack Museum will share some of the local stories of maple through historical object and pictures from the past. You can also take a maple "tour" with naturalists at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as they tell the story of maple sugaring through the stages of tapping, processing, and finally getting to the sweet part, maple sugar.
The Paul Smith's College VIC also has a maple sugaring demonstration site and community maple project. As part of New York State's Maple weekend from 1 to 4 p.m. March 23. This demonstration will teach the art of maple sugaring with special emphasis on backyard tapping, collection and boiling. Paul Smith's College students will be leading the workshops, providing tours of the sugar house and the maple demonstration site. Includes program and tastings for the whole family.
During New York State Maple Weekend on Saturday and Sunday and March 23-24, people can tour their new sugarbush, visit the sugar house, try maple confections and baked goods, learn about maple sugaring and sign up for their Community Maple Project.
All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For events at the Paul Smith's College VIC, contact Brian McDonnell at 518-327-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.