March 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 THURMAN – Sugaring season is in full swing in Thurman, the little town with a big maple industry, just outside of Lake George, NY. In a region where historically more families than not tapped sugar maples to make syrup for pancakes and sugar for baking, late winter is a time of intensive labor. Today’s maple producers carry on the traditions of their forebears as they trek into the sugarbushes, often on snowshoes, or wearing crampons, to drill holes, set taps and run or repair lines to carry sap to the sugarhouses for boiling and processing it into a multitude of sweet treats. Beginning March 16 and 17, continuing Saturdays and Sundays through March 31, five Thurman maple producers—four of them the largest in Warren County--will open their sugarhouses to show how this age-old art is practiced with the help of technological advancements. Each weekend offers open barns at our maple farms, all offering free tours of sugarbushes and sugarhouses, with demonstrations and talks about tapping, evaporating, filtering and candy-making. Each has its own specialty: at Toad Hill, wagon rides to the sugar bush through a traditional covered bridge, and some non-traditional fun with a trebuchet; at the largest sugar bush in the area, Hidden Hollow, check out their special dark syrup; Adirondack Gold features “Tapper”, who invites young and old alike to visit traditionally-tapped trees near the sugarhouse and listen for the first drop of sap in the bucket; our newest participant maple farm, Mud St. Maple, will entice you with their signature bourbon maple syrup, and Valley Road Maple Farm will feed you a pancake breakfast or lunch. Expect wonderful samples and great shopping for an expanded inventory of maple treats. Also hosting will be neighboring farms: Martin’s Lumber: visit their shops and neighbor artisans with woodburning, quilting, homemade soaps, pottery, nature designs and paper art. Nearby Nettle Meadow farm offers tours to meet the dairy herd and sanctuary animals (weather permitting), along with sampling and shopping for unique cheeses. Whitefield’s Farm will offer farm products, with an emphasis on their all-natural turkeys, and Blackberry Hill Farm sells organic poultry and non-GMO pork. Activities at all sites run 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Valley Road Maple Farm opens an hour early each day, serving pancakes 9 till 1, with shop open until 4. Read more and download the brochure and map from our web site, www.VisitThurman.com. Be sure to take a camera and email your best shots to VisitThurman@gmail.com for future event publicity. More information: Randy Galusha, 518-623-4744 firstname.lastname@example.org This event is made possible, in part, by Warren County occupancy tax dollars granted by the Town of Thurman.