Fleischmanns Maple Fest promises sweet day of fun

Fleischmanns — Three days of sweet fun will be on tap at the Fleischmanns First Maple Festival Weekend from Friday-Sunday, March 23-25.

The official weekend kickoff event will be the crowning of the Maple Queen on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m. on the steps of the Skene Library on Main Street.

Saturday’s action gets underway with a chicken barbecue — complete with maple glaze — hosted by the Fleischmanns Fire Department. Barbecued chicken will be available at the firehall starting at 11 a.m.

Baking contest
Another Saturday highlight will be a Maple Bake-Off. Kitchen magicians of all skill levels are invited to let their culinary imaginations run wild and judges will decide whose creations are prize-worthy. The use of maple products in the bake-off is the only requirement.

In a nod to country fairs of yesteryear, bake-off tastings and judging will take place from 4-6 p.m. at a “pop-up” Grange Hall/Café located in the former telephone building on Main Street. Delicious treats offered to the public will include an array of goodies with maple as a primary ingredient. Among the choices will be baked goods, ice cream (courtesy of the Fleischmanns/Pine Hill Rotary Club) and even maple hot toddies. Coffee and tea and hot maple toddies will be available to compliment the sweet treats. Café admission is $15 and proceed will benefit the weekend’s sponsoring organization, Fleischmanns First, a group dedicated to promoting the historic village. Ribbons for bake-off winners will be awarded at 5 p.m.
The festive, old-time atmosphere at the café will be enhanced by traditional acoustic tunes offered by Catskill Mountain Surprise, an impromptu group of multi-talented local dignitaries.

Maple tours open
Tours of Vly Creek Maple Farm will be part of the action from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Directions to the farm will available at the library.

The Maple Festival Weekend winds up on Sunday, March 25 with hearty pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Fleischmanns community church on Main Street. Ample portions of pancakes and side dishes will be accompanied by ample amounts of maple syrup adding the perfect touch of sweetness. The breakfast will be offered at $6 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under.

Entries will be separated into several categories, including: traditional, gluten-free, low-fat and taste treats produced by intergenerational teams. Bake-off registration forms and guidelines are available online at markproject.org, fleischmannsny.com or by calling 586-3500.
“Fleischmanns has been working hard to overcome the impact of last August’s flood,” commented MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth. “We hope folks will come out and help support the community and enjoy some old-fashioned fun and fare.”

Teaming up
This inaugural event is hosted by Fleischmanns First, a group dedicated to promoting the historic village. The MARK Project, a local development agency is providing financial and planning support.
For more than 30 years, MARK has provided housing programs, economic development and technical assistance services to the Towns of Andes, Middletown and Roxbury and the Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville and the hamlet of Pine Hill. The MARK Project Inc. is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit, tax-exempt rural development company that unites efforts and secures resources to build and revitalize our communities.