Maple Weekends show off local sugar at Frost Valley

Claryville — It’s Maple Sugar time at Frost Valley YMCA with two open house weekends planned at the Sugar Shack on March 21-22 and March 28-29.
This free event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with tours every half-hour and activities throughout the day. Guided seasonal activities will also be plentiful for overnight guests.
Maple Sugaring Weekend is a special time in the forest of the Catskills High Peaks, where visitors can experience all the elements of sugaring including a midwinter hike, brisk mountain air, swelling buds, tapping trees. Frost Valley demonstrates both traditional and state-of-the-art collection of sweet sap and fuels the process with firewood harvested with sustainable forest management practices. When the steam of evaporating water and the sweet taste of the sap arrives at 67 percent sugar, the maple syrup is here!
Frost Valley’s Maple Weekends give families a way to experience Maple Sugar season firsthand, learn how to identify a good sugar maple tree, tap trees, boil sap to make delicious maple syrup. The northeastern U.S. is the only place in the world where sugar maple trees grow, making it a truly local product. Frost Valley’s own brand of syrup will also be for sale.
For more information, call 845 985-2291, e-mail: info@frostvalley.org or visit: www.frostvalley.org.
Located at 2000 Frost Valley Road, eight miles from Claryville and 13 miles from Big Indian, Frost Valley YMCA provides four seasons of outdoor, experiential and educational opportunities, including summer camping for children, environmental education, year-round activities for families and conference and retreat facilities for groups.