The sap started flowing earlier this week at Maple Wood Nature Center, and just in time, too.
The 24th annual Maple Syrup Days is this weekend, March 15-16, and there will be syrup available. Though maybe not as much as previous years.
“We do have sap to boil,” county naturalist Scott Beam said. But with the late start, there may not be as much syrup to buy as in years past. Syrup sales will start Saturday morning.
The annual event will include the all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, prepared by the South Milford Lions Club. Meals start at 7 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
Tours of the sugarbush and sugar house start at 8 a.m. and run through 3 p.m.
There will be entertainment every hour starting at 9 a.m. with the Marionette variety show “Syrup on Strings.”
“Make sure you plan to be outside,” Beam advised. While the breakfast is indoors, the other activities are either outside or in the sugar house, which can be quite chilly. And it will stay chilly throughout the weekend, with a high near 38 on Saturday and a high of only 26 on Sunday expected.
Dress warm, then, to be able to enjoy all of the fun at the event.
Visitors should also watch where they park, as some parts of the ground are bound to be soggy as snow melts. A van will be shuttling visitors from along CR 100S to the nature center.
Maple Wood Nature Center is located on CR 100S, half mile east of CR 400E.