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Maple Sugaring Through the Centuries
March 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
DUE TO PREDICTED BAD WEATHER THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY MARCH 24 AT 10 AM
Did you know that the Stockbridge Indians who lived in Stockbridge and Great Barrington came to Tyringham and Monterey to make maple sugar? Did you know that Native Americans often called late winter “maple moon” or “sugar moon”? Maple Syrup is ubiquitous in New England now, but for European settlers it was a new flavor introduced to them by the Native Americans. In mid-March, visit the Bidwell House Museum to learn all about Maple Sugaring through the centuries. Join Rob Hoogs as he demonstrates the Native American techniques for collecting and cooking the sap and then describes how maple sugar was made both before and after contact with Europeans.
Park at the museum’s parking lot along Art School Road. Dress for the weather; if there’s deep snow, snow shoes might be helpful. After the demonstration, people are invited to drive about 2 miles to the sugar house at Lowland Farm on New Marlboro Road to see how modern maple syrup is produced, and sample some of this sweet delight. Syrup will be available for purchase.