NYLON – Genesee Country Village & Museum will be hosting the last weekend of the famous Maple Sugar Festival, this upcoming Saturday and Sunday, with free admittance for youth 17 and under.
According to Genesee Country Museum, the Maple History Trail by the Nature Center has an expansive network of trees tapped with modern taps and tubes, and re-enactors at several stations along the way to demonstrate the evolution of taps and sap collection systems.
You can even try your own hand at using some of the 19th century techniques and metal tools, buckets and spiles used for tapping trees as well as managing sap buckets on a shoulder yoke.
There will also be a pancake breakfast until 1 p.m.
There will be demonstrations and activities within the Historic Village, which includes many houses and buildings that have been uprooted from across the Genesee Valley and restored at the museum. A tinsmith and cooper will be working at their shops, re-enactors will be making tallow candles at the MacKay House, and hams and bacon strips will be smoking in the smoke shack.
For those looking to get more involved in the culinary delights of maple syrup, sign up for Genesee County Village & Museum’s Maple Cooking Contest to be held Saturday, March 28. Enter to the competition and receive a free admission ticket for the day. Winners in the adult category could take home classic hand-thrown pottery, and the winner of the youth category will receive a gift certificate to the Flint Hill Store.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Genesee Country Museum’s website)