PLYMOUTH - Maple syrup days are here again, with the fifth annual Plymouth Maple Festival coming up Saturday, March 3.
The festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on the Plymouth Green, at 10 Park St., started in 2014. It was part of the Plymouth Congregational Church’s year-long 275th anniversary celebration and has caught on.
Jerry Milne, a forester with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and a member of the church’s anniversary committee, came up with the idea of taking advantage of the sugar maples on the green where the church is located.
Milne had tapped the trees on the green himself in the past and he also knew the church’s chicken barbecue pit could be used to boil syrup outside.”
“The sugaring season is just getting started,” Milne said about conditions this year. “It’s more of a normal year as far as temperatures go. The sap should be running this week with nighttime temperatures in the 20s and in the 40s during the day. I tapped last weekend and may be boiling this week.”
Tree tapping starts right at 10 a.m. Kids will get a chance to tap in the spouts, hang the buckets and collect sap. Everyone can watch the maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire, and sample sugar on snow and maple sugar candy.
Maple baked beans and maple ham will be for sale in the Plymouth Congregational Church beside the green, while listening to the fiddling and banjo-playing of local musicians Dan Gardella and Fran Block, also known as “Down Home Frolic.”
Once again there will be crafts for kids at the Plymouth Library, 692 Main St., a short walk from the green, Milne said. “Last year was the first time we had kids’ activities at the Plymouth Library and it was very popular. It got people to walk around the rest of the village and see the inside of this beautiful building.”
“The library dates to 1871. The current structure, of neo-colonial design, was erected in 1932 during the depths of the Depression. The original building burned down, but the townspeople felt strongly enough to raise funds for a new library despite economic hardships,” he said.
“In addition to the usual adult offerings, the Plymouth Library has a children’s section and a Plymouth history section,” he continued. “The interior is warm and inviting, like being in a living room of a historic house. And it is open on Saturdays!”
The festival will also feature horse drawn hay rides from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and new this year will be a children’s scavenger hunt, where kids can explore the green looking for answers to questions about Plymouth’s history, Milne said.
Admission is free. For more information, call 860-921-6118, or go to www.plymouthhistoricalsociety.org .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO:
What: The fifth annual Plymouth Maple Festival
When: Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Plymouth Green at 10 Park St.