PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Maple Festival returns to the Town Green for the fifth year March 2, offering visitors a chance to tap trees and enjoy a variety of tasty Maple flavored treats.
The festival, sponsored by Plymouth Congregational Church and the Plymouth Historical Society, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the green at 10 Park St., Plymouth. Tree tapping will begin at 10 a.m.
Event organizer Jerry Milne of the Plymouth Historical Society said maple baked beans, maple muffins, maple ham and hot dogs can be purchased at Plymouth Congregational Church during the event and fiddlers Down Home Frolic will be “back by popular demand.” There will also be craft activities for kids and horse-drawn hay rides sponsored by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.
“The historical society started this festival in conjunction with Plymouth Congregational Church in 2014, when we were looking for a way to celebrate the church’s 275th anniversary,” said Milne. “The church was really central to the formation of the town back in the colonial days. The town green used to be a training ground where the local militia prepared for Indian attacks. Tapping sugar maples, like we have on the town green, is a New England tradition, so it seemed like a great fit. In that first year we also had a colonial drum corps.”
Milne explained that children will get a chance to tap in spouts, hang buckets under them and collect sap to taste.
“The Maple Festival has been really popular - we usually get hundreds of people coming,” he said. “Kids will also learn how much sap is used to make a gallon of maple syrup and about the different types of syrup like light, gold and dark amber.”
There will also be maple syrup boiling on an open fire by the church’s chicken barbecue pit, maple sugar candy available for tasting, and sugar on snow making at 11:00 a.m.
“Sugar on snow is a Canadian tradition,” explained Milne. “It is cooked at 230 degrees, 20 degrees hotter than most syrup, and then it is tossed onto the snow. When it hits the snow, it turns into maple taffy which you can wind on a fork. It’s really good.”
Milne encouraged local families to head to the town green and get in on the fun.
“It’s a nice family event and a great way to get outside after a long winter,” he said.
Admission to the Maple Festival is free.
For more information, call 860-921-6118 or visit plymouthhistoricalsociety.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .