Maple Syrup Sunday at Little Stony Point

Head on down the hill to Little Stony on Sunday, March 20, for the 22nd Annual Maple Syrup Day festivities.  All of the ingredients of Sap Season in the Hudson Highlands will be present: fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes, hot apple cider and delicious maple syrup, live music and demonstrations for kids of the tapping process takes place and the process involved in transforming the watery liquid dripping out of the trees into the sticky sweet liquid the native Americans called “sinzibuckwud” literally, “drawn from wood.”  
       To prolong the joy, a stand operated by the Hudson Valley Maple Farm, a program of New York State Parks at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, will have bottles of syrup available.  This group has taps throughout the Taconic Region State Parks, including a number of trees in the woods across from Little Stony Point.  According to the folks at Little Stony, the pails appeared last week and have already provided enough sap to fill the evaporator and more.  The group will share their knowledge of the history and methodology of maple syrup making.        Maple Syrup Day takes place at the Caretaker’s House, just down the hill, along Route 9D, from the village, and begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. The park will be open for hikes to the beach or around the perimeter.  Visit http://www.littlestonypoint.org/ for more information.