THURMAN - This weekend marks the beginning of a three-week celebration of "all things maple" in the town of Thurman.
As of Saturday and March 13 and 14, Thurman Maple Days are celebrated in town, and all are welcome to attend pancake breakfasts, free sugarhouse tours, maple shopping, sawmill demonstrations and lots of friendly family fun.
Early birds annually begin their outing at Valley Road Maple Farm, featuring pancakes crowned with pure maple syrup. The meal begins at 9 a.m., and the rest of the tour sites open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. At Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, the maple tour will feature Adirondack Suds and Scents proprietor Sally Feihel, who makes candles and soaps and deals in essential oils. She'll be on hand to explain her craft and show a soap-making video.
Visitors are also welcome at Martin's Lumber to see the polished, exquisitely-grained slabs of maple, along with stained-glass stepping stones, quilted wares and hand-crafted jewelry. Not far away, Toad Hill Maple Farm, Warren County's largest sugarhouse,will welcome guests on Charles Olds Road. Many of the tours and events will be repeated over the following two weekends as part of a state maple celebration.
Details are available at www.Thurman-NY.com or 623-9718. Brochures with maps are available around the area and online, or visitors can follow signs through Thurman to the sites.