Thurman 'Maple Days' conclude this weekend

ATHOL- The sap is flowing and maple sugaring operators are working overtime as Thurman prepares host it third "Maple Weekend" festival March 26 and 27.

Thurman maple farms will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with visitors invited to tour their maple houses and watch demonstrations to get a taste of traditional life in the North Country. Guests will be invited to walk through sugarbushes - stands of maple trees - and watch demonstrations of how maple syrup and related products are made.

Valley Road Maple Farm kicks the two days off with a pancake breakfast that begins at 9 a.m and runs until 1 p.m., with tours and demonstrations continuing until 4 p.m. Sugarhouses at this farm, Adirondack Gold Maple Farm and Toad Hill Maple Farm all will be showing the routine of sap tapping, modern vacuum-assist systems and plastic lines, as well as old-fashioned bucket sap collection.

At Martin's Lumber, visitors will see a sawmill in action, learn what a sawyer does to maximize the amount of lumber from his tree, and how he works to ensure the productivity of his tree farm. Also, Martin's Lumber will host craft demonstrations involving cutting stained glass and recycling paper.

A map and details are available online at: www.persisgranger.com/ThurmanMapleWeekends.htm. For details, call 623-9718.

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