March in Vermont means the beginning of a ritual – winter white changing to spring green – but, in the midst of that transformation, we have sugaring season. Sap buckets and lines are out and all are awaiting the temperatures to bring on the “drip” that signals a very special time.
Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend is scheduled for March 22 – 23, 2014. Sugar makers throughout the state open their businesses to tell their stories and share their craft of boiling to make the most delicious maple syrup! This year, Woodstock is making maple the theme of a new event – MAPLE MADNESS! Free maple treats will be available on the Village Green from 11AM to 1PM, a maple leaf hunt through local businesses offers the chance to win a bucket of maple goodies, beautifully decorated sap buckets will be available for silent auction bidding.
To top it off, a Maple Taste-around with samples from local restaurants and producers will take place at Suicide Six Lodge from 6:30 – 8PM on Saturday evening with maple cocktails for purchase and live music by Sabrina Brown and Bob Merrill. Final bidding will take place on the sap buckets with select buckets presented in a live auction led by Woodstock’s own Norm Frates.
Need some exercise to wear off the calories from delicious foods and beverages? Sign up with Vermont Overland for Sunday morning’s Maple Adventure Ride – taking a route between sugarhouses in the Woodstock area. A weekend to celebrate a fabulous product in a quintessential Vermont town!