March is known as "maple month" because it is peak maple sugar season. All around the state, sugar makers are hoping for cold nights, and warm, sunny days for the best sap yield possible. There are plenty of events around the state this month to celebrate this special time of year. Don't miss your chance to see how maple syrup is made right in our own backyard.
Annual Maple Sugaring Festival- March 4, 2017
Price: Adults $15, Children $10
Location: The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd. Washington, CT 06793
Details: Enjoy pancakes, maple syrup, coffee and orange juice from 11am-1pm and learn how Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup. The Connecticut Valley SIberian Husky Club will be demonstrating dog sledding and mushing from 1-3pm. For more information visit: iaismuseum.org.
Plymouth Maple Festival - March 4, 2017
Location: On the Plymouth Green, 10 Park St, Plymouth, CT
Details: Tree tapping starts at 10am. Kids will get a chance to tap in the spouts, hang the buckets, and collect sap. Watch maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire. Sample sugar on snow and maple sugar candy. Maple baked beans and maple ham can be purchased in the Plymouth Congregational Church while listening to the fiddling of Down Home Frolic. There will be crafts for kids at the Plymouth Library, 692 Main Street, a short walk from the Green. There will also be horse drawn hay rides from 10:30 - 12:30. For more information, call 860-921-6118, or go to plymouthhistoricalsociety.org.
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend- March 4-5, 2017
Price: Free with museum admission
Location: Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT
Details: See how trees are tapped and sap is created while you make a maple themed craft, have your face painted, go on a scavenger hunt, enjoy live music and visit the galleries. On Saturday there is a Teen Chef Challenge, where eight teens will create dishes using maple syrup. Vote for your favorite from 11:30-1:30pm. And on Sunday there is a pancake brunch from 11am-2pm (additional charge). For more information visit: stamfordmuseum.org
Blue Slope Sugar House Tour- March 4, 2017
Price: $7 per person
Location: Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Rd, Franklin, CT
Details: Blue Slope Country Museum will be open for tours. Bring the family and go see how maple syrup is made from start to finish!
Maple Sugar Madness- March 12, 2017
Price: $5 per person
Location: Welles Shipman Ward House
Details: Glastonbury native Mark Packard will demonstrate the maple sugar making process. You'll get to see firsthand how maple sap transforms to syrup and ask any questions you have along the way. Inside the house pancakes will be cooked on the open hearth and served with what else but maple syrup. Belltown Orchards will be onsite giving an apple tree pruning demonstration at 2pm for those interested in harvesting their apple trees. For more information visit: hsgct.org
Hebron Maple Festival- March 18-19, 2017
Price: Free, some events have admission price
Location: Hebron, CT with parking at RHAM High School
Details: Local sugar houses will be open to the public for tours and demonstrations and will be selling syrup and other maple products. There will also be plenty of festival food, ranging from chili and fried dough to maple themed treats like crepes with maple syrup and maple ice cream sundaes. Activities include a sled dog demo, blacksmithing, woodcarving, facepainting and an artisan and craft show. For more information visit: hebronmaplefest.com
There are also plenty of sugar houses open to the public throughout the month of March. To see them, visit Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut.
The original post has been updated for 2017.