Statewide ‘Maple Weekend’ celebrated at Arnot Forest in Van Etten

At the peak of maple syrup season, dozens of maple syrup makers around New York open their doors to the public in a celebration called New York Maple Weekend. To join in the celebration, which takes place March 17 and 18, the modern maple syrup making operation at Cornell University’s Arnot Forest in Van Etten will host a pancake breakfast, public tours, syrup tasting, and displays and demonstrations explaining new and old maple syrup making technology.

The huge evaporator will be running at full-tilt, with sap running from thousands of sugar maple trees directly to the sugarhouse. The day will include mostly outdoor activities, so participants must dress accordingly.

Information about other Maple Weekend events can be found at www.mapleweekend.com. You can also call the Arnot Forest Sugarhouse by calling (607) 589-6076.

The pancake breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to noon each day at a cost of $6 per person five years old and older, the demonstrations and displays will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and hamburgers and hot dogs will be available beginning at noon each day.

Cornell University’s Arnot Forest is located on Jackson Hollow Road (Schuyler CR 13), 1-mile north of NY Route 224 between Cayuta and Van Etten, N.Y.