2/5/2013 - Maple Sugaring Open House is Saturday, March 2nd

Maple Sugaring Open House

Hamden’s Department of Arts, Recreation & Culture and the Friends of Brooksvale Park invite you to their annual Maple Sugaring Open House on Saturday, March 2 between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm at Brooksvale Park

Park staff and volunteers will be on hand at various learning stations throughout the park to introduce participants to the history and science behind this ancient craft. Native American legends about the discovery of maple sugaring will be told and exhibits, artifacts and hands-on activities will illustrate the changing role of technology in maple syrup production. Participants can also visit the maple grove and sugar shack at Brooksvale Park, providing an opportunity to understand the process from sap to syrup.

The program is free and open to the public. Though the Veterans’ Memorial Building where the storytelling takes place is accessible, the other learning stations are in a wooded area and at the sugar shack where the ground is uneven.

100% Maple Syrup made at the park and by local Connecticut Sugarmakers will be for sale during the open house while supplies last. Prices range from $7 for a ½ pint of Brooksvale Park syrup and on up, depending on size, and container type.

Heavy rain or blizzard will cancel the program until the next day. Maple sugaring season is traditionally muddy and cold, so participants should dress for the conditions.

Brooksvale Park is located 1 mile off Whitney Avenue (Route 10) on Brooksvale Avenue in Northern Hamden.

For more information and directions you can visit www.hamden.com and the Friends website www.brooksvale.org