Maple Sunday Weekend
In 1999, a handful of sugarmakers in Bennington County had the idea to hold a free Sunday event in which the public would be invited to visit participating sugarhouses. Attendance was modest that first year, with many visitors – some life-long residents of Vermont – admitting they had never before been in a sugarhouse. Over the years, the one-day event expanded to two, and was eventually adopted on a state-wide basis! This year, the 20th annual Maple Sunday Weekend will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, featuring 11 sugarhouses throughout the county. These include the Mike Lourie family in West Rupert; Merck Forest and Farmland in Rupert; Dutton’s Farm Stand in Manchester Center; XR Maple at the Sugar Shack in Arlington; the Mance family, Bill and Susan Freeman, the McEnaney family and Rick and Greer Kobik in Shaftsbury; Keith Armstrong in Bennington; Dave Dence family and friends in Pownal; and Danny and Joanne Birch in Readsboro. So kids – put down the screens, put on your boots, grab your parents and visit a sugarhouse to see the process and find out how the season’s going! Each sugarhouse offers different activities and often a free maple treat. For more information, visit benningtonmaple.org.