Oswego County 2017 Maple Weekends Pancake Breakfasts, Tapping Ceremony, Sugar House Tours Set

Ready for a taste of fresh, sweet, pure New York maple syrup?

Maple producers in the four-county region have announced their 2017 Maple Weekends tree tapping ceremonies and special events with free tastings, tours, syrup and confection-making demonstrations, recipes and treats for sale on March 18-19 and 25-26. Dress appropriately for weather and walking.

2017 Maple Weekends activities in Oswego County include:

Red Schoolhouse MapleTree Tapping Ceremony: Saturday, March 18, 2 pm, , 2437 County Route 4, Fulton, 315-243-1024; serving pancake breakfast 8 am-1 pm, fee. Free tours, sugar making movie, coloring, samples: 10:30 am-4 pm.

Maple Hill Farm: 86 Guernsey Rd., Hannibal, 315-593-2396. Wear boots to walk sugar bush woods. See oil-fired arch and steam away, syrup making and bottling since 2001.

Maple Hollow Farm: 1309 County Route 85, Hannibal. 315-564-7133. Free basket raffles. Self-guided sugar bush tour. Meet Emma the Big Brown Cow.

Yardley Maple: 524 County Route 64, Mexico. 315-380-1416. See sap filling holding tanks in sugar house, filters, reverse osmosis, you-try-it tapping demo in sugar house, samples.

Check listings in the free 2017 Maple Weekends brochure for the four counties at www.mapleweekend.com for directions and to see which days the various sites are open from 10 am to 4 pm. The brochure is also available at county Chambers of Commerce and Cooperative Extension offices, and by mail from Lewis Region Maple Weekend Coordinator Marcia Rudd at ruddsmaple@yahoo.com.