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Maple Syrup Season at the Stamford Museum

Maple Sugar Festival coming up this weekend

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Stamford, CT | Added on February 25, 2014 At 03:29 PM

It's a sweet tradition,

"This is the only place in the world maple syrup is made," said Will Kies, director of education at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.  

Made in New England and right here in Stamford.

"We've been making maple syrup here since the mid-1970s," said Kies.  "You never add anything to pure maple syrup.  Pure maple syrup is just the maple syrup is just the maple sap boiled down."

Before the sap gets brought in to the sugar house, it comes out of a tree and into a bucket.

"You drill a small hole into the tree. You hammer in something called a spial that allows that sap to drip out of the tree into a bucket.  We collect that sap and then we bring it down to the sugar house where we're going to start to boil it," said Kies.

Kies says so far, they've made 10 gallons of syrup, compared to last year's 50 gallons at this time.  

"This season's definitely been a little bit of a challenge," said Kies.  "You need warm days and cold nights and as everybody knows we've had very few warm days."

With about 70 programs, the nature center educates 2,000 area students every maple syrup season.  Lisa Monachelli is the education program manager.  

"This helps us to filter our syrup to make sure that it's ready for bottles and to put into pancakes," said Monachelli, who was teaching a preschool class Tuesday.

"They'll go out to the tree, they'll learn about how we collect our sap, then they'll go up and learn how the native Americans made it and then they'll end up here in the sugar house and see how we make it and they'll end the day with a wonderful tasting of our own maple syrup," said Kies.  

You can get your own taste of the syrup at the nature center's annual Maple Sugar Festival this weekend, March 1 and 2.  The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

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