March means maple sugaring season, and the return of the Genesee Country Village & Museum's sweetest event - the annual Maple Sugar Festival! Celebrated over two weekends - this year: March 19th & 20th; and March 26th & 27th - there's fun for the whole family! From the ever-popular pancake breakfast (tickets sold separately); to sap collecting on the Maple History Trail; syrup making at the Sugarhouse; Haudenosaunee storytelling (with ASL interpretation on select dates); and historical trades & cooking demonstrations throughout the Historic Village - both new and favorite traditions abound.
In fact, my first memories of the event were from a stroller...which gives you an idea of just how long I've been attending the festival! Since 2014, however, I've been behind-the-scenes, pouring beverages and plating food as part of the historic dining team. Fast forward to this year, 2022, I'm now running the Hosmer's Inn Luncheon, and overseeing the amazing historic dining team (seriously grateful for the entire team who make the history happen!). Some of the members were working today, and are picture below as they take a break to enjoy their lunch:
|Hosmer's Inn Luncheon at the Maple Sugar Festival|
Historic Dining team members sitting down to enjoy lunch themselves!
Maple Sugar Fest also happens to be personally significant as it marks my 1-year workiversary in my current role as Manager of Community Lifeways, and 8 years (9 museum seasons) with GCV&M. (If you're interested in reading more about what I do, in addition to overseeing the Historic Dining programs, find all the details in this blogpost: Going, Going, Gone: A Recap of Season #8!)
|Murie carrying a tray into the front parlor.|
|Private dining room|
|Family dining room|
|Backroom Baked Potato Break!|
|The obligatory OOTD (Outfit of the Day) picture for Maple Sugar Festival, Day One!|
Kelly & I both rocked our Maple browns!
There are three more dates to catch the event, so don't miss your chance to dine with us at Hosmer's Inn by purchasing your tickets at: Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast. Hope to serve you then!