On Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, the Herkimer Home State Historic Site and the Friends of Herkimer Home will celebrate the 37th annual Sugaring Off on the grounds of Herkimer Home.
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Since 1796, Sugaring Off has been one of Central New York’s sweetest goodbyes to winter and the tastiest harbingers of spring, according to a news release.
Sugaring Off at Herkimer Home is a great social event as hundreds of happy visitors join costumed staff, militia and volunteers in recreating the taste, aroma and spirit of a colonial maple sugaring bee, the release said.
Visitors will see sap boil in kettles, spiles whittled from sumac, troughs hewn from half round logs and militia tactical demonstrations. The 2013 Maple Queen will give a presentation about the maple syrup process. Horse drawn wagons will convey visitors around the grounds of the property once owned by Revolutionary War hero General Nicholas Herkimer. Tastings of sap, jack-wax and maple gingerbread will be offered.
The Friends of Herkimer Home will sell their famous Kitty’s Fritters smothered in warm maple syrup. A Raid on the Sugarbush, staged by several of the area’s Revolutionary War re-enactment groups, will highlight this edition of Sugaring Off. The Tryon County militia will also demonstrate the drill, weaponry, combat tactics and camp life of the period.
Admission to the grounds, visitor center and militia demonstration are free. Guided tours of General Herkimer’s house will be offered for a small admission fee to support the historic site.