WILLIAMSTOWN -- Maple sugaring season has arrived once again, and Hopkins Memorial Forest in Williamstown will host its annual celebration to usher in the new season.
The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held regardless of the weather and is appropriate for people of all ages.
MapleFest exalts the time-honored Yankee tradition of producing home-grown sweeteners from local maple trees. The celebration will allow people to both observe and take part in the maple syrup production process, from tapping a tree to checking out the finishing and bottling of the final product.
Participants will also be able to visit a working sugar house, assist with sap gathering, and taste the homemade syrup on pancakes and sugar on snow.
In addition, there will be demonstrations of old-time evaporating methods, dating back to the pre-colonial era, as well as maple sugaring exhibits, videos, and more.
Sugaring has taken place in Hopkins Forest since the mid-1980s, when Williams College students built a sugar house in an existing maple grove.
Hopkins Forest, which is owned and operated by Williams College, is at the intersection of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road.