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Maple Sugar Festival

March 22, 23 & 24 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tap into the history of maple sugaring!

Gather family and friends to enjoy an outdoor exploration of the history of maple sugaring in New York State! Start your adventure at our Sugarhouse, then, journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar. Plus, sweeten your day by adding on a stop to the Museum’s Meeting Center to enjoy a maple-themed buffet breakfast to fuel your outdoor adventures!

If you’d like to join us for breakfast, make sure to select our Festival + Maple Breakfast combo ticket option – limited quantities available! 

ASL Interpretation will be available to our guests on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24. 

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Enjoy tasty traditions

Make sure to come hungry when you visit GCV&M for our Maple Sugar Festival! Foodies will delight in opportunities to sample, savor, and indulge in all things maple. 

  • Select our Festival + Maple Breakfast combo ticket to add on a delectable maple-inspired buffet breakfast that is sure to fuel your outdoor adventures!
  • Purchase historic maple-themed confections in the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery on Saturdays and Sundays
  • On Fridays, stop by the Meeting Center Lounge to indulge in a hot maple-themed meal or a historical craft beverage 
  • Grab a maple-themed hot meal or beverage in the Depot Restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays (specials include a Maple Corn Dog, Maple Monte Cristo, Pulled Pork Sandwich with Maple Bacon Jam & Coleslaw, Maple Glazed Doughnuts, and more!) 
  • Stop in the Freight House Pub on Saturdays and Sundays to enjoy Maple-themed appetizers (Maple Cocktail Meatballs and Weenies, Maple Chicken Wings, and more), plus grab a historical craft beer or a Rohrbach’s Griddle Cakes Ale! 
  • Fresh baked bread from our Whistlestop Bakery available on Saturdays and Sundays at the Meeting Center Bar 
  • Indulge in a maple latte or coffee from Ugly Duck Coffee (located in the Nature Center on weekends)
  • Savor maple-themed snacks and products from local vendors (Maple Tent outside Nature Center on weekends)

Visit the sugar house

And our newly renovated Nature Center!

Did you know? Part of the Nature Center at GCV&M is a working sugar house! As a member of the New York State Maple Producers Association sap is collected from the Sugar Bush on our grounds and turned into real NY maple syrup!

When you visit the Sugar House during our Maple Sugar Festival you’ll see the modern-day wood-fired evaporator in action, learn how much sap it takes to make one gallon of maple syrup, smell the sweet bubbling sap as it boils down into thick sugary syrup, and more. Maple products from the Sugar House are available for sale in the Flint Hill Store.

Explore the Nature Center

Before or after stopping by the Sugar House, make sure to swing into our newly renovated Nature Center! Here you’ll enjoy: 

  • Meeting a historical cooper at work creating sap buckets and barrels 
  • Taste sugar-on-snow (tastings are 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m. each day) 
  • Chill in the new Cozy Corner or try our our maple-themed touch table
  • Grab a pair of binoculars and play bird bingo 
  • Explore the microscopic natural world at our hands-on microscope station 
  • Try out our DIY tapping station to learn how you can tap trees at home 

Explore the sugar bush

Journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar! Explore the sugar bush and surrounding trails at the Genesee Country Nature Center, where you will learn from costumed historic interpreters how clear sap was boiled down into thick maple syrup and hardened into maple sugar.

Explore a 19th-century sugar camp as you trek through the wintry woods! Stop by our Haudenosaunee History Station, Woodcraft Station, Science Station, and Flat-Pan Evaporator Experience! 

Learn from guest educator Leon Briggs about Hodinöhsö:ni’ sugaring traditions and techniques. 

For those unable to make it out to the sugar camp, we will have a video experience in the Nature Center Lobby that showcases what our historical educators are up to out on the trails! 

Venture into the Historic Village

Meander in and out of historic homes around the Village and explore 19th-century uses for maple syrup and sugar!

  • Explore all things fried in lard in Jones Farm Kitchen 
  • Learn about sweet treats and maple sugar in the Livingston Backus Kitchen 
  • Delve into maple products as trade goods in the Altay General Store
  • Smoking bacon in the Smoke House
  • Explore candle making in MacKay House 
  • Enjoy Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Haudenosaunee) story circles with our guest partners and educators 
  • Learn about ice carving and 19th-century refrigeration in the Ice House behind Hosmer’s Inn
  • See maple tree tapping demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the Village Square 
  • Visit MacKay House to explore a display of maple artifacts from the GCV&M collection
  • Investigate Indigenous relationships to nature general and maple in particular with Rohsennase Dalton LaBarge
  • Learn about the lumber industry and deforestation in NYS with Jennifer Haines from the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
  • Dive into the cultural role of Haudenosaunee women then and now with Alexandria Hargrave from Ganondagan State Historic Site

Sweeten the festivities in our Maple Tent!

Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Savor the season by joining us in a new Maple Sugar Festival offering – our Maple Festival Tent! 

Relax with a cup of coffee!

Saturdays & Sundays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us in Hosmer’s Inn for a coffee house during our Maple Sugar Festival! Enjoy hot coffee, tea, and coffee and hot chocolate, plus our delectable maple pork hand pies. Don’t wait – these always sell out! 

Explore cultural traditions

Join our partners Perry Ground, Tonia Loran-Galban, Veronica Reitter, and Alexandria Hargrave to explore Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Haudenosaunee) cultural traditions surrounding maple sugaring! Plus, listen in on storytelling and drop in on a traditional storytelling circle (a cultural tradition whereby multiple storytellers work in conjunction to entertain and teach long-held beliefs and values, express legends to future generations, and take the listener out of the present moment). 

Shop the Flint Hill Store

Don’t forget to visit the Flint Hill Store, where you can find maple products made with syrup tapped right here at GCV&M. Ask about our pottery and syrup special deal when you visit for Maple Sugar Festival! 

Plus, find limited quantities of tasty baked goods from the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery for sale in the Flint Hill Store. 

The store will be open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all Maple Sugar Festival days. 

Ticket Information

MUSEUM MEMBER TICKETS

Adult Festival + Breakfast Combo Ticket (Friday): $23, (Saturday & Sunday): $26 

Youth Festival + Breakfast Combo Ticket (Friday): $19, (Saturday & Sunday): $22 

Adult Festival Only Ticket (Friday): $11, (Saturday & Sunday): $14 

Youth Festival Only Ticket (Friday): $8, (Saturday & Sunday): $11 

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS

Adult Festival + Breakfast Combo Ticket (Friday): $26, (Saturday & Sunday): $29

Youth Festival + Breakfast Combo Ticket (Friday): $22, (Saturday & Sunday): $25 

Adult Festival Only Ticket (Friday): $13, (Saturday & Sunday): $16

Youth Festival Only Ticket (Friday): $10, (Saturday & Sunday): $13 

Youth 2 and under: FREE 

 

Interested in becoming a Museum Member to enjoy this discounted festival admission? Click here to learn more! 

FAQs

Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

Is this event rain or shine?

Yes! This event is rain or shine. The Museum will only cancel in case of a severe weather emergency.

How should I dress?

Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions.  

We recommend bundling up – much of the Maple Sugar Festival takes place outdoors, and it is often cold and snowy in March!

Will ASL Interpretation be availble?

Yes! ASL Interpretation will be available to guests on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24.

On Friday, March 22 the interpreter’s schedule will be as follows:

Nature Center
10:30 – 10:45 am – Sugar House
11:00 – 11:15 am – Cooper
11:30 – 11:45 – Sugar Camp
12:00 – 12:45 – Maple History Trail walk
1:00 – 1:15 – tapping station
 
Historic Village
10:30 – 10:45 – Livingston-Backus Kitchen
11:00 – 11:45 – Village Square – Haudenosaunee storytelling 
12:00 – 12:15 – MacKay – Candlemaking
12:30 – 12:45 – Foster – Winterwear
1:00 – 1:15 – Tapping demo

 

On Sunday, March 24 the interpreter’s schedule will be as follows: 

10:20 – 10:35 a.m. – Sugar House
10:50 – 11:05 a.m. – Sugar Camp (along the Maple History Trail) 
11:20 – 11:35 a.m. – Hodinöhsö:ni’ History Station (at the Nature Center) 
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – storytelling on Village Square 
 
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Maple Artifact Display in MacKay House 
2 – 2:15 p.m. – Hodinöhsö:ni’ History Station (at the Nature Center) 
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Sugar Camp (on the Nature Trails) 
3 – 3:15 p.m. – Sugar House 
How long of a walk is the Maple History Trail?

The Maple History Trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and trail conditions may vary. We recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes, and noting in advance that it may be difficult to push strollers along the Maple History Trail. 

How much walking should I plan for during the Maple Sugar Festival?

Events happening as part of our Maple Sugar Festival take place all over the Museum grounds – from our Nature Center and surrounding Nature Trails, to the Historic Village! Visitors planning to join us for the Maple Sugar Festival should plan for some walking from the Nature Center to the Historic Village – approximately 1/4 of a mile. Plus, the hike along the Maple History Trail is approximately 1/2 of a mile. 

Are service animals welcome?

Yes! Leashed, certified service animals are welcome with proper identification. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets are strictly non-refundable for this program and non-transferable by date, entry time, or program.  

 

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