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News Release    

March 5, 2010      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Maple Sugaring Open House at Bowdoin Park
FREE event for the whole family

Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus encourages residents of all ages to learn more about maple sugaring at the County’s Bowdoin Park on Saturday, March 13th from 11am to 3pm.    The event is FREE to the public.

“This is a fun and educational event for the whole family to enjoy,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “Learn something new and enjoy a day at our beautiful Bowdoin Park.”

Dutchess County park naturalists will be teaching the age old art of maple sugaring.   They will explore both modern and Native American methods used to create maple syrup.  The event will be both indoors and outside and will include demonstrations of tapping a sugar maple tree, boiling sap with hot rocks and by evaporator, and starting fire by friction.  Demonstrations will be held on a rotating schedule, so come for as little or long as you like!  There will even be an opportunity to purchase syrup made at Bowdoin Park to take home and enjoy (dependent upon availability.)

“Our maple sugaring program is just one of the great programs offered at Bowdoin Park by our park naturalists,” said Dutchess County Parks Director Steven Olsen.  “We have a wide array of weekend and summer programs as well as custom programs for schools and scouting groups.”

To learn more about the maple sugaring programs or any of the other programs at Bowdoin Park, visit the Parks Department page at or call 845-298-4602.    Bowdoin Park is located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.



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