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To kick off the spring season, the Dutchess County Parks Division will once again host the annual Maple Open House and Pancake Breakfast at Bowdoin Park, located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The Maple Open House will be held on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00am to 2:00pm and is free to attend. A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 8:00am to 11:30am and the cost to attend is $5 per person, with children 6 and under free of charge. Both events are open to the public.
“Both our annual Maple Open House and Pancake Breakfast provide families, children and adults of all ages the chance to visit one of Dutchess County’s award-winning parks while learning about the art of making maple syrup and tasting syrup made locally at Bowdoin Park,” said County Executive Marc Molinaro.
As part of the Maple Open House, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on learning experience about the art of making maple syrup. Participants will engage in different steps of the maple syrup process from tapping the trees, to collecting the sap, and then boiling it down to syrup. Native American methods for creating maple sugar will also be explored.
Activities will be held in Bowdoin Park’s Maple Sugar Shed and the Education Center Quad. The Maple Sugar Shed will be open throughout the day with demonstrations of how maple syrup is made. Maple syrup will also be available for purchase during the event. In addition to the scheduled events, Bowdoin Park’s history and nature exhibits within the education building will be open.
The Maple Open House schedule is as follows:
Education Center Quad Maple Sugar Shed
10:30am Early Maple Sugaring Techniques Making Maple Syrup
11:30am Fire by Friction Demonstration Making Maple Syrup
12:30pm Early Maple Sugaring Techniques Making Maple Syrup
1:30pm Fire by Friction Demonstration
The Pancake Breakfast on April 14th is the perfect opportunity to enjoy locally made syrup from Bowdoin Park, as well as the beautiful scenic views of the Hudson River. The breakfast will be held in the Community Center Auditorium at Bowdoin Park. The cost to attend is $5 per person, with children 6 and under free of charge. The event is offered on a first come, first served basis. Bowdoin Park’s award-winning maple syrup will be available for purchase during the event. A flyer about the Pancake Breakfast is available online.
To learn more about these events or other programs offered at Bowdoin Park, call the Dutchess County Parks Division at (845) 298-4602 or visit www.dutchessny.gov.