TO MAPLE FEST 2013, MARCH 13
NEW LEBANON, NY--When daytime temperatures rise above the freezing mark, while nights stay cool, the Darrow School community swings into action to begin the process of producing its signature maple syrup. According to the School's Maple Sugaring Director, Nancy Dutton, in the 2012 season, faculty members and students gathered more than 3,500 gallons of sap from the maple trees surrounding the hillsides of the campus, and processed it in the Darrow Sugar House to make hundreds of gallons of syrup. The gathering process begins as soon as the sap starts running and continues until the trees produce their first buds.
Maple Fest will kick off with a pancake breakfast served with Darrow's all-natural, handcrafted syrup. Following a bonfire and singing, teachers, staff, and students will participate in a variety of outdoor games for younger and older children, including an obstacle course, three-legged and wheelbarrow races, and a Double Dutch jump-rope contest. Refreshments will also be available in the form snacks like maple-flavored cotton candy and popcorn, as well as tours of Darrow's Sugar House, where visitors can watch syrup production process in action. Students from neighboring schools will also participate. For more information, visitwww.darrowschool.org/community/darrow-traditions.
"Maple Fest is one of the defining seasonal events on the Darrow campus," said Head of School Nancy Wolf. "It's not only a commemoration of a time-honored tradition here on the Mountainside, but it serves as our celebration of the coming spring. We are happy to share the fun and excitement of this time with the whole community."
If you'd like to attend Maple Fest at Darrow School this year, please RSVP to Sarah Fitzgerald, Special Events Coordinator, at email@example.com, or 518-322-3657.
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First opened in 1932 as the Lebanon School for Boys, Darrow School--an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12--is located at the historic Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village on the New York-Massachusetts state line. Darrow's small classes and challenging college-preparatory curriculum afford all students the opportunity for active participation in the learning process. The School has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of "hands-on learning," and its teachers use real-world topics and a dynamic approach to capture the imagination and make the subject matter come alive. The School is dedicated to serving students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, building on each student's individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life. To learn more, visit www.darrowschool.org.