Maple Sugaring Weekend #1: Friday, March 12th - Sunday, March 14th
Glen Brook's first sugaring weekend was started as an experiment. Could a bunch of dubbers, with 50 or 60 Glen Brook friends, figure out how to make decent maple syrup if we purchased an evaporator and drilled holes in a stand of sugar maples? Three years and more than 100 gallons of syrup later, we still consider ourselves dubbers, but we have a respectable track record and continue to have fun along the way. This past weekend saw 18 families (almost 100 people) visiting Glen Brook for our third-annual event. We matched last year's production record by producing eight gallons in one day. We hosted Waldorf alumni, summer camp families, and many others in our extended community who simply heard about the event by word-of-mouth. Glen Brook's sugaring weekend is the only such event that involves participants in all aspects of syrup production, from the wood cutting to the gathering to the feeding of the fires to the bottling. And we share all meals and meal chores, washing pots and pans and mopping floors alongside one another regardless of one's station in life. The work is intense, but the result is worth every drop.
Camp Glen Brook is offering a second Maple Sugaring Weekend from March 26th to 28th. If you would like to join the Glen Brook staff and other families for a weekend making maple syrup, please contact Twain Braden, Glen Brook Director: email@example.com or (603) 876-3342. Click here for more details. The maple sugaring program is especially suitable for children in Grade 1 and above.
Photos courtesy Audra Dehan.