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February 26, 2014

Museum to show how to make maple sweets

Sugaring Off Sundays will begin March 2 at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown and continue each Sunday in March, offering maple sugaring demonstrations, children’s activities and more.

A full pancake breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday, with other activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The museum will offer children’s activities in the 1800s Filer’s Corners schoolhouse, and the Empire State Carousel will be open for rides. Visitors to the museum’s historic village can talk with the master printer as he uses 19th-century type, cuts and presses to create cards and posters.

At Lippitt Farmstead, the oxen-in-training, Red and Rusty, will be on display, alongside heritage breeds of ducks, chickens, turkeys, and sheep, and a gentle horse and cow. 

The Otsego County Maple Producers will be on hand to talk about maple sugaring and offer local maple products for sale. Weather permitting, those who attend can taste hot maple syrup poured over snow, known as “jack wax.” And local maple syrup will be served at the breakfast. 

The Farmers’ Museum Store offers spring items, gifts and crafts, with special sales and discounts each week during Sugaring Off Sundays. 

Admission is $9 for ages 13 and older; $5 for children ages 7 to 12; and free for children 6 and younger. Breakfast is included in the cost of admission. No reservations are required. Advance sale tickets are available at

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