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"How Sweet It Is!" - Annual Maple Sugar Fest at RRA Set for Feb. 23

A handy bucket captures every sweep drop of sap.
Guests gather 'round the fire pit.
Mission accomplished.

SUMMIT, NJ - While Old Man Winter still has a firm grip on the Hilltop City, the cold will eventually slip away, and the forest floor will come to life.  Maple syrup season is truly one of the first signs of spring, and with it comes the Annual Maple Sugar Fest at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (RRA) entitled "How Sweet it Is", which will be held February 23, from 1-4 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a brisk winter afternoon outdoors at the Arboretum, learning the steps involved in turning tree sap into delicious maple syrup.  There will be tapping and cooking demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, games, and taste tests, all at this annually anticipated, family-friendly interactive festival.  Director of Children’s Education, Jackie Kondel, along with Environmental Educator Lisa Martin, head up the team of RRA staff and volunteers to get the fires going and to heat up the hot cocoa.  Attendees are reminded that Maple Sugar Fest is an outdoor event, so wearing boots and dressing appropriately for the weather is a must.  

Maple Sugar Fest is free to all RRA members, while admission for non-members is $5 per person or $20 per family.  For more information about How Sweet It Is! and other events and workshops at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, visit or call 908 / 273-8787 x 1515.  The event is underwritten by our Investors Savings Bank, and supported by Whole Foods Market, Millburn-Union.  Snow date is March 2.

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