Maple Events

By Richard DeVries It is always tricky to pick a date for an event when you have to rely on the weather. We had our Pancake Brunch and Sugarbush tours last Saturday, March 22. Despite the cold we had close to a thousand people enjoy the pancakes with the Maple Syrup we made last spring….

Reading Signs

By Boak Wiesner Meeting some other intrepid souls on the boardwalk, they passed along a tip about some interesting tracks, out by the Red Barn. At their feet, I pointed out the muddy tracks of a skunk, who had hitched his self up on the boardwalk for a little easier travel. Let me tell you,…

Reversal of Seasons

By Greg Lecker Arriving at the Arboretum, I’m happy to see signs of the coming spring:  tree limbs freshly shorn from parking lot and roadway trees.  Late winter pruning and maple syrup time signs remind me that we are on the warming and brightening side of winter.    I decide to walk Three Mile Drive in…

Excitement in the Sugar Bush

By Richard DeVries People seem excited to see me in the Sugarbush and to read my blog postings about the Maple season. This year I realize that maybe it is not my personality and intriguing Maple stories, but it might just be my association with spring time. Even the snow, ice and cold loving people,…

Transitions

By MaryBeth Pottratz A pale blue sky is brushed with wisps of clouds over the Arboretum. Rivulets of melted snow traipse downhill along the sides of walkways and roads. The moist air feels wonderful after our drying severe cold spell. What a pleasure to breathe in deep without frosting my lungs! Migrating robins are returning…

Transitions

By Boak Wiesner I felt as if I had never left. Again, a few flakes drifted down slowly. Again, the falling afternoon temperature was accompanied by a chill wind, more like Jack Frost slicing at my nose, rather than merely nipping.  All in all, a typical day for this winter. Yet, knowing that March is…