Each spring Burton Village comes alive after a long winter to become Pancake Town U.S.A. The first step to this is the annual Tree Tapping Ceremony. The maple trees that grow in the Village Green will be officially tapped to kick off the 2019 maple season. The 2019 Tree Tapping Ceremony, sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce, takes place Saturday Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first 100 visitors will have the opportunity to get tapping equipment to tap a tree and a sap pail to hang. Hopefully, the ping-ping sound of dripping sap will begin if it is a warm day.
When you tap a maple tree, it becomes yours in a sense. The tapper’s name will be put on the tree and during the maple season the tapper can keep track of how much sap comes from the tree. After tapping a tree, visit the Log Cabin for refreshments and warm up by the blazing fire. Sit in a rocker and watch maple candy being made. Maple products will be available for purchase.
Historic Burton Village is the perfect way to cure “cabin fever.” After tapping a tree and visiting the Log Cabin, visit the many locally owned shops around the Village Green and on Main Street. A piece of hand-blown glass, a refurbished piece of vintage furniture, a unique boutique item or a hand-loomed rug would make a great Valentine’s Day gift.
The maple trees on the Burton Village Green grow plentifully and invite visitors to rest a spell year round. When the first settlers came to the top of the hill in what is now Burton Village in 1798, the maple trees provided shade, building material, and in spring, maple sap for maple syrup. Burton celebrates this heritage each spring with a wide array of maple related activities. Come join the day’s maple activities and help kick off the 2019 maple syrup season. For information visit www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org or call Amy at the Log Cabin, 440-834-4204.