Thurman Maple Days 2013

English: Maple sap being transformed to maple ...

English: Maple sap being transformed to maple syrup at a sugar shack in Pakenham, Ontario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maple Syrup: The word alone brings thoughts of the Adirondacks! This time of year everywhere you go you can see the maple tree lines running from tree to tree in an effort to tap out that delicious nectar to craft into a multitude of treats and most prominently; Maple Syrup. It is no wonder that the Adirondack town of Thurman loves to celebrate this event! Maple tapping is a trade passed down through the generations starting right here in the Adirondacks by the Iroquois Indians when a Tomahawk was thrown at a maple tree and produced the sap.

The Adirondacks Account for nearly one-third of the entire State of New York’s maple syrup production, Thurman being one of the highest producers of maple sugar in the region. It is because of this ancient time-honored (and tasty) tradition, Thurman finds reason to celebrate this event with three sweet weekends of celebration abouteverything maple!

Did someone say Pancakes?

The festivities Begin on the weekend of March 9th &10th with a panc

ake break­fast at the Valley Road Maple Farm on 190 Valley Rd in Thurman from 9a.m.-1p.m every Saturday and Sunday morning of the Maple Days celebration ending on Sunday March 24th. There will be an Open House with FREE tours of all the sugar houses in Thurman after the Pancake Breakfast start­ing with the Valley Road Maple Farm after you have enjoyed your pancakes. The tours will be held every weekend of the Maple Days. Stack of original pancakes

The other farms on Open House are; Martin’s Lumber and Lucyann’s Crafts, 280 Valley Rd; Nettle meadow Farm 484 South John­sburg Road; Adirondack Gold Maple Farm 74 Bear Pond Road and Toad Hill Maple Farm 151 Charles Olds Road all farms are in Thurman/ Athol, N.Y. of course! Be sure to stop in at all the Farms as they are all unique. Not all are exclusively maple farms. Some have other interesting crafts and trades to display. Most importantly, each farm makes their own special maple products, has developed their own style on boiling Syrups and making treats.

On Sunday March 10th the Town Of Thurman will throw its annual Maple Sugar Party at the Town Hall on 311 Athol Rd. Athol N.Y. which begins at 4 P.M. with an all you can eat buffet which boasts it famed maple dessert “Jack Wax”. If you don’t know what Jack Wax is, you better make it up to Thurman and take the tour! Then try some at the Maple Party! Entertainment will be hosted by the some of the local bands of the Thurman/Athol area.

Maple Days in Thurman are sure to be a REAL treat.

So…How do you like your pancakes? Plain, covered in toppings, with fruit or without. Do you have a family recipe? Let us know!

Feature Article for Adirondack Guest Infomer

Feature Article for Adirondack Guest Infomer

Adirondack Guest Informer33RD Annual Empire State Winter Games, Lake Placid, N.Y. – 2013

By Elizabeth A. Dimick

The Empire State Win­ter Games (ESWG) is a multi-sport event founded in 1978, by Governor Hugh Cary. It is of­ficially over seen by the Federa­tion Internationale De Ski (FIS). The games quickly turned into a seasonal tradition to not only to the community members of the Adirondacks but to New York­ers state wide. Funding was then cut for ESWG due to a FISCAL crisis in 2009. The games were to be permanently discontinued in 2010. The event is described by the ESWG official website as being: “The largest multi-sport amateur athletic sporting event in North America.”

It comes as no surprise that the communities surrounding the ADK pulled together quickly with the founder’s son Michael G. Carey to form the none-for-profit Empire State Sports Foundation. The ESSF has kept the games running since the plan to discontinue ESWG was announced.

On February 7th 2013, The Empire State Winter Games is set to kick off its 33rd annual Olympic style regional tour­naments. The sporting event begins on Thursday Feb. 7th 2013 and runs until Sunday Feb.11th 2013. Several event venues are to be hosted by ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority).

There will be no lack of excite­ment at ESWG with events that will have competitors facing incredible challenges and show­casing their abilities. The most exiting competitions include:

Alpine Skiing: Competitors make a speedy dash down the mountain course comprised of paired red and blue poles that form gates. The competi­tors must pass both ski tips and feet through the gates to have it count. The course has 55-75 pole gates for men, and 40-60 pole gates for women. Poles are 30ft apart by a vertical distance and 6ft apart by horizontal distance. The competitor with the shortest time wins.

Ski Cross (SX) and Snow­boarding Cross (SBX): Com­petitors first run a timed solo run to establish seeds for heats. (It is remarkably similar to qualify­ing in a NASCAR race). As the individuals qualify for their positions, the top two will advance to the next heat and the bottom two drop out. Seeds get to choose the lane they are at the starting gate of the main compe­tition. The competitors line up at the starting gate then speed around gates on a racetrack full of banked turns, jumps, and roll­ers. The event has proven tre­mendously exciting for the spec­tators and competitors alike!

Biathlon: a word used todescribe a sport comprised of two or more disciplines.it is usu­ally referring to the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and riffle shooting! The biathlon competition is a race where one skis on a cross-coun­try track, which is broken up by areas where you must shoot at a target from either a prone or standing position with a small bore riffle. The contestants shooting performance can add time or distance to completion for the competitor. The person who can finish the race with the shortest time wins.

Bobsledding: 2-4 people push a nose heavy sled on an ice track for 50 meters then climb aboard for a speedy and thrilling ride to the finish line. There times are counted to the 100th of a second to determine the winner, so any mishaps during any part of the race can prove disastrous for the competitors at the finish line. With speeds over 100mph, this event is sure to get you heated up.

The Luge: It is much like Bobsledding except, competi­tors ride lying on their backs face up in a sled and race down an ice track. The speeds of this game are said to reach as fast as 89mph, steering only with calve and shoulder muscles.

The Skeleton: Unlike bobsled­ding, skeleton has a competitor lying face down on his tobog­gan like sled flying down an ice track! The competitor can experience forces as strong as 5G’s during the rocketing ride down the track! The only break­ing or steering the person has are especially designed rakes on the toes of their boots or to shift their weight on the sled. Though this is not an Olympic sport there is World Championships as well as a World Cup in this division.

Figure skating: The most talented adults and children from all the corners of N.Y. come to ESWG to compete in the figure skating tournament. There are a multitude of divisions and metals to be won in many of the divisions.

There are so many events going on at ESWG, it is im­possible to list them all in one article. The devote efforts of the communities surrounding the Adirondacks coming togeth­er to save the ESWG event is incredible. Come and help them celebrate this annual event that has meant so much to them!

For more information on Empire State Winter Games please visit:

http://www.empirestatewintergames.com

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