Maine maple producers around the state opened their sugarhouses to the public on March 27 for Maine Maple Sunday Weekend. Some sugarhouses were also open on Saturday for events, as well as Sunday. Most held demonstrations in syrup making, and offered sample tasting, while others had sweet treats on hand, product for purchase, and music.

The tasty weekend has been happening on the fourth weekend of March for 40 years. However, during the pandemic, the event was put on pause, making this year’s weekend, the 39th annual weekend.

In Hope, Sparky’s Moody Mountain Maple Syrup, and Rock Acer Works took part in both days of the weekend, taking advantage of Saturday’s blue skies and warm weather.

On Sunday, The Riley School in Rockport, and the Camden-Rockport Historical Society held their events. The Riley School used an open air firepit to boil their sap to syrup, while the historical society took it back in time, using the “old school” method of open pan boiling over a fire inside the Maple Sugar House from 1820.

Vintage taps at Rock Acer Works in Hope. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The finished product. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Keeping an eye on the process at Rock Acer Works in Hope. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Sweet treats of syrup on ice cream at Sparky’s Moody Mountain Maple Syrup in Hope. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Keeping the foam down. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Watching the sap-to-syrup in the sugarhouse at Sparky’s Moody Mountain Maple Syrup in Hope. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

David Smith of Sparky’s Moody Mountain Maple Syrup in Hope. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Maine Maple Weekend at The Riley School in Rockport. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Riley Gold maple syrup for sale at The Riley School in Rockport. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Maine Maple Weekend at The Riley School in Rockport. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Inside the Maple Sugar House at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. Holly Vanorse Spicer

Inside the Maple Sugar House at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The Maple Sugar House at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

A piece of history at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer