February 20, 2013
28th Annual Maple Fest on Chester Hill
Chester, Massachusetts, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshires, is celebrating the beginning of spring with a Festival. March is the month that heralds the start of the sugaring season, as days warm and lengthen, and the first signs of spring become visible .You are invited to visit Chester Center to experience old time sugaring first hand and relive simpler times.
Come to the hills to cure your cabin fever and spend a day in the country, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, as the Chester Hill Association sponsors its 28t Annual Maple Fest, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on the Skyline Trail in old Chester Center.
Begin your day with a traditional Country Breakfast consisting of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, juice, coffee and featuring local maple syrup. Breakfast will be served continuously from 9:00 a.m. ‘til noon at the First Congregational Church. The cost for adults is $8.00 and $5.00 for children under 10. After breakfast, visit local artisans and craftspeople, at the old schoolhouse across the road. Begin the afternoon listening to the sound of the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, scheduled to play at the church at noon. Enjoy farm animals, check out a working fire truck and marvel at furniture made from tree branches. All day long, wagons pulled by tractors will carry guests back and forth to High Meadows Sugarhouse to observe the production of maple syrup. A new feature this year will be rides in a wagon pulled by a team of draft horses.
Latecomers to the Maple Fest may purchase coffee, soft drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and the famous Chester Chili from the food cart throughout the day. Also, be sure to purchase your raffle tickets- the prizes feature unique local products, gift certificates and a large basket of Chester Hill products.
The Chester Hill Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of the area, is the sponsor for this event. The Chester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, partially funds the Maple Fest.