I can't wait for Spring! And it's close - just ask Sugarers at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage!
(Courtesy of The njherald dot com)
Sugarers at Lusscroft Farm began tasting the sweet success of tapping hundreds of sugar maples this weekend.
Beginning Saturday morning, volunteers began tapping the trees to collect the raw sap and boil it down to a rich, dark amber maple syrup.
"The concentration of sugar is so high right now you can taste it (in the sap)," said Danny Tassey, a volunteer from Wantage.
The first week of sugaring is always the sweetest, too.
Frank Hennion, Lusscroft's sugaring operations manager, said the sugar maples tend to release sap with the highest concentration of sugar in the first few days — "one week if you're lucky."
To make pure maple syrup, sugar maple sap is boiled down into syrup.
In the first days, Hennion said sugar makes up 2.5 percent of the sap, but in following weeks, the concentration is reduced to 1.9 percent.
"So now you're looking at a lot of boiling," Tassey said.
In a total of eight hours — four on Saturday, four on Sunday — the small group of dedicated sugarers set 300 taps in four sections of highly concentrated areas of sugar maples on Lusscroft's 565-acre farm. These areas are called sugar bushes.
Additionally, up to four taps can be put into each maple if it is large enough.
Hennion said it takes about 45 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup.
Last year, Lusscroft volunteers collected 1,700 gallons of sap and were given an additional 1,500 gallons by another farm, producing a total of 55 gallons of syrup, Hennion said.
The products were then sold at the sugar house's two-day open house. Hennion said they were sold out by noon on the second day.
This season's open house will be held Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. One quart is $20, one pint is $12 and a half-pint is $7.
Once a privately owned farm, Lusscroft was later donated to the state as an agricultural research station and utilized by Rutgers University. The facility was then used as a 4-H outdoor camp, but closed in 1998 due to declining enrollment. Today, Lusscroft is managed by the state park service in cooperation with the state Agricultural Development Committee and the nonprofit, Lusscroft Heritage and Agricultural Association.
Hennion said the property was first tapped to produce maple syrup in 1919 and was again picked up for one season by Rutgers in 1995.
Then, five years ago, as a member of the Society of American Foresters, Hennion said he recognized the Heritage and Agricultural Association's desire to create more public activities to reinvigorate the farm and decided to reactivate the sugaring operation.
All proceeds from the operation are given back to the Lusscroft Heritage and Agricultural Association for maintenance and repairs at the facility.
When he heard about the volunteer opportunity, Tassey said he walked into the sugar house without any prior knowledge of the process and has been coming back ever since.
"It's educational, they need the help and I want to learn as much as I can about it so I can teach it to people who want to learn," Tassey said. "And, it's a lot of fun in general. It's a root connection with nature."
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The KEEP Kamikaze Cook Off raised over $2,000 for Sussex County Kids and we had a wonderful time as always! Here are some pictures and thank you to everyone who came out for this important event - especially to my table - Dover Dodge/Franklin Sussex Auto Mall. Also thank you to East Toyko Restaurant in Byram Township for the amazing meal and our Master Hibachi Chefs .......
Our Table! Thank you Dover Dodge/Franklin Sussex Auto Mall!!!!
Getting ready to COOK!
I don't like eggs but they are a necessary evil for fried rice! My friend the water squirter - just in case the flame gets too high!
Our chef was awesome!
Yeah! Now a chance to sit down with my boyfriend Mario and sample the food I helped cook!
Me, Christine, Heather, Amy from KEEP - Love working with you girls! Had a blast!
Me and Trish (KEEP CEO) Great to see you!
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It's short - it's sweet - but here's a tease for Michael Buble's next song! Courtesy of ABCEPrep -
Broadway star Donna McKechnie will be in Hackettstown!(courtesy of nj.com)
Audiences will not want to miss this one-woman theatre extravaganza from legendary Broadway star, Donna McKechnie. Centenary Stage Company is proud to welcome this true triple threat performer to present her one woman cabaret show, “My Musical Comedy Life” on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m.
It is an autobiographical musical celebration of song, dance, and storytelling, with music by some of Broadway’s most celebrated composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as more contemporary composers, like Ann Hampton Callaway. The Tony Award-winning star of “A Chorus Line” is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. McKechnie has performed extensively on the concert stage, in cabaret, with symphony orchestras, and now brings her talents to the Centenary Stage.
Her cabaret show, “My Musical Comedy Life,” which received unanimous raves from New York theater critics, won a Mac Award Nomination for Best Female Singer and the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Major Engagement. McKechnie talks and sings about her life and career which began when Bob Fosse put her in the chorus of the 1960 production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
In between were several legendary collaborations with Michael Bennett which included the 1976 classic “A Chorus Line,” in which she drew on her own experience to play an aging dancer desperate for a comeback. In this autobiographical one-woman show, created with esteemed musical director Dick Gallagher, the red-haired, apple-cheeked McKechnie interweaves memories of her career with selections from a vast repertoire. Among them, a solo rendition of “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” the Andrews Sisters-style trio that Stephen Sondheim penned for her; "If They Could See Me Now," from Sweet Charity; and “The Music and the Mirror,” her signature routine from “A Chorus Line.” There's also a tribute to the Hollywood musicals that inspired her as a girl and an account of the night she met, and danced with, her idol, Fred Astaire.
Tickets to her show are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. The performance will be held at the Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 908-979-0900 or visit centenarystageco.org.
We could see some snow this weekend - here's the forecast for Sussex County/Franklin (courtesy of National Weather Service)
Tonight chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
If we have any closings delays or cancellations keep it to 1023 WSUS and online here
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Here are the top 20 biggest "love" songs of all time, as ranked by Billboard:
1. "Endless Love," Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
2. "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men
3. "We Found Love," Rihanna
4. "How Deep Is Your Love," Bee Gees
5. "Silly Love Songs," Wings
6. "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
7. "Let Me Love You," Mario
8. "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)," Stevie B
9. "Best of My Love," The Emotions
10. "I Can’t Stop Loving You," Ray Charles
11. "Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis
12. "My Love," Paul McCartney & Wings
13. "Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion
14. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Queen
15. "To Know Him Is to Love Him," The Teddy Bears
16. "Love Is Blue," Paul Mauriat
17. "Woman in Love," Barbra Streisand
18. "Love Takes Time," Mariah Carey
19. "It Must Have Been Love," Roxette
20. "Vision of Love," Mariah Carey