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March 22 - 29

March Madness

Who knew spring could be so complicated? (photo: Melinda Nye)
Spring had to sneak in under a snow bank; nevertheless it is here. The calendar says so! It's filled with events that invite exploration of this most magical of seasons. Nine months of non-winter ahead!

How Sweet It Is!

You don't have to go to Vermont for the luxury of maple syrup! You can get the real thing at Lusscroft Farm in Sussex County during this weekend's Sugarin' Open House (March 25-26, 10am-3pm). You'll see how they tap the trees, collect the sap and boil it down to that deliciously sweet and thick concoction that's so hard to resist. Then buy some to take home and pour it on! It will taste even better when you know that revenue from the maple sugaring operation benefits the ongoing maintenance of the sugar house and support the restoration of historic Lusscroft Farm, part of High Point State Park. 50 Neilson Road, Wantage, 973/262-4732.

An Angler's Spring

Nothing announces spring like fishing season. And although it doesn't begin until April 8, it's time to get ready.
This Saturday's (March 25) Anniversary Open House at Knot Just Flies will definitely put you in the mood, with some fly casting instruction and a host of other outdoor demonstrations. You can also take advantage of a 10% discount all weekend, or even book a guided fishing trip. The shop is located on the banks of the Paulinskill at 61 State Route 94 in Blairstown.

The Long Way Home

Workers discovered this Morris Canal boat under a Jersey shore home that they were raising onto piers after damage from Hurricane Sandy. The Canal Society of New Jersey brought it home to Waterloo Village.
Read about how a Morris Canal boat completed its long journey home. If you're inspired to learn more,you can enjoy a day of presentations by the Canal Society of New Jersey on a wide range of canal and local history topics at this Saturday's (March 25) Canals and Local History Symposium. Plan on a full day, including snacks and lunch, with the Canal Society’s traveling exhibit, artifacts, books for sale and videos. Haggerty Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. To reserve a spot ($15), email macgraphics1@verizon.net or call 973/292-2755.

Find Your Furnace

It is not difficult to track down the Andover mine's location. But beware that the property is private and that trespassing is prohibited.
What's in a name? As far back as the early 1700s the name Andover was used by the Penns, owners of a large tract here granted to them by the Proprietors, to refer to the whole general area in Sussex County. Over the years, various sites have borne the Andover name, including local iron mines, forges, furnaces, factories and settlements with a connection with these early iron interests. More...

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