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Tapping sugar maple trees to collect sap is an old mountain tradition. Buckets attached to the tree are sparingly used, and instead, sap is collected through a complicated maze of tubing that snakes through the woods. Rob Hastings has fond childhood memories of helping to carry buckets to the sugar house where they boiled sap down to make syrup.  Today he boils the sap down making up to 400 gallons annually, producing syrup, cream and candy.  .In 1906 his great grandfather, a minister, bought Rivermede which he ran as a gentleman's farm.  It had been a hotel and is the second oldest home in Keene Valley(1802).   .Today, he maintains the historic house and grounds for the family, and grows organic vegetables and flowers he sells to locals and tourists from his store in Keene Valley...Hastings take his maple sugar products to the 50th Anniversary Sugar Maple Festival in Elizabethtown.  It was held at the Adirondack History Center Museum. Some photographs show permanent exhibits.  Iona Dubay (red coat) and  LR Warner (sunglasses) line up for breakfast pancakes.  Children love the maple sugar cotton candy.
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