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					The Last Green Valley
QSHC, Inc.

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DATE: February 15, 2008 CONTACT: Michelle Bourgeois, Tourism Consultant QSHC, Inc./The Last Green Valley PHONE: (860) 963-7226, Mobile: (860) 428-2719 EMAIL: michelle@tlgv.org GET “TAPPED” IN THE LAST GREEN VALLEY Maple Sugar Days, an exploration and celebration of the maple syrup season throughout the 35 towns of The Last Green Valley will be held over two weekends: March 8-9 and March 15-16, 2008.

Sugarhouses in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts have created special tours and demonstrations. Area restaurants will showcase their culinary favorites infusing locally-produced maple syrup, and the region’s accommodations have created themed overnight packages to compliment the event.

Visitors will experience the entire maple sugaring process first-hand, including tree tapping, sap boiling over wood-burning fires, and sampling the purely sweet and natural maple syrup finished product. The folks at the Warren Farm and Sugarhouse in North Brookfield, Massachusetts utilize colonial methods and tools to collect and produce their maple syrup. Their presentation features interesting Native American maple sugaring stories entwined with nature, science and meteorology. The Vienna

Restaurant and Historic Inn located in Southbridge, Massachusetts created a themed menu sure to delight the pallet with delicacies including Lollipop Lamb Chops smothered in a maple and mustard -more107 Providence Street, Putnam, CT 06260 860-963-7226, 860-928-2189 fax, www.thelastgreenvalley.org

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demi-glaze, Smoked Pheasant with maple-cured bacon cream sauce over pasta, and Sea Scallops seared in a fresh ginger and maple glaze to name a few. The Vienna is also offering an overnight package

including two $75 dinner vouchers, appetizers and cocktails, and a full gourmet breakfast priced at $375 per person double occupancy.

Visitors will also find an exciting array of locally-produced products including maple candy and maple peanut brittle as well as gifts for both the home and garden at Mik-Ran’s Sugarhouse & Specialty Shop located in Brooklyn, Connecticut. A Maple Breakfast will also be featured during the two weekends and all proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. The innkeepers at The Fitch House Bed & Breakfast located in Mansfield Center, Connecticut are offering a two-night package starting at $190/per person double occupancy and includes a $75 restaurant voucher, two gourmet breakfasts featuring French toast and pancakes accented with local maple syrup, a personalized itinerary to area maple sugarhouses and attractions, and a special gift of local maple syrup and a hot maple toddy.

For a complete listing of the two-weekend Maple Sugar Days events and the participating sugarhouses, restaurants, and accommodations, please contact The Last Green Valley toll-free at (866) 363-7226 or on the web at www.visitthelastgreenvalley.info. Enjoy getting “tapped” by nature and savor the sweet flavors of the region. # # # 107 Providence Street, Putnam, CT 06260 860-963-7226, 860-928-2189 fax, www.thelastgreenvalley.org