Sugar Season Arrives At Last

Anna Berry | March 16, 2021
Jars of maple syrup in a diversity of color sit on a shelf to be used for grading.

Due to COVID, The Rocks' traditional maple tours are going virtual for this year's sugaring season. Join Forest Society North Country Property Director Nigel Manley on March 25 and March 27 to learn more about the history and process behind making maple syrup. These free events will take place on Zoom. You can also check out The Rocks' Facebook page for regular video updates from the sugarbush. 

Thursday, March 25 at 6 PM- Maple Sugaring with Nigel Manley

Part of the Cold is Cool series, Nigel Manley will share a virtual presentation on sugar maples and the syrup making process. Manley will take you on a virtual visit to The Rocks' NH Maple Museum as the sugarhouse next door is boiling sap (by showing a short film) and then he'll answer your questions about this sweet tradition.

Saturday, March 27 at 10 AM- Maple Morning with Nigel Manley

BYO pancakes, to your computer, for a family-friendly presentation on the process of making maple syrup.



Nigel Manley poses for a snapshot during his work at The Rocks.
Nigel Manley grew up in the United Kingdom and has worked for the Forest Society for more than 25 years. He manages several Forest Society North Country properties, chief among them The Rocks in Bethlehem. His degree in agricultural management helped with the startup of the Forest Society’s Christmas tree farm, and his keen interest in public outreach and marketing has enabled him to successfully promote The Rocks as a tourist destination. Manley chairs the Christmas Spirit Foundation and is a former chair of the NH Christmas Tree Promotion Board. He has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Travel Council, the Weathervane Theater, the National Christmas Tree Association for NH and VT, and the NH/VT Christmas Tree Association. He is a member of the NHMPA marketing committee. An avid outdoorsman, Manley’s areas of expertise include moose, bear, and wildlife habitat, pruning wild apple trees, the history of the Rocks Estate and the Bethlehem area, Christmas Tree culture, marketing for small businesses, Agro- and Eco-tourism opportunities, and single-malt Scotch whiskey.