I think this is where the sap that was collected was stored until it was brought in to be cooked down and made into syrup.
It takes an insanely huge amount of sap to make the syrup, like 30 gallons to make a gallon of syrup.
It was interesting to see the process, and now I can appreciate why real maple syrup costs so much!
On to my next adventure--I'd seen that the Music Teacher's National Conference was going to be in Baltimore, Maryland, just about an hour's drive away. I did some investigating and discovered that the vendor's hall was open to everyone, not just conference attendees. So I jumped in my car on a Monday when I didn't have any piano lessons to teach and drove to Baltimore
I didn't take many pictures, but it was pretty cool to see in person several of the people whose names are on the books I use to teach piano.
Later in the month I organized a trip for my Bible Study group to an afternoon tea in the historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Virginia. It was the home of a former governor of Virginia. I didn't get a good picture of the outside, except this plaque
Here's our group in front of the fireplace in the dining room where we had the tea.
Here's the menu. I thought it was neat that they had a different tea served with each course. I requested non-caffeinated tea, so I had herb teas instead of the ones listed.
The picture below was the savory course. The course I was most disappointed in was the sweets course, because it was pretty skimpy. Just a tiny little chocolate ganache tart, a mini lemon cupcake and a small bowl of mint ice cream, only one of each per person. For the money we paid it I thought they could have been more generous and creative with the sweets.
It was used as Union Headquarters during the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War.
I loved this view overlooking the Rapahannock River and the city of Fredericksburg, especially with the flowering trees.
This fine looking guy below is the Marine Military aid to the President, and he's allowed to take very small groups of visitors on tours through the West Wing of the White House. As he took us around he regaled us with first person accounts of his interactions with the president and experiences he's had on Air Force One. He rubs shoulders every day with people we hear about in the news. As a matter of fact, we've seen him a couple of times in videos of the President on the news.