Writing – and Maple Tree Inn

Sunday (April 3rd) was a lovely Spring day in Upstate New York–just perfect for a day trip to the Maple Tree Inn in Angelica, NY.  I went with a friend and his group of 12 relatives.  We were seated together with only a few minutes’ wait and served in just a very few more minutes.

This service was rather amazing because there were large crowds of people there. (They process about 2000 hungry people on a Sunday and approximately 600 on a weekday.) But we felt as if we were treated special and from the camaraderie and cheerful faces and conversations of everyone else, they all felt the same way.  It is mind-boggling to watch the family of servers and chefs take care of everyone in record time with the cheeriest of attitudes.

After a fantastic down-home breakfast of their famous pancakes–with their signature maple syrup on the side, sausage and ham (plus two eggs for the truly cholesterol-loyal), I toured the facilities.

The Cartwright family established the pancake and syrup business in 1963, but Ronald Cartwright’s great-great grandfather began producing the maple syrup in 1850, according to the brochure available to restaurant customers.  The current syrup production relies on state-of-the-art equipment (evaporator), hard work and dedicated preparation.

Just like writing! You cannot produce a finished work of writing art if you don’t do your homework first. Research into the subject matter of your story, research into the markets, into the editors and agents…the preparation for a story is essential to the credibility factor of the story.  It demands creativity often, persistence, and dedication. And that’s just the preparation! The actual writing is a whole other adventure.

But, back to pancakes, if you want a fantastic and delicious pancake breakfast, you have just until April 10th this year (Sunday!!) to savor the delights at the Maple Tree Inn.  After that, you’ll have to wait until next Spring again.

Below, you see family members–they begin at an early age!–cleaning the maple syrup-making equipment.



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