October 21, 2021

Cooper Hill Maple in Marathon hosts drive-in sale

Photo by Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Steve Boice and his son Silas Boice bag maple cotton candy Saturday at Cooper Hill Maple in Marathon.

Sylvia Boice waited with anticipation Saturday before the first cars arrived at the Cooper Hill Maple drive-in set up in Marathon.

“We’re excited,” she said. The weather’s great and we’re excited.”

Sylvia Boice and other members of the Boice family served maple products during Cooper Hill Maple’s drive in sale on the road in front of the business’s sugar shack.

Customers pulled up in their cars to have their orders taken by Kaitlyn Boice and their orders were brought to them without ever leaving their cars. Maple cotton candy, maple cream and syrup, maple-coated nuts and maple sugar — everything maple.

The event, which had its first run in May, was done to get the business’s maple products to people during the coronavirus pandemic, Sylvia Boice said. The need was especially heightened by the cancellation of Marathon’s Annual Central New York Maple Festival.

Photo by Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Kaitlyn Boice hands a bag of maple products to Charenda Hinshaw at Cooper Hill Maple.

“This was a way to make it available to the public,” she said.

May’s first run of the event was well received and helped the Boices decide to have another event Saturday.

The customers seemed to like it, too.

“It’s great,” said Amanda Anderson of Marathon. “It’s a little warm today but It happens so we go with it.”

Anderson, who was there with her husband and three children, bought syrup, cotton candy and the maple covered pecans.

Charenda Hinshaw, also of Marathon, said she came as she heard about the business selling its maple products.

“My husband loves maple, so he’s getting some,” she said: cotton candy, syrup, pecans and maple cream.

“I missed it the first time, so I was excited about coming this time,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea to have a drive up. It’s fantastic especially for a local business to do that.”

Christa Boice, Sylvia Boice’s daughter-in-law, said that she wasn’t sure there would be another drive up event this summer, but updates would be posted on the business’s Facebook page.

“I just hope they (the customers) enjoy getting out for the day,” Sylvia Boice said. “The first day of summer, cotton candy goes with summer so maybe they’ll want to make that connection.”