Event to include tree-tapping demonstration
ANSONIA - The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. will host a daylong Maple Festival Saturday at the center, 10 Deerfield Road.
The running of the sap is one of the earliest signs that spring is on the way.
The day will start with a pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m.
Other events scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. include a demonstration of how to identify and tap trees, and a live owl program.
The Derby Historical Society will have early Colonial and Native American displays depicting how maple sugar was made during Colonial times.
Tim Sotir of Coon Hollow Farm in Oxford and Ansonia resident Greg Karas will demonstrate traditional and modern methods of making maple syrup.
Richard Feher from the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers Association will give a lecture on equipment, collecting, and storing syrup.
He also will cover tools needed to tap your own backyard trees.
New this year will be Dad's Food Truck from Oxford. Food and beverages with a maple theme will be available all day.
For lunch, Dad will be serving a choice of maple pulled-pork sandwiches, maple butternut and apple soup, burgers with gorgonzola cheese and maple bacon and more.
Visit the Friends' Maple Bake Sale and purchase fresh syrup from Nil Guillet, owner of the Sugar Shack in Oxford.
Special programs for children will include crafts and Ranger Marty's popular pancake-eating contest.
Admission is free, but all proceeds will benefit the wildlife rehabilitation program.
For information call 203-736-1053.
This is a press release from the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center.
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