Though we're still freezing our fingers and snow is lingering on the ground, the song birds have returned and spring flowers are stirring in their beds. Another sure sign that warmer times are ahead is that it's maple-sugaring season, and the sweetly beloved tree sap is beginning to flow. Take part in local tradition at one or more of these events that showcase how all of our favorite tree-sap products — from maple syrup to maple cream, to maple jelly — are created. Here are just a few of the regional events being held this week. For more, visit rochestercitynewspaper.com and search "maple" on calendar of events.
Genesee Country Village and Museum (1410 Flint Road, Mumford) hosts two weekends that feature the centuries-old process of collecting sap from maple trees and processing it into syrup and sugar. The Maple Sugar Festival takes place 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 16-17 and 23-24, and includes 19th-century-style tree tapping, demonstrations on candle making and maple beer brewing, hands-on games and crafts, tastings and treats for purchase, displays, and more. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for youth. Members and children ages 3 and younger are admitted for free. There will also be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast each day of the festival, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., which costs $8 for adults, $6 for youth, and is free to ages 3 and under. For more information, call 538-6822 or visit gcv.org.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center's Cumming Nature Center (6472 Gulick Road, Naples) will host the 35th Annual Maple Sugaring Weekends, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 16-17 and 23-24. The program provides information to visitors on the science and lore of maple sugaring, and includes demos, tastings, and a pancake meal served 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Each pancake meal is $10 for adults ($9 for adult members) and $8 for children ($7 for member kids), and includes one admission to CNC. Admission without the pancake meal is $3 per person, $10 for a family, and free to members. For more information, call 374-6160 or visit rmsc.org.
Also in Naples, visit Wohlschlegel's Naples Maple Farm (8064 Coates Road), which participates in the New York State Naples Maple Weekends, March 16-17 and 23-24. The farm offers an open house sugarhouse tour and woods walk 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ($3 for children ages 3-7, $5 for kids 8-12 years, and $7 for ages 12 and over). For more information, call 775-7770 or visit wohlschlegelsnaplesmaplefarm.com.