Daily Bulletin: How Sweet It Is

Julanne Hohbach
Slate Run Living Historical Farm

It’s maple syrup season in Central Ohio, and this weekend offers numerous ways to find out more about—and sample—the sweet treat.

Here’s a rundown of some notable offerings:

Camp Lazarus is hosting a Maple Syrup Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 and 11. Activities include pioneer crafts, the chance to learn how syrup is made and a pancake feast. Admission is $5; meals are an additional $5. For more information, go to skcscouts.org/th_event/maplesyrup.

Stop by the Makin’ Maple Syrup program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4 at Gallant Farm to learn how sap is extracted and boiled. The free, all-ages event is weather-dependent, so check preservationparks.com for updates.

Stratford Ecological Center will host a Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4. After a meal of pancakes and sausage, visitors can hike to the sugar shack to learn how syrup is made and also visit farm animals. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 children ages 2-12. Advance registration is required at stratfordecologicalcenter.org/event/maple-sugar-pancake-breakfast.

Maple Time at Slate Run Living Historical Farm, scheduled 1-3 p.m. March 4 and 5, will teach participants how syrup was made in the 1880s. Hikes to the sugarbush depart at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The program is free. Learn more at metroparks.net.

Dawes Arboretum is hosting Maple Syrup Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 12. Attendees can watch how sap is boiled into syrup and taste a sample. The log cabin will be open, and free guided tours operate at 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information about this free event, go to dawesarb.org