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Weekend: Maple sugarin’ time

It’s maple sugarin’ time!
The Hancock Park District will be hosting its annual Maple Sugarin’ Day on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Litzenberg Memorial Woods from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event is an annual happening for area residents and visitors who can step out on the trails for a self-guided nature and history walk to discover the world of maple sugar and syrup production.
Visitors can trace the history of maple syrup production beginning with the Native Americans, who introduced it to the early settlers in the northeast United States and Canada more than 300 years ago, at a Native American encampment.
At a separate early pioneer encampment, costumed interpreters will be working hard in the sugar bush, taking you back to the 19th century to discover the hard labor that was utilized by some early settlers to produce enough maple sugar and syrup to last them through the year.
Hikers can enjoy these encampments, along with other stops to discover how wildlife use the sugary tree sap, learn some sap science, and enjoy additional informational displays along the trail and inside the wagon shed area.
Don’t forget a stop inside the 1847 McKinnis House for a chat with McKinnis family members, neighbors and friends to see what life was really like on the farm during the winter season. Trained costumed interpreters will be on hand to share their lives and stories with house guests.
Inside the Activity Barn, maple syrup products will be provided for sale by David and Ilene Fruth of The Sugar House, located near Vanlue. For more product information, The Sugar House can be contacted at 419-396-6751.
Also inside the barn, refreshments will be provided, for a donation, by the Liberty Benton Z-Club and the Findlay Zonta Club.
Groups are welcome and visitors are reminded to dress for the weather and ground conditions.
Litzenberg Memorial Woods is at 6100 U.S. 224, six miles west of Findlay. The site is handicap-accessible with restrooms available inside the Activity Barn. For more information about other upcoming programs, view the HPD Program Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New” section or call the HPD office at 419-425-7275.

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