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Cunningham Falls State Park To Host 37th Annual Maple Syrup Making Demonstration
THURMONT - Have you ever wondered how maple syrup is made? Plan a visit to Cunningham Falls State Park and learn all about the process of turning sap to syrup, along with the history, lore and current methods of making the sweet stuff as part of the park’s 37th Annual Maple Syrup Making Demonstration. The event will be held the weekends of March 10 & 11 and 17 & 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the park’s William Houck (Lake) Area.
Park staff will demonstrate the process of making maple syrup from tree tapping through boiling and packaging, and informative talks will explain the history and current status of one of America’s first agricultural products. The event will also feature activities and stories for children, and a sign language interpreter will be available on March 11 & 18. Dress for the weather as most events are held outdoors.
A sausage and pancake breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an additional charge. Maryland-made maple syrup and maple products will be available for purchase from the Catoctin Mountain Tourist Council. A minimum per person donation of $2 will be requested; youth groups are asked to contribute $1 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrills State Parks. Maple syrup prices will depend on current market price.
Pets are prohibited in the William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park.
Cunningham Falls State Park is located west of Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 west from Thurmont and turn left on to Catoctin Hollow Road. Turn right into the park and follow the signs to the demonstration area. The park address is 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD, 21788.
For more information about the event, visit the Cunningham Falls State Park website at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/cunninghamfalls.html. In the event of delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, contact the park directly at (301) 271-7574.
February 21, 2007
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