Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Maple events in Ohio

Check the list below for family-friendly places to celebrate the sweetest time of year in the region

February 23

Sap Bucket Painting Workshop. Join artist Robert Kolcum to paint a beautiful woodland sugaring scene on a sap bucket. Wine and cheese served. Fee: $35 per person includes all materials and refreshments. Ages 21 and older. Oak Room B, The West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell, geaugaparkdistrict.org

February 24 & 25, March 3 & 4

Maple Sugaring Weekends at Carlisle Reservation. Explore the history and science of maple sugaring through hands-on activities geared for all ages. Includes a brief indoor lecture, hiking to the sugar bush and collecting sap with a naturalist, and visiting the Sugar Shack to see the sap being converted into syrup. Train rides through a second sugar bush may also be available, weather permitting.11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, 440-458-5121, metroparks.cc

March 3, 4, 10 & 11

Maple Tour of Northeast Ohio. More than 50 sugar houses across the region participate in this drive-it-yourself tour. Visitors can try the sweet taste of maple and see how maple syrup and maple products are produced; syrup and other items are available for sale at each location. Each sugar house has different operating hours which can be found online (in addition to a tour map) at facebook.com/maplesyrupproducersofneohio

Maple Madness Driving Trail. Statewide drive-it-yourself tour organized by the Ohio Maple Producers Association that includes open house events at many area sugar houses. Visit ohiomaple.org for details.

Maple Sugaring Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Discover how maple syrup is produced through hands-on demonstrations and crafts. Take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to see how maple syrup is made. Sample maple syrup and candy, make a maple craft, help gather sap, learn how to tap trees and make maple syrup in your own backyard. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Maple Tours. Pa hitches up the horses and takes visitors into the woods through the sugarbush to collect the sweet stuff, then brings it back to the sugar shack to demonstrate how it is all done. Sample some maple coffee and candy, and various other maple treats in the log cabin. Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Weather permitting. Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack, 15161 Main Market Road, Burton, 440-548-5521, maandpas.com

March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18

History of Maple Sugaring, Cleveland Metroparks. Walk through time along the Sugarbush Trail to see sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes used throughout history and today. You’ll end at the sugar house to watch sap boiled into maple syrup. Guided hikes leave the sugar house every 20 minutes (last hike leaves at 3:40 p.m.). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

March 4

Tappin’ Sunday. This ceremonial tapping of the maple trees on Chardon Square is the first chance of the season to buy maple stirs. The official “tapper” will tap the tree with our commemorative bucket handed painted by local artist Bob Kolcum. 1-2 p.m. 111 E. Park St., maplefestival.com

March 4, 11 & 18

Sap’s-a-Risin’! Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugar bush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods. Gather sap in the sugar bush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house, have a taste of maple syrup and then warm up with maple treats and live music in the lodge. Noon-4 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

 

March 8 & 10

Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! Ages 3-5 with an adult will collect sap with small buckets and visit the sugar house to learn about where maple syrup comes from and how it’s made. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on 3/8, 3 p.m. on 3/10. The Sugar House at Geauga Park District’s Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 10

Tree Tapper’s Ball. Celebrate the maple season with this free, old-fashioned square dance with live music, now in its 29th year. Novices welcome; all dances are taught in fun fashion by caller Bob Smakula. Dress is casual. Registration begins Feb. 26; limit of eight per registering group. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Road, Parkman, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 10, 11, 17 & 18

Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and then head out into the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process and experience oxen demonstrations. View period arts and crafts demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (breakfast served until 3 p.m.) Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, halefarm.org

March 18

History of Maple Sugaring, Summit Metro Parks. Discover the history of maple sugaring, dating back to Native Americans. Afterward, enjoy hot pancakes and a beverage. 1-3 p.m. Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, summitmetroparks.org

Sweet Maple Madness. Walk among sugar maple trees and discover how maple syrup has been made throughout time.  Settle inside for a maple story and sweet treat to eat. 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, holdenarb.org

March 23

Family Friday Night: Maple Sugaring. Learn how maple syrup is created. Experience every step of the process and end with a snack of pancakes and toppings. 6:30-8 p.m. Register online before March 20. North Chagrin Nature Center, 401 Buttermilk Falls Pkwy., Willoughby Hills, clevelandmetroparks.com

March 24

Fulton Farm Maple Syrup Tour & Pancake Breakfast. Take a wagon tour of the Fulton family’s Maple Valley Farm sugar woods owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. See the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Ninety-minute tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Retreat, where you can enjoy a pancake breakfast and warm refreshments. Five tour times ranging from 9 a.m.-noon. Register by March 12. 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, medinacountyparks.com

March 25

Maple Sugaring Drop-By. Stop in anytime this afternoon to learn about this truly American tradition. A naturalist will be on hand with the tools of the trade and fresh sap to sample if conditions are right. Trees will be tapped nearby. 2-3:30 p.m. North Chagrin Nature Center, 401 Buttermilk Falls Pkwy., Willoughby Hills, clevelandmetroparks.com

Maple Sugaring: Shop & Brunch Event. Shake off your cabin fever and say hello to spring while enjoying great food, shopping and fresh air at the Snö Châlet at Punderson State Park. Shop a collective of outdoor apparel, sporting goods, Geauga maple products and handmade wares. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury, 440-773-2520, sno-chalet.com

April 7

Welcome Spring Pancake Hike. Thaw into spring this year with a woodland hike, followed by pancakes with real maple syrup, plus music. Featured hikes will vary in length and terrain from flat and easy for the novice hiker, to longer with varied terrain and some steep hills for the more experienced. Easy-to-follow trail maps are available in the Nature Center. Pre-registration required. Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, lakemetroparks.com

April 26-29

Geauga County Maple Festival. The oldest maple festival in the U.S. celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Four days of fun, food and “everything maple.” Events include arts & crafts, bathtub races, concessions, continuous grandstand entertainment, invitational lumberjack competition, pancakes in the park, two grand parades, and more. Chardon Square, 111 E. Park St., 440-286-3007, maplefestival.com

 

Pancake Breakfasts

February 24

Pancake Breakfast with the Birds. This joint program with the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast of plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, applesauce, juice and coffee — plus guided hikes, crafts, entertainment and a bird-related show. $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-10; free for children ages 3 and younger. 8 a.m.-noon. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 S. Park Blvd., Cleveland, shakerlakes.org

March 4, 11 & 18

Goodell Family Farm’s Pancake Breakfast. Come for delicious pancakes and sausage topped with the farm’s own Pure Ohio Maple Syrup. $8 adults; $4 children ages 4-12; free for children ages 3 and younger. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 9090 OH 44, Ravenna, goodellfamilyfarm.com

March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Pancakes & Omelets Breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and famous omelets. $5 ages 4-10; $8 ages 11 and older. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Burton/Middlefield Rotary at Berkshire High School, 14510 N. Cheshire St., Burton, destinationgeauga.com

Pancake Breakfast. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Area Women’s Auxiliary, 319 Water St., Chardon.

Pancake Town USA Breakfasts. On Sundays in March, pancake breakfasts are served in different locations around Burton to benefit different local organizations. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. burtonchamberofcommerce.org

April 8, 15, 22, 29

Pancake Breakfast. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Area Women’s Auxiliary, 319 Water St., Chardon.

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