Tap into a sweet tradition

ppl_maplesugar-50When you’re pouring the gooey, sweet maple syrup on a stack of pancakes, did you ever wonder where it comes from or how it’s made? You can learn how maple syrup is made when PPL’s Montour Environmental Preserve in Danville, Pa., opens its Sugar Shack to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Continuing a tradition that began more than three decades ago, the free Maple-Sugaring Open House invites young and old alike to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the maple-sugaring process.

Since the program began in 1972, thousands of people have walked through the woods leading to the preserve’s Sugar Shack to learn how to tap trees and then slowly boil the sap over a wood fire to produce syrup.

Programs will begin on the hour in the preserve’s Environmental Education Center, 700 Preserve Road, Danville. Preserve staff will share a brief film and talk about the history of sugar making. Families, Scouts, 4-H groups and others are invited. Maple products and posters will be available for purchase.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-354-8383 or e-mail pplpreserves@pplweb.com.

Directions: Montour Preserve is located at 700 Preserve Road in Montour County about four miles northeast of Washingtonville, Pa. On Route 54 at Washingtonville, turn right as if heading toward Strawberry Ridge. At the first intersection, turn left onto PPL Road. Continue north on PPL Road past the Montour power plant to the intersection with Preserve Road. Turn right onto Preserve Road. Montour Preserve will be on the left.

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