I will admit to being pretentious when it comes to maple syrup. Mrs. Butterworth's just doesn't cut it for me (sorry to all you brand loyalists out there). Fortunately, living in New York allows us the privilege of buying pure maple syrup close to home. Beginning Saturday, March 22, RMSC's Cummings Nature Center (6472 Gulick Rd., Naples) will return for its 36th season of maple sugaring. The event will allow participants to discover various processing techniques, sample pure maple syrup, and chow down at a pancake breakfast. The event takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, March 22-23 and 29-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The pancake breakfast runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day and meals cost $10 for adults and $8 for children (members are offered a discount). Program admission without the breakfast is $3 per person ($10 per family). For more information, visit rmsc.org or call 374-6160.
Can't wait that long for some maple sugaring fun? Visit the Genesee Country Village and Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford) for its Maple Sugaring Festival, taking place on Saturdays and Sundays, March 15-23, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, try your hand at tools used when tapping trees, and look back in time at how the early settlers collected sap. The festival also includes a pancake breakfast every day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission to the festival costs $9.50 for adults ($8.50 for the breakfast only), $7.50 for ages 4-16 ($6.50 for the breakfast), and free for children under 3. For more information, visit gcv.org.