Sugar Camp Days offers unique opportunities for the public

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days, Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19.

Visitors can participate in guided tours through the sugar bush to see different methods of sap collection and watch as staff and volunteers cook the sap into syrup in the sugar house.

Visitors can also see demonstrations of the traditional Native American method of sugar making and the pioneer method of cooking syrup in a cast iron kettle.

The New Carlisle Lions Club is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Breakfast is from 8:00am to 1:00pm, with a fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-11 years old. Children 5 and under eat for free. The proceeds from the breakfast support Leader Dogs for the Blind, cancer research, and community organizations.

Demonstrations taking place on both Saturday and Sunday include old-time wood carving, wool spinning, rag rug making, soap making, gourd carving, quilting and pewter casting. There will also be ice carving, blacksmithing, candle dipping and horse-drawn wagon rides both days, weather permitting.

At the Nature Center, kids can make a traditional turtle-shaped rattle craft and participate in a harnessed maple tree climb! From 11:30am to 1:30pm each day The Music Village Jam Team will provide sing-along, toe-tapping music for the whole family. Visitors of all ages can purchase maple baked goods, maple cotton candy, maple cream and Bendix Woods’ pure maple syrup, while supplies last. From 10:30am to 12:30pm each day Chef Suzanne Wilson of Cuisology will demonstrate how to cook several tasty maple syrup dishes, with free samples provided. Additional foods made with maple syrup will be available to purchase at the Sauk Trail Shelter, including maple hot dogs and maple sloppy joes.

Sugar Camp Days hours are 8:00am to 3:00pm. There is an $8/vehicle entrance fee. For more information, visit our website at www.sjcparks.org or phone 574/654-3155.

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