Special to The Herald
BERLIN - The Hungerford Nature Center and New Britain Youth Museum will be putting on a Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10
“We’re hoping for a ton of people this weekend. We have had upwards of 200-300 people. After a long winter, people are looking to go out and do something outdoors with their kids,” said Donne Veach, who handles marketing and special events for the New Britain Youth Museum and Hungerford Nature Center.
Attendees are encouraged to come with a hearty appetite. All-you-can-eat pancakes will be provided, accompanied by pure maple syrup, sausage and beverages.
Activities will be held throughout the day, most focused around syrup.
“There will be crafts related to the maple sugaring process,” said Veach.
Guests will get the opportunity to watch the syrup-making process from start to finish. Guided walks through Hungerford’s maple grove to see how syrup is made will also be provided.
The sweetest activity of all will be a workshop comparing sap, syrup and store-bought “maple syrup.”
“There’s nothing like pure maple syrup from New England, especially when you see the process in front of you,” said Veach.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 2-11, and children under 2 get in free. Adult members may biu tickets for $8 while children’s member tickets are $5.
The Hungerford Nature Center and New Britain Youth museum have many events planned the month.
An “Owl Prowl” will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Hungerford Nature Center. This adults-only event will include dinner and dessert after a talk that will include meeting live owls. The night will conclude with a short walk outside on the Nature Center trails to call and look for local owls. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required.
A Paint Night is planned for Friday, March 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the nature center. This is a 21-and-over event and instruction is provided by Paul Baylock, a former New Britain High School art teacher and current president of the Art League of New Britain. Wine, cheese, and assorted snacks are included as well as all painting materials. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Preregistration is required.
March isn’t all about the adults. On Friday, March 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., the New Britain Youth Museum is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party. The story of how St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland will be told. Crafts, games and a scavenger hunt for gold coins will be some of the activities provided. This event is free for members and $2 for non-members.
The Hungerford Nature Center is at 191 Farmington Ave. in Kensington. The New Britain Youth Museum is at 30 High St. in New Britain. For more information on these events or general inquiries call 860-827-9064, email HungerfordNatureCenter@gmail.com or visit NewBritainYouthMuseum.org.