OWENSVILLE – The Clermont Park District celebrates one of the area’s sweetest natural resources – maple syrup.
The 15th Annual Pancakes in Park event is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Pattison Park Lodge (2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103).
Breakfast tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and children ages 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available at the door and include pancakes served with real maple syrup, sausage and beverages.
In addition to the meal, Pancakes in the Park offers guests the opportunity to tour the sugar bush trail and sugar shack, see demonstrations on making syrup, pioneer demonstrations by the Grassy Run Historical Arts Society and enjoy interpretive displays on nature and history.
A $30 bucket sponsorship gets interested supporters two complimentary tickets to the breakfast, a bottle of the Park District’s blue-ribbon maple syrup and their name/message on a bucket for display as guests tour the sugar bush trail.
Sponsorship deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Please fill out the sponsorship registration form here.
“This event has become a wonderful tradition for the Park District, one of our signature events,” said Park District Director Chris Clingman said. “We’re looking forward to having people enjoying the meal, enjoying the chance to learn and just enjoying a morning in the park.”
Pancakes in the Park also marks the first big event of the Park District’s 50th anniversary year. A free commemorative magazine highlighting the past, present and future of the district will be available to guests.
Since January, Park District staff and volunteers have been on the sugar bush trail tapping trees and collecting sap to make syrup. (It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of syrup.)
The Park District interpretive team offers a variety of maple-related programs to a wide range of audiences leading up to Pancakes in the Park.
“We have excellent facilities and programs all over the county, but maple season is a unique, family-friendly chance to tie our daily lives to the natural world,” Clingman said. “People eat breakfast every day, but how often do they realize some of what is on their table could come from their own back yard?”
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.