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Sweet science on tap at Hale Farm

3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Scott Horstman
BATH — It’s the season for maple syrup, and local historic site Hale Farm and Village is once again hosting its Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast events. During the first weekend, those who attended had the chance to see how sap is turned into syrup.

John Kametz is pictured at right top during the March 17 event as he demonstrates the tapping of a tree to Parma resident Brandon Baad while his grandparents Rick and Vicki Hotchkiss, of Cuyahoga Falls, look on.

Shown at right bottom is Beth Goran, of Kent, with coworkers Fred Kraus (at left), of Fairlawn, and Jason Klein, of Peninsula, after demonstrating the workings of a maple syrup evaporator to visitors at the festival.

In addition to a pancake breakfast, those who attended had the chance to visit other attractions at Hale Farm, such as the blacksmith exhibit. Marty Reisig, of Tallmadge, is shown at right middle as he demonstrates blacksmithing techniques to a captive audience.

The festival continues March 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pancakes are served until 3 p.m. and are included in admission to the festival. Hale Farm is located at 2686 Oak Hill Road. For more information, call 330-666-3711 or go to www.wrhs.org.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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