MARENGO – While it may still feel like winter, the flowing of maple sap is a sign that spring is coming.
The McHenry County Conservation District will host the annual Festival of the Sugar Maples 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the weekends of March 8 and 9 and March 15 and 16 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive in Marengo.
The free tours, which begin every 15 minutes and last about an hour, will cover the history of maple sugaring and the evolution of the sap collection process. All ages are welcome.
Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and for a half-mile hike through the woods. Pets are not allowed.
The Lions Club will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast each Sunday the festival is held: 7 a.m. to noon March 9 at South Union Roadhouse, 8512 S. Union Road, Union and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at Marengo United Methodist Church, 119 E. Washington St., Marengo.
The cost $6 per adult and $3 per child.
A free shuttle service will be available between the pancake breakfast locations and the Festival of the Sugar Maples from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday.
For more information, call 815-479-5779 or go to www.MCCDistrict.org
- Emily K. Coleman