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New Canaan Cooks Up Syrup for Festival

No drop of syrup will taste as sweet to Marjorie Furman as the one she’ll have this weekend. It might be because Furman and her three children had a hand in making the thick coating for a warm stack of pancakes long before it reached the table.

Furman and her three children — Margot, 4, Chip, 3, and Connor, 2 — spent several weeks getting sap from a tree near the New Canaan Nature Center . Three times a week, the Furman clan went to their tree to watch the sap seep into a bucket. “The sap tasted watery. The kids were kind of surprised that it was,” said Furman, who lives on Holmewood Lane.

The Furmans and other families will get to enjoy the finished product during the annual Syrup Saturday Festival and Pancake Brunch, starting at 11 a.m. at the nature center. The event celebrates the New England tradition of maple syrup-making and includes a pancake brunch with varieties of syrup, including the nature center’s own. During the festival, visitors can watch the syruping process, from tree tapping to the boiling into syrup at the “sugar shack.”

Furman said she liked having something for the kids to do rather than being stuck indoors during the winter. “I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It’s more doing something outdoors with your kids and the interaction with nature. It’s teaching them a real life lesson.”

Tickets for the Syrup Saturday Festival are $8 for nature center members and $12 for non-members. Children under 3 are free. For more information, call the New Canaan Nature Center at 203-966-9577, Ext. 20.

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