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ST. CHARLES COUNTY PARKS POSTPONES MAKING MAPLE SYRUP EVENT DUE TO EXTREME COLD TO MARCH 13


Free event rescheduled March 13 offers demonstrations, free samples, and local syrup for purchase

For everyone’s safety, and due to the hazardous weather conditions forecasted, Saturday, Feb. 13, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department has postponed “Hands-On Heritage: Making Maple Syrup” until Saturday, March 13, at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F in Defiance.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun of making maple syrup with us from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. next month. Admission is free, and guests will be able to sample and purchase local syrup at the event. 

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to turn gallons of raw sap tapped from park trees into edible sweet syrup. Demonstrations of this 19th century, historic process will take place throughout the day at the historic park listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At the event, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the frontiersmen and women leading the program. Then, everyone can enjoy pre-packaged samples of hot maple syrup and cornbread! Masks must be worn inside park buildings, including the Boone Home and gift shop. Sanitizer will be available and social distancing is required at the event. 

But that’s not all! Guests also will learn the modern-day method of making maple syrup with Vieth Valley Farms of Marthasville, Mo. The farm’s staff will showcase how they use present-day equipment to turn 40 gallons of sap taken from their 130-year-old sugar maples into one gallon of edible maple syrup. After each demonstration, delicious Grade A, Amber syrup will be available for purchase. 

This event is sure to be a crowd pleaser and an educational experience for all ages. Registration is not needed. For more information, call The Historic Daniel Boone Home at 636-798-2005.