This weekend marks the start of March (my favorite month!) and a gentle slide into spring. If that's not an excuse to get outdoors, here are a few more, courtesy of Montgomery County Parks and Recreation.
Saturday, March 2
- Maple Sugar Festival at Audubon Center, Mill Grove. Celebrate the nectar of the tree-gods with this all-day festival. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is $6. Festival and museum visit are free.
- Cooking in a Victorian Kitchen: Pies & Tarts at Pennypacker Mills. Workshop shows you how to prepare an old-fashioned lunch using the technology of the time (think woodfired stove, or Mrs. Padmore from "Downton Abbey"). 10 a.m. Registration required, $30 per person, 610-287-9349.
- Maple Sugar Magic at Green Lane Park. Learn how to tap a tree and boil the sap to make maple syrup. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is free; products will be available for sale.
- Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess! at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park. Celebrate the author's birthday with a reading of "If I ran the zoo" and a tour of the park's animals. Activities palnned for children age 3-7. 11 a.m. Registration required, 610-948-5170.
Sunday, March 3
- Owl Prowl, Norristown Farm Park. Go for an evening walk to scout for the sights and sounds of our local owls. 4 p.m. Registration required, binoculars recommended. 610-270-0215.