A sweet weekend for Montco parks

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

Sheila Walter demonstrates Victorian-era cooking on a cast-iron stove.

  • 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.