Maple Syrup Weekends Want to enjoy outdoor adventure...

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February 14, 2002|By Megan Hall

Maple Syrup Weekends

Want to enjoy outdoor adventure and learn about maple syrup? Spend a day at Oregon Ridge Nature Center during its Maple Syrup Weekends. Throughout Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, you can hike to the sugar bushes, watch the tree-tapping, bring back a bucket of sap and watch it turn into a sweet delight at the sugar house. Afterward, go inside the Nature Center and view a slide presentation on "sugaring off" from Native American times until the present. There will be exhibits to roam through, and maple syrup will be on sale at the gift shop. For those interested in archaeology, the Peter Goff Archaeological Museum will be open during the Maple Syrup Weekends, as well.

Maple Syrup Weekends run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24 at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Free. Call 410-887-1815.

Washington's birthday

Celebrate George Washington's birthday at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry Sunday. The family program will include live performances and tours of exhibits on Washington's dental history. Actress Pat Jordan of the American Historical Theatre performs "First Lady: FIRST," an interpretation of Martha Washington. "Martha" will offer tales about Washington's children, marriage and life at Mount Vernon, and she will teach the audience how to bow, courtesy and use a fan. Other activities include listening to 18th-century music, putting on tri-cornered hats, eating cherry pie, drinking cherry soda and visiting the George Washington Gallery, which holds an original set of the first president's dentures.

The celebration runs 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, with performances by Pat Jordan at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St. $3; free for ages 6 and under. Call 410-706-0600.

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