Sap-tapping, toe-tapping

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By David Pierini

Staff Photographer

The temperature still felt wintry, but the Forest Preserve of Cook County offered some tangible evidence that spring was in the air.

The Forest Preserve District held "A Taste of Maple Syrup Fest" at Cummings Square in River Forest last Thursday on what was the first official day of spring — March 20, the Vernal Equinox. 

Fest-goers learned how to tap maple trees, watched how syrup was made, and taught tree-related crafts, all while a bluegrass band sang the winter blues away.

Spring is the best time to tap trees because warming temperatures make the sap run. 


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