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The iconic Lanark maple syrup season is upon us and the best way to celebrate it’s arrival is to have a feast at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush and then take a scenic drive to enjoy both the countryside views, the historic village of Pakenham and the talents from the Ottawa Valley who are participating on the 14th annual Maple Run Studio Tour. On April 2nd and 3rd from 10-5pm come and meet local craftspeople and fine artists on the popular spring self guided studio tour taking place in and round the pretty village of Pakenham which has claim to having the only surviving 5 span stone bridge in North America and the longest continually running General Store (check out their train running along the upper perimeter of the store). The Maple Run Tour includes Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush and 9 tour stops. At the various venues there will be glass blowing, paintings in oil/ mixed media/ acrylic and water colour, up cycled painted found objects, fine wood working, photography, jewellery, mosaics, pottery in various forms, miniature quilting, leather work, woven textiles and many more unique one of a kind arts and crafts to be discovered.

You are sure to find artwork and crafts for yourself, home, garden or for gifts. You can surprise your Mom with something special on Mother’s Day (May 8th) with a gift found on the studio tour. Come enjoy seeing artists working in their studios and watch the glassblowing demonstrations held all weekend long. Visit the cluster groups in various locations in and around the historic village of Pakenham, in a stone gothic church, century old homes and other venues to discover on your journey . No need to pack a lunch there are three designated stops along the way where scrumptious meals and sweet treats are served. Also, make sure you pick up a tour passport at your first stop to have it stamped at each tour location so you will be eligible for one of the three $50.00 gift certificates towards a purchase from one of the participating artists. If you have your passport stamped from all nine tour locations, your name is entered twice for an extra chance to win.

Maps and detailed tour destination descriptions can be picked up at Fulton’s Sugar Bush, any tour stop along the way (look for the green maple leaf sign), Pakenham General Store and follow us on Facebook for artist updates and photos, please give share and a like to promote our rite of spring event. Bring your camera for lots of selfie opportunities.

Not only is the Maple Run Studio Tour taking place in and around Pakenham there is even more to do on the weekend of April 2-3rd. There is the fun to be had at the second annual Maple Weekend hosted by local sugar bush producers. Come and enjoy pancakes and maple sugar products, sugarbush trails and demonstrations on the mysteries of turning tree sap into wonderful edible maple syrup delights.www.mapleweekend.ca

. And the third stop is at the Pakenham Home Show showcasing local products and trades for all you home and garden renovations, additions and plans for 2016. To be held at 112 McFarland, Stewart Community Centre, Pakenham.

And of course there is the very quaint village of Pakenham where you can visit the stores along the main street and take a stroll down to the 5 span stone bridge to see the spring run off roaring underneath. A spectacular spring event to enjoy!

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