a.m., April 1)
turn out for 38th Cumberland Lions Maplefest
By Fred Sherwin
Lions member Derek Tilley flips a pancake while working the grill during
the 37th Annual Maplefest on this weekend at the Maple Hall in Cumberland
Village. Fred Sherwin/Photo
For the past
38 years, residents from far and wide have been gathering at Lions Maple
Hall in Cumberland Village during the first weekend in April to enjoy a
hearty pancake breakfast and help raise money for the Cumberland Lions.
For many its
an opportunity to renew old acquaintances. For others like the Morand family
from Orleans its only become a recent tradition.
time we came was three years ago. A church friend of ours from Cumberland
invited us and weve been coming ever since, said Julie Morand.
When asked how
the pancakes tasted, Morands six-year-old daughter Laura
simply smiled, maple syrup covering her face from ear to ear.
good, she said.
A couple of tables
away Tim and Beth Millar were enjoying the pancakes with their daughter
Cherilyn and friends Brian and Lynn who had brought their daughters Ashley
and Cassidy. For Tim, who now lives in Carp, it was his first time back
to Maplefest in 14 or 15 years.
like a reunion. You get to see people you havent seen in years,
said Miller whose old fastball team is one of the many organizations that
have benefited from the funds generated by the popular event over the years.
beat the price, especially when you compare it to some of the sugar bushes,
hoping to match the $3,000 they raised last year if not more. All the money
raised will go to help out the various causes and charities the Cumberland
Lions are involved with such as the Childrens Hospital of Eastern
Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Ottawa Heart Institute.
Over the course
of the two day event, organizers normally go through 280 lbs of pancake
mix, 400 lbs of sausage and 30 gallons of maple syrup not to mention copious
amounts of orange juice, coffee and tea.
Mel Walker and his crew of 30 volunteers put in two 10 hour days during
the Maplefest starting at 6 a.m. in the morning when they start cooking
the sausages and mixing the pancake batter.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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