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(Updated 9 a.m., April 1)
Hundreds turn out for 38th Cumberland Lions Maplefest
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cumberland 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 it’s an opportunity to renew old acquaintances. For others like the Morand family from Orleans it’s only become a recent tradition.

“The first time we came was three years ago. A church friend of ours from Cumberland invited us and we’ve been coming ever since,” said Julie Morand.

When asked how the pancakes tasted, Morand’s six-year-old daughter Laura
simply smiled, maple syrup covering her face from ear to ear.

“Their really 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.

“It’s like a reunion. You get to see people you haven’t 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.

“You can’t beat the price, especially when you compare it to some of the sugar bushes,” added Millar.

Organizers were 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 Children’s 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.

Event organizer 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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