Get breakfast to-go at Tuscazoar Maple Days

Get breakfast to-go at Tuscazoar Maple Days
Teri Stein

Martin Warther shows how they test for the sugar content of maple syrup. If the syrup has too much sugar, it will crystallize, and if it doesn’t have enough, it won’t keep in a jar.

                        

The Maple Days fundraiser was postponed last year, but the 2021 Camp Tuscazoar annual benefit breakfast is right on schedule. The Maple Days Pancake Breakfast will be held March 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

The meal includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, applesauce and samples of the maple syrup made onsite at Camp Tuscazoar. The meals will be take-out style, and socially distant picnic tables will be available for seating for anyone wishing to eat onsite.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no indoor seating available this year. When picking up your meal, face masks are strongly recommended for the health and safety of all involved.

The cost of the meal is $8 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds benefit Camp Tuscazoar.

The foundation members are pleased they can keep the spring fundraiser on track.

“The day the world shut down was the day before last year’s pancake breakfast,” said Nancy Schoenbaum, a member of the Camp Tuscazoar Board of Directors. “We had to cancel obviously because the governor said we could not have it.”

Schoenbaum still went to the camp the next day and was amazed there were still people coming. The 2020 breakfast was postponed until October, and all meals were served in a to-go box.

“We did manage to pull it off. It was not as big of an event, but we did have it, so it helps us,” Schoenbaum said. “We have two big fundraisers a year: the pancake breakfast and our pig roast. Not having those would be a huge impact to us.”

The volunteers have served as many as 1,000 breakfasts over the two days.

Making the delicious maple syrup at Camp Tuscazoar is a high-tech process. A special blue pipeline is used, 150 trees are tapped and all are connected by the vacuum lines. The sap is then drawn at the appropriate time.

“It’s very healthy for the trees the way we do it,” said Martin Warther, a volunteer at Camp Tuscazoar.

Once the sap goes into the sugar house, it is filtered before it goes into a commercial evaporator that can boil off 100 gallons of steam per hour.

When the maple syrup is made depends on the weather. Freezing nights followed by days where the temperature reaches about 40 F causes the sap to build internal pressure in the trees. This is critical and the reason why maple syrup can only be made in certain areas of the world.

Once the sap begins to flow, the volunteers will spend about two weeks making the syrup. Warther is pleased they previously won an award for their efforts: first place in best production house, given by the Ohio State University.

“We are constantly talking on the phone to other producers in Ohio, New York and Michigan, so we are getting pretty good at what we are doing,” Warther said.

It takes about 41 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, and it has been produced at Camp Tuscazoar since 2004. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no tours of the sugar house this year.

The syrup is then sold at the camp’s museum, at all their events and at the farmers’ market at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds to benefit the camp.

Foundation officials are hoping the weather will cooperate and the sun will shine for the breakfast this year.

“It’s still going to be limited as far as we won’t be able to eat in the dining hall,” Schoenbaum said. “We have picnic tables outside. You will get a to-go box with your breakfast in it, and then you have the opportunity to either take it home or eat there on the property outside. We are still limited, but we are doing the best we can.”

Volunteers will sell tickets, cook the breakfast, clear the tables and drive golf carts to transport diners from the parking lot to the dining hall.

Camp Tuscazoar saw much use in 2020, especially with some bike trails in the Cleveland area closed.

“We had people coming from all over the place — Sandusky, Vermilion and Cleveland — because our bike trails were open. We never had to shut down,” Schoenbaum said.

The camp is open to the public year round. For safety reasons, people are asked to sign in when they arrive and sign out when they leave. Area cross country teams also are encouraged to use the property for practice.

“Anyone is welcome to enjoy it. We have 600 acres of land, so it’s a big place,” Schoenbaum said.

Camp Tuscazoar is located at 6066 Boy Scout Road NE outside of Dover.

Upcoming events at Camp Tuscazoar include Dover Dam Day on May 1 and a new event, an Ohio Mountain Bike League race Oct. 9-10.


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