300 Volunteers Needed To Tap Maple Trees For Largest Maple Syurp Festival In Ohio

Volunteers needed to tap Maple Trees!


Each year, in the stillness of winter, maple trees stand at the ready… waiting… preparing for that day when they give the very sap needed for true maple syrup.  And this year, the time has come once again.

Who: EVERYONE! It does not matter if you Scout or not! Bring your family, friends, Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, Girl Scout Troop, 4H Club, Church, and / or Service Club!
What: Maple Tree Sap Tap
When: January 31st, at 9am
Where: Camp Lazaurs, U.S. 23 Delaware, Ohio.

Saturday January 31, 2015 10 am Camp Lazarus begins the Annual Tapping of the Trees. With only volunteer help, nearly 1,000 spiles, buckets, and lids need hung throughout the 300 acre camp. Everyone is welcome to come learn and help tap the trees. Hot coffee and chocolate is always available.

Registration can be done on the Maple Syurp Sap Tap Facebook event page by clicking

If you unable to register on Facebook, or have any questions, please feel free to call the Camp Ranger at (740) 548-5502.



The Delaware County Fair:  Ponder the Past and Prepare for a Blast

Hungry as horse at the fairgrounds
Hungry as horse at the fairgrounds

Delaware County Fair’s history and tradition leads makes the fair what it is today.

So it’s almost time for the Delaware County Fair.  While dinner options might include fried candy bars and pepperoni sticks, or perhaps a trip to the Buckeye Valley booth for healthier fare, there was a time when the county fair meant [Read more…]

Evening Program at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, August 29, 2014

8 p.m. Aug. 29, – Evening programs at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and star gazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children and senior citizens. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at

Delaware Arts Castle is Registering for Fall 2014 classes.

Delaware Arts Castle

Delaware County Cultural Arts Center

190 W Winter Street

Delaware 43021


Fall Classes Begin Soon

Some Registration Deadlines are Next Week!

Don’t Miss Out!


Treat Yourself to a Creative Class!

Don’t Let Summer

Pass You By…

Introduction to Photo Editing

Taste of Watercolors

Enrich Your Homeschool Schedule and Attend:

Hand built Ceramics, Hands On Art History & Homeschool Art

Kids will Love Classes Like:

Ceramics- Beginning Pottery or Clayworks II

Drawing for Children

Yoga for Kids


Dance through the Season and Enroll In:

Tot-Dance C, pre-ballet, pre-tap& pre-jazz

Open House for Friends of the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad August 16, 2014

Celebration of 165th Anniversary of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati or Big Four Railroad (formerly New York Central and now CSX Railroad) in Oxford and Brown Townships and points north and south.

Anniversary celebration will take place on August 16, 2014 from 10:30 until 4:00 at the Oxford Township Hall, 5125 Shoemaker Road, Ashley, Ohio  (just east of CSX track) (2 miles south of Ashley off of Route 42)

Did you know that the Gold Spike ceremony connecting the railroad from the north and the south occurred on February 18, 1851 on a farm two miles south of Ashley at the Shoemaker Road crossing? (Re-enactment of Gold Spike at 1:30) Open House Celebration will include displays, railroad memorabilia, a model train display, and Memories of that railroad happenings through the years by volunteer speakers.

Some displays are: Delaware County RR Safety Task Force display (with prizes for children); Brandon Townley with his professional railroad photography and published photo books; Friends of Big Four Depot in Galion display; Suzanne Allen’s Preserving Our Heritage of Trains and Railroads book and photos and more; Vicki Rife’s memorabilia display (Dad worked in NYC tower at Westview near Cleveland); Ken Beamer and the Delaware Model Railroad Club.

Dan’s Deli will be on site.

For more information contact Friends of the Cleveland, Columbus, and CincinnatiRailroad-


Boy Scout Troop 844 sponsors The “Olentangy Challenge.”


Boy Scout Troop 844 participates in the annual Winter Bushwhack Hike.  They have enjoyed the opportunity so much they decided they could do the something similar in Central Ohio.

The Olentangy Challenge is meant to be available for Scouts and non-Scouts.

The Challenge is loosely based on a Tri-Athalon format.  Walk/Hike, Bike, and canoe/kayak are the intended elements of the opportunity. [Read more…]

Stratford Ecological Center: A Delaware First Story

“What an amazing facility and program!”

image That is all I could think to say when my family and I attended the Stratford Harvest Fair on Saturday.

Once a year, the Center hosts a magnificent gathering of family activities centered on exploring nature, creating sustainable agriculture, and having a blast image doing it. The activities and experience made for a very busy day.

The Center itself is a non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve on 236 acres. While the Harvest Fair is an annual event, the Center has plenty of activities, classes and events the entire year to keep you coming back. Visitors to the center can explore 4 miles of nature trails, visit livestock, tour the gardens and greenhouses, and explore the creek, pond, prairie, and swamps of the State Nature Preserve. Check out the website for more specifics (

image Saturday was a gorgeous day weather-wise, so we had the perfect opportunity to explore the Center. We were greeted by live music covering some Johnny Cash, which set the right tone immediately. We took a minute to get our bearings, because the place was jumping! After deciding to sample as much as we could, we were draw immediately into the Center’s calming and positive atmosphere.

image My family had a blast! We took advantage of the hayride to see some of the further parts of the farm, checked out the pear trees and strawberries in the Children’s Garden, sat on Mocha the donkey and learned about pressing apples. Nothing beats seeing your husband chase and attempt to feed chickens! Kids could also safely climb on several tractors on the farm, and this alone delighted my son to no end!

image The areas geared toward different age groups was a great touch. Toddlers had their own area to play with age-appropriate toys and older kids had a great time climbing on the giant hay bales and playing with a parachute and kites. They really did think of everything!

I spoke with several of the volunteers helping with the event, and they were forthcoming about not only the mission of the Center, but also on the importance of community education and participation. From the woman taking admissions, to the gentleman shooing the yellow jackets out of my son’s just-made apple cider, like most non-profits, the people involved at Stratford have serious passion for their work.

I plan on taking full advantage of this amazing facility. Upcoming events can be found here ( and include standouts such as Family Chore Time at the Farm, Myths & Misconceptions about Honey Bees, and an awesome opportunity called Farm to Fork. This class will teach you the skills and recipes to use local seasonal ingredients. I have been very interested in the slow food ( and locavore ( movements gathering steam across Central Ohio, and Stratford is at the heart of education and participation in the sustainable agriculture of Delaware. As a resource and as a fun place to be, they are truly top notch!

Have you been to Stratford in the past? What keeps you going back?


Delaware, Ohio Fishing Files. Get The Family and GO FISH!

Lets Talk About Fishing!

Fish1Hello all I am Jason the newest addition to DelwareO, and I am very excited to be here! I would like to get started by sharing with you all the wonderful places we have to fish in Delaware County. The amount of water that we have to fish in Delaware County is really massive; I won’t be able to cover it all in one article. You could fish every day of the summer, and not fish in the same place twice! I will focus on some family friendly fishing spots for now. [Read more…]

A Delaware First Story, My First Time To Delaware Lake and Dam,


A Family Adventure At The Delaware Dam.


The View From the Top of Delaware Dam.

When was the last time you went to Delaware Lake? I went for the first time last week.

As a working mom, I miss out on some of the adventures my husband and son have during the day. They discover some awesome sites and last week brought to my attention their latest find: Delaware Lake and Dam.

Last week, on a much needed day off, we explored as a family (and dog!).

The park itself has two main entrances of Rt. 23. We had been to the beach earlier this summer, so we decided to enter the park right by the Dam. On a gorgeous, cool, and sunny Friday, we were off to walk up the big hilled path first, then to skip stones in the lake, and then the most essential part- the playground!

IMG_20130823_105740The Park is about four miles north of the city of Delaware. The dam was built and the lake filled by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1951. There is ample opportunity for hiking, fishing, picnics and rock skipping! We had a great time, just walking through the wooded paths, watching the fishermen and looking & smelling every leaf, pebble and ant. Ok, maybe only my toddler and the dog enjoyed that last part.

I See Water!

The top of the Delaware Dam has a metal grate to walk across. Not for the squeamish.

The top of the Delaware Dam has a metal grate to walk across. Not for the squeamish.

I managed to even cross over the metal bridge across the top of the dam, with the lake rushing below, without losing my lunch. I have never been a fan of heights, and this was no exception. But, for my son’s sake, I had to put on my Rational Person Hat, and I tentatively made it across in flip flops! Of course the extra heart palpitations& sweaty palms made it extra exciting. But it was worth it when Sam, who is (hopefully) still unaware of my fears, looked back at me when I came slowly across the bridge and yelled “You Did It!” Even the Basset Hound was wary of crossing the metal bridge, but she did a great job too, huffing her way on the side pathway that was a little more solid for her paws.

Taking It All In From The Top.

Taking It All In From The Top.

Once we got to the top, the views were amazing. Check out some of the pictures and you will see what I mean. The Lake and Dam are a great and quiet place to visit. I highly recommend it for healthy family bonding and if necessary, conquering your fear of heights! Check out this link for even more details about the history and activities at the Park .

Do you have any good Delaware Lake memories or stories?

Bust Out Your “Creekin” Shoes To Cool Off.

We were looking for some fun things to do in the water to help cool off and put out a call for “creeking” events. Preservation Parks answered the call!

So get out your “creeking” shoes, grab a bucket & net, and head on over to Gallant Woods Preserve. Prepare to explore and get wet with the family tonight at 7:30 pm.

Awesome Aquatic Adventure Calling kids of all ages! Join a naturalist for an adventure at our wetlands as we explore the world of aquatic fauna. Insects and crustaceans will be our target. 7:30 p.m. GWP — all ages

Gallant Woods Preserve is located on 2151 Buttermilk Road in Delaware, OH.