Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Maple Sugar Time draws new generation

PORTER | Eileen Siordia decided it was time for the next generation to learn how maple sugar is made.

The Chesterton resident, who years ago had brought her children to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Maple Sugar Time, showed up at the 35th annual event Saturday with her grandchildren: Alli, Zarek and Xander Sierazy, ages 6, 4 and 2, respectively.

Siordia and her husband, Dave, and their grandkids were among a smattering of people who braved the cold and wind at Chellberg Farm in Porter to watch outdoor demonstrations by park rangers of the various methods of making maple sugar from sap.

“We had to get out of the house, no matter what the weather is,” Siordia said.

Event participants, many of them children, followed a short trail that featured an American Indian sugar camp, pioneer camp, drilling site, sugar shack and the Chellberg farmhouse, where guests could sample fresh maple and corn syrup and maple cookies.

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photo: Brent T. Wheat