Bedford Parks Program offers maple syrup making class on January 25

BEDFORD – If you’ve ever thought about collecting and making maple syrup yourself, the January Bedford Parks Program at 6 PM on Tuesday, January 25 at the Otis Park Bath House is one you won’t want to miss.

Todd and Traci Schmitz, who make maple syrup on their own property, will present a program on their experiences. The couple has been making syrup on their property for decades.

The Schmitz’s will bring equipment that is available to the hobbyist and those who make smaller quantities of syrup for the collection through the finishing process. The couple will discuss tapping trees, collecting the sap, making the syrup, and finishing. They welcome questions and are enthusiastic about sharing their love of making syrup each spring.

The free, one-hour educational program starts at 6 PM and includes time for questions. This is part of the Bedford Parks Program series which presents a different program every month. The historic Otis Park Bath House is located between the Red Brick Mansion and the Golf Course office at 607 Tunnelton Road east of Bedford.

Please RSVP to the Park office for the program by January 18, at 812-275-5692, or email so we have enough handouts and chairs ready.

A speaker for the program in February is yet to be confirmed but will likely be about backyard birds and will be presented on Tuesday, February 22, at 6 p.m. at the Otis Park Bathhouse. Mark your calendar for this program.