March 2- 8, 2006
Sat., March 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., no coverIn an old Donald Duck cartoon, Donald makes maple syrup by sticking a spigot into a tree and draining it dry. This isn't too far off from reality, save that part where Chip and Dale descend on Donald's stand in revenge for ruining their tree. To celebrate this breakfast condiment, the John James Audubon Center is holding a Maple Syrup Festival with free maple-syrup-production demonstrations and all-you-can-eat flapjacks and sausage links for five bucks. There will also be craftsmen and artisans from the surrounding area working an outdoor market. Maple Syrup Festival, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon, Pa., 610-666-5593.
Every Saturday and Sunday in March, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $20One month, six vineyards -- I think we can work something out. A half dozen Brandywine Valley vineyards have joined forces to host a series of wine tastings every weekend in March. You can enjoy them all for one price, however, by buying a Brandywine passport. Each of the vineyards features special events in addition to the tastings, including Twin Brook Winery's "gumbo kitchen," which'll be churning out Cajun fare, and Va La Family Farmed Wines' jazz piano with Glenn Williams. For a full list, visit www.bvwinetrail.com.
Tue., March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $45If you can't wait for the upcoming Book and the Cook festival, WHYY is letting you at a sneak peek next Tuesday. More than 30 restaurants, including Old Original Bookbinder's, Nectar and Georges, will be contributing dishes for sampling. Not to be missed: The finalists in the B&C's Cocktail Classic shake-off against last year's winner, Astral Plane, to find out who's got the quickest jigger in Philly. Taste of the Book and the Cook, Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza, 17th and Race sts., 215-351-2098.
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