By Betsy Natter
We’re hoping that Punxsutawney Phil was right, and we’ll be enjoying spring weather soon enough. But the last stretch of winter can be brutal as everyone starts to get a little stir crazy from too much time cooped up inside. If you’re starting to feel the effects of “cabin fever,” we have a few ideas to make this time more bearable.
1. Go Out for a Brisk Walk:
The air may still be chilly, but the trees know that spring is coming and they are getting ready. Learn about maple trees and sap production during one of these workshops coupled with a brisk outdoor walk to view the trees.
Marvelous Maples and Winter Hike – Sat., March 16, 10 am-12 pm
Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center, Temple Univ. Ambler Campus
580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler, PA 19002
Learn to identify a variety of maple trees and which other trees produce sap as well. Taste test a variety of syrups and enjoy a brisk walk on the arboretum grounds with a horticultural guide.
Maple Sugar Magic – Sat., March 2, 11 am and 2 pm
Green Lane Park, 2198 Hill Rd., Green Lane, PA 18054
This is an annual event for the entire family to celebrate the centuries old tradition of the maple harvest. Park staff will demonstrate tree tapping, boiling sap at an evaporator and provide samples for taste-testing.
2. Join a Book Club:
Finish off these cold days in your favorite chair with a hot cup of tea and good book – and then head out to a lively book discussion! Meet new friends and talk about what you’ve read.
Towne Book Center, 220 Plaza Drive B-3, Collegeville, PA 19426
Towne has several book clubs that focus on a variety of genres. Discounts on the book of the month are available for club members. Plus – there’s wine available at the Wine Bar.
Montgomery County Public Libraries
MontCo’s many public libraries offer book clubs on a regular schedule. Check your local library for their offerings.
3. Get Ready for Spring Planting Time:
Are you itching to get your hands in the dirt, clean up your flower beds and getting planting? While you wait for the weather to warm, one of these workshops will arm you with the latest info and get you ready to garden!
What’s New in the Garden Workshop – Wed., March 6, 6:30-7:30 pm
Floral & Hardy, 4007 Skippack Pk., Skippack, PA 19474
Learn what’s new for 2019 in the world of perennials with local expert, Stephanie Cohen. Enjoy an hour lecture, wine and cheese and a chance to win one of Stephanie’s books.
Garden Care Boot Camp – Sat., March 9, 1-3 pm
The Rhoads Garden, 570 Dekalb Pk., North Wales, PA 19454
This free 2-hour class will cover all the basic of garden care. Learn about soil amending, plant care, pruning and maintenance and how to keep small pests and large critters away from your plants. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.
4. Grab a Friend for Coffee:
Get out of the house and meet a friend for coffee, but not at your usual chain store spot – try one of MontCo’s quaint local coffee shops. Locals have voted for many in our annual Happening List competition, so check out last year’s winners here. Meanwhile, try these warm and cozy spots.
Perky Joe’s Café
691 Sumneytown Pk., Harleysville, PA 19438
Featuring specialty lattes, fresh baked goods and vegan/vegetarian items.
Pie & Plate Café
43 N. Main St., Ambler, PA 19002
Featuring pies that are sweet, savory and just plain fun. Sandwiches, soups and salads too.
5. Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning:
Being stuck inside doesn’t have to drive you crazy, but if it makes you feel better – tear the place apart. We can’t all be Marie Kondo but decluttering and creating more space, openness and joy as spring approaches will bring a freshness to life. If you need help, check out the services of these winners from last year’s Happening List:
An Organized Approach