Pancake breakfast at Northwest Park
By Jen Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
The Northwest Park Pancake Breakfast brings together three of the best things in Windsor; community, beautiful scenery and Windsor-made maple syrup.
With people anxious to get out and enjoy all of these things, after a winter of battling snow and ice, it was a winning combination.
Hundreds came out on the weekend of March 26 to enjoy the event hosted by the Friends of Northwest Park on an unseasonably cold March morning.
“We had just over 500 adults and children,” said Jay Melley, the president of the Friends of Northwest Park. “I think it is one of the more pleasant and friendly events in town,” said Melley, adding, “it’s one of our signature events.”
As patrons streamed into the Warming Shed, they got in line to eat one of the heartiest breakfasts available, with a steaming hot cup of coffee, all in the name of offering support to all the great things Northwest Park has available – what Melley and many others consider the “jewel of Windsor.”
Meanwhile, a few steps across the park, Chuck Drake, vice president of the Friends, was busy doing what he does best: making sap into maple syrup. The steam was rising from the sugar shack, as Drake explained to a group which had gathered about the syrup making process.
“The highlight is, of course, the syrup,” said Melley, “which is made at the park and plentiful for consumption. Chuck has earned the title of “the maestro of the sugar barn.”
The breakfast was staffed and served by 40 volunteers and cooks.
“The event was successful again this year because it all works: an excuse to get together in a place of beauty, to enjoy a hearty meal with a local key ingredient, to see friends and to make new friends,” conjectured Melley. “Such an agenda leaves the patrons with a satiated and smiling disposition to start their Saturday morning.”
For more information on the Friends of Northwest Park or to learn how to get involved, go to www.northwestpark.org.