Shake off the winter blahs at Genesee Country Museum Mumford, N.Y -Although the village buildings are closed up tight for the winter, Genesee Country Village & Museum will offer a series of activities this winter guaranteed to shake off the winter blahs. Owl Moon on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, will be a real hoot. Each night includes moonlit guided walks through the wintry woods to listen for screech and great-horned owls plus a live owl presentation on owls' behavior, habitat and lifestyle by Wild Wings, Inc. of Honeoye Falls. Guided walks are booked every 20 minutes between 6 and 8:20 p.m. The evening also includes roasting marshmallows around a campfire and a reading of Jane Yolen's Caldecott Medal-winning Owl Moon. Cost is Adults $12/$10 members and youth $10/$8 members. Reservations are required. The Maple Sugar Festival 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16-17 & 23-24 is an experience for the entire family looking to enjoy the outdoors. The event includes a visit to the expanded maple sugar camp for 19th-century maple sugaring over an open fire, modern syrup-making demonstrations and tastings plus demonstrations by the tinsmith, wood carver and cooper who crafted the buckets, spiles and troughs used to capture the sap. Each day visitors can try their hand at tapping a tree or see what it's like to manage sap buckets on a shoulder yoke. The day includes self-guided walks to the nature center's sugar bush and dozens of other activities in the historic village, plus, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup. In the meantime, the museum has made weekends in January and February available for visitors to ski, snowshoe or just stroll about and enjoy the beauty of the museum in winter. Ski, snowshoe or hike the Historic Village noon-4 p.m. and the Nature Center trails 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The program is $5.50; members are free. Ski rental is $10; snowshoe rental, $5. Also, at 2 p.m. each Sunday in January and February is a series of Cabin Fever Reliever hikes-a succession of short (one mile) nature walks lasting 60-75 minutes that introduce visitors to the wonders of nature in winter. Topics include Winter Wildlife (Jan. 6), Winter Botany (Jan. 13), Winter is for the Birds (Jan. 20), Naturalist Choice Winter Walk (Jan. 27), Watching Winter Birds (Feb. 3), Stories in the Snow (Feb. 10), Winter Tree ID (Feb. 17) and Winter Bird Tea Party with tea and hot chocolate (Feb. 24). No reservations are required. Cost is $5.50. For those already yearning for spring, an all-day workshop on heirloom gardening will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 23. Geared to gardeners of all experiences, the cost is $45/$40 members and includes lunch. Registration is required. For reservations or more information call (585) 294-8148, or visit http://www.gcv.org/.
Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State and the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, open May - October, is located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. For more information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822. Except for special events, Genesee Country Village & Museum is closed for the season and will reopen in May 2013.