Pumpkin pancake event kicks off Beaver Lake October

A bright blue sky, warm breeze and colorful autumn leaves made for a beautiful visit to Beaver Lake this past Saturday, not to mention the delicious pum-cakes volunteers were serving in the nature center.

What are pum-cakes? Pumpkin pancakes, but trying to say that without thinking about it, I reflexively referred to them as pum-cakes.

Anyway, despite being short-staffed, the center sold hundreds of single, double and triple stacked pum-cake platters, complete with sausage. After taking orders, volunteers stood in line to retrieve the hotcakes (choice of pumpkin or plain) and sausage from the outdoor kitchen, where five griddles were constantly manned.

My daughter, aunt and nephew joined me for breakfast and afterwards we took a walk along Lakeview Trail, one of the many trails along the lake being explored by people.

A spin-off of the center's March tradition (when pancakes are served every weekend for six weeks to commemorate the maple syrup season), Beaver Lake began the fall tradition of serving pumpkin pancakes a couple years ago. The addition has proved so successful that this year a third pancake event has been added -- pancakes with Santa, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 and 13. Participants can order one hotcake and sausage for $2.50, two hotcakes and sausages for $3.50 or three hotcakes and sausages for $4.50. Breakfast includes a beverage.

Event coordinators are looking for volunteers for the breakfast with Santa, which is a great opportunity for youth 14-years-old and older to help out in their community.

Enchanted Beaver Lake

The pumpkin pancake breakfast kicked off a series of October events including the popular Enchanted Beaver Lake, held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 23 to Sunday Oct. 26.

A magical experience, Enchanted Beaver Lake is one that is unique to Central New York. More than 600 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria light the way along two wooded trails as participants venture through the darkness. Face painting, fortune telling and storytelling are all a part of the evening and the Friends of Beaver Lake will sell hotdogs, donuts and cider. The program costs $3 per person (children 3 and younger are free).

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