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September 23, 2012

‘A-Maze-N-Cane’

Sugar cane maze opens Oct. 5 south of Nashville, Ga.

NASHVILLE — The Hansel and Marge Morris family of Nashville is gearing up for another season of a sugar cane maze called “A-Maze-N-Cane.”

A-Maze-N-Cane is located just south of Nashville on the Old Valdosta Hwy. On Friday, Oct. 5, the A-Maze-N-Cane will open to kick off their third season. The hours will be every Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. until Thanksgiving Day. On Thanksgiving Day, the hours will be from 3-9 p.m. for families to bring out-of -town guests. Admission prices are $5 a person with under 3, free.

The A-Maze-N-Cane includes an intricate journey through eight acres of a lush green sugar cane field with twisting, turning paths and unexpected dead ends. The participant can enjoy the shady pathways and relax to the bristling of the cane in the wind or take on the challenge and see who can get to the end of the maze the quickest. Families will find an obstacle course for children and also an area to take that perfect fall picture.

Participants will also have the opportunity to taste fresh pressed cane juice from the juicer or chew on the cane to release those childhood memories. Their country store, Sugar Shack, offers homemade cane syrup and jellies.

The A-Maze-N-Cane also offers an educational field trip. Scheduled field trips will have an Educational Center time with Hansel Morris. Hansel will teach the importance of sugar cane in agriculture and about the many products that are made from cane sugar and the sugar cane plant. He will also demonstrate to the children how sugar cane is planted and harvested as he shares information about how cane is processed into syrup and cane sugar. Groups of more than 20 and school field trips can be scheduled during the week.

“School field trips are already being scheduled,” said Marge Morris, indicating that these were very popular with the students and teachers last season. “Groups from pre-k through middle school are given educational tours and a taste of cane syrup on a homemade biscuit. It is a great hands-on learning experience.”

A-Maze-N-Cane birthday parties and church groups’ outings can also be scheduled. To find out more about special prices and to schedule a trip to A-Maze-N-Cane, contact Melanie Ray at 356-1397 or e-mail her at www.amazencane@gmail.com.

“Everyone is very excited about this year’s maze,” Marge Morris said. “We have made a few changes to the maze, making it even more challenging and exciting. The average journey through the maze takes from 15 to 30 minutes. It will be a lot of fun for the novice cane maze adventurer and also challenging for the more hard-core enthusiast. We have put a lot of hard work into this year’s design and hope you will come out and give it a try.”

A new Zip-Line is among the changes. The new and improved children’s mini maze, which was a big hit last year, has also been updated to include a mini corn pit, hay bales, fun slides, and fences. The new addition of an outdoor planetarium inside the center of the maze will sure to please all those star gazers and will be an experience to remember.

Nighttime activities include sitting by the firepits and marshmallow roasts over an open fire, with ingredients to make s’mores available for sale at the Sugar Shack, along with snacks and cold drinks.

“We will add hot coffee and cocoa as the weather cools,” Marge said. “Flashlights and light sticks are available for nighttime tours through the cane, but parents are encouraged to bring extras for their children.

“We are excited about all of our new additions and special events to this year’s maze, but we are especially proud to announce our new ‘Star Gazing Spot’ which will be in the center of the maze. That is sure to be a very special experience.”

The Morris Family will once again pair up with the Berrien High School Drama Class for some special spooky Halloween fun. On Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, there will be a Haunted Cane Maze. On those special event nights, the tickets prices will be $6 a person as a fundraiser for the BHS Drama Class.

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