The donut man, Tom Sperl

Tom Sperl shows eager onlookers how to make donuts. Photo by Jay Levan.

Every year, Tom Sperl, bassist for the Cleveland Orchestra and Scarborough Road resident, invites several hundred of his closest friends, associates and absolute strangers to a donut party on his front lawn.  Orchestra folks, church friends, Oberlin bass students, neighborhood pals and an occasional politician turn up to enjoy hot, fresh donuts with delicious toppings, hot cider and coffee.  Sperl's donut machine makes approximately 400 donuts per hour.  Photographer Jay Levan took these photos of the Sperl familiy's annual gift to the community. More photos at

Heights Observer Staff

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.24.2008