Annual Sperlnut party is neighborhood highlight

Every fall, a sign goes up on Scarborough Road to announce a cherished neighborhood event: the Sperl family’s donut party. Tom Sperl, bassist for the Cleveland Orchesta, and his family, invite several hundred of their closest friends, associates and absolute strangers to a donut party on their lawn. Orchestra folks, church friends, neighborhood pals and an occasional politician turn up to enjoy hot, fresh donuts with delicious toppings, hot cider and coffee. 

The party seems to get a little bigger each year. This year, due to wind and potential rain, the donut machine was moved to the garage. Sperl's donut machine makes approximately 400 donuts per hour, and it was working at capacity Oct. 15 as a long line snaked down the Sperl driveway. 

Heights Observer Publisher Deanna Bremer Fisher took these photos. See more photos by professional photographer Jay Levan at

Deanna Bremer Fisher

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

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:47 AM, 10.18.2011