Oh, Sweet Maple
maple candy can be made by anyone with tools and know-how
Using a hot plate to demonstrate and some of their own candy-making tools, join award-winning makers of maple products Aggie Sojka-Sperry and Hans Geiss as they describe some of the sweetest ways to use Geauga County’s maple syrup.
What: Sweet Maple: How to Make Maple Candy, Cream and Other Sweet Treats
When: Saturday, February 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township
Aggie Sojka-Sperry has represented Northeast Ohio on the Ohio Maple Producers Board of Directors for eight years. “Maple is extremely versatile,” she said, “and watch out – now researchers find it’s also beneficial for you.”
As a child, Aggie lived within walking distance of five sugarhouses and helped many of her neighbors produce maple syrup. She married Mark Sperry, a former Park District commissioner who left a deep mark on maple in Geauga County and drove Geauga Park District’s involvement in the maple production. Today’s Sperry Sugar House is known as Gingerich Bros., and Aggie and Jonas Gingerich are known for their candy-making and maple spreads throughout the area.
Hans Geiss, who works in Geauga Park District’s Operations Department and proven himself to be a maple aficionado, has produced hard and soft candy and maple spread since 1985. He took first place grand champion in the candy division of the 2011 Chardon Maple Festival, also snagging blue ribbons in 2009 and 2008.
Said the program host, Naturalist Dottie Mathiott, “Hans and Aggie are a perfect team for this program. They share an excitement and enthusiasm for Geauga County and its maple products. Both are skilled at maple confections, so last year’s audience enjoyed watching Hans demonstrate techniques while Aggie explained the secrets to success and provided recipes.”
Registration is not required for this FREE indoor program for all ages, which is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.