Parks & Rec – January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT
For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Oh, Sweet Maple
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.
Sweet Maple: How to Make Maple Candy, Cream and Other Sweet Treats will be held Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
Aggie Sojka-Sperry has represented Northeast Ohio on the Ohio Maple Producers Board of Directors for eight years.
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. Todayï¿½s 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.
The program is free; registration is not required.
YMCA & Jr. Cavs Basketball
The Geauga Family YMCA has partnered with the Junior Cavs program for their spring session of basketball running March 4 through April 28. Every participant who registers for the program will receive a ticket for the April 8 game against the Orlando Magic.
The league will run for eight weeks and will feature one practice and one game a week. Games will be played on Saturdays at the Geauga Family YMCA facility.
All leagues are co-ed, with age groups starting at 4 years old.
For more information, call program director Mike Dutton at 440-285-7543.