by Daniel Freeman
The sisters and volunteers of Mount Aviat are gearing up for their annual Cream Puff Day on February 10.
Preparations for the event begin right after the school's Christmas holiday and takes about a month to plan.
On Cream Puff Day, the sisters and volunteers start in the early morning hours to whip up and bake the famous puffs.
"We have five volunteers who come in to prepare and bake the puffs, under the direction of Sister Joseph Margaret," said Mount Aviat's Office Secretary Pat Seigel.
Throughout the day, more than 30 volunteers come to help fill, package, and label the puffs, while others fill orders and make deliveries.
"All the baking is finished around one in the afternoon and clean up of the kitchen is finished by three," said Siegel.
The Oblate Sisters at Mount Aviat have been making and selling cream puffs for over 50 years. Sister Jane Stanislaus developed the secret recipe for the puffs and filling. The Sisters sold them in Elkton to raise funds for the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis.
Annual Cream Puff Day started around 25 years ago and has been a huge success. "Last year we sold around 5,100 puffs," said Seigel.
The puffs cost $2.50 a piece and $30 a dozen. To order them, call Seigel at 410-398-2206 or go to the schools website and download the cream puff order form and return it to 399 Childs Road, Childs, MD 21916.
Delivery is available in Elkton and Newark for large orders.
Orders must be received by February 3.