By TRAVIS MORSE
MT. VERNON — —
To Ted Gresham of Bluford, Saturday's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Jefferson County Historical Village was a great way to socialize in a family-friendly environment.
Gresham attended the event with his wife, Debra, and the couple tries to make it to the social every year.
“It pulls people together,” Ted Gresham said. “It's just a good activity (for) all ages. And everybody gets hungry.”
The Jefferson County Historical Society hosts the social each year as one of its three major fundraisers. The other two are a chili luncheon in February and the Heritage Octoberfest.
Organizers say the ice cream social typically brings in about $1,500 to $2,000 and this year's event was no exception.
A firm estimate for how much was raised Saturday was not available, but the total did fall into the range of previous year's events. Saturday's social attracted more than 325 people.
“We were pretty comparable to what we typically do,” said Jamie Wheeler, director of community relations for the Historical Village. “We seemed to have a pretty good crowd. … I think it was a good success.”
The ice cream social has been a tradition at the village for nearly 20 years.
All the proceeds go toward programming and utilities at the village, said Linda Duncan, the village's events organizer.
“It just keeps things going,” Duncan said.
One flavor of ice cream, vanilla, was served at Saturday's social, but those in attendance had roughly 30 kinds of homemade cakes to choose from.
The event also featured a live performance by Libby and Friends, a dulcimer band.
In addition to the ice cream social, the rest of the Historical Village was also open Saturday for public viewing.
“They can socialize with their friends,” Duncan said of those in attendance. “A lot of people bring their grandkids.”
One such person was Sandy Tinsley of Dix, who brought four of her five grandchildren to the ice cream social.
Saturday was the first time Tinsley and her grandkids had been to the social, but it likely won't be their last.
Tinsley said she has been greatly impressed with the Historical Village and its dedicated staff.
“They are very, very good,” Tinsley said. “It's a great group of people.”
For more information on the Historical Society, call 246-0033.