|Ice cream social set for Sunday, July 13|
The Grand Forks County Historical Society’s ice cream social, one of the area’s longest running summer events, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, on the society’s grounds at Belmont Road and 24th Avenue.
This will be the 32nd time for the gathering, which combines ice cream and cake with outdoor music and the opportunity to learn something about the area’s rich history, said Mae Marie Blackmore, president of the organization.
It is also one of the nonprofit group’s annual fundraisers. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 10 to 15, and free for those 9 and under.
In the early days of the social, ice cream was hand-churned and the cake was handmade, Blackmore said. Today, city health regulations require store-bought products. Even so, she said, there will be lots of tasty refreshments and plenty of things to see and do. Among them:
* Music. Headlining the performances will be the Dick King Memorial Swing Band.
* Admittance to the Myra Museum. Besides its regular displays, the museum is hosting a traveling exhibit about the history of the automobile in North Dakota, created by the State Historical Society.
* Guided tours. Among the buildings open will be the historic Thomas Campbell home and an authentically furnished country school house. Visitors will also see the society’s newest building, an all-steel Lustron House. An icon of the years immediately after World War II, the structure is in the process of being restored.
“It’s a great way for families to spend a July afternoon,” Blackmore said. She emphasized that although located in Grand Forks, the society’s work encompasses the entire county, its dozen towns, and the Air Force Base.