Double dip – Rotary hosts Ice Cream Social,
A beautiful Saturday evening had people enjoying a double dip of activities at the Carlinville Square as the Rotary Club welcomed visitors of all ages to its annual Ice Cream Social and the Municipal Band performed for the final time in 2013 from the Gazebo July 27.
Referring to the weather, here are a couple of comments from those in attendance:
• “This is amazing for July, isn’t it?”
• “Couldn’t ask for better weather, could you?”
Shortly after 6 p.m., those waiting in line just north of the Gazebo paid for their Saturday evening all-you-can-eat treat ($6 for adults and $3 for children) as members of the Rotary Club served up home-made desserts such as cakes, cookies and pies before the plate was topped off with a scoop or two of vanilla or chocolate Prairie Farms ice cream.
“If it’s Prairie Farms, it’s got to be good,” said Bill Leonatti, sitting down with a plate of ice cream and desserts in front of him.
Gabriel Osorio, eight, and his younger sister were in town visiting family and took time to enjoy ice cream and desserts.
“It’s kind of like Noah and the ark, you get two of everything,” joked Randy Duncan, getting ready to eat a plate filled with carrot cake, peach pie and a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Susan Millard, the chairman for this year’s Rotary Ice Cream Social said having the event Saturday instead of Friday evening didn’t seem to impact turnout negatively.
“It was one of the largest turnouts we’ve had in a long time and I’m sure the weather had something to do with it,” Millard said. “It was great.”
Millard was one of about a dozen or so Rotary members helping out. Turnout was so good Millard was worried there wouldn’t be enough.
“We were getting close to running out of baked goods,” Millard said.
Rotarian Andy Zilm said at least 15 gallons of ice cream were served at this year’s event.
Millard said she appreciates all those that came out and supported the Rotary Club Annual Ice Cream Social.
This year’s Ice Cream Social was moved from Friday to Saturday at the request of the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce, Millard said.
The chamber wanted a full day of events on the Square for people, according to Millard.
The Municipal Band began performing at about 7 p.m. after a brief welcome by director Steve McGartland.
The band played several selections, including pieces from “The Music Man.”
Toward the end of the performance, McGartland recognized band member Katherine Cosenza, who is one of six candidates vying for this year’s Lions Carnival Queen.
With the band providing the accompaniment, Cosenza sang “Blue Bayou.”
Another candidate, Katie Buckner, was selling raffle tickets during the Ice Cream Social/municipal concert.
This year’s Lions Carnival is set for Sept. 6-7. Other candidates are Kayla Thompson, Valerie Loveless, Emma Hicks and Katie Haschemeyer.