The Summit Historical Society will host its Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on the lawn of the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday to give residents and visitors a chance to socialize and to raise awareness of the museum and surrounding properties.
“We’re going to have guided tours through the schoolhouse and the cabins,” Deanna Speer said. “We have vintage cars on display, we have books for sale by local authors, we’re selling ice cream for the old-fashioned price of 5 cents a scoop and we have brownies for sale.”
Order your brownie à la mode, or try an old-fashioned root beer float. The brownies are all made by the tour guides and donated to the event, so all of the money collected will go back to the Summit Historical Society to support its museums, tours and events.
The Historical Society owns the first fire truck ever used in the town of Dillon, a 1942 Sterling Howe, and it will be on the premises for rides, Speer said. The event is for all ages, and Speer said there would probably be a face painter on site, which is always popular with the grade-school crowd.
All of the activities are free, and donations are gladly accepted.
Significance of the social
Speer said ice cream socials were popular in the 1800s and into the early 1900s.
“I ask the guides to dress in period dress,” she said. “It sets the tone for the occasion, and I advertise it as an old-fashioned ice cream social. We set up everything on the lawn of the schoolhouse, with tents where the ice cream is and the books are sold. Antique cars are parked on the front of the property — it sets the tone for an old-fashioned social event.”
The cars to be displayed are from the 1920s and 1930s, Speer said. Socials were a fun way for people to come together and catch up on happenings in their neighborhood or town.
“It’s like the vintage cars,” Speer said. “It’s a way for people to show what they have and their interest in vintage automobiles, and it’s a social event for people to get together.”
The Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social is a way for the Summit Historical Society to raise awareness about the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum and other buildings on the property on LaBonte Street.
“As a guide, we hear constantly, ‘Well, we’ve lived here 30 years and we’ve never seen the schoolhouse,’” Speer said. “So a lot of people are not even aware that we have a museum where we do. And then they tell someone else, and say they come to the ice cream social and see it and they like it, and they have visitors in town and they bring the visitors to the schoolhouse.
“It’s a way for us to tell the public that we have a museum here.”