The promise of ice cream, swimming, and bubbles brought families to the Island Heritage Trust’s ice cream social on Sunday, August 5.
“This is the Island Heritage Trust’s gift to the island,” said Ellen Rowan, who coordinated the event. The trust wished to thank the population for support over the foundation’s 25 years. The ice cream social was at Lily Pond, the trust’s most popular preserve, and was in honor of their 25th anniversary. The event was popular as well—the pond was full of swimmers, and many bowls were filled with ice cream. “As long as the ice cream doesn’t melt, we’ll be fine,” said Rena Day, an IHT member.
The ice cream stayed frozen through the races, with face painting and bubble blowing making up the rest of the day’s activities. Marisa Hutchinson created oversize bubbles, which were a source of wonderment for the crowd as they floated over the pond. Onlookers laughed as children fell over each other, jumping to pop the bubbles. Children also enjoyed the face-painting booth, courtesy of Marie Pallutto, where rainbows seemed the most popular design. Many also enjoyed the sack races, where they competed for certificates to the Island Heritage Trust’s store. But for some, the pond itself was still the biggest draw. “I’m going swimming!” exclaimed Jetson Mitchell, who is five years old.
Once the swimmers had swam, the cake had been cut, and the races had been run, Rowan took time to reflect on the event, which was a year in the planning. “Whoopee!” she said, “I’m really pleased [with the ice cream social]. Yeah, it was really good.” Families began to trail out, with sticky hands, painted faces, and wet towels to show for their day. However, the ice cream itself was far from finished, and the leftovers were donated to the Island Nursing Home.
Betsy Morgan, a longtime summer resident, seemed to perfectly sum up the event: “We like ice cream and we like the Island Heritage Trust.”