Annual ice cream social supports
preservation of Spring Valley history
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:18 AM
It's a tin roof social sundae.
"We're having the same menu as last year - barbecued pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, lemonade, coffee and the best homemade pies with ice cream, all for only $8. The board members of the society will be serving, along with a few grandchildren who love to help," said Spring Valley Historical Society director Julie Mlinar, anticipating the Spring Valley Historical Society's annual ice cream social, slated for Friday, June 21, at the society's ag building, behind the Washburn-Zittleman House Museum and across from the Methodist Church Museum on Courtland Street.
As always, the proceeds go to projects of upkeep for the museum buildings, said Mlinar. They are looking at having to re-shingle two of the garage buildings plus do various painting jobs. And sometimes the proceeds need to be used for the everyday bills that need to be paid.
"This summer, we are looking at getting all the trim and bell tower painted on the church. Now that we have the new roof, it really brings out the need for the trim to be re-painted, and we're digitally saving our photo files to preserve the huge photo collection that we have for future generations," said Mlinar. "We have received some new items recently and will be working to get those on display. So, it's fun to come back to the museum to see these items. If you haven't been to the museum, or it's been awhile, it's great to come see what we have."
The ice cream social has been held "almost forever," according to Mlinar, who added, "It's a good fundraiser that also gives back to those who generously support us. As times get tough for most people, we are no exception. We can't survive without donations from friends and visitors to the museum. This is just a fun way of doing that. Anyone can come - you don't have to be a member of the society. We would like to see as big a crowd again this year as we've seen in the past few. It will be held rain or shine, as we hold it in the building and under a tent, but some sunshine would be real nice. And for the best selection of pie, come early.
"The fun part of the social is just that - being social. It's a great time for people to sit, relax and share a meal with neighbors and friends. We plan to have the carillon played from 5 to 5:30 p.m., and then JJ's Pickup Band performing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for our listening pleasure."
Mlinar shared that she feels that the museums' collections have great historic value and that it is especially helpful for the community to have a sandwich and a slice to support the society's mission.
"Many people have worked very hard for many years to preserve the history of Spring Valley and the local area," she said. "I wish that everyone could hear the comments that we get from visitors that are so impressed with the collection that we have and the incredible history from this area. It's amazing to share this with people from Minnesota and around the world. We need to continue to this job of keeping Spring Valley history there for others to enjoy and be awed by."
The Spring Valley Historical Society's annual ice cream social is set for Friday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the ag building across the street from the Methodist Church museum, at 221 W. Courtland St. For more information, call the Spring Valley Historical Society at (507) 346-7659.