|When:||Back to Calendar » July 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|Where:||Silver City Museum
312 W Broadway St
Silver City,NM 88061
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Museum’s Annual Ice Cream Social Continues Fourth of July Tradition
For more than a quarter of a century, the Silver City Museum’s Fourth of July Ice Cream Social has been an eagerly anticipated highlight of the local holiday celebration. A full slate of live entertainment, hot and cool treats, and old-fashioned pastimes will be featured from 11 am – 4 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in the tree-shaded courtyard of the Silver City Museum, at the annual Ice Cream Social.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 11am, and live musical entertainment will continue throughout the day. The live music schedule is as follows:
11 am Gila Highlanders12 pm Jessica Juarez
1 pm Bonnie Maldonado Poetry Reading and Rising River String Band
2 pm Concert Band of the Southwest
3 pm Gravel Road
Ice cream cones, root beer floats, popcorn, and cold drinks will be available for sale, as well as a fresh fruit stand provided by the Silver City Food Co-op. In celebration of New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial this year, the Ice Cream Social is focusing on historical games and fun for the whole family! Children big and small can enjoy free historic games including calf-roping, hot potato, graces, milk bottle clothespin drop, blanket toss, sack races, jump rope, and bubblemania. Participants of all ages will be able to try their luck at the ever-popular Cakewalk, and smaller guests can take a train ride out back in the parking lot. Thanks to the generous support of Western Bank, admission to the Ice Cream Social is free, with tickets for refreshments and train rides sold at both the front and back gates.
The Ice Cream Social is a local tradition extending back many years, now drawing its second generation of participants. The first Social was held to celebrate the Museum’s tenth birthday on July 4, 1977, and consisted of a single table with three tubs of ice cream. It was repeated on a small scale every other year through 1983, when it became an annual offering. The added energy of the Silver City Museum Society, founded in 1985, has allowed the Ice Cream Social to become the Museum’s biggest annual event, often drawing as many as a thousand visitors.
Residents and visitors are invited to cool off after the parade under the shady trees of the Museum grounds, enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration, and tour the Museum’s featured New Mexico Statehood Centennial exhibits, open to visitors at no charge throughout the Ice Cream Social. The Museum Store will also welcome shoppers during the Social.
In commemoration of New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial, a reproduction 1898 July 4th Souvenir Program will be for sale. The six page historic program from the Museum’s collection includes words to popular patriotic songs of the day, and advertisements of local businesses. The program is a wonderful look into Silver City of 1898. The program will be available for purchase at the membership table and in the Museum Store.
This annual event would not be possible without generous support from the community. Sponsorship by Western Bank will allow the proceeds from ticket sales to go directly to benefit the Museum’s public programs. Cakes for the Cakewalk are being donated by members of the Newcomer’s Club, AAUW, Grant County Extension Club, Valley Aid, Museum volunteers, local bakeries and community members. Supplies donated by: Deming Coca Cola Bottling Company, Albertsons, Pretty Sweet Emporium, AmBank, Walmart, Silver City Food Basket, Bayard Food Basket, and Town of Silver City Lodger’s Tax. Every person serving, performing, and assisting with activities is donating his or her time to make this a special holiday celebration for the community. For more information, contact the Silver City Museum at (575) 538-5921 or e-mail email@example.com.