National Ice Cream Day

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National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month.  This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat.  They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them.  Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

  • Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.
  • 1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
  • 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
  • 1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Post on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay.

HISTORY

National Ice Cream Day is a holiday declared by President Ronald Reagan back in 1984 to promote the economic well-being of the U.S. dairy industry. It was a nod to the fact that the frozen treat is produced using nearly ten percent of U.S. dairy farmers’ milk supply.

Reagan’s proclamation also called on the people of the United States to do their duty and pay tribute to ice-cream with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” So who are we to argue?

 

DATES

July 15, 2018
July 21, 2019

 

 

TONIGHT! Pender Rocks the Block

 

Pender Rocks the Block

Friday, September 14, 6 – 9 p.m. Rain or Shine

Pender UMC: 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA

Cost: Admission is Free but for some of the food, there will be a cost.

Pender Church is rocking the block again! We’re having another block party for our neighbors, and you’re invited for food, games, and live entertainment.

Fun for the whole family includes:

Food available for purchase from local food trucks, plus cupcakes and ice cream!

“Minute to Win It” games

Moon bounce

Face painting

Balloon sculpting

Cake Walk

Games for kids, teens and adults

Live music

Parking will be available in parts of the Pender UMC parking lot, and at Christ Presbyterian Church just down Alder Woods Drive.

The Nitehawks are Performing at Greenbriar Park

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The Nitehawks Swing Band will be playing at Greenbriar Park Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 pm.  All concerts at Greenbriar Park include free pretzels, soft drinks and ice cream.  Bring a blanket or a chair!

The Nitehawks Swing Band has been entertaining audiences around the Washington, DC metropolitan area for over 15 years. From big band dance arrangements of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington to high energy jump and jive tunes, and slow, belly-rubbing ballads, and even a little rock & roll, they will set the mood and keep you dancing through the night. With a full group of Brass, Reeds, Rhythm and Vocals, they provide the full big band sound.