Saturday’s annual ice cream social hosted at the Escalon United Methodist Church drew dozens of community residents, helping the church celebrate the end of summer.
There was no cost to attend, though many folks enjoying the homemade ice cream and variety of dessert treats – from crumb cake to brownies and a variety of pies – put some money in the donation jar. Funds collected go toward various church mission projects.
Taking over the social this year was Klint Turner, who has been involved with the festivities for about 10 years.
“It was really no different, I had the feel of it already,” he said of a smooth transition to taking on the leadership role. “I think people really like the social part; they get to talk to everybody.”
Dessert, he added, is the bonus and he made some strawberry ice cream for the social.
Annabelle Martin, Turner’s grandmother, has also been involved in the social since the start many years ago and she passed her directing duties down to him this year.
“People were at the door at 6 p.m.,” she said of the festivities, which ran from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Varieties of ice cream ranged from chocolate to mint chip, chocolate mocha to cookies and cream and strawberry.
New pastor Peggy Bosch was also on hand, visiting with parishioners and community residents. Attending as well was her husband John, who serves as pastor at the Valley Springs First United Methodist Church.
Volunteers scooped up the ice cream with a smile and saw a steady stream of attendees throughout the evening.