PHOTOS: A Perfect Time for Stillwater’s Ice Cream Social … Mid-January

 

Back in 1950 Stillwater businessman Gib Larson of Snowland Foods as well as other business people held the first winter ice cream social at the St. Croix Boom Site. Even though the temperatures were well below zero more than a thousand people came out and enjoyed the ice cream and the season.

The event was moved to Lowell Park the next year and later it moved to Lily Lake. The event was sponsored at that time by the Jaycees and eventually faded away like winter into springtime.

“This event brings together our history and the community,” Washington County Historic Society’s Executive Director Brent Peterson said. “What a great way to celebrate the place where we live, enjoy our neighbors, have fun with all the snow and eat ice cream to boot!”

The ice cream, cones and chili were provided by Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop. This event was also sponsored by the Stillwater Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.

Here are a few images from today’s event:

There was plenty of ice cream to go around …

There was plenty of ice cream to go around today during the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Some old-time base ball …

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

A visit from the History Hound …

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

… and hanging out on a winter day with friends, family and neighbors.

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf

 

Images from the Washington County Historical Society's Ice Cream Social in downtown Stillwater.  Photos by Shawn Hogendorf