Brooklyn celebrates 5th Ice Cream Social in the Park
- Rita A. Leonard
- The Bee - Features
The Brooklyn neighborhood's fifth annual end-of summer party, its 'Ice Cream Social in the Park', climaxed the summer on Sunday, September 10th. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Action Corps (BAC) neighborhood association, the event drew scores of neighbors and families to enjoy the entertainment, displays, snacks, activities, and 25-cent ice cream bars. Long-time neighborhood resident Dave Schmunck noted that this year's was the largest crowd he'd ever seen there.
Blue skies and sun-dappled grass provided the perfect background for the children's 'Castle Air Bouncer', while across the park, live music was presented by 'Acoustic Amour'. This talented duo--Carol Ann Wheeler playing fiddle, and Jeff Heberle on guitar--provided energetic background music for diners at tables and residents lounging on the grass at Brooklyn Park on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.
Nearby, A balloon man, a juggler, and face painters added color to the scene, while the Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club offered Health Screening at a trailer parked on the hill. The Brooklyn Banner art project was run by volunteers who helped children with their painting. Along the east side of the park, the new Brooklyn-based Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center staffed a booth selling hot dogs and Polish dogs, potato salad, soft drinks, and bottled water; while True Brew Coffee House was providing free coffee. The BAC sold the 25-cent ice cream bars as well as sandwiches to round out the picnic fare.
The Brooklyn Historical Society and BAC both offered booths with neighborhood surveys and historic information available, while BAC volunteers also sold raffle
tickets for kids' prizes, and adult gift certificates to The Berlin Inn, Brooklyn Park Pub, and The Lamp restaurant. Management from Sacred Heart Villa provided information on its new senior housing complex completed recently at Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street.
Carl Larson, the Brooklyn bicyclist who THE BEE recently reported raised $3,000 for cancer research, was assisting at the Lions Club Health Screening trailer; he has been a Lion since 1987, and became a charter member of the Portland Oaks Bottom chapter.
'Recently I helped to man the Lions trailer during our visit to Freightliner,' said Larson. 'In August, I also raised over $500 in the bike ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.' Larson enjoys volunteering for local causes, and says it makes him feel good to contribute. The Brooklyn neighborhood is noted for both its history and its active volunteerism. The 'Ice Cream Social in the Park' each September highlights this neighborhood spirit in many ways.