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Throngs enjoy ninth Brooklyn Ice Cream Social

by: Rita A. Leonard Clancy O'Connor, 14, volunteered at the BAC raffle booth, passing out prizes & gift certificates from local businesses.

The sun was shining on September 11th in Brooklyn Park, twenty-five-cent ice cream bars were the snack item of the day, and fun abounded at the annual Brooklyn Ice Cream Social.

Kids chose the Polar Slide Bouncer and balloon sculpture creations; adults gravitated towards the food and information booths. Visitors to the Brooklyn neighborhood event enjoyed the Historical Society display, and the sunny hillside that entertains Brooklyn neighbors in all seasons.

The ice cream bars were provided by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, with more substantial fare available at the Loaves and Fishes food pavilion nearby.

Live music filled the air from a neighborhood group called the 'Ice Cream Socialists', who set up near the Portland Parks Rock Wall Climb. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the '9-11' terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C., a memorial display featuring an American flag and red, white, and blue flowers was set up by the B.A.C., urging onlookers to 'Never Forget' the tragedy and heroism of that infamous day.

Free raffle tickets for kids and adults were passed out, allowing visitors a chance to win one of many prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses. The neighborhood association expressed gratitude for the increase in business donations this year - from Fred Meyer (whose company headquarters is in Brooklyn), True Brew Coffeehouse, Bushwhacker Cider, The Lamp, Edelweiss Delicatessen, Brooklyn Park Pub, Tastebud, The Twilight Cafe, The Aladdin Theatre, Brooklyn Community Acupuncture, Daisies and Dinos, Brooklyn Pharmacy, Sanborn's, the Hotcake House, Chantiques, and The Berlin Inn.

Kids in strollers, kids in face-paint, and kids at picnic sites were with families and pets in all corners of the park. The B.A.C.'s Ice Cream booth offered a new wider array of choices, served with a smile by Darryl and Marie Phillippi continuously from 1 until 4 pm.

In spite of the over-90-degree heat, the annual Brooklyn neighborhood celebration went off without a hitch, thanks to friends and the Brooklyn Action Corps volunteers.