Life is a Bowl of Cherries at Crossroads

Crossroads at Big Creek will be the site of the Door County Historical Society’s Cherry Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 2 from 1:30 – 4 pm.

Along with offering free tours of the Historical Village at Crossroads, the historical society will recreate a “social” which was a typical way to raise money a hundred years ago. If the school needed a bell or the church needed an organ, the way to make money to purchase these items was to hold a social.

Often, box socials were held. Women decorated box lunches, which were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Supposedly, the boxes were sold anonymously, but in truth, most young women let their sweethearts know exactly which box on which to bid. Ice cream socials were also popular, presumably when cherries were ripe – usually the end of July or the beginning of August.

In the days before electricity, ice cream was churned in a hand-cranked ice cream freezer. The historical society will demonstrate this technique at the social where visitors will get their chance to turn the crank of a freezer until the ice cream mixture is stiff.

At the Cherry Ice Cream Social, ice cream sundaes will be $3 for two dips, $1.50 for a single dip, and root beer floats are $3. For more information, call 920.746.5895.