Ice Cream Social soars
It was a soaring good time at this year's Catlin Historical Society Ice Cream Social.
Held Sunday, July 29, 2001, on the grounds of the Catlin Heritage Museum, the event featured delicious ice cream, player-piano music, demonstrations by area artisans and collectors plus rides in a hot air balloon.
The balloon rides were a gift to the society and the community from Larry and Sheila Owen of Danville.
Sue Colwell, secretary for the society and chairman of this year's social, said Sheila (Wise) Owen had gone to school in Catlin and wanted to do something for the community.
Everything worked out for this year's social. Bill and Linda Ingram's front yard, directly behind the museum, was large enough for the colorful balloon. Skies were mostly sunny, although a little warm, and winds were gentle throughout the afternoon.
Ron Smoot, a society director who assisted with the activity, said 42 people took the tethered flights before the Owenses ran out of the gas used to heat air for the balloon.
"(Owens) said if it had been cooler, they could have made quicker trips and wouldn't have used as much gas," Smoot said, allowing more people to take rides.
Also helping with the balloon flights were Ron Colwell, Terry Waltzer and Duane Rosdail.
In the museum annex, volunteers scooped ice cream, passed out homemade cookies and poured cups of cool drinks.
"We dished up all of the strawberry ice cream, with chocolate being the second favorite," society president Sara Cast said.
Although a count was not made of the number of bowls of ice cream served, Cast said there was an increase in the amount of money donated for the ice cream over last year.
Ice cream servers were Larry and Darlene Megenhardt, Dorothy Jones, Ruth Martin, John and Sara Cast, Steve and Linda Berry and Bruce and Patty Boyd.
The Catlin Heritage Museum was open for tours of a new exhibit of items relating to the service of Catlin men and women in the United States Armed Forces.
Museum hosts were Nadine Clark, Jim Jones, Esther Elmore, Nelle Mae Davison, Lorene Sawyer, Virginia Wallen and Kristi McGee.
During the social, members of the County Gardens China Painting Guild displayed pieces and demonstrated the technique in the museum's dining room. The members included Grace Patton, Eva Buchanon, Carryl Fox, Eileen Layden and Catlin Historical Society past president Eleanor Crawford.
Ray High of Indianola, who has restored several player pianos, brought one to the social and located it in the shade of the museum's back porch. From there he entertained visitors by pumping out a wide selection of piano music.
While the hot air balloon was rising into the sky behind the museum, another colorful balloon was promoting the Ice Cream Social in front.
The use of the "cold air" balloon was donated by the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Urbana. Anyone interested in renting the balloon to promote a special occassion can call Ron Brown at (217) 688-2789.
Catlin Historical Society