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July 12, 2011 > Scream for ice cream

Scream for ice cream

Take a step back in time and enjoy a Victorian Ice Cream Social on the beautiful grounds of Shinn Historical Park. The Mission Peak Historical Society (MPHS) recreates a slice of 1900s life when people met and mingled and enjoyed a leisurely day together.

But the day serves more than sociability and ice cream. A collection of 15 or more Model A's will be on display, courtesy of the Acorn A's of San Lorenzo, a handful of craft vendors will be offering handmade goods, and when was the last time you witnessed a live, wild west gunfight? Non-profit group Gunfighters of the Old West will take you back to the times of sheriffs versus outlaws, playing out scenes from history. And although they use blanks, those shots can ring your ears, so beware! Gunfighters will also teach gun safety and respect for guns.

Aside from event entertainment, Shinn Park's four and a half acres offer plenty to discover. Four different types of gardens, an apricot orchard, barn, and the historic James and Lucy Shinn House and Shinn Archive Room are all available for exploration. House tours cost $4 per adult and $2.50 for children (kids under five are free).

Refreshments will be available at an unbeatable cost; just $1.50 will get you your choice of ice cream sundae, hotdog, or nachos, 25 cents for popcorn, and drinks for the refreshing price of 50 cents.

"It's an easy, relaxed, slow paced day where you actually talk to your friends and neighbors and just enjoy the park," says MPHF President Joan Serafino.

The event benefits the non-profit MPHF whose goal is to preserve local historical sites and resources.

Victorian Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 17
Noon - 4 p.m.
Shinn Historical Park
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 795-0891

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