The community got some old-fashioned fun Thursday night at the annual Ice Cream Social put on by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.
“Ice cream socials are a real old-fashioned idea, but it really works for us,” Museum Director Julie Bunke said.
The train at Chinook Pier was also open for tours during the social, which is not a common occurrence.
“It’s a great chance for people to be able to see the train, because that’s not open too often,” Bunke said. “So, they can get a tour of the train, they can pull the whistle. … It’s just kind of a fun event that will bring the community together.”
The long-standing tradition in Grand Haven is part of the museum’s 60th anniversary celebration. This year’s social also featured kids games and prizes while Catfish and the Man played in the background.
Bunke said it was a “beautiful night” for the social, and attendance in past years fluctuated between 500 and 1,000 people.
“We’ve done this every year for quite a long time,” she said. “It’s just kind of a way for us to give back to the community for all their support they give us throughout the year, and so every year we have a band come in, and Kelly Larson from Sweet Temptations is very generous and she donates the ice cream and the scoopers.”
The historical significance of the train comes from Grand Haven’s history of being a busy railport where many trains traveled from all over the state to put goods on boats that went on to Chicago or Milwaukee.
The next event being hosted in the museum’s 60th anniversary celebration is a viewing of the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film “North by Northwest” at Spring Lake District Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.