For 70 years the Hudson League for Service has sponsored the community's Ice Cream Social on the Green to cap Hudson Days in June. This year's organizing committee decided to look to the past in order to invent the future. They began by collecting memories to find out what generations of Hudsonites have enjoyed most about the Ice Cream Social.
At the Hudson Seniors luncheon in March, they began a memory hunt. The most popular response was not surprising. Marion Paugh (HHS class of '49) and Shirley Noe spoke for most by remembering the homemade pies and cakes that local bakers delivered to tents on the Green. "Of course," Marion pointed out, "back in the 50s there were not as many people" to feed.
Pat Teramano recalled women dressed in old-fashioned skirts and bonnets handing out balloons to the children. Sandra Borovicka brought up another favorite activity that is still being enjoyed today -- "watching my grandchildren hold the fire hose with the Hudson firemen and playing in the puddles."
Families attending the 2017 Ice Cream Social on June 16 will be reminded of these memories as they make new ones. Kids and grown-ups will still make their own sundaes together, but for those yearning for baked goods, cake slices will be for sale as well. A major addition this year is Hudson's Restaurant's latest urban street food truck, Fork-Fuel, for those wanting to make a meal of it.
Children's activities have been revamped so that buying a game bracelet will let them play all the games as many times as they want all evening long. But the biggest change to this year's ICS is in entertainment. In addition to the Western Reserve Community Band, a new ukulele club will perform on the Clocktower side of the Green. To perform in the Gazebo, HLFS has invited back some of the extraordinary talents that recently graduated from Hudson High School to pursue careers in music. Taylor Dukes, Jack and Annie Scott, and Hannah Collins have all agreed to come home from California and New York to perform. Performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m.
Family memory-making can end with the Screen on the Green's first movie of the summer. The movie "Minions" will begin on the First and Main Green after the Ice Cream Social wraps up another successful year.