Vienna residents cool off at annual ice cream social

VIENNA – For three-quarters of a century the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s Ice Cream Social has been the event that gets summer started in Vienna.

For 75 years area residents have come out for the event at the fire station next to Spencer Park that serves up hot dogs, cakes and pies and, of course, gallons and gallons of ice cream.

For the 2016 edition the weather cooperated Friday instead of sending rain or extreme heat as has been seen at past socials.

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Scholl said the weather is what can make the social a success.

“The weather broke for us,” he said. “We got great weather, the crowd is great and the community is supporting us.”

Because of the weather, Scholl said, he expected the crowd to keep coming in and out all evening.

Scholl said the social is the department’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It also serves as a way to bring residents and former residents together.

He said the proceeds from the social will be used for a variety of costs for gear for the department not funded by the city.

“It’s wonderful because it’s not raining this year; we stood in the rain last year,” said Pam Bonovitch of Vienna. “I’ve been coming for several years. I came when it was at the old location (at the current city hall).”

Jay and Beth Kendall of Willamstown were at the social with their sons.

“This is the third time we’ve had our sons here,” said Beth Kendall. “We’ve been several times.”

When asked what keeps them coming back they had two answers.

“It’s the family feel and the ice cream, of course,” Jay said.

“The firetrucks is what the boys like,” Beth said. “They like seeing the fire trucks, the firefighters and talking to the policemen.”

Roger and Sherry Wilcox, of Vienna, took some time to try out the new dance area in front of the Spencer Park gazebo.

“We’ve lived here since 1967 and we’ve come almost every year since then,” Sherry said. “We’ve been here every year, except for when they had a downpour.”

“It’s a great time; there is great entertainment and great hospitality from the people of Vienna; it’s always a great event,” Roger said.