Ice Cream Social
In 1892, Cottage Grove’s First Presbyterian church was the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Ladies’ Aid Society held an annual Strawberry Festival featuring strawberries, of course, ice cream and lemonade. They ordered 15 gallons of “tame” strawberries and divided up the tasks of procuring ice, milk, eggs, flavorings, sugar and lemons. Through the early years of the 20thcentury, the local
Presbyterians provided ice cream and picnic lunches for various occasions. Beginning with the 1959 local observance of Oregon’s Statehood Centennial, the summer ice cream social was moved to coincide with the annual celebration and has been held alongside the BMD Festival from the beginning.
The First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove’s Annual Ice Cream Social and Quilt Show will once again take place during the Cottage Grove Bohemia Mining Days on Friday, July 15 at the First Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Adams and Third Streets in Cottage Grove. The Quilt Show will run from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm and the Ice Cream Social will begin at 4:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm. The Quilt Show is free to the public. The suggested donation for the Ice Cream Social is $3.50 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12. Donations of non-perishable food, baby food and diapers will also be accepted for Community Sharing here in Cottage Grove.
Twenty one years ago several women met to craft pieces of fabric into textile designs of every color and variety and they have been meeting ever since. The group has had fifteen members and meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Presbyterian Church.
Meeting together not only produces beautiful quilts but also nurtures friendship and provides inspiration for all. The quilts are traditional and made primarily for friends and family. However, after the 2010 Joplin, Missouri tornado, the group made quilts for the victims.
The Gourmet Quilters have been part of Bohemia Mining Days for 19 years. This year the quilt show is Friday, July 15th from Noon to 8 p.m. Between 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. ride the BMD Express Train from Bohemia City to the stop at Sixth & Adams then walk two blocks west to the Presbyterian Church. Return to the stop by 5:15 to catch the train's last run of the day. Anyone can show. It is not a judged event. Bring your quilt, old or new, to First Presbyterian Church (3rd and Adams), Tuesday, July 12th – Thursday, July 14th, mornings only. Quilts must have the owner’s identification on the back to display and it is nice to tell the quilt’s history, if known (forms provided by the church).
Entertainment will be provided by various musical and choral groups. Parking for the event is available behind the church on 3rd Street.
Quilts should be picked up Friday, July 15th at 8:00 p.m. or they can be picked up the following week.