Ice Cream Social
The First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove’s Annual Ice Cream Social and Quilt Show will once again take place during Bohemia Mining Days on Friday, July 20th, 2018.
Ice Cream Social: 4:00 - 8:00 pm The suggested donation for the Ice Cream Social and the charitable
community organization beneficiary will be determined in late Spring.
Location: Third & Adams Avenue
Free Train Service: Catch the BMD Express from Bohemia City (Coiner Park) to the Presbyterian
Church between 2:00 - 6:30 pm. (service ends at 7 pm) Parking is also available in the lot behind the church on Third Street.
Ice Cream Social History: 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 20th century, 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 a treasured tradition of the BMD Festival ever since.
Quilt Show History: The Gourmet Quilters have been part of Bohemia Mining Days since 1991. This year the quilt show is Friday, July 14th from Noon to 8 p.m. Anyone can show. It is not a judged event. Bring your quilt, old or new, to First Presbyterian Church (3rd and Adams), Tuesday, July 17th – Thursday, July 19th, 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 are provided by the church.
In 1991, 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 15 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.