Panther Creek ice cream social a welcome relief after Ames trials

The annual Panther Creek Chuirch of the Brethren ice cream social drew a large and friendly crowd.

The only thing better than an ice cream social is two ice cream socials on consecutive days. This occurred Sunday, Aug. 19, when I had the pleasure of attending the annual Panther Creek Church of the Brethren ice cream social south of Perry on County Road P58.

I did not get to this event until around 6 p.m. I had to go to Ames to get a new sports jacket, shirt and pants for a meeting that I had in Texas the following week. It took forever to try on different sizes. I finally got fitted pretty well after spending $200.

I used to wear a 28-inch waist with a 36-inch inseam. Now I wear around a 40-inch waist with a 29-inch length. If I lost 40 pounds, I could get into a 38-inch or smaller waist.

What a hassle to get to Ames. U.S. Highway 169 was closed. I thought by going to Huxley I could get into Ames. Wrong. Construction was also occurring on the road going out of Huxley, so I had to go through Kelley and then into Ames. Coming back, I just went into Madrid. What a mess!

I still did not see any political signs promoting Democrat candidates. Just Republicans. I did see one sign promoting Democratic candidates in Woodward, and now the Democrats have a headquarters here in Perry on Second Street. They have a lot of work to do if the number of signs has anything to do with support.

Dan did not attend the Panther Creek event. He said that he had to take off after church to get to a job out of town.

The menu was beef burgers, chips, relish, various flavors of homemade ice cream and a variety of desserts. They ran out of buns by the time that I got there and use bread, which worked just as well.

It was the first time in the season that I had home-grown tomatoes. They were delicious. With all of the technology available, I do not know why science cannot come up with a similarl tasting store-bought tomato.

I also had both chocolate and vanilla ice cream. They usually have strawberry, too, but I think that it was out.

I ate my fill while people talked. Towards the end of the event, the pastor “forced” me to take at least two desserts home. To be helpful, I took three.

Monies raised will be used to send kids to a youth rally out of state in 2020.

The only upcoming ice cream social for this season will be held this Sunday at the Rippey United Methodist Church. That should end the ice cream social season. A lot of dinners will be coming up starting next week, so keep watching for reports.


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