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Mountain Gateway Museum Ice Cream Social

Mountain Gateway Museum Ice Cream Social

Monday, July 4, 2022 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (EDT)


OLD FORT, NC – Free ice cream, watermelon slices, and a special presentation by author and veteran David Rozzell will be the highlights of the Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center’s (MGM) annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 4.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum’s grounds at the intersection of Catawba Avenue and Water Street in Old Fort. 

MGM’s staff and members of its Friends group annually host the Ice Cream Social on or near the 4th of July to express gratitude to the community for its continuing support of Mountain Gateway Museum.

Beginning at 1 p.m., David Rozzell will promote his new book Rosie’s Sweat Box: Marking Time Till Home. The book is based on the diary of his Father, W. Grady Rozzell, a 19-year-old B 17 pilot in the 401st Bomb Group, who flew 35 missions out of Deenethorpe Air Base.

At 2 p.m., MGM’s staff and volunteers will begin serving scoops of free vanilla ice cream (with a variety of toppings) and slices of watermelon at the museum’s gazebo. The food will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until the Town of Old Fort’s annual 4th of July Parade starts at 4 p.m. — or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.

Possum Creek, a local bluegrass band that leads a free music jam most Sunday afternoons at Mountain Gateway Museum, will perform on the museum’s front porch from 2 to 4 p.m.  on July 4. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on the ground to sit and enjoy the food and music, and to view the parade, which will proceed from Old Fort Elementary School down Catawba Avenue past the museum and turn right onto East Main Street.

For more information about MGM’s 4th of July Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social or other programs and exhibitions at the museum, please call 828-668-9259 or visit the website at
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Monday, July 4, 2022 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (EDT)
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