August Happenings

“You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream!”

For many people, the words “ice cream” bring up wonderful memories of summer — catching those drops of melted ice cream as they fall off the cone, slurping root beer floats, buying a scoop from the drug store for a dime, or turning and turning the crank while you made home-made ice cream. Ice cream seems to be the perfect summer treat: cool and refreshing, and full of nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins.

Ice cream parlors in the United States date back to the colonial times when the first ice cream parlor opened in New York City in late 1700s. Homemade ice cream became more popular and easier to make when Nancy Johnson patented a hand-cranked freezer in 1846. Baltimore was the home to the first large-scale commercial ice cream plant. Jacob Fussell established the plant in 1851.

The American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda in 1874. During World War II, each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. The first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific in 1945.*

To celebrate summer, Urbana’s Senior Center is hosting an ice cream day on Aug. 29 this month. Check out the schedule below for details on all upcoming events.

Tai Chi

Mondays, starting Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.
Improve balance! Improve strength of body! Achieve clarity and focus of mind! Gain calmness and lightness of spirit! This eight-week session is taught by Claudia Olson. Cost is $24 per participant.

Tuesday Evening Meal

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Each Tuesday we gather together for an evening meal.

Gazing Ball Craft

Aug. 6 (new date), 2 p.m.
Need some new yard art? Gazing balls are a great way to add color and shine to your yard. Bring your imagination to make a one-of-a-kind gazing ball. Cost is $10 per gazing ball.

Picnic Hosted by Emmitsburg Senior Center

Aug. 12, 10 a.m.
The Emmitsburg Senior Center is hosting a picnic for all the Frederick County Senior Centers. Picnic lunch: thin sliced roast beef sandwich, potato salad, cucumber salad, seasonal fruit and brownie. Activities: games, music, fun and fellowship. The picnic will be at the Utica District Park. Sign-up by Aug. 7, cost: $5 (suggested lunch contribution)

Omelet Bar/Ask Nurse Steve

Aug. 21, Noon
Omelets created to order! Choose from a variety of ingredients to make lunch your way. Nurse Steve’s talk will be “Is ‘age’ really just a number? What can I expect after 50? 60? 70? 80? 90? 100?” Cost is $4.80 (regular meal cost).

End of Summer — Indoor Picnic

Aug. 27, 5:30 p.m.
August is National Picnic Month! Join us for an end of the summer indoor picnic. Enjoy picnic food, making paper airplanes, and playing balloon volleyball. Cost: $5 per person

Ice Cream Day

Aug. 29, 1 p.m.
August includes a number of ice cream or ice treat holidays: Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Creamsicle Day, Spumoni Day and Cherry Popsicle Day. We’ll celebrate with our own ice cream day on Aug. 29. Cost: $2 per person.


Free WiFi and computers, with high-speed Internet access, are available for use any time the center is open.

Each month we publish a complete schedule of our programs. Copies of the monthly calendar are available at the Urbana Senior Center, located at 9020 Amelung Street (bottom floor of the library building) or on our website at or via phone 301.600.7020.

*Resources: and—views/media-kits/ice-cream/the-history-of-ice-cream/

Editor’s Note: Susan Hofstra is coordinator of the Urbana Senior Center, Frederick County Department of the Aging.


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