“Burn the mortgage” celebration held after parade
Per tradition, Fourth of July parade goers flocked to the Wessington Springs Senior/Community Center again this year post-parade to enjoy ice cream and cool off before heading on to other Fourth of July festivities.
This year, however, something was different: the ice cream was free. Senior center board members and volunteers hosted the community to free ice cream to celebrate that the building has been paid off during a “mortgage burning” and ice cream social.
“We served a whopping 300 dishes of ice cream during the mortgage burning,” said Linda Burg, Senior Nutrition Site board member. “The occasion marks the final payments made on the building project. Discussions for the senior/community center began in 2006, followed by years of planning and fundraising. The new building opened in May, 2011, but fundraising, grants, gifts, and loans continued until 2019.”
Looking forward to many more years of serving up ice cream at a variety of events, senior center members are also celebrating a recent addition to the center. A soft serve ice cream machine was given as a gift from Doug and Carol Jones in memory of Luella Luwellan. Thanks to the generous gift, ice cream will be available to patrons during the daily senior meals at the center.
Additionally, senior center fundraisers often serve pie and ice cream so the soft serve will be used for that, also.
“It has become a tradition to have an ice cream social on July 4 after the parade, and that will definitely continue,” said Burg.
Burg pointed out that groups or individuals who rent the senior center will also have use of the soft serve ice cream machine for a small extra fee.
Burg said that the free ice cream on the Fourth of July was a way for members and volunteers to thank the community for past and ongoing support of the senior center.
“Members of the senior center are pleased to be debt-free and wanted to thank the community for their past donations and ongoing support of the center with the free ice cream social on the Fourth of July.”