All Saints Parish hosts Ice Cream Social for community

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Dylan gets a hot fudge sundae from MaryAnn Julian and Ailene Henry. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Dylan gets a hot fudge sundae from MaryAnn Julian and Ailene Henry. Photos by Lisa Stone.

All Saints Parish in Somers encouraged community spirit through a free ice cream social held on Aug. 24. The event was open to anyone who wanted to join in on the fun of face-painting, balloon art, sand art, trivia questions, games, a unicorn bouncy house, and of course, ice cream.

The Rev. Roland C. Cloutier has been the pastor at the parish for three years and loves mingling with the community. “This is our second year for the Ice Cream Social. Last year, the weather didn’t cooperate with us, but this is such a beautiful day, we are hoping to have even more people come out and enjoy the day with us,” he said. “We just want to let anyone and everyone have a fun-filled day and bring the community together. That’s all we are trying to do by having this social. We will make this an annual thing for sure.”

“Today is Pastor’s birthday. He is 73,” said parish member Angela Yard. “We have a beautiful day to celebrate, not only community spirit, but his birthday as well. We also have some champions helping us out at the balloon art table. Jasmine Yard was on the Somers lacrosse team that took the championship this year in Agawam, Massachusetts, and Ciara Logan was on the Somers softball team that took runner-up at the Windsor softball tournament this year.”

Dylan was very happy to get his hot fudge sundae with an extra cherry on it.  The 7-year-old said, “I am having so much fun! I love all the games and activities. I think my face painting looks cool.”

After getting a basketball painted on her face, Kallie played Tic-Tac-Toe with bean bags. “This is my first year at the Ice Cream Social, but I am definitely coming next year too,” she said. “Everyone is so nice and I am having such a great time. The ice cream is great too.”

Lisa Ballard was one of the face-painting artists for the day. “I have painted several faces so far, but the day is not done,” she said.

Sandra Percoski filled out a paper for a trivia contest. “I will be honest, I really don’t know the answers to most of these questions,” said Percoski while sporting her painted tiger face. “I am having such a good time visiting with everyone and enjoying all the festivity has to offer. It’s a great day.”

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