Time for Ice Cream!

Summer is almost upon is, and to get through the hot, sticky months, I need plenty of the cold, creamy stuff! Growing up in a small southern town meant lots of ice cream socials with family, neighbors and church friends. I can remember sitting on the porch surrounded by ice cream machines- taking turns cranking with my sister and cousins then licking the bowl clean of the fruits of our labor. Mmmm, I can almost taste that homemade peach ice cream…..

So when I heard about this cool contest by Edy’s Ice Cream, I was inspired. For the past few years, Edy’s has been recognizing American neighborhoods with it’s “Neighborhood Salute”- giving away Ice Cream Block Parties to 1,500 lucky people! The town I grew up in had a population of 2500, which meant that not only did I know my neighbors, but almost every resident. After college I found myself living in a laid-back beach community in San Diego, making friends with my neighbors in no time flat thanks mostly to the fact that we all spent alot of time outdoors. Neighborhood block parties could be found on almost any given weekend. Sadly, that hasn’t been my experience here in Nashville. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only met one couple on our street, and to say that I “know” them would be a stretch. I’m sure there are several of you out there that find yourself in a similar situation. We’re often so busy with our own over-scheduled lives that we don’t stop to get to know the people right next door. What better way to meet neighbors than to invite them over for an old fashioned ice cream social?

Just click here to enter and write a short “essay” as to why your neighborhood deserves to win. If you’re creative and enthusiastic enough, you may be one of the lucky ones to scoop up enough free Edy’s Slow Churned® light ice cream to feed up to 100 guests, plus a free party in a box. This Friday, May 29th is the last day to enter, so get crankin’!

Photo Credit: ICE CREAM by spike55151