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Even in Victorian times, they screamed for ice cream. You, too, can enjoy a Victorian-themed afternoon at the picturesque Ravenswood Historic Site for the annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social.
Presented by the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and the Ravenswood Progress League, this event transports visitors back to a slower-paced time for a summer celebration to glimpse what Livermore may have been like in the 1890s.
Admission is free to the family-friendly event and will feature games, music, historic demonstrations and more. Ice cream and hot dogs will be for sale. All funds raised from the event go toward restoration of the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, a State of California Historical Point of Interest and a City of Livermore Historic Preservation Landmark Site.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and Valley Banjos. Children can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo offered by Tickle Me Pony Parties as well as other kid-friendly activities.
This year’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore. Ravenswood is also open for free public tours from noon to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Costumed docents lead hour-long tours of the site, which also includes the Ravenswood Progress League Gift Shop located in the Tank House. For more information, call 925-443-0238 or visit www.larpd.dst.ca.us.