NORTH ROYALTON – If you serve it, they will come.
And they did to the first ever Ward 3 Ice Cream Social hosted by Councilman Dan Langshaw.
The purpose was to give neighbors a chance to meet one another and foster a sense of community all while chatting over a bowl, or two, of the sweet stuff.
About 50 residents took Langshaw up on his offer, enjoying chocolate or vanilla ice cream, or both, with all the toppings – peanuts, marshmallows, gummy bears, sprinkles, M&Ms, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, caramel – and, of course, there was the option to finish it off with a nice dollop of whipped cream and a cherry.
The event was hosted from 2 to 4 p.m. July 28 at St. Matthew Orthodox Church on Albion Road. Langshaw went all out, even having a modest raffle and a DJ for background music.
Admission was free. All Langshaw asked was that each person bring a non-perishable food item for the North Royalton Food Bank.
Most thought the idea of an ice cream social was a great idea.
“This is very sweet, very thoughtful,” said Liz Bretz.
She was there with her husband John.
“We met (Langshaw) the other day, and he was so sweet and helpful,” Bretz said of their reason for attending the social.
Cindy Bublo said she read about the event in The Post Newspaper, and thought she’d come check it out, have some dessert and chat with her councilman for a bit.
“I have never heard of any of the others having something like this,” she said. “His first one might not be big, but as word of mouth spreads, the second one will have more come. I think this is great.”
Kathy Opracay attended and brought along granddaughter, Naomi Ozley, 13.
Her motivation for coming was to maybe meet a few neighbors.
“I don’t know many of my neighbors, and I have lived here 18 years at Independence Place. Before that I lived on Oakridge. Moved there in ’65,” she said.
Langshaw’s mother, Kathy, father, Don and twin sisters, Dana and Grace, were also there to show their support and dish out the ice cream while he chatted with constituents.
“This is a great idea,” Kathy said. “We always work together as a family to help each other out. It’s great. People are coming and staying for the most part.”
At the social’s end, Langshaw had a decent sized bin of goods and a few generous monetary donations to hand over to the food bank.
“I’m happy to have a good turnout,” he said. “People were coming and going, and it was nice to see all the ice cream concoctions they were coming up with.”
Langshaw said he plans to do this again as long he gets the chance to stick around come November.
“I want to continue something to bring residents together. I think it was very successful. There weren’t as many people as I expected, but hey, you have to start somewhere,” he said. “I think it’s important to build a sense of community and make it fun to live here. And Ward 3 is fun, we are in the heart of it all.”