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Photo by Katharine Schroeder | Children compete in an old fashioned sack race at the Southold Historical Society’s annual ice cream social.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO Children compete in an old fashioned sack race at the Southold Historical Society's annual ice cream social on Saturday. See slide show at

No one can put on an ice cream social quite like the Southold Historical Society. Each year hundreds and hundreds of scoops of ice cream are sold, but that is not all. Hot dogs are grilled, fresh lemonade is served and entertainment can be found around every corner.

Included in the day’s activities will be tours of the many historic buildings at the site, including the Pine Neck Barn and Thomas Moore House.  Children’s games, face painting and live music are the cherries on top.

“The ice cream social is a very popular event that is looked forward to by every child in the community, “ said Geoffrey Fleming, the society’s director.

southold historical ice cream social
Photo by Katharine Schroeder | It’s all about the teamwork at Southold Historical Society’s ice cream social.

Of special note this year will be the inclusion of the Suffolk County Historical Society’s “Suffolk Moveable Museum,” a 37-foot Winnebago full of artifacts designed to teach children about the nomadic cultures that dotted our landscape.

Jamie Davis, who is best known for his large scale pirate performances at historic sites and fairs across Long Island, will be in charge of coordinating many of the children’s activities, including races and the tug-of-war. His “Maritime Pirates” troupe has appeared on a number of occasions during the summer in Greenport and has also been featured in the Sag Harbor Maritime Festival and at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum’s Pirate Day.

This summer’s exhibition – “The Wickham Murders” – will also be on display in the Mayne Gallery of the Ann Currie-Bell House.

The ice cream social is Saturday, August 3 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Society’s Maple Lane Museum Complex, located on the corner of Main Road and Maple Lane, opposite the Southold Firehouse.

Entrance to the grounds is free, but food and games require tickets that may be purchased on the site all day long.