Armory Loves Ice Cream

Community is lots of things. On this past August 15th it was sharing a bowl of ice cream with friends at the Armory Senior Center. It was the Annual Ice Cream Social, the brainchild of Armory Board member Karen Olson. This year neighbors met, talked, relaxed, partook of that American favorite, and, in fact, even danced.

There was lots of vanilla and chocolate with caramel and fudge sauces and gourmet toppings, all provided by our downtown neighbor Maynard’s. All in all over ten gallons were dispensed by Karen, Nancy, Dolores and Paul.

An afternoon with typical Tucson temperatures in the hundreds didn’t keep folks away. The high turnout led to a need for more ice cream than anticipated, and fortunately, the Armory Park Community Center had extra to help serve all who came looking for some cool relief.

Ice cream and conversation were complemented by the guitar licks of Shawn Kebler, an AP resident who plays a hot jazz guitar (and also gives guitar lessons). He was accompanied by two other neighborhood musicians: Guy Gershoni on drums and Colin Shook on bass.

Among the participants, one little girl wore a big smile and a great deal of vanilla. A senior from the Armory Apartments, when asked if she were enjoying herself, said with a wink, “You must be kidding. This is ice cream, isn’t it?”

From behind the counter filling neighbors’ bowls, Paul Gohdes noted, “We fed over a hundred people and most came back for seconds and even thirds.”

Author: Ken Taylor

I am a relatively recent Armory Park resident (2/16) along with my wife, Donna and our little dog Lulu. In our 7+ decades, Donna and I lived over 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Arizona. We have been Arizona residents for 16 years before coming here including 12 in Green Valley and four in west Tucson. We love the neighborhood for its history, walkability and interesting residents. Lulu insists on walking every day so you may see us following her around and picking up trash to keep our neighborhood presentable.

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