Ice cream, reenactment at Rockton UMC July 17

An Ice Cream Social and Revival Reenactment will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 17, in Village Green Park, at Blackhawk Boulevard, three blocks north of Main Street, Rockton.

The event is part of the Rockton United Methodist Church’s 150th Anniversary celebration, and will feature a reenactment of an old-time spiritual revival, with Church member Gordon Carlson portraying the revival preacher.

Salty Strings, the music ministry of John and Connie Nicholas of Beloit, Wis., will provide music for the event.

The husband and wife duo, who have been making music together for more than 15 years and play 15 different acoustic folk instruments between them, will perform traditional and religious songs. They chose the name Salty Strings because 10 of the instruments they play are classified as “stringed” and because the Bible tells of Jesus instructing his disciples to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-14).

Salty Strings’ CDs and cassette tapes will be available for sale at the event. Anyone interested in hearing music samples may log on to

The event is free and open to the community, and the wearing of old-fashioned clothing is encouraged but not required. Ice cream, fruit pies and lemonade will be for sale, as will the new Rockton United Methodist Church 150th Anniversary Cookbook, Heavenly Morsels. Recipes include traditional favorites, such as Cheryl Campbell’s Farmer’s Casserole, Marie Cedarleaf’s Spirit Cookies, and Dawn Miller’s Copper Pennies, as well as unique concoctions, such as Rojean Anderson’s Pepsi Pork Roast, Kindergarten teacher Gail Johnson’s Kool-Aid Play Dough, and Pauline Lawhorn’s Banana Split Bread. The cookbook also includes historical recipes, such as 1890s Pigeon Pie, 1900 Cough Syrup, and the Famous Fried Cakes, which were made and sold by the women of the church for more than 60 years to raise money for special projects.

In case of bad weather, the event will be held at the Rockton United Methodist Church at 102 W. Chapel St. (at Route 75 / Blackhawk Boulevard, two blocks north of Main Street). For more information, call the church office at (815) 624-7591.

From the July 13-19, 2005, issue

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