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Bird Park hosts ice cream festival

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By Liz Connolly
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Hundreds of local families came out for some ice cream on an absolutely picturesque afternoon at Bird Park’s annual Ice Cream Social last Saturday.

A beloved local tradition for over a decade, this year’s event featured lots of music, games, friends, fun, and tasty treats for all.

This year’s festivities took place from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the field between the courts and the stage at Bird Park, where there was a sea of blankets, chairs, adults, kids, and even some four-legged friends. Lawn games, such as potato sack racing, bean bag toss, and Pinewood Derby racing were all available for children of all ages to enjoy.

In addition to ice cream, there was pizza, soda, and a few other snacks available from local vendors. The Ice Cream Social is one of the park’s biggest events of the year, and this year was certainly no exception. The parking lots filled up quickly, and cars lined nearby streets for the duration of the event.

The event is put together by The Trustees, a group of people that protect valuable New England land, and Friends of Bird Park, a non-profit organization made up of volunteers that work hard to both attract folks to the park and raise money for improvement projects.

Some of their past projects include the playground, new walkways, planting projects, and new nets for the tennis courts.

The Friends of Bird Park meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church on Rhodes Avenue. Interested parties are welcome to attend.

For more information on the park and upcoming events, check out,, or call the park office at 508-668-6136.

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