Friday Evening Concert: Ice Cream Social has new soundtrack
By Kelby Newcomb
The 34th Annual Ice Cream Social will be holding its first-ever Friday Evening Concert this June.
The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, on the Public Square. Executive director Steve Johnson said Chamber board member Tyler Squires has spearheaded the entertainment this year, helping organize the new Friday Evening Concert.
“The Ice Cream Social has a new soundtrack,” Johnson said. “There will be more things going on and definitely more music!”
“We have some exciting things planned for entertainment this year for the Ice Cream Social,” Squires said. “An important part of the entertainment at the Ice Cream Social is the live music. We are still finalizing the schedule, but the goal is to have live music on both Friday and Saturday for people to enjoy.”
He said more information on the schedule will be available soon.
“In addition to the live music that we’ve normally had at the Ice Cream Social,” Squires said, “we are excited to announce the first-ever Friday Evening Concert featuring Ford Mountain Gang and Still on the Hill performing their ‘Cane Hill Project.’ ”
He said the concert will start at 6 p.m. Friday on the Ice Cream Social stage on the east side of the Square.
“We are very excited for both of these groups to perform,” Squires said. “The Cane Hill Project is a collection of songs that tell the history and stories of Cane Hill, Ark., a small community in Northwest Arkansas.”
He continued, “Every community is unique, but much of the history of Cane Hill is similar to the history of Berryville and the surrounding communities. I think it is something that members of our community will find relatable, informing and very entertaining.”
He said the Chamber wants to thank the Friends of the Berryville Library, who sponsored this performance of the Cane Hill Project.
In addition to the live music, Johnson said the Ice Cream Social will again feature lots of family-friendly fun, such as water slides and bouncy houses for kids, arts and crafts and delicious food and drinks.
“Last year, we noticed that parents got off work and didn’t have enough time to come enjoy time with their family,” he said. “This year, Tyler was able to reach out and find groups and musicians who could play after people get off work so they can bring their kids to the Square.”
He said the Friday Evening Concert will be a way not only to celebrate the start of summer but also to honor all the good things about living in Berryville.
Johnson concluded, “This will be our 34th annual Ice Cream Social. We’re trying to make it bigger and better. We have more excitement and more things to do, especially more music with Tyler’s guidance. People will have a reason to come out Friday night. We just want to keep the fun going!”