Here's the scoop: Beat the heat with an ice cream purchase at Chattanooga Market and you'll be doing something good for the Chambliss Center for Children at the same time.
The children's agency's annual Ice Cream Social is Sunday, July 13, at the market in First Tennessee Pavilion. For a $5 ticket, you can sample ice cream brought to the market by Cold Stone Creamery, Clumpies Ice Cream Co., Milk & Honey, Mayfield and The Ice Cream Show.
Each of these five will bring two flavors: one with add-ins and one pure flavor. Market guests will use their tickets to vote for their frozen favorite in each category, and those winners will receive People's Choice Awards.
Proceeds benefit the Chambliss Center for Children, formerly known as Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter. The center began in 1872 as an orphanage and has grown over decades to include around-the-clock child care and even provide child care in eight Hamilton County schools since its partnership with the Hamilton County Department of Education.
Katie Harbison, vice president of development and administration at Chambliss, says only 1,000 tickets will be sold Sunday.
IF YOU GO
■ What: Ice Cream Social at Chattanooga Market.
■ When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 13.
■ Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd.
■ Admission: Free; $5 to sample ice cream.
■ Phone: 423-648-2496.
■ Website: Chattanooga Market.com.
"Sometimes they've been gone as early as 2:30 p.m.; sometimes we've sold tickets right up to 4 p.m.," she says. Proceeds from this fundraiser help fund the center's early childhood education program and its residential program for children who have been removed from their homes.
While sampling frozen desserts, check out the produce variety as well. Melissa Siragusa says this is prime season for summer crops, and vendors are bringing in peaches, potatoes, beans, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes and lettuces. "We even still have some strawberries," she says.
Brian Ashley Jones and Scarlet Love Conspiracy will be performing at 12:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.
Jones, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., is now based in Nashville. He is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter whose original work has been recorded by other performers and found its way into film and television.
Scarlet Love Conspiracy is composed of Travis Kilgore, Heather Kilgore, Katie Kilgore, Eric Almlie and Kat Almlie. Travis and Heather met on Facebook three years ago. A simple friend request revealed their mutual love for music and evolved into fronting their own band.
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Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...