by Kalie Ammons
Homemade pies à la mode, hot dogs and baked beans, fast pitched softball and carnival games will all be featured this Sunday, Aug. 25 in the Wabash City Park from 12-4 p.m. All proceeds from the event will help restore the Woman’s Clubhouse that overlooks the ball diamond.
“I think our Ice Cream in the Park is going to be really neat. It’s going to be of interest to all ages of people. We’re serving light lunches and the main thing being home made pies with ice cream. Our little kids’ games and of course the softball game by the oldies is going to be fun,” Mary DeLauter, Woman’s Clubhouse member and fundraiser organizer, told The Paper.
For less than the cost of going to the movie theater, families will have the chance to listen to live music, eat home-prepared food, ride a Kiddy Train and support a good cause.
“This is our first year for it. It’s a fundraiser, and we have to either replace or repair our back porch on the clubhouse. So this is the first of many fundraisers we’ll have in order to do that job. It’s kind of exciting, you know, because those are big jobs, and a bunch of women can conquer it,” DeLauter, explained.
The Woman’s Clubhouse is a group of friends that meet once a month for lunch and have a program. “Anyone can attend,” DeLauter says, “We have a lot of members because we keep our dues very low and encourage them all to use the clubhouse or come to some of our functions.”
The giant house sits on Wabash City Park property and is a meeting area for a range of clubs, including the Quilter’s Guild and Euchre and Bridge.
“We rent it out for different occasions like showers and reunions, so it is available. It’s just a nice place to go and be with your friends and have a nice social time. If someone wants to book a party and wants the chef to do the food, she will. We have nice services of that type.”
The City Tram will be running from the park to the Honeywell Center’s West Lot to aid with parking and to offer free rides. DeLauter enthusiastically reminds the public about how much fun there is to be had at this event:
“We’re really doing it up nice. My husband and neighbor have been working on this ticket booth, and it’s just so cute! It’s going to look very much like a fair. I know Modoc is going to be there. There’s going to be a little carousel and a little train, so it’s not just a little function, I think we’re doing a lot in those few hours.”
So be sure to leave room for ice cream and pie while watching Old Timers’ Fast Pitch Softball this Sunday in the park.