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Rockwood ice cream festival returns to its roots in June

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media
The mansion at Rockwood Park in New Castle County

The Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park is being hosted by New Castle County for the first time in a decade, according to officials. It was hosted by a private contractor in recent years.


Jane Rattenni of the county’s Division of Community Resources says direct management by the County this year means several new or revived elements, including a victorian theme, fireworks and proceeds supporting the museum and park.

“We have brought the event back to its roots in regard to Rockwood Museum being the focal point of the Ice Cream Festival,” she said.

Peggy Alderson is board secretary of the Rockwood Park Preservation Society. The group plans to put its portion of the festival’s proceeds toward building an apothecary garden at Rockwood Park.

“It’s going to have a water fountain, and all kinds of herbs and trees, native trees, native plants— just to be a place of relaxation." She adds it will be handicap-accessible.

The festival is on June 29th.  It will be free for kids under 12 and $5 for adults. There will be historic demonstrations, museum tours, local live music and ice cream for sale.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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