The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, at the Weber-Blaess One Room School House at 550 Woodland Drive.
Volunteers will serve ice cream and other picnic food. Firefighters will grill hot dogs. Guests can watch youth reenact what a school day was like in the one-room schoolhouse era.
Families will be invited to play old-fashioned games and grafts. Fire Chief Craig Hoeft will lead kids in a bucket brigade to show how people fought fires in past times.
There will also be animal displays, musical entertainment, antique vehicles and more.
The school house was built in 1867 on Ellsworth Road in Lodi Township and moved to its current site in 2002. Every year, hundreds of Saline elementary school students attend classes in the historic school house to learn about rural life and education in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sunday’s event is a fundraiser for the Saline Area Schools Historical Preservation Foundation, which cares for the school house and helps with curriculum used during lessons.
Admission to the event is free. There is a small charge for food. Money raised during a silent auction will benefit the Saline Area Schools Historical Preservation Foundation. Among the items up for auction are a birthday party in the school house and the opportunity to ride in a Saline fire truck during the Christmas parade.