By Carol Pranschke
Is that the sound of folks noshing on homemade vanilla ice cream? Or is it the Stover Street Stompers playing their New Orleans-style Dixieland music in Sandstone Park? Both! The Stover Street Stompers are playing cool tunes in Sandstone on Sunday, September 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Come and relax while the band takes you back to yesteryear’s pace with tunes from a variety of genres:
Dixieland, spirituals, gospel songs, and traditional hymns. The Stompers love to share music that’s fun to play, fun to sing, and they love it when listeners sing along.
If you made it to the first ice cream social, which was held two years ago, then you might remember enjoying some of the delicious homemade vanilla ice cream, which was served up with the music.
This year once again, a variety of toppings will be available. The ice cream is free, but donations of any amount are welcome. The funds raised will support the restoration and preservation of the 105-year-old Lyons Community Church, which currently serves two faiths: Catholic mass is held on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m., and a Methodist-based service takes place every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The church is well-maintained, but it is time for its windows to be replaced and reframed, entrances to comply with the American with Disabilities Act so access is available to everyone in the community, and for the furnace to be moved out of the worship area/sanctuary and installed downstairs. You can help by coming to the social and showing your support!
Whether you come to relax, or to hear fun music, you are in good hands with the Stover Street Stompers, who hail from the First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins. Founded in 2001, the dream of three musicians, Rae Batch - clarinet, Cyril Rich – trumpet (now retired), and John Allum - trombone, the band now consists of eight members, who often refer to themselves as “seven guys and a lovely rose among thorns.” The group plays two types of music: Dixieland and spiritual, and both in church and not. Grin! Seriously, the band does play during various faith-based worship services, but also loves to perform out and about in the community, such as for the CSU Homecoming Parade. The other band members include: Pat Jungmeyer – piano, Alan Beatty – banjo, Ed Voelkel – tuba, Alan Krech – trumpet, Rae Batch – clarinet, Lance Nelson - tenor sax, and John Allum and Peter Gomm - trombones.
PSSST!! As traditional as this group is, they have a radical in their midst – someone in the band says pistachio is their favorite flavor of ice cream! And the rest of the members prefer chocolate or mint chocolate chip. Don’t they know that vanilla is the favorite in Colorado? Ah what the heck, more for the rest of us! The homemade variety cannot be beat for its flavor and creamy texture. Come try some – be sure to get in line ahead of me - and let us know what you think! See you September 9 in Sandstone Park!