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IsabellSowiak 11 Bloomingdale Ill. helps her brother Alex 3 make ice cream during Cedar Lake Historical Society’s first family fun

Isabella Sowiak, 11, of Bloomingdale, Ill., helps her brother Alex, 3, make ice cream during the Cedar Lake Historical Society’s first family fun fest as their grandmother Sue Kizelwski of Bloomingdale watches. | Carrie Napoleon/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 27, 2013 12:40PM



Sunday was a perfect day for old-fashioned fun on the shores of Cedar Lake during the Historical Society’s first family fun fest.

Participants had the opportunity to experience how families in the early days of the lakeside community would have spent their afternoon at what was once a resort on the lakefront, the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum.

“Today is the first time we tried to do the family fun fest to show kids how to do some of the things from the olden days,” Julie Zasada, board member with the Cedar Lake Historical Society, said.

Families played croquet on the museum lawn, churned butter and made their own vanilla ice cream by hand. Push reel lawn mower races were on the schedule and children were able to participate in an eyes only scavenger hunt in the museum.

“We’re trying to get the next generation involved and teach them a little something about Cedar Lake,” Zasada said.

Madison Jelman, 7, said she was having fun playing the old-time games like croquet. She also liked making the ice cream.

“It was really neat,” Madison said as she shared the frozen treat she worked so hard to create with her mom Tara. A couple spoons of crushed chocolate sandwich cookie, a modern day topping, made the treat extra sweet.

“It’s good,” she said.

For Molly Kumbal, 9, and Ana Blagojevic, 10, both of Cedar Lake, the fun fest was just part of a long day of fun that started with the girls swimming in Ana’s grandma’s pool.

They had just finished making their own ice cream, a fete accomplished by placing a quart size plastic zipper bag will half and half, sugar and vanilla inside a gallon sized plastic zipper bag filled with ice and rock salt and shaking vigorously.

“It was fun and it and it tastes really good,” Molly said as she scooped her frozen treat from the baggie to her mouth.

Ana said she is looking forward to trying to make ice cream at home.

“I thought it would take a lot longer than it did,” Ana said.

Three-year-old Alex Sowiak of Bloomingdale, Ill., was putting his whole body into shaking his bag of ice and cream. His sister Isabella, 11, was helping him.

“I’m shaking the milk so it can get hard,” Alex said.

“I think it’s fun,” Isabella said. “It’s a lot harder than anything.”



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