Historical Tidbit:
Home Made Ice Cream

In the early 1900's, Ice Cream "Parlors" were rare. If you wanted ice cream you had to make it yourself with a Hand-Crank Ice Cream Maker. In 1843, Nancy Johnson got a patent on a machine to make ice cream by hand. This device provided a real treat to just about everyone.

My great grandparents had one that was a little keg about 18 inches tall and 1 foot across with a metal cylinder in the middle that was run by a hand crank (handle). The cylinder was placed in the wooden keg and ice from the iceman or from an icehouse and salt would be placed between the cylinder and keg. Milk, sugar and flavoring, such as vanilla, would be placed in the cylinder and as this was turned and cooled, a thin layer of milk would start to freeze. The rotating paddles scraped off the frozen milk and left a new layer. As the milk became stiff it turned into the eagerly awaited ice cream. This process took from 20 to 30 minutes, depending upon the amount of salt used.

When the process was completed and the paddles lifted out, there was a little ice cream sticking on them and if you were quick enough you got to lick them to get the first taste of the awaited treat.  
Respectfully submitted by Sue Basile
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Brockton Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20
45 Meadow Lane

The Brockton Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale at the Brockton Park and Recreation Office, 45 Meadow Lane. The sale is May 20th beginning at 8:30a, however, plan on arriving a bit earlier as things go quickly. Cash and checks are accepted, and the sale ends at 11a. All proceeds for this sale provide funding for flowers, wreaths, and other arrangements you see throughout the city. This sale takes place rain or shine.
For more information contact Claire at clacla@aol.com .

The Brockton Garden Club is holding a Garden Game Night on Monday, May 22 with doors opening at 6:30p. Everyone is welcome to this free event at Our Lady of Lourdes, 439 West Street with parking in the rear. For more information on this program and the ninety-four year old Brockton Garden Club contact Anne at 774-297-4939 or email her at ambeauregard@outlook.com.
Cornerstone Concert

Monday, May 22, 7p
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
900 Main St. 


The Cornerstone Concert Series May event at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 900
Main Street on Monday, May 22, 7p will be a special guest organ performance by Manuel Piazza, Associate Music Director of Trinity Church Copley Square. This is all free thanks to the Brockton Local Cultural Council grant program.
Come relax, enjoy wonderful music and join everyone for a small gathering after the
performance. Donations are always accepted. If you need more information on this
program visit www.firstevlutheran.org or call 508-586-9021.
DropIn Tech Help

Weekly, Thursdays
Top floor Reference Department - Main Branch
304 Main St.

Assistance with any tech question. For more information, visit Brockton Public Library

Every Saturday, 9a
D.W. Field Park 

Dave Gorman’s Kids Road Races will kick-off the spring season every week at D.W. Field Park at 9:30a registration. Yes, it is still $1.00 to run.
Ages 4 to 14 boys and girls for eight weeks can participate. For more information or to
pre-register contact Dave Gorman at irishdaveg@aol.com or call 508-588-3148 for more information.
Summer Classes at Massasoit!

Take advantage of our low tuition, transferable credits, and flexible summer schedule!

Mental Health Awareness With Maylisa Balthazar

Saturday, May 20, 10–11a
Driscoll Art gallery
304 Main St.

Many of us have somebody in our lives who is struggling with mental health issues.

Unfortunately, many of us may not be aware of this struggle as we are unable to spot the signs of mental health issues. And even when you can spot the signs, you may not know what to do or how to help somebody whom you can see is struggling. The Mental health Awareness program covers some of the most common mental health illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis. It will also help you to spot signs of these issues manifesting and provides you with practical tools to confront them. 

For more information email Jonathan Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us or visit Brockton Public Library. 
Faculty Art Show
Driscoll Art Gallery
Reception May 24 3:30 - 5p
Brockton Public Library. 304 Main St
Rotary Club
Day of Service

Saturday, May 20, 1–4p
D W Field E Pkwy

Join thousands of other Rotarians across the Region to give back to the community.

Please bring your work gloves & a rake (limited supplies will be on hand).

This is a COMMUNITY event - share with your family & friends. All are welcome! All who participate will have to sign a waiver at the registration table. Sign up here

For more information visit Brockton Rotary
Computer Class

Monday Mornings
Computer Lab
304 Main St.

Basic computer classes. We cover all the office products, increasing your typing, speed and surfing the web. 

For more information email Jonathan Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us or visit Brockton Public Library 
Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Today, Sunday, May 7th, was National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.
This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Brockton Symphony Orchestra Town & Country Concert 4-23-23
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Brockton City Council Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee Meeting 4-26-23
Video Courtesy of BTV
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering
Our Customers Say: "Smokiest BBQ Ribs I've ever had... Can't wait to go back again!!! ~ Geoff Diehl

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
& delivery through door dash

(508) 423-9273
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Evening Conversation with Poet Laureates

Monday, May 22,
Driscoll Art Gallery
2nd Floor - Main Branch
304 Main St.

An evening of conversation with our poet laureates Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, New Bedford, Plymouth, Somerville, Worcester. 

Format: Reading of poetry with Laureates. Questions and discussion with prof. Mark Walsh. Q & A with the audience. 

For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508-894-1423 or visit Brockton Public Library 
Alkaline Diet: The key to Longevity and Fighting Chronic Disease

Saturday May 27, 1–2p
2nd floor - Main Branch 
304 Main St.

Achieving pH balance by eating an alkaline diet can be helpful in reducing morbidity and mortality from numerous chronic diseases and ailments. Alkaline Diet: The Key to Longevity and Fighting Chronic Disease?

Dr. Sebi's alkaline diet (Dr. Sebi was a herbalist who created a plant-based version of the diet). 
For more information email Jonathan Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us or visit Brockton Public Library 
200 Westgate Drive, Brockton
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Metro South Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 4th - Thursday, June 8th

Support your local restaurants by participating in the 2nd annual Metro South Chamber of Commerce Restaurant week! Many regional favorites are taking part in this event, providing special offers to their customers. Make sure you snap a photo of yourself dining out or of your delicious food to help promote the event and restaurant through your social media.

All Metro South restaurants are welcome to participate in this event. Details can be found on the Restaurant Week 2023 Invitation

For more information and to view participating restaurants, visit metrosouthchamber.com or contact Cathryn Schofield at cschofield@metrosouthchamber.com
ALC Clean Up Day
Children and parents from the Family Learning program took part in the ALC Clean Up Day. A special thanks to Jennifer from Cool Cheeks for the lovely Earth Day face painting.

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
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Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who patented the hand - crank ice cream machine?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Fatina Mulumba & Greg Venezia.
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