• Local women share sweet tips during official ice cream month
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

Gladys Rodgers churns some of her favorite ice cream at home on her family’s dairy farm near Dearing. Photo by Jim Wallace, Correspondent.

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.”
So says the 1927 "Ice Cream Song,” which was written by Billy Moll, Howard Johnson, and Robert King. It is also something many others scream, and there is no better time to scream it than July – National Ice Cream Month.
Two local women, Countess Wilkerson and Gladys Rodgers, can understand the love for ice cream, as both have that same love.
Wilkerson has joined her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, to make ice cream for the Blind Willie Festival, and she also makes it for her church’s anniversary at Springfield Baptist Church.
Wilkerson’s homemade ice cream adventure began nine years ago when she made ice cream while teaching at Crossroads Alternative School.
“An extended activity surrounding ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ involved making ice cream and cherry pie,” she said. “Cora Bradshaw took half the class and made cherry pie, and I took the other part of the class and we made homemade ice cream.”
Wilkerson said the freezer had a hand crank and the children didn’t seem to care for the hard work, so thankfully, it also had an electrical churn.
“That was how I got started making it the homemade way and I just kept on that way,” she said.

To read more on this story, see the Sun., July 28, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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