The courtyard at the Tuolumne City Museum will be the site of an old-fashioned ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to free sundaes and homemade cookies, the event will offer entertainment by accordionist Paul Gallant.

“This is our annual ‘thank you’ to the community for the support that makes it possible for us to keep the museum open and thriving,” said museum president Lynne Jerome

The event features ice cream sundaes with a variety of toppings from fresh fruit to nuts, sprinkles and whipped cream. Also included are cookies made by museum members as well as homemade lemonade.

Also featured will be entertainment by Gallant, a nearly lifelong accordion player. His music will preview the museum’s annual fundraiser next month, a concert by the musical group the Shenandoahs, of which Gallant is a member. He will play a selection of folk, classic country and pop music.

Gallant, a native of Manitoba, Canada, had an accordion thrust into his arms practically at birth by his accordion-playing mother. He performed regularly with his brother, Paul, until he was 12 years old and then quit in a fit of rebellion. But he returned to the instrument as an adult, this time on his own terms, and has been playing ever since. Gallant, now retired, had a career as a railroad mechanic and ran his own mobile welding service. The museum will also show off new lighting in its kitchen and laundry gallery.

“This is a project we’ve dreamed about for years,” Jerome said. “This area was lit only by original light fixtures from the 1920s, and it was very dark compared to the rest of the building where updated track lights had been installed. Now our visitors can really see and appreciate this unique display of vintage and antique kitchen and laundry items.”

The Tuolumne Museum is one of several organizations participating in the Tuolumne County Library’s 150th anniversary celebration, stamping visitor’s “passports” this month, which give them the opportunity to win a basket of local products.

The museum is at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne and is open weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. Open free to the public, the 72-year old museum is supported entirely by donations and volunteer effort.

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