Free ice cream sundaes, root beer floats and homemade cookies will be served to the public on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Tuolumne City Museum from 1 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will dish ice cream, and those attending can select from a variety of toppings to create their own sundaes. Fresh strawberries, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel syrup, whipped cream and homemade raspberry sauce will be among the condiments offered.

If a sundae isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a root beer float, a tradition started a few years ago by late museum leader Ron Smith.

Or you can just treat yourself to a few of the homemade cookies which will be offered, all baked by museum board members for the event.

Held in the museum’s courtyard, the annual event is the museum’s way of thanking the community for its support, according to board President Richard Brandau.

This year, the organization is especially thankful for a large grant provided through the Sonora Area Foundation, which is making it possible to renovate and update its office and research center and computer technology.

“We’re always grateful for the many people who support the museum on many levels,” Brandau said.

“Our docents, board members, those who pay annual membership dues, attend fundraisers or contribute with special donations or bequests make it possible for us to be fully supported and operated by our community.”

Although the work will be incomplete, those attending the ice cream social will get a glimpse of the work underway in the research center. A ribbon cutting is planned at a later date.

— Submitted by Lynne Jerome