Friday, July 2, 2010

Fire and Ice at Old Sturbridge Village

STURBRIDGE, Mass. – Firefighters will get half-price admission to the third annual “Fire and Ice” old-fashioned fireman’s muster on July 17 at Old Sturbridge Village food historians will demonstrate 18th- and 19th-century ice cream making methods using popular “receipts” or recipes of those periods, the statement said.
"According to OSV historians, ice cream has a long history. Before refrigeration, ice cream was reserved for the rich and the royal because ice was so rare and expensive. The Romans made “sweet snow” and Europeans favored “water ice” in the 1660s and added cream to the recipe. Ice cream in America dates to 1744, and became more popular with the masses after the hand-crank ice cream machine was patented by Nancy Johnson in 1846," the statement said.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Parking is free and visitors get a free second-day return visit within 10 days. Admission: $20; seniors $18; children 3-17, $7; children under 3, free.

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