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Arethusa ice cream generates crowd for fundraiser (08-12-19)


Litchfield Historical Society volunteer Ben Vermilyea serves Arethusa ice cream during Sunday's fundraiser at the Tapping Reeve meadow. BZ photos

The new Tapping Reeve meadow at the Litchfield Historical Society's Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School museum on South Street was the place to be Sunday for anyone wishing to sample the sweet and smooth ice cream of Arethusa Farm dairy.

More than 600 people turned out for the ice cream, a chance to meet two Arethusa cows, and to experience of the new meadow that was created last year. Admission was $5, with all of the proceeds going to education programs sponsored by the historical society.

So great was the demand for the ice cream Arethusa donated that the supply ran out twice, forcing farm co-owner Tony Yurgaitis to race back to the Arethusa dairy story in Bantam for more. The historical society was prepared for 600 people, but that number was easily exceeded.

The afternoon represented another event in the year-long celebration of Litchfield's 300th anniversary. Yurgaitis, a partner in Arethusa Farm with George Malkemus, suggested the idea of the fundraiser to the historical society, which Arethusa has been a generous supporter of.

The line for ice cream at one point extended nearly to South Street.

Alex DuBois, curator of collections at the historical society, serves a cup of ice cream.

Historical society executive director Cathy Fields and Arethusa Farm owner Tony Yurgaitis watch as two Arethusa cows graze on hay.

The crowd was able to enjoy the new Tapping Reeve meadow.

Arethusa cheese was available too.

Tony Yurgaitis, escorted by Rosie Furniss of Litchfield, delivers another bucket of ice cream.

Mykonos, left, and Vidalia were on hand to meet the crowd.

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