MISSOULA – The 14th Annual University Community Ice Cream Social to welcome all new and returning University of Montana students to campus and Missoula's neighborhoods is set for Sunday, Sept. 13. The free event will run from 3 to 5 p.m. in the 400 block of University Avenue.
The street party will feature live music from the hillbilly jazz band Barnaby Wilde and appearances by UM Mascot Monte and city and UM leaders. Participants can mingle with neighbors, browse informational tables and enjoy delicious, locally crafted Big Dipper ice cream. Sorbet also will be available.
The event was started in 2002 by an informal group that calls itself the Thoughtful Neighbors to celebrate the diversity that UM students bring to Missoula. Late neighborhood residents Don Simmons, former associate dean of the School of Fine Arts, and his wife, Pat, former executive director of the Missoula Downtown Association, were founding members. The group, recipients of the City of Missoula’s 2015 Outstanding Neighborhood Group Volunteer award, is an evolving mix of University Neighborhood homeowners and residents, UM students and administrators, the Associated Students of UM, the UM Foundation and the UM Office of Alumni Relations.