Crank It Up: It’s Time for Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ & Summer Social


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It’s time — this Sunday! — for one of my favorite events of the year, the Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ & Summer Social. Or just “Crankin’,” if you’re a longtime fan/attendee. I’ve been attending this event for years, and each year, it gets better. Check out my recap of the event from last year.

As always, crankers convene on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church, and you get to sample all of their delicious flavors. Crankers are competing to win the top prize, Best of Show, which will become an official Purity flavor and made available for purchase everywhere Purity ice creams are sold. There are also winners in the categories of “chocolate-based,” “vanilla-based” and “other.” Also, Pied Piper Creamery will be on-site with their version of the winners of the Martha O'Bryan staff crankin' contest. This event is the biggest event of the ice cream-lover's year!

As a reminder, here are the tips I shared last year, with a couple of updates:

1. Take a small insulated lunchbox with a at least one frozen bottle of water and one unfrozen bottle. It’s going to be hot again this year, and after a while, you get your fill of ice cream and only water will do. Cold water. Carry it in a backpack or in some other hands-free manner. You’ll need both hands free for tasting. Extra napkins are a good idea, too.

2. There will be more than 500 gallons of ice cream to sample, plus treats from Purity. Scout out your favorite flavors before you commit. Don’t stand in line for a less-exciting flavor and waste valuable real estate in your stomach that you’ll want back when you see that Mexicali Caramel Pecan or Candied Lemon (I’m really hoping these guys show up again). The really good ones go fast. Enlist the help of others to give you intel on the best, too.

3. Have a notepad (or smartphone) to record your favorites, and talk to the crankers if you can. I've gotten some really good ice cream-making tips and was able to create my own triple ginger ice cream and red wine and pear sorbet. Though I wasn’t able to figure out how to make Monkey Bread Mayhem …

4. Take a blanket to spread out on the lawn for when you need to give yourself a little breather. Plenty of trees provide a good amount of shade.

5. If you’re taking a little one in a stroller, take the all-terrain stroller; there are tree roots and rocks to traverse. And the smaller, the better, because it’s pretty difficult to navigate any stroller through the crowds. The past two years, my husband and I had to tag-team; one of us tasted while the other stood on the sidelines with the stroller (and child).

In addition to the treats, there will be activities and entertainment for the whole family. Advance tickets, (available online until midnight June 7), are $10 for adults ($13 at gate) and $8 for children ($10 at gate); children under 2 attend free. All proceeds benefit the Martha O’Bryan Center, which provides a number of services to support children and families living in poverty in the Nashville area.

Parking is free at the churches across the street (look for the signs), with shuttle service to First Presbyterian. For more information, call 254-1791 or check the website.

Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’ & Southern Social
First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Pike
Sunday, June 9
3-5 p.m. (rain or shine!)


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