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Bristol Area Lions Club Gets Flavor of Round Top Ice Cream 06/05/2014

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Although a lot has changed at Round Top Ice Cream since Gary and Brenda Woodcock bought the business in 1987, an insistence on quality ingredients and good customer service has remained the same. At a recent presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club, Gary Woodcock shared some of the history of Round Top Ice Cream, which began production in an old building on the grounds of Round Top Farm.

King Lion John Janell, left, thanks speaker Gary Woodcock of Round Top Ice Cream for his recent presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

King Lion John Janell, left, thanks speaker Gary Woodcock of Round Top Ice Cream for his recent presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

Sales took place at a screen-covered ice cream stand by the road, now the warming hut for the community ice rink. When land adjacent to the farm became available in the 1990s, Woodcock saw an opportunity and bought it, putting up a new building that emulated the Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm. Now manufacture and sales could take place under one roof.

In the winter, Woodcock noted, he produces a weekly average of 300 gallons of ice cream. That number swells to 3000 gallons per week in the summer, or 600 gallons every day. Three batch freezers accomplish this feat, one batch at a time and one flavor at a time, using local ingredients as much as possible. In-house production includes creating flavor labels along with the cardboard 3-gallon tubs used to hold scooped ice cream.

A native of Thomaston, Woodcock taught in Wiscasset for 37 years, running Round Top Ice Cream simultaneously for many of those years. By 2011 he was retired from both, but he still helps out his daughter Stephanie, who now runs the business, by making truck deliveries and troubleshooting as needed.

It is no surprise that Round Top Ice Cream was voted tastiest in the state in 2006, beating its nearest competitor by several thousand votes and validating what many Damariscotta customers know already.

The business meeting that followed Woodcock’s talk included updates on the Bristol Area Lions Club’s summer fundraisers for scholarship: the annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction taking place at Wawenock Golf Club on Saturday, August 16 and raffle ticket sales taking place all summer long outside Reilly’s Store in New Harbor. The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, on Monday, June 16, will be the Club’s annual meeting and officer election.

As always, the Club encourages anyone interested in working together to serve the community to consider membership in the Lions. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584

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