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Beat the Heat at Ice Cream Sunday!

Jul 02, 2013 10:51AM ● By tina

Beat the heat with the Kimbell Art Museum at Ice Cream Sunday!

Free Ice Cream Sunday at the Kimbell Art Museum with Blue Bell Ice Cream

Submitted by Barbara Smith, Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum and Blue Bell Ice Cream present "Ice Cream Sunday" on Sunday, July 21, in the Museum's west portico, to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Visitors will enjoy an afternoon escape from the Texas heat to explore the galleries and savor a free scoop of ice cream.

Docent-guided tours for families and screenings of children's films will take place throughout the event. A showcase of family-friendly films will feature exciting new releases, classic tales from around the world, and major artists represented in the Kimbell's permanent collection. Film programs are offered in partnership with the Lone Star Film Society. Visitors to the event can register to win a one-year supply of Blue Bell Ice Cream or a one-year Kimbell family membership.

Ice Cream Sunday

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." 

To commemorate National Ice Cream Day, Blue Bell will debut their newest ice cream flavor, Rockslide Brownie, at the Museum. Rockslide Brownie is a sumptuous dark chocolate ice cream combined with pieces of chocolate brownies, miniature marshmallows, chopped almonds, pecans and walnuts, all surrounded by a rich caramel swirl.

Admission to the Museum's permanent collection is always FREE. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Press Pass holders will receive free admission to Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes.


About Blue Bell

Blue Bell Ice Cream is the third-best-selling ice cream in the U.S., despite the fact that it is only sold in 22 states, because it is so popular in the markets where it is available. Founded as The Brenham Creamery Company in 1907 to make butter from the excess cream produced by the farmers of Washington County, the company began making hand-cranked ice cream in 1911, at the rate of two gallons a day. In 1930, the company name was changed to "Blue Bell" after the manager's favorite Texas wildflower. Butter was produced until 1958, when company management decided to devote their efforts full-time to making "the best ice cream in the country."  Today Blue Bell produces about 250 different products. Blue Bell currently has six branches serving the greater North Texas area.


About the Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and for its architecture. The Kimbell's collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and Asian, Mesoamerican, and African art.

The Museum's building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, is scheduled to open November 27, 2013, and will provide space for special exhibitions, allowing the Kahn building to showcase the permanent collection.