– After years of neglect, a family that had a history of neglect has been reunited with its community and its activities.
The Sedona community held a community workshop on the site of the family-owned ice cream stand, where parents, grandparents and great-grandparents from around the community gathered.
“We’re trying to get back to our roots,” said Sue Hensley, whose husband was the original owner of the ice cream business and now runs a local food pantry.
“We’re just trying to have fun, just like we used to have.”
The event was an extension of the community workshop held last week at the Sedonna Community Center.
Henslay’s husband, Robert, is a retired police officer.
He says he loves being back in the Sedón community, where he grew up.
“I just wanted to go to the ice-cream stand because I knew it was there,” Hensler said.
“When I was a kid, there were no ice-corns in the ice, so I was so happy to see them.”
The family’s ice- cream stand had a long history in Sedona.
Hinsley’s husband remembers when the ice cone stood in the middle of a gravel road.
He remembers when a woman in the neighborhood used to come by and buy ice cream.
“It was a place where you could have a little picnic or something like that, and then you could just go out to get your ice cream,” Hinslay said.
For a time, the ice shop was a go-to spot for families with children, said Hensie, who grew up in the town of 6,500.
But after Hensleys husband retired, the family began losing the business.
Houtsley said that she and her husband moved out to Sedona when she was 12 years old, but they have remained in Sedonia ever since.
“When you’re the one in charge of the business, you can do anything,” Houtslay said of the Sedonia community.
The community event drew about 200 people, including community members, family members and neighbors.”
It’s been a long time since I’ve been out there, and I’m really excited to be back.”
The community event drew about 200 people, including community members, family members and neighbors.
Hinsley and her wife, who is a teacher, said that they have been invited to attend a similar event at the community center this year, and that the community has grown in the years since.
But, Hinsleys husband said he’s not going to be attending this year’s event, either.
“There’s not a lot of good ice cream shops in Sedón, so we’re going to have to go somewhere else,” Hinks said.