Grand opening at White Pavilion in downtown Castle Rock includes ice cream social for hundreds

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It was a record-setting effort when White Pavilion launched its first event in downtown Castle Rock — a free ice cream social open to the community. But truth be told, it was the ice cream that drew the crowds.

The White Pavilion grand opening party was an ice cream social that aimed for the Guinness World Record as the largest of its kind. Whether the 435 people who attended make Guinness history remains to be seen as party organizers await word on their application.

However, between the ice cream and the weather, the event was a crowd-pleaser, with or without a record.

The White Pavilion is at Fourth and Perry streets in Castle Rock, site of the winter venue Rink at the Rock. The ice rink in the summer months will transform to a covered, open air venue, available to rent for parties, weddings and receptions, said Patty Moser, spokeswoman for the White Pavilion.

The ice cream social was the inaugural event to introduce the pavilion to the community, Moser said.

By all accounts, free ice cream, combined with the warm weather, proved a huge success for the crowd.

“This is great,” said Jen Bengston of Castle Rock. “What a great way to kick off summer. And who doesn’t like free ice cream?”

Bengston brought her two children to the mid-day event May 15, where they were joined by a crowd that included a mix of downtown business owners, local politicians and parents pushing strollers. With school still in session, the students at the private Woodland Academy spent their lunch hour at the social, packing brown bag lunches followed by free ice cream provided by Cold Stone Creamery in Castle Rock.

“We want to have events for the season and see what works and what doesn’t,” said Tim White, owner of the White Pavilion. “I’d say this works. You have a huge selection of (demographics) here and that’s the definition of ‘community’ in my mind.”

So far in its first season, the pavilion has been reserved for three events, Moser said. The pavilion will be available for reservations through October.

“The way the town has embraced this has been impressive,” she said. “We’ll be submitting our application (to Guinness World Records) for consideration and we’ll know in about four to six weeks if we made the record.”

For more information about the White Pavilion, visit www.thewhitepavilion.com.