Named in honor of Give Kids The World Founder, Henri Landwirth, a new ice cream shop will be opening, featuring a nifty space theme.
We will be attending this heart warming and touching media event for a hard hat tour and as a partner with Give Kids the World and the Mayne Mafia as amazing supporters, will be there to witness this joyful occasion. Due to the fact that the connectivity at Give Kids The World Village is difficult, and there will be news outlets and other media coverage, we will not be live streaming but will be posting to Instagram. So make sure that you are following both Give Kids The World Village @GKTW and Spokesmayne at @spokesmayne on Instagram so you will be able to be a part of this awesome event.
The love and passion that Henri had for the children that stayed at the village will be exemplified in this quirky and fun ice cream parlor, where, they can even have ice cream for breakfast! Once known as the Ice Cream Palace, it closed in 2017 to renovate and reopen as Henri’s Starlite Scoops, in honor of what would have been the founder’s 90th birthday. Pamela Landwirth, Henri’s former wife, who has been leading GKTW Village since the mid 90’s stated, “Just like the men and women who worked in the early stages of the space industry, Henri was a pioneer and a visionary,” she said. “His dream to give back a bit of a childhood lost, to give families hope again, has not only become a reality but has grown and flourished. It seems fitting, then, that Henri’s name will always be related to one of the most memorable and beloved parts of the Village.”
The name of the new ice cream parlor is a nod to The Starlite Motel, the Cocoa Beach property Henri Landwirth managed during his early years in the hospitality industry. During the Mercury era, the Starlite was popular with astronauts and journalists, several of whom, including John Glenn and Walter Cronkite, became supporters of Give Kids the World and lifelong friends with the founder of this whimsical place that provides a place for children with life-threatening illness and their families to stay and have an amazing week-long vacation.
The parlor will have interactive elements to entertain the children, and will hold mementos from the early days of the space era. Its colorful interior will include furniture and design elements inspired by both a 1950s diner and a sci-fi lounge, serving up such out-of-this-world treats as “The Starlite Scoop” and “The Solar System Sundae.” Henri’s Starlite Scoops will feature lower counters so that all children, even those in wheelchairs, can comfortably see into the ice cream bins to choose their favorites.
Designed by a team at Walt Disney Imagineering, the venue was envisioned as an intergalactic diner where astronauts “gather to relax and recharge after an adventurous day at space.”
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