Weekend activities center around Cinco de Mayo





Many of this weekend's events are centered around Cinco de Mayo, but there are also encore performances of an acclaimed Shakespeare play and volunteer opportunities available.

Juan and Danny Andrade and family will once again host Cinco de Mayo festivities in the parking lot of their family-owned business, El Remedio, 1005 E. Fulton St., from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The family has hosted the event for more than 10 years.

Juan Andrade, owner of El Remedio, said he is hopeful that the weather will permit the event to take place outdoors.

"We'll cross our fingers that the big guy up there will give us a break," Andrade said. "It's supposed to be nice. According to the weather people, it's supposed to be 68."

Traditionally, the family has held the event on the Sunday closest to Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — to allow people who are busy with other festivities to attend. Because Sunday actually falls on May 5 this year, Andrade said the Garden City High School Hispanic dance group, Folkloreko is performing at the event, in addition to three bands, Sangre Nortena, San Lagunero and Trasicantes Norte, schedule permitting.

DJ De Leon will also be playing music, prizes will be given away and traditional Mexican food will be served.

"We'll have elotes and mangos with chili, and apples with caramel on them," Andrade said.

Elotes are corn on the cob that come with either mayonnaise and cheese, or cheese with chili powder and are one of the more popular foods each year.

Andrade said the El Remedio restaurant will also be open, where they will be serving fruit cocktails and other menu items.

The Finney County Historical Museum will open its new Front Door Gallery with a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday featuring a display entitled, "Celebration of Culture — Colors and Icons from Mexico."

The reception coincides with other Cinco de Mayo activities taking place in the community, and will include a brief program at 2:30 p.m.

The gallery is a small space created just inside the entrance of the museum at 403 S. Fourth St. in Finnup Park.

"Celebration of Culture" is available for viewing now, but the Cinco de Mayo weekend reception will offer refreshments and a brief program to acknowledge local residents who have loaned items for display, ranging from sombreros, serapes, clothing and handmade figures to piñatas and ceramic goods.

Regular exhibit display hours are 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. After Memorial Day, hours will expand to 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Because of the tremendous response to Garden City Community College's performances of "Twelfth Night," the college players will do encore performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building.

Admission is $8 for general admission and $5 for students or senior citizens. Tickets are available at the box office one hour before each show. The play employs adult humor and is rated a strong PG-13, according to Phil Hoke, GCCC drama instructor.

Volunteers are needed to help the Miles of Smiles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program with its summer session. Miles of Smiles provides recreational horsemanship lessons for people with mental, physical and emotional disabilities.

New volunteers must attend the training/informational meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at 901 W. Maple St. Experience with horses and/or disabilities is not necessary to volunteer.

Volunteers must be age 14 or older, or accompanied by an adult. A minimum of one hour per week is required of each volunteer. For more information, call 260-9997 or 271-4925.

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