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Tacos and tequila or mint juleps

May 4, 2018
By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS - Garden Club of Cape Coral ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Tomorrow, May 5, may be too hot to garden but don't worry about that. You can set back and sip a refreshing mint julep, or use up some of the overflow of garden veggies and fruit and have tacos and salsa, washed down with tequila and margaritas.

Saturday is Kentucky Derby day and for Cinco de Mayo festivities. I would not recommend enjoying both events without a short nap in between.

A big derby party is scheduled in the Cape at the Southwest Florida Military Museum, 4820 Leonard St., starting at 3 p.m.; dinner will be served at 4.30 p.m. Also included is a large screen for viewing the 144th Derby from Churchill Downs, Kentucky.

There will also be raffles, games, silent auction, prizes for best hats and table decorations.

This event is actually a fundraiser to renovate and upgrade the building, which archives U.S. military history from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

At $40 a person, you can save a couple bucks with a table for 8 and enjoy 20 thoroughbred horses thundering around a track for a chance at a $2 million dollar purse.

After your nap, you can join the festivities and celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

You know the big green Mexican restaurant on Cape Coral Parkway will be celebrating May 5. Just as the several other newer restaurants will be doing. In fact, no surprise, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated all over town.

There's always room for a couple of tacos and something that goes well with salsa. Tequila sounds a bit harsh by the end of the day, but an icy margarita will make the happy music, sombreros and happy chatter a great evening.

Cinco de Mayo is really about celebrating a small band of Mexicans, in 1862, at Puebla, winning a battle over a massive French army. A very unlikely win. A great victory to celebrate.

We celebrate Mothers Day on Sunday, May 13. Start thinking about that as you recuperate this Sunday.

Happy gardening till we met again.

H.I. Jean Shields is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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