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Cinco de Mayo: A Day of Festive Liberation

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on May 06,2010
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style, Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Photo by Greg Knott<br /> <br />Barbara Beach and JoAnn Maldonado, Alexandria residents and volunteers, are co-chairs of Fiesta Cinco de Mayo 2010.
Photo by Greg Knott
Barbara Beach and JoAnn Maldonado, Alexandria residents and volunteers,
are co-chairs of Fiesta Cinco de Mayo 2010.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Alexandria, Get Ready to Rock the Fifth of May.

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "Fifth of May," is a holiday celebrated principally in the United States and primarily limited to the state of Puebla in Mexico.
 
The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, according to Wilkipedia.

Photo by Greg Knott<br /> <br />Allan and Susan Winn, Gene Kendall (ANHSI Board President) and Michael and Priscilla Goodwin welcome host committee members to a private reception at the Winn home.
Photo by Greg Knott
Allan and Susan Winn, Gene Kendall (ANHSI
Board President) and Michael and Priscilla
Goodwin welcome host committee members
to a private reception at the Winn home.

While not as widely celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day, it has certainly grown in popularity over the years, spawning, of course, many festive events at Mexican restaurants around the area.

Multiple events are planned around the D.C. region, including Alexandria’s On Tap Magazine’s monthly tailgate party.
 
On Tap will be holding an event with DC UNITED on Wednesday at RFK Stadium. You must be on the list to receive your free ticket to the game, beers & food. Tailgate time is 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and game time is 7 p.m. Contact them @ events@ontaponline.com to see if tickets are available.

Across the river, Rosa Mexicano at National Harbor is holding a huge celebration. Look for DJs, margaritas and special menu selections. Overlooking the Potomac River with views of Old Town, Rosa Mexicano is a special place any time, but what better time to visit than on this special day?

The restaurant features a large, open indoor dining area and is right in the heart of this lively shopping and dining district. The restaurant's interior is very colorful and features Mexican folk art masks and animal wood carvings.

Ironically, the largest local celebration is being held a week AFTER May 5. Arlandria Neighborhood Health Services  will hold their Fiesta Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, May 12..

This is the 12th year for this event, which has grown over the years to become a major fundraiser for this local non-profit organization. It is also a great time. For just $55, guests sample fiesta-style food and specially prepared cocktails. Mexican music fills the showroom of Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, where the event will be held.

The event benefits Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., providing primary health care at the Arlandria Health Center. A growing number of uninsured people receive critical health care at the Arlandria Health Center; 37,000 health care visits were held in 2009; more than 9,000 children and adults were uninsured.
 

Photo by Greg Knott<br /> <br />ANHSI Board members come together at the Host Committee Reception held at the home of Michael and Priscilla Goodwin. Left to Right, Doug Anderson, Dr. Charles Konigsberg, Anne Andrews, Daniel Jackson, Gene Kendall (President), Sue Mandry (Secretary) and Judy Pomeranz. Daniel is ex officio board member representing Alexandria Hospital.
Photo by Greg Knott
ANHSI Board members come together at
the Host Committee Reception held at the
home of Michael and Priscilla Goodwin.
Left to Right, Doug Anderson, Dr. Charles
Konigsberg, Anne Andrews, Daniel Jackson,
Gene Kendall (President), Sue Mandry
(Secretary) and Judy Pomeranz. Daniel
is ex officio board member representing
Alexandria Hospital.

In addition to the food, drink and music, guests can check out the large selection of auction items. A week at a villa in Santorini, Greece is the featured item in this year’s auction, but there are plenty of great opportunities to bid on places to go that are closer to home.

Just a few of the other items are: a plane ride for three in a Cessna 172; a breakfast/lunch with Rep. James P. Moran in the Member’s Dining Room of the Capitol; or a trip aboard a 61’ Viking Motor Yacht on the Chesapeake Bay for 12. These are just a few of the great items that will be available for bidding, along with jewelry, artwork and restaurant certificates.

Last month, Allan and Susan Winn and Michael and Priscilla Goodwin, who are the Cinco de Mayo Host Committee chairs this year, held a reception at the Winns' home.
 
This annual event is meant as a time to bring together members of the host committee who have helped raise money for the event. This year’s host committee has already been very successful surpassing their $25,000 goal and hopes to bring in even more during next week’s event.
 
Jack Taylor’s is located at 3750 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, Virginia, event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission price of $55 includes FOOD, DRINKS and MUSIC. For more information, call 703-360-4387, email cincodemayoalex@aol.com or visit ANHSI’s website www.anhsi.org.
 



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