The German Village Garten Club is trading Jazz & Juleps for Mariachis & Margaritas.

The annual gala will be held May 5, also known as Cinco de Mayo, so the gardening club decided to give the party a Mexican theme.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexcio and now in the U.S. commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

“It will be a fun new experience,” said Ashleigh Lemon, a member of the Garten Club.

The gala is slated from 7 to 9 p.m. May 5 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

“It’s the kickoff to spring in German Village,” said Jim Chakeres, president of the Garten Club.

Tickets are $35 through April 22 and available for purchase at www.german or $45 at the gate.

Patrons will receive hors d’oeuvres from Upper Crust Catering, two drinks tickets, live music and the first crack at plants and other merchandise from 19 vendors. A cash bar also will be available.


The Mariachis & Margaritas event is the precursor to the annual GartenMarkt, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 on the platz of the Meeting Haus, Willow Street, which will be closed, and a small portion of South Third Street.

Garten Markt is free and open to the public. Vendors will be selling garden statues; glass, wood and metal fixtures; paintings; and a large variety of plants.

There will be a few new vendors this year, such as the Golden Hobby Shop, a store that sells crafts made by senior citizens, just south of the Meeting Haus.

Also on hand will be the Fowl Mood food truck, offering both breakfast and lunch items, and beer from Seventh Son Brewing Co.

“We’ve really pumped up the quality” of offerings and vendors,” said Jane Forbes, co-chairwoman of GartenMarkt.