Something About Cinco

Better lace up your track shoes folks, ’cause May is off to a flying start here in Shady Pines. Scoop the Cub Reporter with The Shady Pines Gazette news is literally running to keep up with events.

First is Cinco de Mayo. That’s this Thursday May, 5th. Our favorite postal worker, Kim Dunworthy is putting the finishing touches on a day filled with activities for our small Southern town. What do you really know about this day?

Here are some Fun Facts Kim found:

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.

It’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Kim is planning a dance downtown with food vendors. The kids will have a special section where they can learn about Mexican history and have something to eat, too!

The Kentucky Derby

Next up is the 148th Run For the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

While the horse race may be in another state this Saturday May 7th, it is all that our Edna Sanders talks about.

Guess you could say Edna has “Derby Fever.” She can’t wait for the site of 20 of America’s best 3-yr-old thoroughbred colts running like a calvary charge into the first turn.  You can watch all the action on NBC starting around 4pm with the Derby set to go off just before 7pm EST.

The Sanders’ house is the place to be on Derby Day. Edna and her husband, Harold, go all out. They get gussied up like the folks do who actually go the the event. Edna says watching the fashion choices people make – especially those hats – is part of the fun.

Edna tells us that people go crazy screaming for their favorite horse to win. She does, too!  Plus, there are all sorts of wonderful Derby traditions and you can read about them HERE

Before the weekend comes to an end, there’s one thing more.

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th is the day we celebrate the endless contibutions of all the moms out there. There’s no way to sum up all that mothers do for their children and their families. But it did get us wondering, who came up with the idea for a day devoted to moms?

Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a tribute to her own mother who died in 1905. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.

Unfortunately, Anna Jarvis would later become upset that the holiday had become so commercialized with people feeling like they have to spend money to buy flowers, cards, chocolates and meals. She spent the later years of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.

At the Sanders’ household, Harold decided to make Edna a Mother’s Day card. He got their four legged children to help.

Whenever Boomer and Halley get involved, things never go as planned. But fortunately, after Edna watches the Kentucky Derby on Saturday there will be a card waiting for her the next day.

For all the wonderful mothers out there of two and four-legged children, we in Shady Pines Story Town appreciate you and hope you have a delightful Mother’s Day!

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