Tucson gearing up for birthday celebration

August 20, 2013 by  

A preservation organization in Tucson is sponsoring a community event to mark the 238th anniversary of the city’s founding.

This coming weekend, representatives from The Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace will be gathering with local individuals and families for a traditional Southwestern-style breakfast at Mercado San Agustin. Stationery printers may be busier than usual as volunteers send invitations to members of the non-profit group and distribute flyers throughout the area.

The organizers of the breakfast plan to create a meal that Spanish settlers might have enjoyed when they arrived in Tucson in the 1770s. Foods will include tortillas, tomatillo salsa, bean stew, torta de huevo pastries, and more. Coffee and fruit salad will be available as well.

Attendees will be able to walk a short distance to view Mission Garden, an ongoing project that will eventually pay tribute to every major period in Tucson’s agricultural history. The garden sits at the bottom of Sentinel Peak and is modeled after a walled vegetable plot that existed in the area during colonial times.

Those who attend the breakfast will also have a chance to purchase plants and seeds that are native to southern arizona, along with souvenirs that reflect the region’s Native American and Hispanic heritage.

The celebration of Tucson’s birthday will take place on Sunday, August 25 between 7:00am and 10:00am. Those who RSVP will be admitted for $20, while those who do not pre-register will need to pay $25 upon arrival. Interested parties may call (520) 777-9270 to make reservations or (520) 241-1230 to learn more information.