Thursday, May 3, 2012

Beer, Margaritas or Mint Juleps??? Take your Pick!

There is a dilema here in Brenham..
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Culture Clash!!!!!!
In this little village of Brenham, Texas some things are considered sacrosanct..... Blue Bell Ice Cream, Sausage, and especially the German tradition Maifest which Brenham has been celebrating since 1881.

This is a two day event Friday (Junior Maifest) the litttle kids, and Saturday (Senior Maifest) high school age. Each has their own parade and a King and Queen is crowned at two seperate coronations or pageants  with German music, sausage and lots of beer and Blue Bell Ice Cream, which lasts until the wee hours of the morning......At the end of the "Coronations" each child is announced alphabetically and if your name begins with a "W" like Winkleman you're in for a long nite.

As you can see the costumes are amazing, they are incorporated with very long trains consisting of thousands of beads depicting the theme of that year's fest. Isn't she cute?

This was the Blue Bell Float in 1925.
This was the stage for the 2010 Maifest. See the Macy's sign???????

They have stepped it up a little from earlier times.....

The "Rockettes" from 2010.
Brenham we have a problem......

: Cinco de Mayo is ON THE SAME DAY!

Isn't She cute?????????

The Mexican Holiday everyone across the country celebrates. Mariachi or Tejano Music, Mexican food, and Margaritas......(image from

SOOOOOOO Do I wear My Sombrero or my Leiderhozen??????

It's Derby Day too!(image

Hats and Mint Juleps in silver cups are the tradition here. (image from

Big Hats!!!!! (image from Great Photo by Cindy Pierson Dulay.


Enjoy your day in your outfit of choice and start with a beer, follow with a margarita and at 5:00 Central time
Don a Sombrero, your leiderhozen and watch the Kentucky Derby with a Mint Julep. Enjoy!


  1. It's mint juleps for this girl! Can't wait for the race, and I can't wait to see the attire either! My daughter has it all figured out. I'm too old to put a party together with several themes, so I will leave that to my southern belle!
    Happy Thursday, Maryanne. Love the images and the attached stories.

  2. Maryanne Mint Julep for moi!! Lots going on there in Brenham!

    Love to watch the Derby and my dream is to attend one day! Have a great weekend!


    Art by Karena

  3. what a festive event.

    is that little girl in the green dress holding a sausage
    or a scepter???

    my computer screen is acting funny.

    'the knucklehead' xoxoxox

  4. It sounds busy but such fun... maybe all three outfits! xv

  5. What a wonderfully festive dilemma! :)

    Here's the solution..
    You wear a fabulous Escada dress (it's German - check), and also when Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley founded the brand they got the name (ESCADA) from a winning racing horse that they bet on (Darby connection - check).
    You may or may not wish to wear a sombrero hat.. The safer and more stylish alternative may be to carry a nice Margarita cocktail (MEXICAN - check).

    Problem solved.. :)

    Kisses from Sweden

    xx Charlotta

  6. Maryanne, this is so reflective of your fun personality! What a great dilemma to have! Yes, I did know Zenyatta is a Mom, I so love her story! I am surrounded by my men. sons and husband who are very involved in thoroughbred racing, how could I not feel the thrill of this exciting sport! I loved this years Derby, always so unpredictable and exciting....I'll Have Another was my son Matt!'s pick...!! N.xo

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    Have a great week.

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