PRLog - April 19, 2014 - SALINAS, Calif. -- Celebrate the City of Monterey's 244th birthday with a very special barbecue, mariachis, pinatas and a festive "Californio"
La Merienda event and famous cake
. This community event celebrates the founding of the City of Monterey in June 1770 when Father Junipero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portola celebrated with a picnic overlooking the Monterey Bay.
A Very Unique Barbecue!
La Merienda includes a festive barbecue prepared and served by community leaders and local chefs. It includes a choice of tri tip steak or chicken, salad, beans, garlic bread, followed by dessert, a festively rose adorned cake baked by Layers bakery of Monterey. Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and water are inclusive. Cima Collina wines from Hilltop Vineyards' Carmel Valley tasting room will be serving their BOUGET, a Chardonay/Muscat blend, and MERITAGE, a blend of 5 red varietals. Peter B's Brewpub will be serving BLONDE, a light beer and their IPA home brewed dark beer.
Host a Party Within Our Party!
Invite friends, don a costume, decorate a table, and have fun at this festive event! Or… just come for the celebration, join a table and make some new friends! To host a table, contact Marge Edgren at 831-372-0776.
Come one, come all! Join elected officials, military leaders, and local dignitaries at this not-to-be-missed event! Children and grandchildren of attendees 4 to11 years old may celebrate with their very own "La Merienda para los Ninos "held concurrently at the MHAA/Stanton Center, featuring entertainer Juan Sanchez and a full program of activities including participation in the cake ceremony.
Monterey History & Art Association has hosted this party for the last 83 years and all proceeds go towards supporting Monterey's history and arts programs. Tickets are $55 for MHAA members and $75 for non-members (which includes a first time one-year membership) and $10 for children attending La Merienda para los Ninos. Family packages are also available.
For further information and to purchase tickets, go to www.museumofmonterey.org or call Carol Todd at (831) 372-4445 or Emily Griffith at (831)233-9585. If you have any questions regarding times, seating or change in meal selection, contact Carol Todd.
Festivities will include a raffle and live auction. Those wanting to contribute a tax deductible gift certificate, item, or service to the La Merienda raffle or live auction please contact Annamarie Della Sala-Stanton at amdstanton ( @ ) comcast dot net or (831)375-1598 dot Please contact Annamarie to volunteer to work at this fun event!
About the event
The event includes a delicious barbecue and lively entertainment, as well as a huge 75-pound birthday cake beautifully decorated with fresh roses. The cake is carried in by local young men ("cake-bearers")
The recipient of Monterey History and Art Association's most prestigious award, the Laura Bride Powers Award, is announced at La Merienda and the recipient in 2013 was Anne Petersen Burk. This award is named after the woman who is credited with conceiving both the idea of the Association and the Merienda celebration, which antedated MHAA's founding. Mrs. Powers was the Curator of the Custom House and First Theater and an ardent student of California history.
The colorful celebration is held in the Memory Gardens, located near the Custom House Plaza in historic downtown Monterey behind the Portola Plaza Hotel. Festivities begin at 11:15 A. M. with dancing by Juventud Latina Genesis. The doors open to Memory Gardens where the aromas of the delicious barbeque greet the guests. Day-long entertainment includes music by Mariachis and a procession of local and international dignitaries and costumed ladies and gentlemen, reenacting an old tradition. The gaily-decorated tables are hosted by more than 50 MHAA volunteers, who provide hospitality to the guests. After the steak, chicken and bean barbeque (served by another 25 well-known local volunteers) the traditional Merienda birthday cake is paraded around the Garden and then cut and served with much ceremony.
The La Merienda Barbecue is always served by well-known community members. In past years, La Merienda Barbecue servers have included Peter Coniglio, who coordinates this part of the event, Leon Panetta, Dan Albert, Dan Baldwin, Ted Balestreri, Sr., Teddy Balestreri, Bill Curtis, Marc and Eric DelPiero, Jay Hudson, George Kodama, Nino Palma, Dave Potter, Chris Shake, Carmelo Tringali , Russ Harris, Bert Cutino, Tony Leyva, Bob Masarro, Sal Ferrante, Dino Ferrante and John Lotz. The 2014 La Merienda crew will be determined closer to the event date!
This year, Hunter Finnell will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Following the barbecue and cake-cutting, entertainment is provided by the always-popular Mike Marotta Jr. Band (with a few special guests).
Returning this year is a fun Raffle/Live Auction with great prizes from the following, including (more to come):
Fish Hopper Restaurant
Portola Plaza Hotel & Spa
Colton Inn Honeymoon Suite with private spa room
Tucscon (Green Valley) 1 week stay
Dove's Chocolate Basket
Trader Joe's gift bag
Alexander Gourmet Gift Crate
Wine Basket of Monterey County Wines
Trader Joe's Gift Bag
Hand Carved Gourd Crafted by Artist Margie Edgren
2 Framed Oil Paintings
Old Fisherman's Grotto
Chris' Fishing Trips Fishing Trip for 2
Princess Monterey 2 Whale Watching Trips
La Merienda sponsorships, donations and other services help to defray the cost of this unique not-to-be-missed Monterey celebration. All proceeds above the cost of the Merienda itself go to Monterey History and Art Association's support and maintenance of the Museum of Monterey at Stanton Center, Casa Serrano, the Doud House and the Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library. To become a sponsor or donor, please call Eric Sand, President of the Monterey History & Art Association, at (831) 372-7788 or email eric.sand ( @ ) icloud dot com dot