Día de los Muertos festivities continue at MOSTHistory

MOSTHistory Happy Hour is an event aimed to welcome young professionals (and young at heart) to enjoy the Museum of South Texas History in a relaxed, social atmosphere. On Nov. 2, the museum and its Happy Hour FRIENDS – Bodega Tavern & Kitchen, the Landmark Lounge, Ignite Lounge and Tr3n – will host MOSTHistory Happy Hour: Calaveras & Cervezas (Skulls & Beer) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This special event will feature food samples from Bodega Tavern & Kitchen, craft beer from Rogue Ales and Spirits, calavera face painting, a tour of the community altar exhibit, a calavera literarias (“skull” literature) activity, a catrina dressing contest and live music by Jesus Ray Jimenez and Armando Ibarra.

Located in the heart of McAllen’s 10th Street district, Bodega Tavern & Kitchen aims to highlight the Rio Grande Valley’s culture through a constantly evolving menu which reflects the availability of locally sourced ingredients and flavors. The food sample menu will include Bodega’s fish tacos with spicy orange slaw and pico, house made chicharrones with Bodega spice and citrus, and chicken fried quail legs with chipotle buffalo sauce. Pair these tasty menu selections with a Rogue Dead Guy Ale – completing the culinary experience. If craft beer isn’t your preference, a selection of wines will also be available. Beverages will be served by Happy Hour FRIENDs, the Landmark Lounge and Ignite Lounge. MOSTHistory Happy Hour guests will also receive 10% off the bar tab that same night at either Landmark Lounge or Ignite Lounge.

Two talented Rio Grande Valley musicians will also be serenading guests throughout the night. Please join the museum in welcoming Jesus Ray Jimenez from Tr3n and longtime collaborator and friend Armando Ibarra from Dirty Birdies.

And, it wouldn’t be a MOSTHistory Happy Hour without interactive activities. Guests will be able to write calaveras literarias, which are known for expressing one’s feelings about a departed loved one. Another way to get into the spirit of Día de los Muertos is by getting your face painted in the style of a calavera. If you are still unsure about the traditions and symbolism of Día de los Muertos, guests can participate in a community altar exhibit tour with museum staff guiding and answering questions about the history of the altars. The event activities will conclude with a catrina dressing contest, which makes the participating teams dress a catrina with materials provided by the museum. The winners of the catrina dressing contest will receive free admission to the next MOSTHistory Happy Hour on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.

Admission to this special event is $15 for the general community and $10 for FRIENDS of MOSTHistory. If you are interested in becoming a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, please contact Cedar Risica, the assistant development officer, at 956-383-6911 or send an e-mail to crisica@mosthistory.org. This special event is for individuals 21 and over. For more information about this event, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911 or visit mosthistory.org/events.