Cinco De Mayo Dinner Returns This Saturday At Oxford’s Legion
Published: May 3rd, 2022
By: Jeanie Petersen

Cinco de Mayo dinner returns this Saturday at Oxford’s Legion Jacky Knoll-Carr, Auxiliary member, greeted guests with a warm, “Todos son bienvenidos!” (All are welcome!) 
(Photo by Jeanie Petersen)

OXFORD – The long-awaited dinner is back! On Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) of Fort Hill Post #376 will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a special Mexican dinner.

Spanish for "fifth of May," this is a holiday usually held on the fifth. However, this dinner will be held on the first Saturday which happens to be this Saturday, the seventh of May, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is not just a dinner, it’s a Mexican “fiesta” and you’re invited to have a delicious “festivo” meal, listen to Mexican folk music, and enjoy very colorful decorations, all while supporting the educational and charitable ALA missions.

In celebración, Unit 376 Auxiliary members will be preparing food that will take your taste buds to sunny Mexico! There will be tomato salsa with corn tortilla chips to nibble on before the dinner. The entrées will be beef or chicken- tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, and taquitos. There will also be Mexican or white rice. Alternative veggie versions will be available. Food will have just a little mild spice.

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There will be a "help yourself" taco toppings bar which will include real Mexican hot sauce to please those who like to “feel the burn.” To round out the dinner, there will be (at least) a couple of delicious desserts to drive you loco: Sopapilla cheesecake and Tres Leches cake or torta de tres leches (from Spanish, "three milks cake").

Mexican dinner prices are just $10 for adults; $7 for children aged 6 to 12; and $2 for children aged 5 and under! Take-outs are $10.50. “Todos son bienvenidos!” (All are welcome!)

For fun, bring your camera and take a picture of your amigos with their faces through the holes in the amusing fiesta photo panel. Everyone becomes a Señor and Señorita in colorful garb.

For those 21 and over, there will be a special drink menu with real Mexican beer, tequila, RumChata and Kahlua cocktails. You might decide to finish your dinner with a (spiked) Mexican Café! (Cocktails are not included in the dinner price.)

The Oxford ALA is involved in youth activities such as Empire Girls' State, and their own $500 scholarship for a female Oxford Academy graduate. They volunteer at food and clothing banks and they organize fundraisers like the Memorial Poppy sales, and others. They promote child literacy and education with their Harvest dinner, donate gift “baskets" to the community and to the Volunteer Services of the NYS Veterans' Home. It is all accomplished with volunteers!

The historic Fort Hill Post #376 is located at 17 S. Washington Avenue. For inquiries, contact Louise Spicer at (607) 843-9495, email: or call the American Legion at (607) 843-8166.