COMING BACK TO OUR ROOTS - Historic Capitol Hill

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A true “community Cinco de Mayo” celebration welcoming the public to an authentic experience of cultural sights, sounds, and tastes in the heart of this historic district.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Historic Capitol Hill´s Board of Directors and Sponsors are proud to announce the second annual “Cinco de Mayo en Calle Dos Cinco” celebration! The street festival will be Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6:00-10:00pm near 217 SW 25th St., a new location with strong ties to the past.

The Capitol Hill Theater opened in the 1920s and attracted moviegoers to the Capitol Hill area for decades.  It was later remodeled and reopened as the Yale Theater in 1945.

As shiny new theaters and suburban shopping malls drew the crowds away, the Yale and other prominent banks and retailers closed their Commerce St. shops.  Although the films have fallen silent, the community has worked to rebuild and attract new businesses.  When Santiago Arzate Sr. moved to the aging building at 217 SW 25th St. over 20 years ago, he witnessed the neglect of a once prominent commercial district.  For years, Arzate and other civic-minded business owners have worked to turn things around.  His business, El Amigo Imports, opened in the late 1990s and soon other businesses serving the growing Hispanic population followed.

On May 6th, visitors are invited to once again enjoy music, dance, art, and great food in this historic block of SW 25th St. between Harvey and Robinson Ave.  Come experience beautiful folkloric dance by Noragua and Jackson Elementary students, high energy performances by Capitol Hill’s own IDANZ Studio, and exciting salsa dance instruction by Marti Rickman with DJ Karlos.  Stroll Calle Dos Cinco and browse custom boots and saddles at El Texano and Mexican pottery at El Amigo.  Try our genuine panaderia (bakery) and local restaurants or sample tasty food truck offerings – Taco Box, Kocomo Shaved Ice, Twister Dogs, Churros Meoqui, SnoCones-n-More – all with a margarita or cold beer by Medio Tiempo.  There will be free fun for all ages with games offered by ENERGY FC and Party Galaxy plus a youth boxing exhibition by RIVAL Boxing Gym OKC inside the old Yale.  Many of the historic storefronts will also be open to showcase original artworks from Capitol Hill Elementary, Lee Elementary, and Capitol Hill High School as part of the La Vida! student art exhibition.

Don’t miss Cinco de Mayo en Calle Dos Cinco presented by Fowler Dodge.  A unique evening filled with authentic, local culture on Friday, May 6, 6:00-10:00pm in Historic Capitol Hill – a special place in the heart of South Oklahoma City since 1910.

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