Mermaid Week is over, and it's time to pack away the tails and shells for another year. Celebrating all things Mermaid has been a lot of fun for us! Our main contribution was catering the Mermaid Art Ball. We served over 500 people Friday night, with the gorgeous San Marcos river serving as the backdrop. Lots of dancing, art installations, and costumed frippery highlighted the free spirited nature of the event.
This is our second year catering the Mermaid Ball...and I have to say, it's my favorite year yet! We lined large farm tables with artisan cheeses, cured meats, our house-made jams, and the bakery's fresh baked breads. I love a good cheese board, especially one 60ft. long! We also passed heavy hors d'oeuvres so guests could check out the live art installations, and have their Bacon Wrapped Quail Legs with Jalapeño Honey brought right to them.
My personal favorite, the Sweet Corn Fritters with Roasted Pepper Crema, what can I say, I'm a southern girl through and through! All the fried food please.
The next morning came a little tooooo early, after the fun of the Mermaid Ball. Walking in the Mermaid Promonade at 10am was a reminder of just how many people believe in "the Mermaid". I saw young and old alike, lined up along the 1.5 mile parade route, dressed up in their own version of the Mermaid, supporting the homegrown ideals of the Mermaid Society.
While the glitz and glam of the Mermaid Ball is fun, the Mermaid Society is not all parties and parades! They hosted a several events throughout Mermaid Week. Including a symposium for local/small business owners, one for arts & culture, and even one for river stewardship...they even host a river cleanup. This movement is about education at it's core, packaged with a lot of glitter and sequins.
"The Mermaid" means more than a flirty tail and sparkling scales. She guards our river and plays muse to the artists of our unique city. The Mermaid Society harnesses the power of the Mermaid, and builds a bridge between businesses, Texas State students, and San Martians. She teaches the young to take care of her environment, and she teaches the old to remember the magic that lives in our river and our hearts.