Somebody left the barn door open because there’s a major chill breezing through North Texas. . . again!
But come May, that chill and its breezy ways will be gone. You can bet on it. Just think. You’ll be able to pull out that adorable sundress and those scrumptious sandals to show off your perfectly gelled toenails. And don’t forget your summer shades. You know, the Jackie O’s that look so good on you.
As for drinks to sip on, think lemonade. Now, don’t you dare write it off as a kids’ drink. Nope. It’s a grown-up beverage in more ways than you would expect.
Yes, adults can drink the juice all they want without feeling the least bit tipsy. Plus there’s something so fresh about the taste and even aroma.
But that innocent drink is also a tool in providing munchkins with that first step into entrepreneurship. Just ask Mayor Mike Rawlings. On Thursday, March 20, he and other business leaders (Robert Alpert, Cappy McGarr, Tom Hansen and Phil Romano) gathered wearing yellow to announce that Sunday, May 4 will be the “city’s inaugural Lemonade Day.” Kids will be encouraged to set up their own lemonade stands and learn the pros and cons of marketing, salesmanship and customer service.
To get things revved up, there will be a “Best Tasting Lemonade Contest” at Klyde Warren Park on Sunday, April 27. Celebrity judges with discriminating taste buds will include Romano, State Sen. Royce West, Jason Garrett, Gail Warrior, Klyde Warren and Maddie Bradshaw.
The winning entry will have his/her version of lemon perfection “served all year long at Trinity Groves” thanks to Judge Romano.
And this tangy project is not limited to kids. According to organizers they’re also looking for adults to mentor the youngsters.
According to Lemonade Day City Champion Reid Walker, “The spirit of Lemonade Day is contagious. We’re celebrating all things lemonade. We’re celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship. And most of all, we’re celebrating the boys and girls of Greater Dallas and showing them we care about their future. This one special day may change their lives forever.”
In addition to helping cultivate tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, the event is free!
* Photos provided by Lemonade Day