Centennial: Manning House Will Host a Tardeada – a Sunday Afternoon Party

February 3, 2012

By Teya Vitu

Back in 1912, the tardeada was a way of Sunday afternoon life in Tucson, especially among Hispanic families and friends.

The Mexican tradition brought with it music and dancing and a good time for all.

The tardeada tradition will be revived for the tail end of the three-day Arizona Centennial Celebration Downtown Tucson running from February 10-12. Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson will present its tardeada from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, at the Historic Manning House, 450 West Paseo Redondo.

If you have any period outfits or fiestawear, this is the perfect opportunity to pull it from the back of the closet. You’ll fit right in with the introduction of the doñas, the colorful procession of the ambassadors of Los Descendientes. This is the group that dedicates its efforts to the promotion and preservation of El Presidio San Agustin de Tucson, the 1775 fort that established the modern roots of Tucson.

“The tardeada speaks to the heritage of the area,” said Alex Jácome, president of Los Descendientes. “It’s a chance to kick up your heels to mariachi music and traditional Mexican songs. The music will be, I would say, eclectic”

El Charro will supply finger foods; there will also be a silent auction; and authors will be doing book signings.

“It’s the culmination of the centennial activities Downtown,” Jácome said. “There will be a lot of socializing.”

Capacity is 300 so get there early. Admission is free but Los Descendientes suggest a $25 donation per couple or $15 per individual.

If you’ve never heard of a tardeada, that doesn’t surprise Jácome.

“Since the advent of cyberspace, the tardeada has disappeared,” he said. “The cell phone has had a major effect on it.”

The Jácome family pre-dates statehood. Alex Jácome’s grandfather, Carlos Jácome, founded the Jácome’s department store in 1896, and Alex Jácome was the company’s CEO when the store was closed in 1980 at its Pennington and Stone location, where it had been since 1951. Before that, Jácome’s was at East Congress and Scott from 1929 to 1951.

“My grandfather, Carlos, was part of the Arizona Constitutional Convention in 1912,” Jácome said. “My family played an integral part in statehood.”