Friday, April 23, 2010

The 'Derby Daze' is Approaching...

Yesterday, I attended one of my company’s quarterly management meetings at Churchill Downs. Now, the spring meet has yet to start – it begins on Saturday, the day after Keeneland’s spring meet ends. So, it was interesting to be out there during the calm before the storm. And, it’s probably the closest I’ve ever parked to Churchill. On Oaks and Derby, forget about it.

I do know that many of the Derby hopefuls are already at Churchill, getting the lay of the land. It’s such an exciting time of year here in the Derby City. If you ever have an opportunity to attend the Derby, run, don’t walk. It’s great fun and we'll be sure to treat you right. ;)

So, as we approach the busiest week in Louisville, where it's all things Derby, all of the time, thought I’d share some news about the goings-on in Derby Town.

This year, the always-lovely Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast held at Farmington Plantation will be co-hosted by Garden & Gun Magazine and renowned garden designer Jon Carloftis. This annual event is always a favorite of the broad-brimmed-hats-and-seersucker crowd, so I think G&G’s partnership this year will complement the event quite nicely.
There will be live music, a southern breakfast buffet courtesy of Wiltshire Pantry and an open bar (Yeah, we start early on Derby Day; pace yourself, though. Derby is not for the faint of heart.)

So, if you happen to luck enough to score tickets to the Run for the Roses, consider purchasing additional tickets to the Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast, which benefits the ongoing operation of Farmington Historic Plantation, Thomas Edison House and Whitehall House & Gardens, three local jewels. It’s a great way to kick-off Derby Day in style.
Image courtesy of Garden & Gun Magazine

19 comments:

QueenBeeSwain said...

so jelly that you live there and get to be part of the frenzy and fabulocity!

xoox

kHm

Main Line Sportsman said...

The field for the big race looks great...although with such an abundance of talent I have trouble picking my bets in the grade I races. It must be wonderful to be around your town in the Derby frenzy. Sadly I will only get a TV experience again this year. I have wanted to see it live for years but have not made it happen yet.

Short Southern Momma said...

Oh wow! I have wanted to attend The Derby for years and you just made me want to go even more! You have to tell us all about it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Hi!!! Just found your blog!!! :)

I'm actually going to the Derby this year for the first time!! I'm so excited!!! Any tips for me??

A Refocused Life said...

I was lucky enough to tour the Churchill grounds several years ago, but being there on the 'big' day would be amazing, I'm sure. The other events sound equally as fabulous and fun. You are so lucky to live there and have the opportunity to participate in some of the events. Enjoy! I'll be watching on TV. Have a wonderful weekend.

James said...

It is an exciting time of the year isn't it? Enjoy yourself!

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the pink prep said...

oh what fun!!! i have always wanted to go to the derby! we'll be celebrating with you up north!

Town and Country Mom said...

Sounds so fun! Enjoy the beautiful spring, horses, and people-watching!

Leelee said...

Lived in Lexington and got so caught up in Derby...already craving Derby food: mint juleps, hot browns, country ham biscuits, benedictine sandwiches...yum...

myletterstoemily said...

sounds like lots of fun! please show
us pictures if you're allowed.

Trish said...

I am sure the city is buzzing with excitement in anticipation! We'll be celebrating with you from a far and will cheers our boubon and think of you at the Derby soaking in all the excitement! :) Have a great weekend!

Trish said...

*bourbon that is :)

sara said...

Love it! Our friend's horse, Mission Impazible, was brought in last week - can't wait to see him run!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Oh how much I would love to attend such an event. I went out shopping today and spotted an array of very pleasant summer dresses. I am unfortunately missing the occasion to buy one. But with an event like that...

Seersucker Scrapper said...

Sounds like so much fun. This Yankee has never been, but would love to go some day!

Can't wait to hear more about it.

Haven and Home said...

Wish I was there for all of it, you are so lucky!

Natasha said...

We are getting ready for our Winter racing carnivals here in Oz! I will have to take some pictures to share with you when we go! I can't wait to see some of your pictures too! Have a great time.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

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