Famous

Guess who made the front page of the Hereford Brand newspaper? Me, that’s who! I landed in that position of honor for my participation in the Derby Day Gala at the Hereford Senior Center on May 4. There were several other folks who made the front page, as well, but obviously I’m the only one you need to concern yourself with.

Need help identifying me?

There I am, clutching a bottle of wine as if my life depended on it, and seated next to my charming and hilarious sister-in-law, Angie. Her bejeweled majorette’s hat was the bomb, and might’ve won the “Best Hat” competition had she and I not been the contest’s judges, rendering us ineligible. Darn the bad luck.

Peace, people!

Derby Photos

The inaugural Kentucky Derby Gala hosted by the Hereford Senior Center in Hereford, Texas, on Saturday evening was a huge success. I’m back home in Florida this Monday morning, and my brain’s too fuzzy to write much. So, enjoy my unedited, mostly uncaptioned photos of the party.

Highlighting the evening were our own mini-horse races. Here’s a bit of the first heat:

I laughed more than I have in ages.

I’m eager to learn how the much the fundraiser made for the center. And next year, I’m going to have a fancier hat. (Taken at my mother-in-law’s home, pre-gala)

Peace, people.

Derby Day

The eldest of my two younger brothers attended a Kentucky Derby several years ago and never once saw a horse at the event. That was his goal, in fact. He stood in the infield, sipping some fine Kentucky bourbon, and enjoyed all the festivities except for the actual race.

I really thought I’d set a better example for him during his formative years. Shouldn’t he at least have had a mint julep or two whilst watching the three-year-old thoroughbreds pound the track? Maybe I’m just jealous. He’s been to a great many more big events in his life than I have.

This year, I’m going to a derby! Not the derby, mind you, but my eldest sister-in-law is the director of the Senior Citizens Center in Hereford, Texas, and this year she and her staff are putting on a Kentucky Derby Gala to raise funds for the center. It’s such a big deal that I flew in for the event.

We’ll watch the Derby on big screens while coyly sipping mint juleps beneath festively decorated hats. Afterwards we’ll have a gourmet meal followed by an auction and our own horse race with pint sized mechanized ponies:

Those pictured above are just a sampling of the horses that will grace our paddocks.

I’m so excited! I purchased two hats for the evening, but accidentally left the smaller one, a fascinator, at home. Since I only have one head, it won’t be a problem.

Yesterday afternoon I got a sneak peek at the decorations, and the place looks fabulous. We’re in for a fun evening.

And I’ll at least see a horse or two.

Peace, people!