Monday, April 21, 2008

Kentucky Hospitality In Our Nation's Capital

The Kentucky Society of Washington will hold its 27th Annual ‘Pre-Kentucky Derby Party’ Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 1 PM- 5 PM, on the grounds of magnificent Collingwood Estate in Alexandria, Virginia near Washington, D.C.

The theme, “Celebrating 27 Years of Kentucky Hospitality in Our Nation’s Capital,” recognizes an event that started in a backyard with about 75 people and has since become a highlight of Washington’s spring social season.

More than 1000 Kentuckians and their guests will gather the Saturday before the racing of the 134th Kentucky Derby -- sporting their favorite Derby attire, sipping mint juleps, all while listening to Bluegrass music and soaking up the Southern surroundings accented with red roses and Kentucky mementos.

Kentucky Society members prepare much of the party’s menu themselves, emphasizing traditional Kentucky fare that includes burgoo, country ham, beaten biscuits, and lemon and derby squares.

“Our party has established itself as Washington’s very special kick-off to Derby week,” said Society President, Mac Riley. “It’s like a day at the races, except our version is on the banks of the Potomac!”

Sponsors of the 27th Annual Pre-Kentucky Derby Party include Churchill Downs and Maker's Mark.

The public can obtain information on the Kentucky Society by contacting Mrs. Reba Morris, a Past-President and Chair of the 27th Annual Pre-Derby Party, at The Society’s website is

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