UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Pequot celebrates 'Run for Roses' with splash of tequila

Monday, May 7, 2012

Pequot celebrates 'Run for Roses' with splash of tequila

With the Kentucky Derby "Run for the Roses" and the Mexican celebration of "Cinco De Mayo" falling on the same day, those gathering Saturday evening at the Pequot Library weren't sure whether to have a mint julep or tequila.
Problem solved: the fete served up had both.
Held on the library's Great Lawn, the 4th annual celebration of Churchill Downs' 138th derby attracted dozens of locals decked out in springtime finery to tailgate, enjoy cocktails, socialize and watch a live broadcast of the race on a big screen in the library's auditorium. Raffles for cash and prizes rounded out the event.
"The Derby Day party is a great event to bring the community together to celebrate the kickoff to spring, watch a great horse race and raise funds for a much needed cause: Pequot Library," said Graham Michener  an event chairman along with his wife Jane and Ted Lahey. "We used to throw derby parties in our Manhattan apartment for many years and upon moving up here four years ago, the library asked for new creative fundraising activities. We thought the idea of a party on the library's Great Lawn would be tremendous fun."
Indeed, laughter hung in the air, glasses clinked in celebratory toasts, brie was spread generously, and jazz wafted through the Southport evening air as the crowd gathered under a large white tent, encircled by all kinds of vehicles, each with a unique tailgate set-up. In past years, these displays had been traditionally Kentucky Derby themed, but with the Mexican holiday falling on the same day, some featured tequila tastings, guacamole and chips.
Festive hats were in evidence everywhere. They ranged from flower-bedecked and floppy-brimmed for women to straw headgear for men.
"Who knew bourbon could feel so good," laughed Priya Narang of Fairfield, a newcomer to the Pequot's Derby Day party. "I'll always remember my first time ... here. This is a wonderful event. I wish it could go on all night. I'm not hanging up my hat anytime soon."  READ MORE:

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