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Derby week 2017

Before I get into this, I have to admit we Louisville folks get tunnel vision when it comes to Derby and it’s hard to wrap our minds around the fact that the rest of the country doesn’t *really* care about the festivities. Derby absolutely consumes us – it’s “the most wonderful time of the year…in Louisville.” I actually feel sad now that it’s over…we learn as kids to love the Derby festival because 1) the festivities usually result in a break from most school-related stress and 2) it signals the coming of summer break. From there, it turns into this big celebration that we continue to love long after we leave grade school. So, maybe think about coming to Louisville next year for Derby season if it sounds like something you’d enjoy!

Happy Derby weekend!! It was a rainy Derby but that doesn’t stop Louisville from showing up in its very finest sun dresses, bow ties, heels and, of course, hats. I’ve been following the hat-making and selling hustle that the Hat Girls have had going on this entire Derby season and I loved seeing the hats finally in action at the track via instagram. Truthfully, Louisvillians show up in droves at the track for Thurby (the Thursday before Derby) or Oaks to avoid the influx of tourists that come in for Derby day. For many Louisvillians, Derby is mostly dedicated to Derby parties all over the city for folks who have had their time at the track and want to celebrate a successful Derby season. Feliz dia del Derby!! Hay mal tiempo hoy pero esto no detiene a la gente en Louisville en ponerse sus vestidos, corbatas, tacones y, por su puesto, sombreros. He estado mirando el trabajo de hacer y vender sombreros para el Derby que hacen “The Hat Girls” y me encanta ver los sombreros en acción en el hipodromo a través de instagram. La verdad es que la gente de Louisville va al hipódromo el Jueves antes del Derby o el viernes durante Oaks para evitar a los turistas que vienen para el dia del Derby. Para mucha gente de Louisville, el dia del Derby es mas dedicado a fiestas por toda la ciudad , ya que la mayoria ha estado en el hipodromo, ha vivido la experiencia y ahora solo quieren celebrar el éxito de la temporada del Derby.
Churchill Downs Opening Night 2017
Happy Derby! From opening night at the track – and celebrating 20 weeks (21 now!)
This year we went to the track for opening night last Saturday when my cousin Casey was in town. We acquired a box from a friend who wasn’t able to go (lucky us!) and Ian and Andrea joined us for a fun evening at Churchill Downs. The races were each about 50 minutes apart, and in between we were able to chat, grab mint juleps (or sprite for the pregnant lady), enjoy the perfect evening weather and place our bets for the next race. It was an ideal Derby celebration – we got the fanfare of the Derby week kickoff, but without the massive crowds and lines at the bar. Este año fuimos al hipódromo para la primera noche de las carreras con mi prima Casey quien estaba visitándonos la semana pasada. Un amigo que tiene entradas todo la temporada no pudo ir y nos ofrecio sus puestos (buena suerte para nosotros!) e Ian y Andrea se juntaron con nosotros para una noche en Churchill Downs. Las carreras estaban separadas por unos 50 minutos, y entre ellas podíamos charlar, comprar Mint Juleps (bebida típica del Derby – o sprite en el caso de la mujer embarazada), disfrutar del tiempo y hacer apuestas para la próxima carrera. Fue una celebración de la semana del Derby perfecta – podíamos disfrutar del ambiente del Derby, pero sin las multitudes de gente que van a las carreras el dia mismo del Derby.
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A few other fun Derby week events included a trip to the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair and Javier’s annual company Derby Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum. We had a lovely afternoon exploring the art fair booths with Casey, my mom and gma…Javier walked away with a giant new mug for his tea (I prefer small mugs, and that’s all we seem to have) and I left with ideas for my eventual dream booth for the Louisville Flea off Market. The company party was on Thursday night, and despite the rainy cold front Javier and I dressed in our finest to enjoy bottomless mint juleps (Javier) and endless amounts of Derby pie, bourbon bread pudding and crab cakes (mostly me). Cheers to another fun Derby! Otros eventos del Derby esta semana incluyeron una visita a la feria artesanal del barrio Cherokee Triangle y la fiesta anual del Derby que hace la compañía de Javier en el museo del Derby. Pasamos un día lindo en la feria artesanal mirando los puestos de los artistas con Casey, mi mama y mi abuela…Javier compro un tazón grande para su te y yo salí con ideas para el puesto que quiero tener para mi tienda en la otra feria mensual en Louisville llamado “Flea Off Market.” La fiesta de la compañía de Javier fue el Jueves. A pesar del mal tiempo, Javier y yo fuimos para disfrutar de los mint juleps (Javier) y los pasteles del Derby (yo) toda la noche. Salud por otro Derby muy divertido!

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