A perfect evening for the Derby Museum Gala

| May 4, 2011
Derby Museum Gala chair Kathy Cox.

Derby Museum Gala chair Kathy Cox.

The 26th annual Kentucky Derby Museum Gala was held at Churchill Downs last Friday evening. The gala was chaired by Kathy Cox. Her co-chair was Linda McGinity Jackson.

For the first time in a long time,  cocktails were in the museum itself. Dinner and dancing were in a big white tent just outside in the parking lot. It was the perfect spot and the perfect evening for it.

The Louisville Youth Choir was outside singing favorite Kentucky songs. The youngest singer must have been all of 6 and was at least 3 feet tall, and he was darling and they all were good.

Design chair Libby Rush created a beautiful evening. The tent was lovely with interesting use of fabrics. There were rows of white tapered fabric columns that went from a point on the floor to a yard wide near the ceiling. They were internally lit.

The tables were in cloths of orange, purple and red with an occasional patterned cloth of all the colors used. The napkins were red. The high-backed chairs had orange and red seats, and the backs were covered with a matching tightly-shirred fabric.

Gala decorations chair, Libby Rush.

Gala decorations chair, Libby Rush.

The centerpieces were assorted vases filled with red, orange and purple roses. A row of chandeliers hung over the black-and-white dance floor.

Dinner was served by The Silver Spoon. The first course was Bibb lettuce and greens with spicy pecans and tomatoes topped with a black-eyed pea and corn relish dressing accompanied by a bourbon-glazed shrimp and an herbed crostini.

That was followed by a grilled beef filet with an apricot demi-glaze, Kentucky goat cheese stuffed chicken medallion with red pepper sauce, grilled asparagus and (drum roll, please) truffled macaroni and cheese!  Guess what was the favorite dish of the evening?

Dessert was a beautiful to-die-for chocolate mousse torte by Ghyslain Chocolatier.

Derby Museum Executive Director Lynn Ashton.

Derby Museum Executive Director Lynn Ashton.

Among the partygoers were Sug and Dan Schusterman, Douglas Riddle, Laura and Harry Dennery, Sue Baughman and Joey Seay, Vivian and John Korfhage, Charlotte and Bob Korfhage, Carolle and Ken Clay, Mary Michael and Sam Corbett and Annie and John Locke.

Also there were Hizzoner Greg Fisher and his lovely wife, Alex, Nancy and David Laird, Barbara Nichols and Tom Musselman, Dot and Jim Patterson, Jeanne and David Ferguson, Jerry and Kelly O’Daniel, Jeff and Marilyn Sexton, Martha and Mark Slaughter, Sharron Sparrow and Ed Siegenfeld, Patricia and Mike Vairin, Margaret and Dan Woodside, Mary F. and Ed Glasscock, Tracy and Jonathan Blue, Martha and Larry Johnston and Steve Bass and Davis Edwards.

The Ken Arlen Band played and the crowd stayed late and danced like there was no tomorrow. For those who wanted to sit it out, there was a huge screen at the end of the tent with roving images of the attendees.

Ann Green welcomed guests to the Royal Wedding at the Frazier Museum.

Ann Green welcomed guests to the Royal Wedding at the Frazier Museum.

Royal Wedding

Earlier in the day, a crowd arrived before dawn at the Frazier History Museum for breakfast to watch the royal wedding on a big screen TV, and toast the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

They were invited for “Brekkers, Bubbly and the BBC.”

Ann Green, chairman of the Royal Armories Museums, headquartered in Leeds, England, welcomed the “wedding guests.”

Many in the crowd came in hats, and several of the men were in morning suits.

We were the guests of Dr. Shiao Woo and John Shaw Woo, who were in Florida for the weekend. At their table were Cheryl Bickel and her son, Beverly Kelly, Karter Louis, Matt Winn, Linda Roppel and Judy Howarth.

Linda Roppel, Judy Howarth and Karter Louis watched the wedding.

Linda Roppel, Judy Howarth and Karter Louis watched the wedding.

The big question was: “Who were the two nuns seated on the altar at the wedding?”

At the Frazier, the wedding favors were white tulle bags of white sugared almonds with the names of the bride and groom.

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  1. Libby Rush says:

    Thank you Carla Sue for such a glowing article about Derby Gala. It was great to see you! I would love a copy of the picture that you took of me that night. You can reach me at my new location…Bittners libbyr@bittners.com or 439 8286 cell many thanks Libby