Tuesday, May 02, 2006

One Year Anniversary


ONCE again that season is UPON us in which FRESH-CUT grass, the DREAM of ill-gotten GAINS and the blessed marriage of BOURBON and MINT begin to press themselves graciously, IF insistently, upon the MINDS of players and ne'er-do-wells everywhere.

The one-hundred-and-thirty-second running of the KENTUCKY DERBY is nigh.

On Saturday the SIXTH day of May, from 2 p.m. on, please join The Royale in celebrating the first jewel in the Triple Crown, and, lest we forget, A YEAR in the tavern, dining, dealmaking and conversational BUSINESS!

JOIN us inside or in the GARDEN. Feel the warm sun on your FACE. Grasp a MINT JULEP (and carefully! mind its dear BEADS of sweat). Root for the HORSES. Sink your teeth into that DEAR gift from the Italians of New Orleans, the MUFFULETTA. Rub shoulders with FAR-FLUNG devotees of JIGGER and FLASK who no doubt will find their way BACK for this fabulous afternoon. And as the warm evening DRAWS on, may you taste the FIRST blush of summer.

If Music Be The Food Of Love

From 2 to 6 p.m., revelers may feast upon the jazzings of JESSICA BUTLER and her band, LINN. From shuffle to Louisiana jazz, Ms. Butler(and a special guest horn section) is going to work it OUT.

From 6 to 9 p.m. in the garden, DJ MARK EARLY and the MODERNISTS will spin soul, blues, Motown and lounge. After 9 p.m., the mad CARNIVAL moves indoors, where the music shall PLAY until 1 a.m.

REGARDING HORSES, and, most interestingly, Their Names

The FIELD is far from set, and some of the horses whose names have been bandied about shall not MAKE it. But if even a FRACTION of the following qualify, BETTORS and lovers of words alike shall be treated to a rich TABLEAU. Take, for instance, the current ODDS-ON favorite, Brother Derek, or Lawyer Ron, or Bluegrass Cat. The LARCENOUS among us might take a look at Keyed Entry. The PROUD, Flashy Bull. Hesse cultists may have A BET in Steppenwolfer. And Southerners have High Cotton. The race should go off between 4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you care to watch, do make a point of arriving early.


Gentlemen: PLEASE consider DONNING a jacket or SOMETHING that might at least whisper the word "natty."

Ladies: As ALWAYS, please do come as you ARE; it should NOT go without MENTION, however, that several of your PEERS have been overheard discussing the debut of SUMMER dresses and, even, hats.




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