Not everyone can go to Kentucky for the derby but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the race right in your own neighborhood. A record-breaking number of Northern Neck fans enjoyed the beautiful weather on Saturday by gathering to celebrate the 9th Kentucky Derby Party held behind Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.
Mint juleps, the favored drink of the day, were available all afternoon, along with a wide variety of other libations and soft drinks. The ticket price also included a continuous supply of food prepared and catered by the Hotel/Tavern Foundation volunteers. Delicious appetizers were followed by an array of entrees including a Red Roses Smoked Rockfish served with an apple in its mouth which was a big hit. There were so many homemade desserts it seemed impossible to try them all.
The write-in auction offered 60 items donated by local artists, patrons and merchants. A number of the items were beautifully handcrafted by individuals in the area. An attractively carved antique desk, a unique hand-woven “transparency” with a crab design and a twin-size all-cotton quilt made by members of the Tavern Quilt Guild were among the live auction items. The highlighted item was an oyster roast at Historic Roanoke in Heathsville for 20 people which sold for over $1,100.
—Read the full story in the May 7 issue of the Northumberland Echo!