Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gallopalooza At Churchill Downs


On Friday Mari, Paula and I visited Churchill Downs to have a look at the Gallopalooza horses that will be placed around town this year. This picture is near the entrance to the clubhouse and features jockeys wearing the winning owners' silks for major races on the most recent Derby Day.
This horse, also near the entrance, was the only one in the outdoors. Any others that had been outside were moved indoors after the weather damaged a few of them. At the entrance we were given a paper listing all of the horses, their sponsors, their artists and the location where they will be displayed after they leave the track. There are 136 of them. The artists designed and created each of them to express a certain theme approved by the respective sponsor. There are many unusual and creative beauties. My slide show presents only a few of our favorites. Below is a picture of my choice as the best.


Next to each horse was a large jug on which was attached a paper listing the horses "pedigree" - name, artist, sponsor and "farm" (ultimate location.) Visitors were advised that they could vote for their favorite by depositing a penny (or more) in the jug.

After we had our fill of viewing (and walking) we went to get our fill of fish at Mike Lenahan's - it's spelled "Lennig's" but pronounced "Lenahan's", much the same as a nearby park is spelled Des Pres Park but is pronounced "Du Pres Park." The restaurant is located about as far away from Presentation Academy as you could get and still be in Jefferson County, but Paula and Mari still managed to visit with faculty members, ex students and other connections.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY


"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" This past Saturday was the first day of the "official" farmers market. A few farmers braved the winter storms and were open all year but now others began to appear. Opening bell is at 8:00 a.m. during the Summer. Fresh produce was at a minimum on Saturday - green onions, parsnips, salad greens, etc. - but will soon make a dramatic entrance as the weather dictates. Cheese, meat, eggs, honey and other non-seasonal items were available.

Snake charmer Thad Watkins displayed some of his unusual gourds, frightening women and children and warding off dogs (which are outlawed this year for the first time because of a few unpleasant experiences in past years.) I saw Bill Friedlander at the market who commented that there ought to be a petition to get dogs back on the premises.

Kathy and James Jackson had eggs and a few green onions available. They had been at the market every week during the winter with eggs and as much pleasant visiting as the cold weather would permit.

The King queens and their mother were there, looking for omelets. Alas they had to settle for a sweet role from the coffee lady. Not all vendors showed on this first day including the breakfast cookers. One regular customer commented that it was probably still too cool for guitar fingering and the regular folk singer wasn't performing.

Jim Fiedler had these pork chops for sale. In his weekly newsletter he emphasized the fact that "fat" is actually healthy, bucking the populist health propaganda. He hints that this revelation of health news may have been prompted by his butcher's lack of a trimming knife! A googling indicates that his argument may, in fact, be correct.

Other farmers who were there provided additional social opportunities and attractive fresh selections. Cheese, flowers, plants, chicken, eggs and other offerings presented by knowledgeable and interesting people made the day a delight. Of course Kara Peers, our "Buffalo Girl" was there as she has been all winter (buffaloes and Kara are hardy creatures!)

Each of the next several weeks will bring more and more delightful treats, both culinary and social. I look forward to all of them!