What would you take if your house was burning and you could only grab what you could carry? That’s what my friend, Foster Huntington, focuses on in his super cool photoblog, The Burning House. Check it out here.
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Michael Harlan Turkell said Eleven Madison Park’s Kentucky Derby Party, which he attended for Garden & Gun last weekend, was one of NYC’s “best restaurant shindigs.” I think that means he had fun. Check out his pictures from the cotton-candy-and-seersucker-filled event over at my other blog, Southern in the City.
This weekend’s a big one here in New York City. Lots of Southerners will be donning Lilly-or-louder dresses and ties, freshly laundered seersucker suits, and royal wedding–worthy hats to celebrate the annual running of the ponies at Churchill Downs. In Manhattan, folks will be gathering at Eleven Madison Park, Smack Mellon, and all of the other great locations throughout the five boroughs that serve heavily-liquored-sweating-cold mint juleps.
But we’re not the only ones. In fact, I won’t even be in the city this weekend. I’ll be down in South Carolina celebrating the lovely ladies in my family, and watching the Derby with some hometown friends. Where will you be gathering this Saturday? Please tell me how you celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style. And send pictures! I’ll be posting a gallery of the best shots on my Garden & Gun blog, Southern in the City, next week. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for
buying renewing parking spaces at the Carolina Cup is this Friday. [Note: Unclaimed spaces will be up for grabs after the Friday deadline, and general admission parking is available on race day.] If you haven’t been to the Cup, held in Camden, South Carolina each Spring, you’re missing out on one of the greatest tailgating experiences this side of Ascot. Just ask Reid Buckley. William F.’s eccentric brother resides in Camden and is a regular patron of the Carolina Cup and its fall counterpart, the Colonial Cup.
Around this time in 1965, Robert Mulligan, the director of To Kill A Mockingbird, released another Southern-set movie starring Steve McQueen. Baby the Rain Must Fall is set in the backwoods of Columbus and Wharton, Texas and features McQueen as a hot-headed, golden-voiced parolee. McQueen couldn’t carry a tune, so the music is clearly dubbed; the style, however, is genuine authentic.
Last night the Chelsea Room hosted a screening of Beard at Work, a short documentary directed by a couple of NYU film-school seniors (obviously) and produced by Brett Ratner. Since the film documents one of Beard’s photo shoots, it features models like Lydia Hearst and Doutzen Kroes, who were no doubt in attendance last night with lots of their model-pretty friends. Why am I mentioning this? Because Peter Beard, who grew up in New York City, Long Island, and Alabama, is a true adventurer and one of the only people to rock a blazer-kikoy combo and still manage to look distinguished.
There’s nothing Southern about the Kennedys, but both Jackie O. and JFK oozed frattiness, class, and a certain American wholesomeness that seems somehow consistent with the Southern way of life (at least sartorially). So, I thought it worth mentioning that the American Museum of Natural History in DC just opened a small exhibit featuring never-before-seen photos of the First Family of the Sixties, taken by Richard Avedon as the Kennedys entered the White House 50 years ago on January 3. The photo collection will remain on view through February.