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.
On the heels of the release of Columbia Records’ Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood, a two-CD, 57-track set featuring radio broadcasts, radio ads, and home recordings from Cash’s early years, folks all over the country (the world even?) are poised to celebrate the Man in Black’s birthday. Tomorrow, February 26, would be Cash’s 79th. Here in New York City, you can raise a glass, hear covers played by Alex Battles and Whiskey Rebellion, and watch rare video footage at the Bell House in Brooklyn tomorrow night. Cheers to you, Johnny.
Photographed in his studio by Rauschenberg, 1955.
Yesterday afternoon, South Carolina native Jasper Johns became the first studio artist since Alexander Calder in 1977 to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, that’s “34 years since a painter or sculptor received the nation’s highest civilian honor.” Johns (above, photographed in his studio in 1955 by his friend and fellow Southern artist, Robert Rauschenberg) was one of 15 MoH recipients; the illustrious group also includes former President George H.W. Bush, poet and Nobel Prize Winner, Maya Angelou, and billionaire investor Warren Buffet.
Other amazing artists I’ve been pleased to learn have Southern roots: Robert Rauschenberg (Texas) and Cy Twombly (Virginia).
The November 29, 1976 issue of TIME.
Cy Twombly as a young artist.
Some famous couples with Southern roots in honor of today’s national Love Fest.
Joanne Woodward grew up in Thomasville and Marietta, Georgia.
Phylicia Rashad is a native Texan.
Johnny and June.
Reid Buckley is pictured second from left. LIFE photos by Grey Villet, 1971.
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.