Monday, May 21, 2012

THE 82nd RADNOR HUNT DRESSED TO IMPRESS & then some

I did a little horsing around this weekend. First up on Friday I went to the long awaited Barnes Foundation, don't call it a museum, opening gala on the Parkway (WOW).  Saturday was my new, as in the past 3 years, tradition of attending The Radnor Hunt Races, this year was their 82nd. A fun event rain or shine, this year the sun shone the brightest and the grounds were packed with people, horses and a few pets. 
There's no party crashing here, if you don't have a ribbon on your lapel, you will be denied entrance to the parties.  Each sponsor has a party tent, then there are the tailgaters who line the racetrack. Several dozen participate in a themed contest, this years was "The Islands". You can also opt to buy a box seat, or just sit in the grandstand, but you must purchase a ribbon cause this is a fundraiser and Saturday's event benefited the Brandywine Conservancy's Racing for Open Space which helps preserve over 44,000 acres of open space in the region.
First, Middle and End stops for me is always the Philadelphia Style Magazine tent. Hands down they throw the best party at the races, with the best food (Chef Dan Stern at R2L) and have the best dressed people many of who I call my friends.  Congrats to Lauren O'Dorisio and John Colabelli on their upcoming nuptials on June 2 at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, you'll recall they were got engaged on New Year's Eve 2010. The honeymoon will be delayed as good friends Nigel Richards and Nicole Cashman will be married on June 9 at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. They were engaged during the 2011 holidays; Nigel hid a ring inside Nicole's fortune cookie while the couple had take-out Chinese at home.




























Lots of fun people were out to enjoy the day including Chris DiGeorge, Heather Lee and WMGK's John DeBella.

Glam girls were all about including Kristen Foote, Lauren, Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Carol Tamburino, Tempe Barrish and Jill Rizen.

John Bolaris, daughter  Reina Sofia and Erica Smitheman
Beth Beverly

PJ Cline, Chris Cline, Charlie Pasquale and Donna Coghlan
Two first timers to the Radnor Hunt, Mike Toub and Kristyn Aldrich


I also headed over to the Bellevue tent where I found my buds from The Sporting Club, Clif, Amy and Jake.
guest, Saunders and Sallie Dixon of Thorncroft. Their Lobsterfest is coming up and I'll have the photos.
Lauren Jendrasiak (Thorncroft) and John Reedy

Mary Dougherty, Nicole Miller at the Bellevue, Donna O'Brien, Beautiful Bloooms, Arif Hashuri, GM Hyatt at The Bellevue. and Laurie Gold, Director of Catering/Convention Services at Hyatt at The Bellevue. Catering for today's picnic was done by The Palm Restaurant.

Then is was back to Philly Style Magazine to see who might have shown up while I was away. Kate, who along with moi, is in the wedding party of Maria Papadakis and Brendan Kent.
Christie Honigman, of the Honigman Group, Dana Spain, get your tickets for

Philadelphia: CHEFS' FOR PAWS DINNER

and Bill Firth, Esq, who recently joined the Zarwin Baum law firm.
Julie P and Grace Flanagan
Sharilyn Drewen Gilfillan and Juan Vidal. Sharilyn's sister Suz and I went to college together, eons ago. Her other sister, Sherrie married my friend Bill from high school and met indirectly because of moi.

Dani and Caitlyn

Fanning the flame

Chris Toton, Rosemarie Kushnir and Rob Laiacona




Kevin Keenan and Claire Bula, Electronic Ink






Marilyn and Gary Lucov and Rebecca and Bill Mifflin enjoy their box seats overlooking the track.

Winner of best group picnic
Hughie and Judy Giles, Chairman of the Picnic

Dwayne Zimmer, Kelly McCauley, Michael Muscarella, Christyn Muscarella, Megan and David Russell at The Freedom Council of Valley Forge

Don Caldwell, Linda Aversa Caldwell, Bryan Richforth, Doc Parghi, Cheryl Williams at The Freedom Council of Valley Forge

Chef Brian Duffy and Fox 29's Jen Frederick soaking in the sun enjoying the communal pineapple express

If your photo doesn't appear on this page, I'll be putting them all in a folder on Friday for you to purchase. Thanks HughE. PS Check out my Philly Mag column for the who's who who went to the Barnes opening on Friday night. HERE


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

fab

Anonymous said...

Looks very nice. I've always wanted to go to this but stayed away because I thought it was geared to the horsey/upper crust set ... but I see that's no longer the case.

Anonymous said...

Well only if you can afford to pay the $50 for entry, but by the tone of your email I can see you will be relegated to the back gate (I don't see any sponsor tent invitations coming your way.)

Anonymous said...

I can more than afford to pay the $50 entry fee. I was commenting that it looks like the event has changed (and I think that's a good thing)over the years and has become more welcoming to everyone (whether they have a sponsor invite or pay the $50). And trust me, if I want to get a sponsor tent invite, I know I can.

HughE Dillon said...

Thanks for everyone's comments. That is one of the things I am trying to show with my blog entries. These events are open to the general public, you don't have to be intimidated, I certainly was always wondering what am I going to wear, would I fit in, do I have khaki's that fit? It's really a great event, the friends I bring who have never gone before enjoy themselves, and best of all it's for charity.

sarah said...

The Races have never been "stuffy" - 10 years ago you could not get Philadelphia to even come to them we always heard this mantra " its to far or Randor what' -- now in droves they come--

Dwayne Wimmer said...

HughE,

Always a pleasure seeing you. GREAT pics!!

Dwayne Wimmer