Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Carolina Cup - Horses, Fashion, and blooming trees!

It was off to the races this past weekend. The annual running of the Carolina Cup took place in Camden, SC this past Saturday. Through the generosity of great friends, I was able to attend for the first time. Simply couldn't get over the size and scope of this race, especially for our region. Over 77,000 in attendance! Most racegoers were decked out in their South Carolina finest. I hadn't seen that much madras in one place since I worked a brief stint at Brooks Brothers. Now, I have never been a race fan, but, I couldn't help but get caught up in the spirit and excitement of the Carolina Cup. The weather could not have been more perfect. Our infield location (held for many years by that generous friend) allowed us to see the races when they were run, and see all the people and the wonderful outfits they all had chosen. It appears that Bow ties have really made a comeback, especially among the college age crowd. The whole thing was like "Kentucky Derby Light". I had a blast, people watching mostly, but the races and the trip up and back afforded us a closeup view of the mid-South Carolina countryside. Since most of our trees are in bloom (Bradford Pears, Red Buds, and some Dogwoods), there were glorious floral displays to be seen. I am going to fit in a few more pics here of the day at the racetrack, the fashion and some blooming trees. Enjoy the pics of a truly traditional and southern experience. Terry.

Royal Wedding Tidbit for the day... during the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the interior floors of Westminster Abbey were covered with new carpet specially for the royal wedding day... the only area not covered was the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, just inside the West door entrance to the abbey.

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