Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Wine Garden and Piano Bar, located at 22 McEwen St. in Warwick, hosted their Second Annual “Talk Derby To Me” Kentucky Derby event to benefit the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center on Sat., May 6.
Celebrating the tradition of America’s greatest horse race, the evening is designed to recreate all of the fun and excitement of race day. Guests dressed up in elegant attire and ladies displayed their beautiful and unique derby hats for a chance to win the “Ladies Hat Pageant.” The Wine Garden offered special derby day-themed cocktails like Mint Juleps infused with Beacon Bourbon and a Southern-style menu for those craving a bite to eat. Live music was provided upstairs in the Piano Bar by David Crone and the Village Jazz Trio, who set the mood with their rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home.”
The free event was attended by more than 150 people who could purchase Derby Chance tickets to benefit Winslow Therapeutic. In return they had a chance to win a prize. Women who attended the event each received a rose upon entrance to the Warwick Wine Garden, followed by a glass of champagne.
Selected for the “Winners Circle” were Dan O’Brien, win; Jon Hess, place; and Fran Melder, show. The best overall derby hat and dress ensemble went to Rebecca Reinle. The best hat in show was worn by Raquel Van Weddinger. Selected for the most fun hat in show were Frances Bachmann and Lourdes Gonzalez. Barbara Aarons won for the most creative hat in show.
Event organizer, John Desibia, was delighted with the amazing turn out. Volunteers, led by Rose Seaman and Janice Brigante, raised nearly $1,800 with the “Winslow Winners Circle Derby Chance” and so far the event has raised over $3,000 for .
The owners of the Wine Garden gave a special thanks to all of the guests who participated and to the entire staff of the Warwick Wine Garden and Piano Bar; the Ladies Hat Pageant co-sponsor, Soho Salons; Bourbon of choice sponsor Beacon; and Jean Claude’s Patisserie and Dessert Café for the lovely derby day cake.
Sue Ferro, the Executive Director of Winslow, said, “Once again the event was perfect and so much fun. We especially thank event hosts Chris and Marilyn Littell, their staff, and all of the volunteers and guests.”