If a trip to the Kentucky Derby is not in the cards, but you enjoy the thrill of a live horse race, an authentic derby dinner, and of course, a mint julep cocktail – a local event might be just the ticket. Voluntary Action Center organizers will host its 7th Annual “Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby” May 4 at 3 p.m.
The Waverly Country Club , 903 South Abington Road, Clarks Summit, is where you will find roses everywhere, arranged by Val Calpin, Waverly; and of course “hats, hats, hats,” according to Michele Margotta Neary, vice president of the Voluntary Action Center’s board of directors and one of the founders of the derby event. Let’s not forget the mint julep cocktail, a Kentucky Derby tradition for nearly a century.
And there will be a chance to vote for “The Derby Queen,” with last year’s winner, Sherry Williams passing the crown to her successor.
“The event is just magnificent,” said Neary. “And, the hats, they are just outstanding on the ladies and even the men. This year there will be live music for the first time. No one can refute the fact that The Waverly Country Club is just the perfect setting with green rolling hills and simple, but elegant country flair to the building.”
Neary also noted, “The highlights of the party of course is the live Kentucky Derby Broadcast, but the fashion is second to none and the wonderful authentic Derby Buffet is always exquisitely prepared by The Waverly Country Club. There is also a cigar lounge that is perfect for the men and some women to relax and enjoy a good cigar, libations and good conversation in a majestic setting.”