Arkville — The MARK Project will bring all the traditions and excitement of the Kentucky Derby to Union Grove Distillery on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in a special fundraising event that has come to be as much a rite of spring as a celebration of a major American sporting event.
Live music, auction, and they’re off!
Andy Cahill and Adam Ippolito will be on hand well into the evening with standards and light jazz and of course will lead the singing of My Old Kentucky Home. Daily Racing form stats delivered by Glen Pedersen, and a horse auction will all take place prior to the race being televised live on the big screen at Union Grove. A very special auction of VIP box seats at Saratoga, including a tour of the paddock are up for grabs by the highest bidder.
Event goers can count on a spread of culinary delights provided by local restaurants, area farmers, and foodies. From Maple Bacon Bourbon Meatballs, to Fried Chicken and Country Ham and Biscuits, the delights of southern cooking will be a highlight of the event.
Over the years the Derby has become just as much about the fashion as the racing. Yes, there’s horse racing involved, but it’s derby day fashion that everyone is talking about long after the winning horse and jockey are crowned. An overthe top, chic, or preppy hat is the key to any Derby attire and MARK will honor that tradition with a Special Prize for best hat.
Bloom Fabric on Main Street Margaretville will be hosting a hat decorating workshop before the event and Just Shop in Arkville has a spectacular collection of festive bonnets and fascinators.
All in all, this could quite possibly be the best place to watch the Derby shy of Churchill Downs, while supporting a valuable community organization. For information and tickets, call 845.586.3500.