Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weekend Recap, Part 1

I decided to break the weekend recap into two parts since it was a rather busy one. Here is the first part.

My Old Kentucky Home

Saturday night, we kicked off the Inauguration Weekend with the Bluegrass Ball put on by the Kentucky State Society at the Wardman Park Marriott.
My date for the weekend. 
The evening started with a bourbon tasting from the various Kentucky distilleries and passed hors d'oeuvres. Each distillery had their own bar and a variety of drink options. The mixed drink from Maker's Mark was my favorite.

At 8pm, they opened the doors to the ballroom and a high school marching band played the Call to the Post before everyone entered the room. We took our seats for the parade of dignitaries before the evening program started. Most of the Kentucky congressmen where in attendance as well as Ashley Judd and Miss Kentucky. 

For dinner, we were served a delicious meal prepared by Chef Edward Lee who has made appearances on Top Chef and Iron Chef America. 
The chef himself.
After the program ended, the band started and everyone headed to the dance floor. We didn't stay that much longer because we had one more stop for the evening. On the way out the door, we were given a gift bag filled with lots of goodies.
The bag also included a Bourbon Trail Passport that you can fill up when you visit the different distilleries. Talk about a grown up Oregon Trail. We decided to add a trip to Kentucky to the bucket list. You just can't beat bourbon and horse racing. 


We left there and headed to the Hamilton for an after party hosted by Chelsea Clinton with Will.i.am as the DJ. Talk about going from one extreme to the other. 
We had the best time dancing the night away. And this was all just Saturday night. 

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