OK so this is not the kind of thing I usually post about for a couple reasons. First, the overall event is centered around “horse driving” which is something I am not at all connected to or have any experience with. Second, the price of the OMC + Garden Gun stuff which I want to tell you about is higher than most things I write about here on Consuming Louisville. That said I love Garden & Gun. It is, by far, my favorite magazine so when they come to town to do something I feel like I have to write about whatever it is that has brought them here. Also it is my not so secret wish to have one of my projects written about in Garden & Gun someday. Don’t you think they should mention Menu and Hours when they write about Derby or do a Louisville travel feature?
The Hermitage Classic is described as being “Three days of action-packed combined driving on the grounds of historic Hermitage Farm” taking place this weekend
September 21-23, 2012.
Combined Driving is a test of athletic endurance, mental stamina, and precision for both the horse and driver. Hermitage Farm is proud to bring this exciting sport to Oldham County. A number of special weekend activities include social events, unique merchant booths, food vendors, and more
Admission to the Friday competition is free and costs $5 for general admission on Saturday and Sunday. Not a bad price at all right? But what I want to tell you about is a little more decadent than general admission and a little more pricey.
Louisville’s Original Makers Club is hosting a “A Dark Woods Affair” dinner on Friday night. This is a dinner party benefitting the charity Oldham Ahead. I hear there will be models in animal costumes (that one is lost on me) a floating tent (cool!), food from Wiltshire on Market and other coolness from OMC + Garden & Gun. Price: $200. Yes, high I know, but not out of the realm of other Garden & Gun events.
On Saturday OMC and Gardent & Gun are hosting the “VIP Lounge” for $95. Again, not cheap but if you’re a fan of Garden & Gun, OMC and want to check out the Hermitage Classic this is the way to do it.
A Southern Lifestyle Experience with catered lunch and bar strategically placed to display one of the most exciting hazards in the marathon portion of the Classic. Includes general admission.
Tickets for all these events can be ordered on the Hermitage Classic site.
The main entrance to Hermitage Classic weekend events is located at the corner of Hwy 42 and S. Buckeye Lane in Goshen, KY.