HATS & HOMEBREW
I couple of days ago, I mentioned the Kentucky Derby and its traditions. One of those traditions that gathers a lot of attention every year is the array of showy hats. Mostly the women seem to be the creative ones, but every once in a while you get a gentleman who gets into the Derby spirit as well. At the official Kentucky Derby site, there is a gallery of pictures of recent hats.
The first and the last in the series are my favorite. I'm going to post them here (with attribution) and hope that nobody gets mad.
(photo: Dan Dry/Power Creative at the Kentucky Derby site)
I like this one because it's huge and an attention-grabber, but there are elements of style as well.
(photo: Chris Burkhardt at Kentucky Derby site)
I don't know who these people are, but I love them! Amidst all the seriousness of the race, with the training and work and getting bets in on time, these folks know that the essence of the Derby is to celebrate and have fun!
One of the things that absolutely SHOCKED me about Kentucky when we moved here was that there are still places that are "dry" - where it is illegal to sell alcohol. There are no restrictions on making your own, you just can't sell it. And my brother and sister Kentuckians are an enterprising bunch, so there is quite the thriving homebrew community out there.
And I make a distinction between homebrew and moonshine. People hear 'moonshine' and they think illegal production and distribution and hillbillies, (like Granny Clampett's 'rheumatiz medicine' on the Beverly Hillbillies)! And while I cannot declare unequivocally that 'moonshine is now mainstream' you do tend to see bottles in liquor stores with the term on the label. We even got a bottle of "Blackberry Moonshine" that was packaged in a Mason jar (of course!) a while back. We used it mostly for cooking. No really! For drinks we are either a Dr. Pepper, Coke Zero or sweet iced tea family, and in the biggest cups we can find. And that's just not the way to drink moonshine, if you are looking for any kind of 'pleasant' experience.
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