I had a ball last night photographing the Bardstown Rotary Club’s Wine and Cheese tasting event on the lawn of Spalding Hall Xavier Dr. Bardstown, KY. I couldn’t Wait to share some of the images with you and tell you all about the fun I had….I love my job!
When I arrived at around 5:30 pm last evening it was a smoldering 96 degrees in the shade. I walked up to the lawn at Splading hall and it was bustling with beautifully dressed elegant ladies setting up tables. Some of those pretty ladies I am already acquainted with through other organizations like the Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, or the Kentucky Bourbon Festival ( some through both).
I was surprised to hear from Jerry Lear, (Owner of the classy Xavier’s restaurant in Bardstown,KY 112 Xavier Dr.) that in less than 1 1/2 hours the lawn would be covered in guests in numbers of over 1,200 all for the benefit of many different charitable organizations like the Polio fund that the Rotary supports. It was a neat twist of fate that I heard about the Wine Tasting event only the day prior, when my friend and client Rachel Briney told me I should go . “Wear a dress” she said. (Gulp) . I don’t even own one. So on my lunch hour I literally ran into Gabby’s Consignments to try on every dress even close to my size. After a frantic 20 minutes and 13 dresses later, I settled on a cute yellow sundress. I felt silly walking around so girly in the heat taking pictures of all the elegant people. But I definitely was glad that Rachel told me to wear it I would have felt out of place in anything else. It was such a visually pleasing event with all the sundresses, wine bottles, and fruit trays. The gentlemen seemed to radiate with pride as they showed me their dates for a photograph. “Tag me” they would say .
I have hear of the Rotary Club before, but all I knew was that they cured Polio. The day before the event when I called to ask about tickets, and details, I offered my talent if they needed me. I have 2 uncles who had Polio and wanted to contribute to the cause. The friendly voice on the other line didn’t strike me as a “Restaurateur” of a classy restaurant . The voice was warm, kind and lacked pretense. I immediately checked on Facebook for the name Jerry said was a contact for the event. I got such a quick response from Matt Krupp that I was surprised. He was also friendly, and had a great energy in his voice. Matt filled my ears with amazing facts about Rotary; like the Polio Fund, Bill Gates, and the future of Rotary projects and capitol projections. I was shocked really, I had no idea. My ears were ticking with interest. I was so going to this event. Now I was not just a guest, I was on the team.
So when I arrived at 5:30 I saw Matt and Jerry briefly to say thanks for having me, and got busy. The next 4 hours are a visual treat for me artistically, and the conversations were jubilant with friends. The wine was flowing and delicious, and the tables were set with frosty glass vases, and flowers. The sun began setting lower around the time the gates opened and by 7:30 pm the party was in full swing. The talent of the night’s DJ AM Productions (Matt Krupp Bardstown) was obvious . The music was perfect for the landscape and vibe of the event. Jazzy tunes crooned out of the speakers with the likes of Satchmo himself ringing through my delighted ears.
A real treat for me was the Live auction by my friend Billy Frank Harned ( Harned Auctioneers Bardstown,KY) . I have never seen “BF” live in action, but I had wanted to since we first met. He almost yodeled out the pace of the auction. I was honestly bewildered when he would note someone’s bid but I didn’t even notice a gesture. Was there some type of telepathy involved? The excitement gained, while cases of Bourbon’s were sung into the waiting hands of generous guests like Jim Wight from Wight Meyers winery who purchased a case of 1792 for the benefit of the Rotary Club’s good deeds.
Speaking of Wight Meyer’s Winery ( Shepherdsville,KY) you should definitely make it a point to go see them soon. There wine is so good that I missed my chance to sample when they ran out . It was a crowd favorite!
Other who’s who’s in the crowd were philanthropists’ and friends, polititians, teachers,and business leaders. Generous Businesses like Medica Pharmacy Owned by Leon and Margaret Claywell (Also my friend and client’s) were on hand to keep the wine flowing. Make sure you browse through all the pictures to see what I mean…. and mark your calendar for next year Wine an Cheese 2012 is sure to please.