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The Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday in May!

Mark your calendar and get your hat ready.

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Federal Hill, My Old Kentucky Home
Bardstown, Kentucky

Before the horses run the Derby, the University of Louisville marching band strikes the cords and everyone stands and sings My Old Kentucky Home. For a Kentuckian that song can bring a tear to your eye and a tug on your heart.

Click the arrow on the hat to hear the song, and sing along. 

By Stephen Foster 

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home, 
Tis summer, the people are gay; 
The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom 
While the birds make music all the day. 
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor 
All merry, all happy and bright; 
By'n by hard times comes a knocking at the door 
Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night! 
Weep no more my lady. 
Oh! Weep no more today! 
We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home 
For the old Kentucky home, far away.

Article, Bottoms Up!  source

It is once again that time of year in Derby City (aka Louisville) to share the mystical lore of the mint julep. After all, few drinks are held in such high esteem that they merit their own elegant namesake vessels. Julep cups began to be made before the drink was invented, however, and originally appear in period inventories as tumblers or beakers, terms by which they are still known more generically today.

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The silver julep cup has long been a symbol of achievement and prestige popular throughout the South. For more than two centuries Kentuckians have given, received, and used them as they were intended at special events, from ceremonial family gatherings such as christenings and weddings, to public contests at local and state fairs. And, of course, at the state’s favorite pastime, horse racing. As far back as 1816 the KentuckyGazette noted that julep cups had been awarded as prizes at horse races in the Commonwealth.

The julep cup (i.e., tumbler or beaker) is a classic American silver form. Julep cups were made in many Southern states, and each often developed its own unique style. In Kentucky, the distinctive straight body lines with graceful moldings at base and rim may trace its origins to silversmiths Asa Blanchard of Lexington and William and Archibald Cooper of Louisville. There are currently twenty-three julep cups (tumblers) on the KOAR website; the first shown here is credited to William Kendrick and the rest to John Kitts, both of whom worked in Louisville.

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