Road Trip: Virginia Gold Cup Races

Posted by  | March 30, 2012  at 3:26 PM  

Saturday, May 5, 2012, will mark the running of the 87th Virginia Gold Cup Races--a steeplechase marked by its tasteful tailgating parties and sea of chic chapeaux. Held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, Gold Cup is only an hour-ish from the Panhandle, yet you'll feel as if you've travelled across the pond and are spending the day at Ascot trying to sneak at peek at a princess or two ;)

While I attended Foxfield Races during my college days, this will be my first Gold Cup, and I am super excited! In my mind, my picnic is packed and my sundress selected. To help all you other prepsters prep for the party, over the next few weeks I'll be doing special posts on tailgating tips as well as where to find the best hats for your pretty little heads.

For those of you on Pinterest, be sure an follow Gold Cup's official Pinboards, to help you plot your course to ensure a winner circle-worthy photo finish:

Tickets are already on sale and will go quickly--you can find more details HERE. Admission starts at $85 for a car of up to 6 people, so find a few fab friends and don't forget your sober driver!

Virginia Gold Cup Races

May 5, 2012
10AM to 7PM

Great Meadow
5089 Old Tavern Road
The Plains, VA  20198


These Wild, Wonderful Leeks are all the Ramp-age

Posted by  | March 23, 2012  at 12:05 PM  

Allium Tricoccum, wild leeks, or as the rest of us call them, Ramps--this pungent little plant is a true (and tasty) indicator that Spring has most definitely sprung.

Found creekside in wooded areas throughout West Virginia, I consider these lovely little wild leeks one of the state's tastiest treasures (rivaled only by morel mushrooms). Besides, you can't get more local than going out in the woods and digging up dinner, right?
Traditionally, ramps are fried in bacon grease, paired with trout, and served alongside fried potatoes (and delicious in that, this is going to kill me, kinda way). However, as their popularity has spread to urban farmer's markets and even Mario Batali's Babbo in NYC, the way in which ramps are prepared has also expanded to include soups, sauces, soufflés, and more.
If you're looking for that ramp flavor, but you're not the DIY (Dig It Yourself) type, The Vintage Lady in Harpers Ferry offers a West Virginia-made ramp mustard, that comes complete with a recipe book to help enhance that unique ramp flavor.
If you'd rather enjoy your ramps served up snazzy, here are some local restaurants where you'll find ramps showcased in their Spring specials.

213 West Washington Street
Charles Town, WV

The Press Room
129 West German Street
Shepherdstown, WV

The Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV

Lot 12 Public House
117 Warren Street
Berkeley Springs, WV

And in case you ever doubted my authenticity as a true West Virginian, here are some pics of me on a ramp-digging excursion with my family circa 1984. My mother also informed me that this outing involved several outfit changes and at least 3 pairs of shoes--I guess some things never change :)

Keep reading for my recipe for ramp pesto. This pesto works well with both fresh and frozen ramps, so it's a great way to enjoy them year-round!

Early Bird Tickets are Flying Fast for This Year's Shenandoah Riverside Fest!

Posted by  | March 19, 2012  at 3:21 PM  
The only thing better than a summer music festival is one that doubles as a fundraiser! June 15 & 16, Watermelon Park in Berryville, VA, will be home to the Shenandoah Riverside Festival This festival features all of the essentials--good tunes, quality camping, and craftiness--and 100% of the proceeds will go towards cleaning up the Shenandoah River.
"The proceeds from our first two events ( totaling over $15,000.00) made it possible for Earth Korps, (the Shenandoah's Keepers) to pull over 47,000 pounds of trash from the river."
This year will feature tunes by Rhonda Vincent, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Iron Horse (to name a few), and just added to the lineup are local favorites Circa Blue and Drymill Road.

Tent camping for this event is FREE and a very limited number of discounted Early Bird passes are still available for only $40! Once the EB tickets are gone, tickets will go up to $55. I don't about you, but this bird will take tickets over worms any day!

Shenandoah Riverside Festival

June 15 & 16

Watermelon Park
3322 Lockes Mill Road
Berryville, Virginia


EPFC to Host Free Screening of Forks Over Knives, Tonight at The Shepherdstown Opera House

Posted by  | March 15, 2012  at 12:15 PM  

The healing and medicinal powers of food have been recorded by cultures world-wide for centuries.
Can we improve awareness of foods impact in our community?
Tonight, join the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic for another event in their Care Jam series. The Shepherdstown Opera House will be hosting a free screening of the thought-provoking film Forks Over Knives. This event will end with a discussion session with Dr. Dave Didden and Health Coach Mary Curran of Health Through Simplicity, who will also offer wellness profiles for those interested.

If you're not familiar with this film/movement, this movie is a documentary that examines the impact of diet on the prevention, treatment, and even reversal of cancer, heart disease and other degenerative illnesses. For more information (as well as some tasty recipes) visit

Forks Over Knives
Discussion with Dr. Didden and Mary Curran

Thursday, March 15

Shepherdstown Opera House
131 West German Street
Shepherdstown, WV


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Sham-Rock Ink' Roll 3

Posted by  | March 14, 2012  at 9:19 AM  

Saturday, March 17, Retrodini & BS Tattoo and Skate will host their 3rd Rock Ink' Roll (or Sham-Rock Ink' Roll, giving the timing of this fête) at Earth Dog Cafe in Berkeley Springs, WV.

This party will feature rockin' tunes by Highway 13 as well as a DJ-fueled dance party. Ladies entering the pinup contest should count themselves extra lucky, as the experts in pretty pinups from Capitol Bombshell, will be serving as special guest judges.

Admission to the event is $5 and entry in the pinup contest is also $5, but if you've got the pins for it, you'll collect enough in winnings to cover that entry and maybe even some sassy new shoes.

Rock Ink' Roll 3

Saturday, March 17
8:00 PM

Earth Dog Café
398 South Washington Street
Berkeley Springs, WV 


Music 'n" Moonshine at Barns of Rose Hill

Posted by  | March 7, 2012  at 2:27 PM  

Image Courtesy of Arkansas Online

If you find yourself yearing for that misty taste of moonshine and some mountain music, you'll definitley want to snag tickets to the Music 'n' Moonshine party at Barns of Rose Hill this Saturday.

Authentic Appalachian tunes will be supplied by Chance McCoy (I wonder if he's one of THE McCoys) as well as local boys The Low Brau Highballers. As for the beverages, I can't promise mason jars or little brown jugs, but Belmont Farm Disterlly's "Virginia Lightening" moonshine will be available for those who like a little booze with their bluegrass.

Tickets are limited and available for purchase online here:

Music 'n' Moonshine

Saturday, March 10

Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Court
Berryville, VA 

(plus bail money)

Lilly Pulitzer is Now at Kimberly's of Winchester!

Posted by  | March 2, 2012  at 2:30 PM  
Kimberly's of Winchester, VA, is welcoming more than just warmer temps to their store this MarchI am super excited to share that Kimberly's is now an official Lilly Pulitzer retailer!

Known for their whimsical, yet timeless prints, Lilly Pulitzer makes some of my favorite frocks for Spring and Summer soirées--I even have quite a few vintage pieces that are as stylish today as they were in the 60's. The Lilly label is also famous for their obsession with all things pink and green, which is sure to pair perfectly with the color scheme of the 2012 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®!

135 N. Braddock Street
Winchester, VA
540-662-2195 or 800-967-8676
Open: Monday-Saturday, 10AM to 6PM

P.S. Here are some of my personal picks from the Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2012 collection:

Buttercup Short
Resort White Mini Spring Fever Toile

Mimosa Skirt
Worth Blue Swizzle Stripe

Maybell Dress
 Shorely Blue

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