Fillies Ball Leads Off Derby Festivities

Becky Fangman, co-chair, Barbara Lee Hood, Fillies Ball chairman.

Becky Fangman, co-chair, Barbara Lee Hood, Fillies Ball chairman.

Five Hundred or more people will attend the 57th annual Fillies Derby Ball, one of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest and most elegant events, this coming Friday at the Galt House East. The Fillies, a volunteer organization that works closely with the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF), is host of this formal event, which is themed “Galloping with the Fillies.”

The Derby Festival queen will be chosen by the traditional spin of the wheel, and the royal court established with the four remaining princesses, two handmaidens, two pages and four newly-knighted outstanding citizens of the community.

Becky Fangman, president of The Fillies, said, “The Fillies Ball has always been the premiere social event of the year in our community. It is a magical evening and we wait with anticipation to find out who will serve as the queen and court.”

Masters of the Ceremonies will be Lynda Lambert and George Lindsey of the popular “Lambert & Lindsey” morning radio show on 102.3 The Max. This year’s orchestra is The Crashers.

John Guarnaschelli with three of his staff members, Freda Manion, Kim Casey and Kelly Casey.

John Guarnaschelli with three of his staff members, Freda Manion, Kim Casey and Kelly Casey.

Cocktails are at 7, The Queen’s Coronation will take place at 8 p.m. and dinner will be served at 8:30.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. Contributing sponsors of the Ball are Brown-Forman, Treyton Oak Towers and 102.3 The Max.

The queen and her court serve as ambassadors to the community for the Kentucky Derby Festival and will attend nearly all events associated with the KDF and the Kentucky Derby itself.

Tickets are still available at $175; a corporate table of 8 is $1,700; and a corporate table of 10 is $2,000. For tickets, call 502.572.3856.

The royal court includes Chelsea Diamond of Louisville, Transylvania College; Katherine Gardner of Greenville, University of Louisville; Allison Grant of Harrodsburg, UofL: Cameryn Jones of Goshen, University of Kentucky; and Dominique Luster of Louisville, UK.

Barbara Lee Hood is chairman of the ball; Nancy Rust is her co-chair.

The Fillies was established to support the Kentucky Derby Festival. Their mission is to produce the Derby Ball, coordinate the Princess Program and publish the Official Derby Festival Program. Their membership is limited to 250.

Birthday girl Missy Buschmann with her mother Susie Schmied.

Birthday girl Missy Buschmann with her mother Susie Schmied.


The 2013 Guarnaschelli Lecture at Bellarmine University last week featured award-winning author Roger Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt was introduced by Bellarmine president Jay McGowan (who is a hard act to follow!).

Rosenblatt read passages from some of his 16 books. Mostly they dealt with growing up in NYC, the death of his daughter in her 30s, his affection for her young son and trying to cope with this tragedy.

His essays for TIME and PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 16 books, including several best sellers. He is a Distinguished Professor of English and writing at Stony Brook University.

Some previous Guarnaschelli Lecturers that I wish I had heard were Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, Ken Burns, John Dunne, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, William Styron and Harold Wilson.


Gabriel Amar for Frank Olive will be back in town showcasing his collection of fabulous hats at Heather French Henry’s Showroom at 1357 Bardstown Road. The collection will range in prices from $99 to $650.

Amar routinely contributes to local charities and will donate to the following organizations at various times/days in Heather’s store: Horses and Hope, Heather’s veterans organization, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,  the Younger Woman’s Club and the Crusade for Children.

Missy and Will’s son Reagan held by Debbie Maupin.

Missy and Will’s son Reagan held by Debbie Maupin.


Looking for unique Kentucky Derby souvenirs for yourself and guests this year?  Fabulous Finds at 2101 Frankfort Ave. has loads and loads of Derby Julep glasses from years gone by at really reasonable prices. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You might even find an original, unique Derby hat while you are there.


Missy Buschmann was having a special birthday (40) and all she wanted was a Louis Vuitton handbag.  Well, her husband got her a very special one. Guests had come early to surprise her when she returned from an outing.  After greeting everyone and after dinner she saw her LV handbag, only it was a cake! She loved it just the same.

Made by Adrienne & Co. Cakes Today on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville, the most adorable cake was exactly the size and shape of the most popular handbag.  Even the signature texture or grain of the brown leather was perfect. Missy had a grand time at her party but probably next time she will expect a real LV!