L-R Steve Humphrey, Janice, Steve Bass, Terri Bass, Kevin Frantz and Liz Gastiger, before attending the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala.
The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred and the courage runs deep” —C.W. Anderson
By Janice Carter Levitch
Portrait by J. Edward Brown.
Let me tell you about some of the latest adventures I’ve had. This gal needed a little polishing to get ready for the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala, so I caught up with Dr. Sean McGuire of the Physician’s Center for Beauty, and the services I received made all the difference. We started off with dermaplaning, a fancy name for shaving your face. Yes, I did it and loved the results. The soft layer of peach fuzz on my face was gently removed along with the superficial layer of dead skin (gasp!). Then we moved onto tackling what looked like the number 11 happily emblazoned between my eyebrows (frown lines caused by repeated scrunching of eyebrows). A little injection of Dysport and voila, those elevens were erased in no time. Last but not least, I was told my lips were asymmetrical, so onward with a little enhancing and poof, good as new. My lip gloss has never looked so good.
Catherine Platz, Marketing and Philanthropic Manager for Kendra Scott, and Josh Meredith, Creative Director, Original Makers, at the Woodford Reserve Oaks Brunch at the Omni Hotel.
Thanks to all of the beauty services – including having Daniel Strasser, creative director for Clique Boutique apply my makeup – I was prepared for the Derby Museum Gala held at Churchill Downs. Tonya Abeln, president of the Churchill Downs Foundation, recapped, “Under the leadership of Michelle Mudd and the guidance of the incredible staff at KDM, this year’s Kentucky Derby Museum Gala was one for the ages as guests were given the opportunity to dine and explore the newly expanded space.” Michelle Mudd chaired the gala while looking absolutely enchanting alongside her husband Bill Mudd, president and COO Churchill Downs.
L-R Steve Wilson, co-founder of 21c Museum Hotels, Christy Brown, and artist Daniel Lismore attending Christy Brown’s legendary Derby Party.
“This year’s gala, with presenting sponsor Central Bank, showcased the museum’s expansion, the Oaks Garden Terrace,” she said. “Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres inside The Mansion at Churchill Downs Racetrack followed by a trolley ride to the museum for a seated dinner and dessert. Afterwards, guests danced the night away to the Celebrity All Star Band.”
Woodford Reserve Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall making the official Woodford Reserve Derby Toast at the Woodford Reserve Oaks Brunch.
Onward to the next escapade – a quick jaunt to New York to take my daughter (a student at NYU Tisch) to the well-known 21 Club. If she couldn’t get home for Derby, I thought we’d have great fun dining at this “hangout of choice for New York’s elite.” As you enter the restaurant, you immediately notice the cast-iron jockeys that line the staircase near the entrance. It all started in 1931 when the colt Twenty Grand won the Kentucky Derby and the first cast-iron jockey was put on display to commemorate the win. The item quickly multiplied outside 21 as big races were won and stables were honored with a replica painted with the proper colors and inscribed with the owner’s name or stable. We enjoyed every moment, including being seated under the thousands of toys and memorabilia suspended from the ceiling. Oddly enough, our table was under the UofL basketball signed by a former coach. What are the chances?
L-R Cathy Shircliff and Tonya Abeln who work closely together at Churchill Downs, laugh off their matching Christian Siriano gowns while attending the 2019 Kentucky Derby Museum Gala.
Next, Josh Meredith, the creative director of Original Makers Club, hosted a Woodford Reserve Oaks Brunch on the rooftop of the Omni Hotel. “It’s exciting to see a vision become a reality,” he explained to me. “Over the past six years, the Oaks Garden Party & Brunch has kicked off the greatest weekend in Kentucky! Partnering with Louisville’s top chefs and one-of-a-kind venues (and) having Woodford Reserve, the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, involved has elevated the event beyond measure.”
Janice and Sarah Carter Levitch visiting the legendary 21 Club in New York, famous for the cast iron jockeys lining the entrance celebrating the well-known thoroughbred stables in America.
I have to say, all of these adventures are exponentially more gratifying with my sweetheart in tow. Concluding the festivities, I had the opportunity to attend Christy Brown’s Derby party. Guests arrived by the busload directly from the track. The Juggernaut Jug Band kept the crowd moving and libations kept flowing. Steve Wilson, co-founder of 21c Museum Hotels, arrived with his special guest Daniel Lismore, a well-known artist in London, England. “He is art,” Wilson commented on Lismore’s style. Lismore has a resume that would knock the haute couture socks off of any legendary fashionista. That’s a wrap on another first Saturday in May! V