It was yet another memorable day for members of the Piedmont Driving Club on Sunday, April 21, when we gathered at Hollie Satterfield’s Elixir Farm in Bluemont for what may become known as the “redbud” drive. (Remember, earlier this month we drove along roads that were bordered by daffodils, then along the Shenandoah through fields of bluebells….well yesterday we were awed by a proliferation of redbud trees most everywhere we looked!) PDC members Wayne Porter and Hollie made the very most of the venue, carefully marking and mapping a route that followed quiet gravel roads and, as a special treat, took us through a couple of private farms. Whips had the option of either a 5 mile or 9 ½ mile trip, with a rest stop on the knoll of a stunning horse farm. While sipping champagne (so generously served by PDC members Ben Cox and Elizabeth Cummings) we watched young stock romp and play while we rested our horses.
Whips for the day included Carl Cox with his black 4 in hand, “All the Boys“; Club President Anne Watkins with her beloved pair, the “Windsor Greys”; Mary Munster with her dazzling pair of Fresian mares; Pat McCann who drove Wayne’s trusty “Tucker” (regarded by some as perhaps the prettiest moving horse ever!); Hollie driving her very fetching paint (how DID she have time to drive as well as host the absolute FEAST that followed…?); and at the top of the “cute“ scale, Kitty Newman, driving her adorable “Farnley Redwing”.
It wouldn’t be a “PDC Picnic Drive” without great food and fellowship afterwards, and this was no exception! Members and guests gathered at Hollie’s barn to enjoy fried chicken, a huge variety of sandwiches, quiche, “I-want-that-recipe-strawberry-salad”, pasta and bean salads, beets, and an array of deserts too numerous to mention. And, yes, of course there was more champagne, wine, and any number of other libations…
Thank you Wayne and Hollie (and everyone who helped) for a great time!