For the third official carriage outing this year, the Club met at the picturesque Cobbler Mountain Cellars, a Delaplane, Va winery known also for award-winning cider in addition to their delicious wine. Check them out at: www.cobblercellars.com
Nine turn-outs made the 6 mile round trip to Cry Havoc Farm, where we were hosted by friends and former members of the PDC, Babs Timmerman and husband Michael Denny. What a delight it was, after negotiating the hilly road from the winery, to turn into a meadow where our hosts greeted each carriage with Champagne, deviled eggs (from Cry Havoc chickens!) and freshly prepared olive crostini. The weather was perfect and the views magnificent. Don’t know how or why this happened, but a flock of guinea hens (who reportedly split their time between Cry Havoc and a neighboring farm) entertained us by strutting their stuff through a nearby pasture… all this while we took in the views, enjoyed the refreshments and admired each other’s (well mannered!) horses.
Club President Anne Watkins took the lines of a handsome chestnut gelding she purchased last year. He was a near match to Wayne Porter’s gelding. Alcinda Hatfield took the groom’s seat with Wayne. The Hafflingers were out in force, with Al Baturay, Caroline Collomb, and Bertrand Collomb each driving a pair. New Club members Tom and Mary Kay Albert rode with the Collombs (their newly purchased driving horse is out for a “tune up” with a trainer – we hope to see them “on the box seat” soon). Judy Hahn and daughter came out for the first time this year with her pretty bay gelding. Mary Munster brought the Friesian girls. Carl Cox drove his “Music Boys” to a surrey. Barbara and Tom Wolf sat behind the incomparable Sheba.
Meanwhile back at the winery, Marci Bade and hubby Keith helped make ready the tables for the picnic. Including guests, the PDC fed and “watered” about 30 happy people. We enjoyed several bottles of Cobbler Mountain’s finest after a brief carriage parade in front of the other very appreciative visitors to the winery.
And, since the Wolf’s hosted the picnic, you can be certain that we enjoyed plenty of luscious food! There was a perfectly presented gourmet ham, accompanied by a selection of spreads and chutneys. Other offerings included a Greek shrimp salad, several pasta dishes, a fabulous potato casserole, green salads, and a selection of homemade pies and deserts. Looks like it will be another banner year for the Piedmont Driving Club!