June 11, a Sunday, and another great day for the Piedmont Driving Club! Carriages gathered on the expansive lawn of Gleneden for a trot down the road, over the fields and through the woods to the Shenandoah. A typical summer day in Virginia, it was a bit muggy but no one seemed to care. Once we got to the river there was the sound of cool water lapping the shore and a nice breeze through the trees. This drive was “go as you please” so whips took various routes. It is nice, and unusual, to have a venue where this is possible! In all there were about 8 carriages. Club President Anne Watkins was able to join the group directly from her Kittery Point Farm, as she is a neighbor.
Following the drive, everyone assembled ‘round the pool behind Judy and Bill Hahn’s beautiful home. Usually to see such landscaping, one would need to visit the gardens at Winterthur or Dumbarton Oaks, but no, it was all here for us to enjoy. The Hahn’s have created an absolute fantasy land of perennials, annuals, shrubbery and statuary.
The pot luck picnic luncheon began with fresh berries and ended with a HUGE birthday cake. In between were sandwiches, ham, fried chicken, salads, casseroles, cheeses, breads, and just about anything else one would care to eat! The food was un-ending because, in addition to the PDC contributions, the Hahns had invited family and friends. Again, did I mention the birthday cake? We were all there to celebrate both Bill and Judy’s birthdays. No, nobody asked “how old” but probably if added together, we could have put at least 100 candles on the cake???
It was a fun party, long remembered for sure!