On the evening of Saturday, September 11th at The Montgomery Country Club, the Merrie Mimics Mystic Society officially opened the Montgomery Ball season with their 67th annual ball themed “Off to the Races.” The Ladies of Merrie Mimics celebrated the deep-rooted tradition of horse racing. Once referred to as “the sport of kings,” horse racing has captivated all major civilizations, including the Greeks and the Romans, for centuries. It first became a professional sport in England during the reign of Queen Anne in the 18th century. 

  Guests were greeted at the grand stairwell with two large trumpets of flowers designed by the talented Jerry Thrash of Rosemont Gardens. Upon entering the ballroom, guests were transcended to a derby style celebration with white linens tied with fresh green ivy vine, large gold lanterns, and gold horseshoes accented with the Merrie Mimics “Off to the Races” logo displayed in the center. Both ends of the stage featured large whiskey barrels (a nod to Kentucky bourbon), topped with green. The upstairs buffet area featured horse racing rosettes in shades of blue and green. Pastel painted mason jars with gold horses and racing numbers were arranged throughout the buffet table. Each of the round tables was centered with floral arrangements in shades of pink, white, peach and green in silver julep cups, designed by Jerry Thrash.

  Following tradition, the ladies of Merrie Mimics wore black dresses and masks but added to the theme by wearing a fascinator atop their heads. 

The Queen was stunning in a gray trumpet style ball gown with an ivory beaded tulle overlay designed by David Tutera for Mon Cheri. Her earrings, a gift from the members, were a custom design by Vivian Drew. The Queen wore a full size silver plated crown bejeweled with rhinestones and Swarovski crystals.

  The tableau was kicked off with the “Call to Post,” the traditional opening to the Kentucky Derby performed by Angela Bartley. The Men of Merrie Mimics, the Women of Merrie Mimics, Past Queens and Committee and Board Members entered the ballroom to kick off the night’s festivities. The Queen was presented by her husband through the large white draperies and circled the runway as she greeted her guests for the evening. She was met by her three children who presented her with a bouquet of pink roses. She then joined the Merrie Mimics Board Members on stage. The band, Established, entertained guests throughout the night indoors while the sounds of JC Carleton filled the outdoor terrace.

As a token of appreciation, the Queen presented the Board Members and the Host Committee with themed gifts in gratitude for hosting and for all their support and hard work in making this dream a reality. The membership of Merrie Mimics presented the Queen with an Arthur Court silver tray adorned with horses, and a pair of engraved mint julep cups to remember the special event. The night ended with a Queen’s Breakfast downstairs at The Montgomery Club hosted by special friends of the Queen.