Why Celebrate Today? July 6, 2011

Some of my favorite things about summer in Kentucky are the outdoor theater festivals, especially the Shakespeare festivals in Louisville and Lexington. I’ve been attending these productions for over forty years (gasp!). It feels like home for me to mosey through the blankets and benches and picnics before the shows begin. Some of the picnics become quite elaborate and many feature wine with their fare which of course warms my wine retailer heart.

Tonight, Summerfest opens at the Arboretum in Lexington with a promising-looking production of RICHARD III directed by my friend Sidney Shaw.

This is particularly well-timed because in 1483 on today’s date Richard III was crowned King of England. I’m not sure celebrating Richard’s reign is an appealing thought but celebrating the beginning of Kentucky’s outdoor theater season always is.

I suspect my wine of choice for tonight will be the newly arrived Astoria Pinot Grigio “Alisia”. Yum and forsooth!

More reasons to celebrate today;

  • On this date in 1785, the dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit in the United States. What would I do with these pitifully few pieces of paper in my pocket if they hadn’t?
  • In 1933, the American League defeated the National League (4-2) in the first Major League All-Star Game. A not-so-subtle pattern begins to emerge…
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced to each other on this date in 1957. Whoever performed the introduction did us all quite a favor.
  • Today is the birthday of John Paul “I have not yet begun to fight!” Jones (1747), Nanci Griffith (1953) and Sylvester Stallone (1946).

Our “Cocktail 4 2day” is for the birthday today of Bill Haley of “Rock Around the Clock” fame. Bill’s rock group was the Comets.

Comet Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Cognac

¾ oz. Drambuie

¾ oz. Cointreau

1 oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 dash Angostura

Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

…and “rock, rock, rock till the broad daylight”.

Cheers,

Roger.

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