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Twilight Polo in Virginia

Great Meadow, host of the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase races is celebrating 100 years of polo in Virgina with Twilight Polo every Saturday night from May 31 until the 13th of September!

The Polo Club had over 75 playing members last year, and is one of the largest in the region. The festivities of the Saturday evening at Great Meadow are not limited to two great polo matches, attendees often have tailgates and picnics and stay after the games to enjoy moonlight dancing to the music of a DJ.

“The great thing about stadium polo is that it is an intimate and relaxed setting, and it allows us to play at night under the lights,” said Dr. Phillip Karber, president of Great Meadow Polo. “It is a unique event in that families can bring their kids, who can roam the grounds, enjoy the halftime entertainment, meet our popular ‘Polo Bear’ mascot, while at the same time the adults can enjoy summer tailgating in a beautiful setting with some exciting polo play to watch.”

The only Saturday night during this stretch that you can’t catch twilight polo is August 9, when Green Meadow will host a night of bull riding by Twisted K Productions.

Interesting tidbit: Polo, which is often associated with preppy wear and the Brits, was actually invented over 2,000 years in Persia, making it the oldest historically recorded sport!

Tickets for Twilight Polo are $20 per car or $10 a person. They also offer a limited number of seasonal tailgating rail spots and boxes available by request. Gates open at 6:30pm and the first match starts at 7pm.

For more information about Twilight Polo log onto Great Meadow here.

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International Gold Cup – THIS WEEKEND

Looking for some fun this weekend – then head out of DC to the lush countryside of The Plains, Virginia for the 70th running of the International Gold Cup. Thousands will gather to watch the steeplechase races with jockeys from around the world. Why am I blogging about this, you might ask? Well, this event has some of the most gourmet tailgating around! And who doesn’t love a day of fun in the country! Lavash tents surround the rail with people partying all day long. Be sure to check back next week for pictures of some of the gourmet finds along with recipes.
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If you get tired of all the hats and swanky clothing, there are plenty of great eateries in the area…

Check out the Ashby Inn and Restaurant for delicious French-inspired comfort food. This is also one of the hotspots for partying the night before the race.
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or The Coach Stop Restaurant for “a great meal and genuine hospitality”
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or stop by Market Salamander to pick up the fixings for an afternoon picnic. A few highlights from their a la carte counter include Pulled Pork with Homemade BBQ sauce, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes and Fig, Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onion Tarts. Most items are sold by the pound.
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