The Thoroughbred Club of America

December ~ A time when we do our best around here to slow things down a bit all in the honor of friends, family and traditions. Over the years we’ve come to know what we like best. What brings back the fond memories, what makes us the most comfortable, and what makes us the most grateful.
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

December is also a time to celebrate & shine. This year the Thoroughbred Club of America here in Lexington was ready to bring a fresh look to their treetops, tabletops, and time honored traditions. I am honored that they asked me to bring that fresh look to their beautiful club for Christmas.
It was an absolute pleasure!
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

With my photographs & the sentimental prose of Edgar Albert Guest ~ I'm happy to share the results with you!  
 
"When Friends Drop In" 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

It may be I'm old-fashioned, but the times I like the best
Are not the splendid parties with the women gaily dressed,
And the music tuned for dancing and the laughter of the throng,
With a paid comedian's antics or a hired musician's song,
But the quiet times of friendship, with the chuckles and the grin,
And the circle at the fireside when a few good friends drop in.

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Though I sometimes like an opera, there's no music quite so sweet
As the singing of the neighbors that you're always glad to meet;
Oh, I know when they come calling that the fun will soon begin,
And I'm happiest those evenings when a few good friends drop in.

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection  
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

There's no pomp of preparation, there's no style or shame or fuss;
We are glad to welcome callers who are glad to be with us,
And we sit around and visit or we start a merry game,
And we show them by our manner that we're mighty pleased they came,
For there's something real about it, and the yarns we love to spin,
And the time flies, Oh, so swiftly when a few good friends drop in.

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Let me live my life among them, cheerful, kindly folks and true,
And I'll ask no greater glory till my time of life is through;
Let me share the love and favor of the few who know me best,
And I'll spend my time contented till my sun sinks in the west;
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

I will take what fortune sends me and the little I may win,
And be happy on those evenings when a few good friends drop in.
Edgar Albert Guest
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Many thanks to everyone at the Thoroughbred Club ~ I wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a joyous new year!


  Merry Christmas & thanks as well to
Joseph & Shannon Hillenmeyer for the fireside chats in the pouring rain, beautiful Christmas trees & heavenly greens!

Click to visit Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop Lexington, Kentucky
Photo | Longshadow
A very special thank you to my assistant Taylor for making the hustle & bustle so much fun! 
Photo | Lisa Porter

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