2020 Derby Day at The Hall


Riders up! Get ready for the Kentucky Derby at Meadow Brook Hall on Friday, May 1. The Tudor-revival style mansion will provide a grand backdrop for a delicious Derby lunch and your most opulent hat. Guests can enjoy a traditional mint julep with a Meadow Brook twist and a presentation by Rachelle Willnus, owner of Derby Hats by Rachelle. Rachelle will be providing a 30 minute presentation on the 'History of Hats and Fashion at The Kentucky Derby' and about the origin of hat wearing at the Kentucky Derby and why the tradition continues to this day. Rachelle will also discuss women's fashions at the Derby , expectations of Derby attendees, food, drinks, recipes, and more. Guests will be given copies of food and drink recipes to take home so that they may create their own magical Derby experience, while hosting their own Kentucky Derby Party. Rachelle creates avante-garde Derby style fascinators that have become popular in Michigan and other parts of the US and abroad. Rachelle will showcase examples of hats and fascinators and well as discuss materials used to make modern day Derby fascinators. Rachelle will also have headpieces for sale with 10% of sales going to Meadow Brook Hall. The afternoon will conclude with a self-guided tour of The Hall and a prize for the best hat.


Note: Tickets will not be issued. Reservations will be held at the door. Please bring a copy of your email order confirmation and have photo identification available for admission.

Any special dietary requests must be made when making your reservation.


Date:May 1, 2020
Time:Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Cost:Non-member - $55
Member - $49.50
Location: Meadow Brook Hall
Oakland University
350 Estate Dr
Rochester MI 48309-4481


Event Refunds: Because of Meadow Brook Hall's non-profit status and the intimacy of our events, we only offer full refunds if cancellations are received fifteen (15) days prior to the event, partial refunds of 50% if cancellations are received seven to fourteen (7-14) days prior to the event, and no refunds if cancellations are received less than seven (7) days prior to the event. NO EXCEPTIONS.

For more information please call (248) 364-6252 or visit the Meadow Brook Hall events web page.


Please be sure to enter in your entire parties quantity (adults and all guests) in the quantity box below.


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