Marilyn Carney and her grandson, Jay Buchanan, make the quintessential
Blue Grass cocktail.
For five years, Marilyn has hosted a Kentucky Derby party at her Marietta home and this year will be no different. Mint juleps will be part of the celebration. “We do have an authentic Derby menu with Derby pie, Hot Browns, mint juleps and all the things you have from the Kentucky menu,” Marilyn said.
Having lived in horseracing country in New York, Marilyn developed an affinity for equines early in life.
“I love horse races,” she said.
Somewhere along the way, Marilyn fell in love with the Kentucky Derby.
“I’ve always wanted to go in person to the Kentucky Derby. I’ve never been able to do that for one reason or another. So I just decided to have my own party. It’s turned out to be a real fun time. Every year, the guest list just gets a little longer,” Carney said.
Marilyn’s guests arrive at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, with ladies donning hats and gloves.
“My house is built for entertaining. I love being surrounded by my friends and seeing them have a good time. People come and have a good time, and they leave happy having spent an afternoon being carefree.” she said.
Marilyn, who worked for years in commercial property insurance, was married to the late John Carney, a Marietta City Councilman in the 1950s. They met in 1991 and married in 1998. She has two grown sons, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Marilyn loves the thrill of “the greatest two minutes in sports.”
“(The Derby) is just an exciting thing. There’s competition. Everyone is pulling for their horse. It’s just a good time,” she said.