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NSM celebrates Maryland Hunt Cup with Friday exhibit

Music on tap for Camden during Colonial Cup week

Posted: November 13, 2012 11:49 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Experience the thrill of the greatest timber race in the world as the National Steeplechase Museum presents a photo exhibition of the past 20 winners of the Maryland Hunt Cup on Friday evening at a Colonial Cup eve reception and book signing at the National Steeplechase Museum.
The public is invited to attend this event which opens the Marion duPont Colonial Cup festivities. The Maryland Hunt Cup Exhibit and Book Signing will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Cocktails and Comestibles will be served by Indigo Jones Catery of Camden.
The National Steeplechase Museum is located on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course.
It has been said that the Hunt Cup is the stiffest cross country race in America and the number one timber classic in the world. The Maryland classic began in 1894 and is held annually at 4:00 P.M. on the last Saturday of April. Its rich history has been recorded in Stuart Rose’s 1931 “The Maryland Hunt Cup”, John Rossell’s 1973 “The Maryland Hunt Cup – Past and Present”, and endless efforts by Margaret Worrell to ensure that the remarkable heritage of the event is preserved forever. 
The National Steeplechase Museum is pleased to add another dimension to this history by presenting an exhibit on the recent winners. In addition to saluting these horses, riders and owners, the Museum will display its collection of memorabilia, including action films, associated with this great event.
In addition to the exhibit, Patrick Smithwick will be on hand to sign his new book, “Flying Change- A Return to Steeplechasing”. Smithwick hails from Maryland and has written a book about the dangerous and exciting world of steeplechasing. It is a compelling tale of a man torn between his love for the sport and responsibility to his wife and children. “Flying Change follows Patrick’s first book, “Racing My Father” and both volumes will be offered during the reception. Readers will relish the writers’ skill in brilliantly detailing steeplechase settings from Saratoga to Camden and a population of colorful characters. 
Admission for Friday evening’s festivities is $40 for National Steeplechase Museum members and $50 for non-members.
Call  432-6513 for reservations or, contact the museum online at www.steeplechasemuseum.org.
Musical acts liven up Cup weekend: If you are in town for this Saturday’s 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase races and looking for something to do on Friday night, the Fine Arts Center and the City of Camden are joining forces to throw an after-work, Cup-eve party.
The Camden Town Green will be hopping to as“Horsing Around in the Town Green” will feature music from the popular funk-rock group, The Root Doctors.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. with The Root Doctors taking the stage at 7 p.m.
Coolers are prohibited as there will be food and beverage vendors selling their wares at the event.
The Root Doctors have long been a favorite of Palmetto State music fans as the seven-piece outfit, which includes a horn section, will take listeners on a musical journey. Fronted by lead singer Walter Hemingway, The Root Doctors will bring a blend of funk, rock, rhythm and blues and even beach music to the party with song selections ranging from Van Morrison to the Beatles and the Stones to Earth Wind and Fire to Marvin Gaye to Cee Lo Green and everything in between.
If you are still in the party mood after the races, The Venue on Broad will present a special Saturday night show featuring the ever-popular Zach Deputy.
Tickets for the show, which is slated to start at 9 p.m., are $10 each and will be available at the door the night of the show.
The blues and R & B-tinged music of singer/songwriter Zach Deputy, who plays to large crowds at The Venue, is a cross between Taj Mahal, Al Green and Stevie Wonder. Fans of artists such as Jack Johnson and Amos Lee will also like Deputy’s music Latin/Caribbean/African vibe.
On Friday night, Camden favorite, The Rusty Davis Band, will perform shows at the Old Towne Tavern in Camden beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Salud! Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Lounge, on Broad St. in Camden, will get Colonial Cup week going tonight with the jazz/blues/funk sounds of the Reggie Sullivan Trio.
On Thursday, the Althea Jacobs Trio will take the stage for an evening of blues/jazz and rock.
Both shows are free to restaurant patrons.
The Old Amory Steak and Seafood Restaurant, on Rutledge St. in Camden, will have three straight nights of free, acoustic music from Thursday through Saturday evenings.
On Thursday, Camden’s own Steven Mooneyhan will play his acoustic rock tunes on his guitar.
Friday, Old Armory favorite Jeff Liberty takes the microphone to brings listeners his unique blend of blues and acoustic rock songs.
Following the Colonial Cup, Pamela will entertain listeners with her variety of soft rock stylings.

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