• 16th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge

    Culture | Sports  

    Millbrook, New York in the summer is God’s country. I’m convinced of it. I catch the 7:48am Metro-North Saturday morning and half-consciously witness the city fade into wide open spaces over the next three and a half hours. And then time just stands still. I meet Cooper at Smithfield Farms, Karen and John Klopp’s place. Hospitality is one of their many virtues. The two story house is buzzing with family and friends while still nudging you to get lost in a novel. It doesn’t take long for me to realize this might be the most heavenly escape from the city possible.

    Unlike the Hamptons or Nantucket, Pine Plains (and it’s surrounding towns, including Millbrook) is home to rolling farm land—and the Mashomack Polo Club. In a celebration of sport and fundraising, the club hosts the Mashomack International Polo Challenge every year. Brazil is here for the first time to take on the locals in front of the 1,000+ guests and spectators dressed up like they have somewhere better to go afterwards. And neither disappointed.

    White Levi 501s are the jeans of choice for the local players

    The use of this silk Givenchy head scarf around her hat is smart

    The best party wagon I've ever seen, custom built by a retired local polo player

    Jun 24, 2013 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 4:21 PM:

    JC, I’d absolutely wear madras pants and assuredly most others on this blog would too.  With a white or blue oxford, maybe a blue blazer if it’s not too warm outside, and loafers…no socks.  Wear to a summer party, cook-out, some gathering that your girlfriend drags you to, or a college football game in late August.  When September rolls around, they go back in the closet until next summer.

    jc left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 2:01 AM:

    Hi, i have been reading this blog. I have a question about madras pants, would you wear them and how or where?

    Aaron left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 6:58 PM:

    I was slightly scared when I saw the “U.S. Polo Association” patch but thankfully—this was the real thing.

    As a side comment, I attended a match @ Newport a couple weeks ago, but most attendees were not as dressed up as I predicted they might be.

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 9:47 AM:

    @Dan—The player slipped on what appeared to be a fox fur jock strap…then partiers proceeded to pet it.

    RD left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 10:52 AM:

    here is more on that tailgate truck: http://polo.epubxp.com/i/36777/35

    y l hollander left a comment on 7/5/2013 at 9:36 AM:

    My God, that tailgate truck! I want that thing parked in my backyard as my refuge from a home overrun by the estrogen-laced tyranny of a wife and two daughters.

    Dan left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    Okay. I’ll bite. Why are people patting a guy’s crotch in the last picture?

    cam left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 4:40 PM:

    mr castleberry, looks like you guys had a good time. k. cooper ray looks spot on as usual. i would have enjoyed a picture of your rig.

    Tim left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:55 AM:

    great pics!

    Really enjoying the recent flurry of updates

    Paul left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 12:26 AM:

    Great pics. I grew up a half hour south of Pine Plains. Millbrook is a great town too. Cheers


  • Brooks Brothers Clothes The Great Gatsby


    Apr 22, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    TS left a comment on 4/29/2013 at 12:31 AM:

    Thanks for sharing this Fred. What a wonderful partnership and exciting behind the scenes look at what undoubtably will be the best dressed cast this year!

    Tripp left a comment on 4/28/2013 at 2:39 AM:

    Fascinating! I just wish that this video would have covered the partnership with Prada too!

    Erica left a comment on 4/27/2013 at 12:38 PM:

    This is so thrilling! Gatsby is my favorite book, and I believe this movie will do it justice, especially because of their partnership with Brooks Brothers.


  • A Tour of JFK’s Georgetown Homes


    by Moses Y. Bension

    President Kennedy occupied several homes in Georgetown as a congressman, senator, and presidential candidate. He moved frequently over the course of his legislative tenure, taking his naval souvenirs and family mementos with him. From his election to Congress in 1946 until his move to the White House in 1961, President Kennedy lived in seven Georgetown row homes and mansions. Although now private residences, they can still be seen on a walking tour of the quiet streets of Georgetown.

    At age 29, after having been elected to the House by Massachusetts’ now-retired 11th Congressional District, Jack moved into this 2600 square foot apartment at 1528 31st Street NW in 1946. He would live here for three years until moving in with his sister Eunice five blocks away.

    Jack and Eunice entertained regularly at their 1400 34th Street apartment until she became engaged to Sargent Shriver. This Georgian-style mansion was built around the turn of the century, and he lived here from 1949 to 1951.

    Defeating Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. for his seat by a margin of 70,000 votes in 1952, Jack rented this five-bedroom 1819 apartment at 3260 N Street NW for two years. Washington journalist Charles L. Bartlett introduced him to Jackie at a dinner party at Bartlett’s house while Jack was living here.

    3271 P Street NW was a relatively modest four-bedroom home for the junior Senator from Massachusetts. In January of 1953, shortly after moving in, he took Jackie to President Eisenhower’s inaugural ball. He was living here when he proposed to her.

    3321 Dent Place NW, known affectionately as The Red House, was the first home for the newlywed couple. Senator and Mrs. Kennedy rented this attached four-bedroom town-home for five months until October of 1954 when Jack was admitted to the hospital for a risky spinal operation. The procedure meant to cure his wartime back injury, but Jack lapsed into a coma, and last rites were administered.

    A recuperating Senator John F. Kennedy lived in this modest row home at 2808 P Street NW in 1957. It was the year that Jack’s Profiles in Courage won the Pulitzer and solidified his reputation as a deep political thinker.

    Senator Kennedy found himself at 3307 N Street NW with Jackie just before Caroline was born. The Kennedys campaigned for Jack’s presidency from this 1811 three-story four-bedroom Federal mansion. It was up the street from Jack’s residence when he had first met Jackie. It would be his last residence before the White House.

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    psp left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 10:41 PM:

    FEC: Please also try the Red Fox Tavern in Middleburg, prep in the extreme.  DC is the new New York.

    psp left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 10:30 PM:

    FEC: John Kennedy proposed at booth number 3 in Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin.  Try it when you in town.  My Sunday routine is to bike to Trinity Church and Martins for Lunch. Great tour.  Kathie is right about Hickory Hill.  Please also consider visiting Middleburg VA home of Glen-Ora.

    S/Amatourist left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 8:52 PM:

    i liked this a lot. thanks for the tour

    Kathie left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 1:29 PM:

    I can’t believe you didn’t go out to McLean to Hickory Hill. Hickory Hill was the late 17 hundred something? home that they purchased when she was pregnant with one of her babies that she lost…I think it was the third one she had right before John but not exactly sure or it could have been Arabella - the little girl that died at birth after Caroline. Anyway, she couldn’t bear to live in the house so they sold it to Bobby and Ethel. The house was recently sold and is being completely renovated. Next time you’re in DC let me know (via your blog) and I’ll let you know how to get there.

    khordkutta left a comment on 12/7/2012 at 10:50 PM:

    Great Shots, Great Article, well done FEC


  • 28th Annual Harriman Cup

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    It's become my Labor Day, my summer's end, my last ditch effort to let it all hang out of my seersucker trousers—the annual Harriman Cup. Rain or shine, throngs descend upon the Meadowbrook Polo Club from Manhattan and surrounding bed and breakfasts. Sam, Shane, and I roll in off the LIRR in a blaze of vintage Lilly, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers—the usual suspects. Usually falling on or around the last week of summer, this alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia is the tailgating event of the summer for the prep set (last year's Cup was a ball). Of course, awards are given out for such displays of leisurely grandeur. Best dressed, best hat, best tailgate, and so on. Max Sinsteden has just rolled out his generous tattered oriental rug under his champagne bucket stand and various hor d'oeuvres. It’s a nice spread. However, a neighboring goldenrod Land Rover with blonde hair, blue-eyed college alum promises to be stiff competition. Their snacks are nothing more than finger sandwiches and pretzels, standard fare. Turns out it's Sam's tailgate...and we discover we work together at Ralph Lauren. That's the nature of the Harriman Cup, you’re two degrees from anyone in a navy blazer.

    Vintage Lilly Pulitzer, patchwork madras, seersucker

    Van, Cooper, Max, and me

    Allegra stomping divots between chukkers

    Thanks to Town & Country, I spend most of my time in and out of the VIP tent this year, and frankly, I am quite spoiled with the experience. Booze, food (I go back for seconds on the pulled pork—shameless, I know), the deceptive feeling of self importance—all on the house thanks to the handful of sponsors like J.Mclaughlin, Knockaround, Vitamin Water, and many more. Seriously though, the best time to be had is mingling from tailgate to tailgate while only casually glancing at the match between cocktails.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

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    Ashley left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 4:46 PM:

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/23/2012 at 6:53 PM:

    @Jake—We strive for diversity here.

    Jake left a comment on 11/23/2012 at 6:35 PM:

    How nice of you to have a single Black friend, trotted out at the very end.

    Gus left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 12:20 PM:


    As a Yale alum and frequent Harriman Cup attendee, I disagree.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:45 AM:

    @Gus—I’d venture to guess more than half the crowd that shows up isn’t alum of either of the colleges.

    Gus left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:42 AM:

    Why would people who didn’t attend UVA or Yale make a Yale/UVA match a summer tradition?

    Max left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 5:08 PM:

    Max’s blazer is beyond awesome. Want.

    CHC left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 12:49 PM:

    Those Lily Pulitzer pants are sweet. How much does a pair like that cost?


    Mike left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 12:14 AM:

    The gentleman in the green pants gets first prize.

    Desmond K left a comment on 11/19/2012 at 6:08 PM:

    Looks like you guys had a grand ole time. And VIP access makes an event like this that much better.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


  • The Eagle and Child


    The British have a way with names…many pubs are outright compelling enough to lure you in for a pint on curiosity of name alone. The Lamb and Flag, The Bear, The Eagle and Child—and those are just pubs in the small town of Oxford. In the 1940s and 1950s, a small group of Oxford academics met on Tuesdays at The Eagle and Child to read and discuss members' unfinished works. This venerable group, of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fame, called themselves "The Inklings." Technically, it was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both, according to member (and elder brother of C.S. Lewis) Warren Lewis.

    Familiarly and alliteratively known in the Oxford community as The Bird and Baby, the pub nurtured discussions that contributed to the final form of both Lewis' Narnia books and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Needless to say, my crossing the threshold for a pint was as if setting foot on literary holy ground. The warmly lit stool-laden maze of rooms are reminiscent of a pub right out of Hobbiton...fitting, actually. And though the name is sure to lure you in, The Eagle and Child's rich history will inspire you to settle in for a pint, if not two.

    Sep 20, 2012 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Mary left a comment on 10/28/2012 at 9:36 AM:

    this was one of my favorite stops during a 2 week trek through Scotland and England a couple of summers ago. walking through the door felt a little magical. glad you were able to enjoy it!

    David Bloom left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 4:21 PM:

    The pics and posts from England are great-keep em coming!

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 8:21 AM:

    I am sure these exterior shots evoke fond memories of your trip, but as a reader they are a little boring.  How about some interior shots so we can see the hobbit-like rooms…

    Desmond Kinlaw left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 7:58 AM:

    I appreciate you highlighting notable spots in NY and abroad. My Google Map is full of starred locations I’ve learned about from this site. Could be another coffee table book idea…I’d buy it.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


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