Garden & Gun‘s fancy person party, Jubilee, kicked off this morning. We’ll be honest, we were pretty psyched to see it. Like (a really tall) Little Orphan Annie inexplicably invited to live with a balding millionaire going by the unsettling moniker of “Daddy,” we somehow got a pass to attend last year’s Jubilee. And it was everything G&G promised — tents of exquisite antiques, shotguns so delicately handcrafted we’d sooner frame them than take down a deer, and lots and lots and lots of people who looked like Billy Reid. So, you know, we fit in perfectly.
But the highlight of our visit to the “Made in the South” weekend were the puppies — a whole litter of Boykin spaniel pups just hanging out mid-event awaiting a snuggle. So we were surprised to see the line-up for this year’s event. Surely it would just be the same outrageous fete but with double the pups, right? (If 10 Boykins are good, we’re pretty sure 20 would be even better. 30? Fan-fucking-tastic.) But no. With the exception of “One-on-One Dog Training with Wildrose Kennels, this year’s Jubilee was Boykin-puppy free. Instead, highlights included a handcrafted Marketplace, “Meet the Makers” Trunk Shows, and the unveiling of Volvo’s XC90 luxury seven seat SUV and V60 all-road Cross Country
Quoi? How did the Swedish auto brand make it into the Made in the South Weekend? I’m not super great at geography, but the last time I visited Stockholm (spring ’02, got lost shopping in H&M, nearly missed my boat back to my Rotary Exchange host family in Finland. Most terrifying day of my life.) it was in Scandinavia. You know that little block of icicles masquerading as nations — super healthy people, nine months of winter, incredible education standards … i.e. the anti-thesis of the South.
But what the Jubilee lacked in canine cuteness, it made up for in fancified tchotchkes. The highlights: