Pageantry of traditional fox hunt on display for simulated event
The sights, sounds and pageantry of a traditional fox hunt will be on display during the annual Hunt At Hartwood this Sunday.
The event at 10 a.m. is free for spectators.
Sponsored by Friends of Hartwood, the simulated hunt is run by Sewickley Hunt Club members and American Foxhounds.
The “fox” is a heavily scented rag dragged along trails to simulate the path a real animal might have taken to escape the hunters. Mounted riders and a pack of helpful hounds will track the scent during the chase.
The hunt is meant to honor Mary Lawrence, the original owner of Hartwood Acres, who regularly hosted similar events at the countryside home.
“Come get an idea of what these memorable events were like when the Lawrence family lived in the mansion in the 1900s,” Friends volunteer Amy Giammattei said.
Club members will educate visitors on the outfits and other traditions prior to the start of the event.
Tailgating starts at 9 a.m. and cost for one space is $30. Preferred parking spots will sell for $20. The spaces are limited and are on sale at facebook.com/ FriendsOfHartwood.
Proceeds from the tailgating spots will benefit restoration of the historic stables at the Allegheny County park.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, email@example.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.