Spectators sip apple cider and inhale the scent of horse musk as the hunting horn calls. The Elkridge Harford Hunt Club riders and hounds are off to the Thanksgiving Day fox hunt. St James Episcopal Church in Monkton, Maryland, has hosted the Blessing of the Hunt, Blessing of the Hounds, since the 1920’s. This tradition is a family event that begins with a 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day church service.
Those that don’t attend the service, tailgate near the Pony Ring where the priest blesses the hunt at 11:15 a.m. This year, St James is requesting $20 for parking to support the Historic Preservation Fund.
Mixing with family and friends while witnessing this blessed event is an excellent way to start the holiday.