Forty runners, walkers and family groups were in the first Tammany Trot 5K at the Daly Mansion October 10. The competitive runners took to the course first, winding around the mansion, partly on the west lawn and also on service roads. Then the families and the folks who wanted to do a more leisurely 5K began the route, which circled the historic mansion four and a half times before ending right in front of the main porch. Winning the competitive heat was Rachael Zeiler, followed closely by Amanda Brady. The winners won unique horseshoe trophies, since the Tammany Trot was named after one of Copper King Marcus Daly's prized racehorses. The equine portion of the day was represented by a miniature horse named Ruby, who liked to romp around the large mansion lawn and was available for photographs. All the contestants received "goody bags" with free prizes for being part of the initial race at the historic property northeast of Hamilton.

The day was one of the replacement activities this fall for the Daly Mansion. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the long-running Daly Mansion Murder Mystery was cancelled. It would've been in mid-October and included a fine dinner and a fun, live mystery presentation presented in coordination with the Hamilton Players community theater group - The Unusual Suspects. It will be back next year, organizers promised.

Also put on hold for a year was the very popular Haunted Hayride, a Halloween weekend ride that followed the same basic route as the Tammany Trot, but has always included scary stops with live and undead characters providing the scares.

However, Halloween will not pass by without a Daly Mansion event. Plans are nearly complete for a "Truck-or-Treat" Halloween evening, with candy available for the kids at a number of "socially distanced" areas on the Mansion grounds. We'll have more about that in the coming days.

The Daly Mansion lane, before the weekend weather arrived. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)