Hollywood on the Potomac
If you’re just getting home from last night’s holiday festivities, chances are you were at the “T’Was the Twelfth Night Before Christmas” party hosted by Sara and Ron Bonjean where ‘shooters’ were the norm. If past festivities are any indication, they’ll be sharing breakfast with leftover guests as we speak. Think Bloody Mary’s …….
There were no “Budget Trolls” roaming around this year because Congress avoided a government shut down prior to the occasion, but Darth Vadar was lurking around doing his little Skywalker thingy …..
Showin’ the love this year was George Wendt of Cheers fame who was fetched by official handler Doug Heye. Wendt almost immediately morphed into his Cheers role by pulling up a bar stool to greet guests.
It’s not every day that you get to go to the White House, especially to discuss and engage on international policy issues; but this week, that privilege was reality for nearly 100 bloggers, writers, producers and educators from the travel space. The gathering, tagged aptly online as a summit for #WHTravelBloggers, was a full day of exploration and discussion about the benefits of cross-cultural educational and cultural exchange and boosting international student travel and study abroad.
From the start of the day, it was clear this was going to be an interactive experience rather than a typical one sided summit where experts speak at you from a stage. A lively breakfast on the top floor of the W Hotel (formerly the historic Hotel Washington) kicked off the melding of minds and thoughts. Participants were encouraged to…participate, sharing anecdotes and photos and every detail of the day on social media. Naturally, this gathering of digital media folks would have been hard to keep off of the internet; every last one vested in communicating and sharing experiences with people near and far for the collective benefit, and that spirit was necessary to tackle the international issues at hand. Each tagged post additionally became part of a growing mosaic highlighting top tweets about the day’s activities.
What can we tell you about a black-tie marathon night that began at 7pm Saturday and went on until the after-party ended at three a.m Sunday? Lots.
They partied hard and thoroughly at the Capital City Ball at Georgetown’s City Tavern Club, where three hundred and fifty party-goers sashayed through four floors of fun on Saturday night. If that weren’t enough at one o’clock the hardiest went on to K Street’s handsome Malmaison for the after-party.
From the top floor Sponsors Lounge to the lower level where winners collected their silent auction trophies, there was a lot happening. The ball always promises “Open bar and heavy hors d’ouevres”—and keeps its word with four bars among three floors, no disappointingly long lines.