October 27, 2016

High-Heeled Race!

Tuesday night, we headed to 17th Street in Dupont Circle for the 30th Annual 17th Street High-Heeled Race

The annual race, which started as a bar-crawl between two iconic gay bars, Cobalt and JR's, has become one of the premier DC fall events, always happening the Tuesday before Halloween. We snapped some lovely "ladies" in their glamorous costumes just prior to the start of the race. 

SageWater's Scott Seel and friend Allison Shuster join Grey Garden's "Big Edie" and "Little Edie." 

GW grad student Steve Bruns with Maddie Morales and his sister, UMD's Jillian Bruns enjoying the people watching along 17th Street. 

Many racers and spectators wore extravagant costumes to celebrate the evening. Here, two of Disney's villains, "Cruella de Vil" and "Maleficent," pose together. 

Bars and restaurants along the race course welcomed patrons to dine and drink while watching the race. Here, The Nature Conservancy's Rye Finegan joins Save the Children's Jana Spacek and Georgetown Hospital's Devin Gilhuly

Glover Park Group's Katelyn Gaunt joins the US Senate's Sam Chasin and Marriott's Whitney Howell in enjoying the race. 

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Pumpkin Smash!

We went to the 3rd annual Pumpkin Smash at City Tap House! CTH featured an enormous, 450-pound pumpkin keg filled with The Great Pumpkin Georgia Brown by SweetWater Brewing Co poured in keepsake tasting glasses. Also on the menu were Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Beers that paired well with CTH's 10-spice wings.

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The pumpkin, which took five people to carry, will be carved out into a jack o' lantern just in time for Halloween. Here, City Tap House's Ann Carey, Tad Dmuchowski and Lisa Cascon.


Gensler's Ambassadors Program!

We headed to Gensler's DC office on K Street for the second installment of The Ambassador's Program! We snapped Carr Properties CEO and panelist Oliver Carr with Gensler's Francisco Gonzalez, panelist and Gensler's Heather Nevin, and panel moderator, Gensler principal Janet Pogue. Last night's panel posed the question: How is tech changing our workplaces?

Through the Ambassador's Program events, panelists discuss the intersections between design, technology and policy and how these shape DC. Here, Toffler Associates' Dave Barber with his sister, Gensler's Meredith Barber and colleague Maddy Crippen

Prior to the panel, guests networked and enjoyed a beer and wine selection and delicious appetizers. Here, Gensler's Abbie Howard introduces the panel, including Eaton House Director Carl Pierre

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Thursday, October 27

6:00 PM, Washington International Horse Show Barn Night. Guests can participate in scavenger hunts, T-shirt tosses, equestrian stars autograph signings and more. Verizon Center, 601 F St NW. Prices vary, info.

7:00 - 10:00 PM,  join Capitol Standard in partnership with Banfi Wines and Zoosk for Perfect Pairing at The Brixton, 901 U St NW. This is a one-of-a-kind speed-dating event. Free, info.

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Rick Bayless Book Signing, the recipient of the Julia Child Award (dinner later in the evening) at The National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW. Free – books for purchase, info.  

6:30 PM, Smithsonian Food History Gala at the National Museum of American History, 14th St and Constitution Ave NW. A special black tie evening dinner dedicated to the history of American food and a fundraiser for Smithsonian Food History programs. Prices vary, info.  

Friday, October 28

9:30 – 4:00 PM, The Smithsonian Food History Roundtables at The National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave NW. Join leading researchers, practitioners, and thinkers come together to address big issues around food in America. Roundtable with happy hour to follow (6:00pm), info.

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Picture This! Live Animated Comedy Show DC Debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW. Free, tickets are first come first served, info.  

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Friday, October 28, 6:30 – 11:00 PMMary's Center Annual Gala Noche Tropical: Un Carnaval at The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Every year, Noche Tropical brings together more than 500 Washington-area business and community leaders for an inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, casino games, auctions and much more. Purchase a $50 raffle ticket to win a yacht outing for 25. $325, info

Saturday, October 29

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, The Smithsonian Food History Festival at The National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave NW. Hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more. Free, info.

6:30 PM, 30th Anniversary Lombardi Gala at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and awards presentation. Honoring: Chris Mortensen, Bonnie Roberts, and Chunling Yi, PhD. Benefits Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prices vary, info.

1:00 – 9:00 PM, Rock the Core Cider Festival at The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE. $35, includes three session of unlimited tastings (30 ciders and 20 beers), lawn games, and some of DC's best food trucks, info.