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December 5, 2008


Big shout-out to Mervis Diamond Importers! Get the diamond of your dreams at their special one-year pricing. Don’t miss the Mervis Diamond Trunk Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click on ad to the right for more details.


Mistletoe & Cocktails and its scantily-clad Santa’s helper invitation come once a year—and last night 500 frolickers happily responded by flooding Paper Moon from 9 PM to 1AM. There was even an end-of-party Kobe Bryant sighting (in town with the Lakers and evidently wandering up from Mate). Party guys Lindsay Stroud and Tripp Donnelly founded the annual tradition, now in its sixth year and with help from buds John Cecchi, Fritz Brogan, and Josh Overbay.


Zeynep Halici, Jennifer Bortz, and (off to the right) someone else in the right spirit.


Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (first round choice in ’04) and Sherif Abdalla (creator of club Play) stopped by after the team’s victory over the New York Islanders.


Tripp Donnelly of newly rebranded RepEquity (“online reputation management”) and real estate maven John Cecchi of IDI Group. Hats off, by the way, to Lindsay, who got engaged by in August to fellow G-Town MBAer Shannon Delaney. Lindsay kicked the party off six years ago when he did some “guest bartending” for friends at Martin’s Tavern, and the thing kept growing. They use Paper Moon now because it’s the biggest venue they can find in Georgetown.


Keri Ann Meslar (at one time with the “Skins and Bobcats) and Kristina D’Ambrosio are both graduates of the University of Tennessee.  

Midtown Meets War Child

Our Bisnow happy hour at Midtown on Wednesday was also packed, we’d like to point out. 150 came to celebrate a film, Warchild, that opens tonight at E street Cinemas for one week only. Above, director Karim Chrobog, who left yesterday for a film festival award in LA. He travels a lot: born in Singapore, moved to Brussels, then Germany, Dubai, and the US.


Midtown Manager Danilo with hostess Andriana aim to provide the “exquisite experience” they say is the byword at all the chic clubs owned by the Michael Romeo Group (Fur, Tattoo, Lotus as well). Stay tuned for the even more exclusive Midtown Lofts, set to open in ‘09.  They say their secret sauce includes classy cocktail hostesses and décor, friendly doormen, great music, drinks, and atmosphere. They say the beautiful people follow.


Could these gals actually be, gasp, attorneys? Kruti Mahta, Stephanie Silverman and Kim Kuhn held a mini-reunion at Midtown after reading about the party in Bisnow Legal. They all used to work together at Venable, although Kim’s now at Orrick.


Tonight, Friday, December 5th, stop by Midtown for a special happy hour starting from 7:00-8:30PM to benefit Becky's Fund, which fights domestic violence. Help a worthy cause and enjoy an Open Bar with Absolut and Champagne. A $20 suggested donation gets you into the party which is sure to be a blast.

Also on December 5th the City Tavern Club is hosting the Repeal Day Ball from 8 PM to midnight in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Repeal Day. Sophisticated cocktail attire recommended. Visit www.dccraftbartendersguild.com to purchase tickets.

Zoolights for two? Cuddle up with that special someone with date night at the National Zoo this Saturday, December 6th. Tickets are only $30 per couple for FONZ members and $40 for non-members. Starting at 5:30 PM, warm up the night with hot chocolate and gingerbread men, a cuddly plush animal gift, and a romantic tour of the zoo’s annual Christmas light display.

Stop by the Fractured Prune in Dulles this Saturday, December 6th from 8 AM to 4 PM for a chance to show your support and catch a glimpse of the Food Network show, Unwrapped.

Monday night, December 8th, join DC socialite Kate Michaels for an exclusive event at Jimmy Choo in Chevy Chase. The first 50 ladies will receive a goodie bag.

This weekend kicks off the annual Nutcracker brunch at the Willard Intercontinental, this year on three Sundays, December 7th, 14th and 21st from 11 AM to 2 PM. Nutcracker themes are intertwined in an elaborate spread in the form of Sugar Plum Pastries, Granny Stahlbaum's Waffles, and Clara's Land of Sweets. A treat for all ages!

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