Washingtonians making it fine in ’09

January 6, 2009

It’s been a busy holiday season and we’ve been there to cover most of the December bender. The scene was ablaze with parties galore as Washingtonians, ready to celebrate 2008 and usher in 2009 upped the swank factor with exclusive parties. From Capitol Hill to Georgetown and everywhere in between, party goers decked in frocks, tuxes and even jeans and leather jackets hit the party circuit one last time in 2008. We were busy running around town to capture the magic of the night at various parties.

Darlington House
First on the list was the Drop the Ball 09 party at Dupont hotspot Darlington House. The swank factor of this party was above the Richter scale; drinks flowed, the DJ did not skip a beat and the shot bar was opened for business until 5:30am. The hosts were considerate enough to give away a “New Year’s Day Relief” gift bag filled with products from Celedon Spa, Grooming Lounge, Peroni and free brunch at the Darlington house.

Michelle Kuzma, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley & Aaron Bullard Manager of Finance at Serco North America. (Photo by BigSight.org)

Samantha Calloway (Tax Management Accounting Coordinator at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC), Mabel Obeng, MD OB/GYN at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Curtis Ofori, Agatha Tomasik (Docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art)

The Rookery:
There was a strong showing at the Rookery, restaurateur Bo Blair’s latest establishment, for an invitation-only NYE party themed Originally Celebrated NYE 2008. Hostesses Rebecca Canan, Keri Ann Meslar, Alexandra Hershey , Danielle O’Hara, Catalina Cabral, Leslie Green, Lee Heffner, Samantha Dredge, Liza Tanner and Jennie Kim pulled out all the stops with a power packed evening of dancing, dinner and premium cocktails. Guests danced to ‘80s cover band Judo Chop.

Jennie Kim (Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State), Samantha Dredge (Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Musician), Keri Ann Meslar (Director of Development for the Greater Washington Sports Alliance), Jessica Jacob (General Manager for the Washington Kastles tennis team and Director of Marketing for SB Nation)

Rachel Ariel Cone (Physicians Assistant at George Washington University Hospital), Rebecca Canan (Consultant at the Corporate Executive Board), Chelsea Maughan, Jennie Kim(Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State), Bambi Nicole Osborne (Attorney at Meyers and Alterman)

City Tavern Club
General Manager Steve Andronico and club members of the City Tavern Club in Georgetown opened up the private club to party goers with party that rocked the walls of the historic building. The ever popular Winn Brothers Band had guests rocking out to ‘80s and ‘90s faves like Vanilla Ice and Bon Jovi.
Jeanette Lee (Consumer Education Director at the Maryland Attorney General), Sasha Horne (Acting Chief, Public Affairs United States Air Force Reserve )
Elizabeth Buchheister, Croom Lawrence (Vice President/Assoc. Director Strategy and Insights at RTC Relationship Marketing), Kenneth D. Suarez (President and Owner at Suarez Consulting, Inc.), Jeanette Lee (Consumer Education Director at the Maryland Attorney General)

Stephen Whitman of Morgan Stanley, Taryn Fielder (Deputy General Counsel for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009), Steven Andronico (General Manager at the City Tavern Club), Shana Lloyd (Project Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation)

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