Engaged! 2015

A standout event for brides-to-be every year in DC, the 2015 Engaged! Wedding Event took place Sunday at the Willard Intercontinental and St. Regis Washington. Starting in the late afternoon, brides, grooms, mothers of the brides, and bridesmaids and groomsmen gathered at two of the city’s most elegant hotels to meet vendors for every aspect of a wedding: there were DJs, caterers, wedding planners, event designers, stationery specialists, custom gift creators, and even live bands spread out across the hotel spaces for guests to peruse.

I started at the St. Regis, where guests were asked to check-in, because a particularly high-security guest–Benjamin Netanyahu–was staying at the InterContinental, making access a bit tricky. Not to worry, though; guests were greeted with a goodie bag full of swag as they toured the ballroom and tented outdoor space of the St. Regis.

Notable vendors included SweetWhistle, which specializes in event favors like hotel welcome boxes and bridesmaids gifts, and Thornwillow, a luxury publishing company creating elegant engraved cards and speciality printed items. Jamie Peterson of Event Painter Live was also at the venue, creating a live painting of the scene unfolding in the ballroom. Strawberry Milk Events created a Marie Antoinette-inspired seating space, featuring pastel blue, pink, and white French decor and bon bons, while Entertainment Exchange artists sang pop tunes on stage. Guests enjoyed catering from both the St. Regis hotel chefs, which included in-house wedding cake makers, as well alternative desserts like Astro Doughnuts.

Hopping on the shuttle, we headed over to The Willard Intercontinental to see even more wedding vendors in the hotel’s dramatic, high-ceiling rooms. We enjoyed treats from the hotel caterers, which included a sushi station as well as more standard American dinner fare. Also lining the hallways were Spagnvola Chocolatiers, truly artisanal chocolate makers and growers who create custom truffles and treats for events.

The main ballroom featured multiple seated dinner tablescapes. HJ Planners also decorated a portion of the ballroom, and President Heather Sala was present to answer questions from the hundreds of bridal guests trickling in throughout the afternoon. Jo Malone specialists were on site to help brides pick out their wedding day fragrances, along with Bloomingdale’s The Registry representatives who were next door to assist with registry questions like timelines, suggestions, and variety. Marcela Urioste of Style Salon provided palette recommendations, as well.

Women in Jazz: A Panel on Gender in Music & Jazz Concert


4 PM – 5:40 PM, followed by a reception. Registration from 3:30 PM.

Professors, female musicians, and activists from Sweden and Washington, DC will generate new thoughts and ideas about creating a more equal music scene across the globe. Individual presentations and a panel discussion address the challenges of working for gender equality in music in general and in jazz in particular. 

The event will be followed by a jazz concert with Swedish and American performers as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. Please see below.


Doors 6 PM Show 6:30 PM

RAW Sound Sweden & Ephemera in Concert 

Cash bar available, limited seating.
Both events are free of charge.

Partners: Sweden and Washington Women in Jazz, Kultur i Väst and Region Västra Götaland, Sweden. 

RSVP for one or both events here.

Brewer’s Ball DC 2015


The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking forward to hosting the 10th  Anniversary matchboxfoodgroup D.C. Brewer’s Ball Presented by The Beer Institute and Groupon.

Returning for its 3rd year at the beautiful National Building Museum, this event continues toward its goal: to serve up hope, one pint at a time.

See photos from last year’s sold-out event!

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts the Brewer’s Ball each year to raise money to help fund programs and research on this genetic, life-threatening disease that affects about 30,000 people in the United States. Approximately 10 million additional people are carriers of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis (CF). CF attacks the lungs by building up a thick layer of mucus that causes respiratory problems and infections.

For this Craft Beer event of the season, breweries and restaurants will set up shop at the National Building Museum to entertain attendees.

Local favorites like Bluejacket, Mad Fox Brewery, Port City, Heavy Seas and Flying Dog will rub elbows with nationally renowned brands like Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Ommegang, Lagunitas, and Allagash. Representatives from many of the breweries will be on-hand to chat about the beers they’re serving, which gives both beer aficionados and beginners plenty of chances to ask questions and learn more about the beer and breweries. Area restaurants like Matchbox, Ted Bulletin, H Street’s Granville Moore’s and Meridian Pint will provide their signature dishes to go with the beer selections.

Don’t worry if you are not a beer fan – Total Wine & More will be serving several wine selections and the Cocktail Guru will be pouring a beer-inspired cocktail & delicious mocktail for the designated drivers.

While attendees nosh on local delicacies and sample their favorite beer, they can peruse and bid on hundreds of silent auction items.  The auction, with a wide array of items perfect for any size wallet, features items such as beer baskets, one of a kind experiences and exotic trips. A live band, the VIPS, will be keeping attendees energized and dancing the night away!

Tickets: http://dcbrewersball.org/

2nd Annual Casino Night Hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington


Our second annual Casino Night will be a fun-filled evening featuring a full complement of staffed gaming tables including Texas Hold ‘em, Black Jack and Craps, Roulette, a fabulous dinner buffet, name brand open bar, amazing raffles, a live and silent auction, and a celebrity Emcee with music and dancing–all to take place at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner!

Use your winnings towards amazing raffle prizes at the end of the evening. Trust us it’ll be worth it!

Last year’s event was the talk of the town and such a fun event that we just had to do it again!

Grab some friends, get dressed up, come hungry and get ready to have a great time for a great cause! What more could you ask for on a Friday evening? You may walk away with some great prizes but you’ll feel great about helping raise funds for our Club kids!

Tickets: http://www.bgcgw.org/fairfax/casino-night/

Contact: Wonhee Kang, (BGCGW, Fairfax County Region), 703-304-8631wkang@bgcgw.org

All proceeds from Casino Night benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Fairfax County region.


Brews & Banter at Folger Theater


Join the Folger’s young patrons for Brews and Banter, our new pre-show conversation about the plays in our 2014/15 season. Peek behind the curtain with Folger actors and discuss classic drama at the world’s largest Shakespeare library.

Led by the Folger’s Kate Pitt, the conversation on Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, Folger Theatre’s second production of the season, will include Helen Hayes award winner Kate Eastwood Norris (Mary). Participants will be able to purchase $30 tickets to the performance of Mary Stuart the same evening .

Beer and light fare is included.


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Washington, DC—The 22nd DC Fashion Week (DCFW) will kick off with a celebration of up and coming “NEXTGEN” student designers on Feb. 18, 2015. This season the five-day long festivities, which will proudly introduce the Fall/Winter collections of designers from across the world from Feb. 18 – 22, is upping its commitment to paying it forward and expanding its efforts to encourage students to pursue a career in fashion.

The opening event, sponsored in partnership with award-winning DC organization H Street Main Street, will showcase the work of faculty-nominated students from Delaware State, Howard University, Liberty University and West Potomac Academy. Participating students will get a platform to exhibit their unique collections and will gain hands-on knowledge and a behind the scenes understanding of the economics of the fashion industry, all for free.

“Giving back to students and our community by showcasing their undiscovered designs in the heart of the H Street fashion market is what makes this collaboration so poetic,” said DCFW Executive Producer Ean Williams. “DC Fashion Week has always had a strong commitment to the next generation of designers, and we are thrilled to be able to have so much promising talent participate in our show.”

Unlike previous DCFW opening events, this year’s showcase will be a dynamic popup entertainment and retail experience, repurposing existing retail space on H Street NE for the show and for temporary spaces to house local fashion retailers, such as Catwalk Boutique, Cutlass and Cane and Euro Styles.

“Hosting such a unique and community-building event is a wonderful opportunity for the H Street NE Corridor,” said Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street. “When we come together and encourage students to succeed and our businesses to thrive, everyone benefits. We thank DC Fashion Week for having their event in our neighborhood and look forward to working together again in the future.”

The event will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2015 at 823 H Street NE. Admission is free an open to the public. Join the conversation on twitter by using #NEXTGENDESIGNERS.

DC Fashion Week doesn’t stop there! Please check out the other wonderful events we are putting on for the rest of the week:

Feb. 19 – Fashion Industry Networking Party hosted at Dirty Martini Bar & Restaurant in Dupont Circle: This festive engagement is where designers, models, photographers, media and retailers network and showcase their talents. The event has expanded to all three floors to accommodate the popular Jewelry & Accessory Fashion Show, as well as the after party. Free and open to the public.


Feb. 20 – Haute & Modesty Fashion show (women only) hosted at the District Architecture Center in the heart of DC’s bustling Penn Quarter District: Simply captivating designs abound as this showcase transcends the latest cultural convergence of fashion.Tickets/press passes required.

Feb. 21 – Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artists (M.E.D.I.A.) Show hosted at Washington Post Conference Center (1150 15 St NW): Special music guest performance by actor/singer Ivan Ellis from Fox’s new hit series “Empire.” Tickets/press passes required.

Feb. 22 – International Couture Collections Show at the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. Tickets/press passes required.

The unbridled popularity of these events makes DCFW’s 10-year anniversary destined to leave its mark on history – for the next generation.

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About DC Fashion Week: DCFW is Washington’s premier apparel trade show, and the only fashion tradeshow entity formally recognized by the District of Columbia. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFW was created toincrease economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. DCFW showcases the fashion industry in the D.C. area and includes a wide range of domestic and international fashion trade professionals including buyers, sourcing agents, merchandisers, exporters and high-end retailers.

About H Street Main Street: Established in 2002, H Street Main Street works with private and local partners to encourage and support small business growth and revitalization along the H Street NE Corridor. Over the last decade, the organization’s work has supported the creation of more than 286 new businesses and over 2600 new jobs in the District. H Street Main Street’s work has been so successful, the organization was presented with a 2013 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), recognizing H Street as an outstanding example of urban commercial revitalization. Follow H Street Main Street on Twitter and Facebook.