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Recap: Smithsonian at 8 Toast to DC « Miss A® | Charity Meets™ Style.
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Crishana Loritsch is a licensed property manager by day and a budding fashionista 24/7. A fourth generation native Washingtonian, she loves all things DC and credits her upbringing with making her into what she feels is a classic 21st century Renaissance woman.

Her love of the arts, music, fashion and all things girly began at an early age. Family legend has it that she only agreed to walk at the age of 22 months after her uncle promised to buy her a new dress. She walked the very next day and will walk a mile gladly to find the latest beauty and fashion must haves at a fantastic price. Her fondest memories growing up involve shopping with her Mom at Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies to us DC natives) and visiting every museum and art gallery that her legs and her Metro card could carry her. A few of her favorite DC destinations are The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Zoo, and The Phillips Collection. Living in the DC area and being in the property management field can be stressful, so Crishana is always on the lookout to take advantage of every opportunity to invest in her sanity, whether it's taking in a concert, seeing a ballet, or getting a massage and facial.

Crishana also makes sure to give back to her industry and local community. She co-chairs the Outreach Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Association Institute (WMCCAI) and also serves on its Editorial Committee as one of its featured writers of their publication, Quorum magazine. She was honored as the WMCCAI 2011 Volunteer of the Year as well as being named one of its 2011 Rising Stars. Additionally, she participates in 5K/10K races all over the Washington DC metro area which benefit such charitable organizations at Ringing In Hope, Habitat for Humanity Loudoun County, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and The American Red Cross.

Recap: Smithsonian at 8 Toast to DC

It was a fun filled night at the Carnegie Library as locals gathered from all over the city and points beyond to celebrate all things DC at the SMITHSONIAN at 8 Toast to DC last Friday night, May 8. It was the perfect evening to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, enjoy great music in a lively atmosphere and sample beer, cocktails and spirits from Atlas Brew Works, Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau, New Columbia Distillers/Green Hat Gin, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Walking around the library and seeing the various neighborhoods represented was a testament to our city where people from every walk of life call DC their home. Strolling through the exhibit For the Record: Artfully Historic presented by The Historical Society of Washington DC  the unique opportunity to travel back in time and walk the streets of DC through its various times in history.  As a 4th generation native Washingtonian, it was fascinating to look at the various places depicted in the exhibit and recall stories told by my family of how the city has changed so much over the nearly 80 years we’ve been fortunate to call DC our home.

Becky and Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Becky and Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Saul Mutchnik, Green Hat Gin (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Saul Mutchnik, Green Hat Gin (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Ed from Port City Brewing serving one of their signature ales (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Ed from Port City Brewing serving one of their signature ales (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

The highlight of the evening was the flash mob in the center of the dance floor. As DJ As-One worked the ones and twos, the dancers took to the floor and grooved to the sounds of DC’s Own, the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown, Bruno Mars and Pink.

DJ As-One spinning the jams (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

DJ As-One spinning the jams (Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

(Photo Credit: C. Loritsch)

Whether you were from Petworth, Shaw or Anacostia, the unifying factor was our love of our city. There is truly no other place like Washington DC, where you can have the vibe of a bustling, big city and the homespun appeal of a small town all rolled into one.

 

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