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.
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.
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.
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.