By Punch Pulse Correspondent Lindsey Clark
What more fitting venue to host Washingtonian Magazine‘s Starry Night Inaugural Ball than the National Air and Space Museum? Â Sunday night’s sold out event honored the 57th Presidential Inauguration with dinner, dancing, and drinks – all under the canopy of the museum’s world-renowned collection of historic aircraft.
The evening also paid tribute to special guest Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides support, resources, and assistance to those affected by the death of a loved one serving in the armed forces.Â Hundreds of guests enjoyed music from local ten-piece band Kaleidoscope, drinks from several bars scattered around the museum’s main floor, a buffet dinner, VIP lounges, and, of course, access to the museum’s collections and exhibits (and if you have never been inside a space ship while wearing formal attire, you really haven’t lived).Â And if that wasn’t enough to keep us entertained, there were also caricature artists, and a photo station where you could have your picture imposed on the cover of Washingtonian Magazine (which we only passed on because the line was so long).
By the time things wrapped up around midnight, there was still a decent sized crowd that seemed reluctant to leave.Â Air and Space is by far one of my favorite venues for events like this, and Washingtonian definitely put on an event that did justice to a fantastic space.
As the Punch Premiere Correspondent, Lindsey covers all things music and theater related. When not writing for Pamela’s Punch, Lindsey has a seriously sweet gig as Executive Assistant at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.gov). Aside from writing and seeing as much live music as possible, you can usually find her on a running trail, in front of a painting, staring at her dog, Lincoln, or hanging out with her big sister and fellow Punch Correspondent Niki Clark. Follow her on twitter @lindseykayclark. Contact Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.