Looking Forward to Some of the Best

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The Washington social season has something for every taste and, to a certain extent, every giving level. This fall sees a number of special events celebrating a signature anniversary.

In addition to the Meridian Ball, marking 50 years of global leadership and public diplomacy (see article on p. 12), the late founder Lolo Sarnoff’s beloved Arts for the Aging turns 30.

Particularly timely in the #MeToo era, Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen’s Knock Out AbuseGala, assisting survivors of domestic violence, is in its 25th year. It has grown from a long table of women at Cafe Milano, which I was privileged to attend, to a sellout event that has outgrown several venues.

The National Society of Arts and Letters provides a glimpse into the era of white-tie waltzing in perhaps the city’s most glamorous private ballroom.

As an unabashed animal lover, every year I treasure watching festooned canines escort their proud people into a black-tie evening to support the Humane Rescue Alliance. The pooches enjoy ample treats and under-table seating.

Fashion lovers can get a head start at the opening night of the Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show at the National Building Museum, which continues through the weekend.

Attendees at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s gala will be entertained as they proceed from performances at the Harman Center for the Arts to the National Building Museum for dinner and dancing. The Kennedy Center Honors will again be taped for broadcast in late December, featuring tributes to honorees including Cher and the creators of “Hamilton.”

To round out, I look forward to the fabulous Choral Arts Society of Washington’s holiday concert and gala at the Kennedy Center, followed by an elegant dinner for supporters. Post- holidays, the Washington Winter Show preview night will warm the New Year chill.

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