The Meridian Ball: Champagne, bonbons, dancing, no speeches
The Meridian Ball! Somehow it has become the Platonic ideal of a D.C. black-tie gala. No drafty ballrooms, no speeches. Just beautiful people swanning around under starlight, chomping on bonbons, clinking champagne. Old, young; head wraps, tiaras; clans that rarely mix -- the media-political complex, suburban gentry, the ambassadors who host pre-ball dinners. For your $400 base-price ticket (benefiting international exchange programs), it's like the party in a movie about rich people, except no one gets garroted by a spy.
Some credit the addition in recent years of a DJ (they'd always had a swing band) for making the ball hipper -- but Friday night, there were many plus-60s whooping on the dance floor for an Usher tune. (Also rocking out: Michael Chertoff, Rep. Joe Crowley).
Notably absent: Usual attendees Adrian and Michelle Fenty (an honorary benefactor), who sent their regrets; and Sen. Scott Brown, who had been expected to make a rare society appearance. His wife, Gail Huff, a co-chair, told us he was stuck in Boston and "trying to make it." Since it was 10 p.m. by that time, we didn't hold our breath.
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| October 4, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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