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Nathan Jones

Weather: It isn’t officially winter until the 21st, but that won’t mean much as temperatures drop into the 20s this weekend. At its warmest, the weekend should bring us conditions in the 40s, and on the bright side, you’ll have plenty of sunshine all weekend long (see what we did there?). Bundle up, Washington!

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Head over to Gateway Park in Rosslyn for their FREE Holiday Market Festival and bonfire; Win the jackpot at the recently opened MGM National Harbor; Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe Second City is guaranteed to bring the house down at the Kennedy Center; The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is ringing in the holiday season on Saturday night at the Lincoln Theatre; Don’t miss out on a chance to hang with your favorite Nats players, courtesy of Nationals Winterfest; Throw on your Santa gear and get ready for a citywide party with Santarchy; Go on a rollercoaster ride of holiday fun at Six Flags; Immerse yourself in Nordic Winter traditions with The Christmas RevelsHead to CityCenterDC for a weekend filled with gift wrapping, ice sculpting and more holiday fun; Slide on over to “ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World” at National Harbor; Celebrate a Russian Winter at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens; Stuff some stockings with books from the Southwest Library at their Holiday Book Sale; Swing into a jazzy open mic night at Busboys and Poets; Venture into No Man’s Land at the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Hear the sounds of a joyful Christmas from the Cathedral Choral Society; Uncover The Kind of Thing that Would Happen with Agora Dance; Or get a little weird and spend the holiday in the nude with Naked Girls Reading; Watch some of DC’s finest leading ladies star in Silver Belles; Pace your holiday shopping all weekend long at the Downtown Holiday Market.


Here’s a #FlashbackFriday for everyone that attended the Election 2016 Wrap Party at Nats Park. Thank you to everyone who joined us for an evening filled with great times, great conversation and even greater company. We look forward to seeing you at our next big event!


Meet the man who brings the Christmas magic to the Capitol; The MGM National Harbor Casino is looking delicious; Cell service on the Metro? We’ll believe it when we see it; What is the post-Trump haircut?; Bei Bei is back!; Organic alcohol is becoming a bar favorite; Hillary Clinton emerges from Chappaqua; An Apple global flagship store is coming to Carnegie Library; The wait at Rose’s Luxury is going to be even longer; How much would you pay for a nap?  


Here are some perfect gifts for all you music and movie fanatics; Biden may not be breaking up with us after all!; Didn’t your mom teach you how to budget?; This is a friendly reminder that your book rental is 120 years overdue; Here’s your Bowl schedule, college football fanatics!; Saving a whale is terrifying, but also beautiful; We all need some tips to stay sane during the holiday season; A lost cat traveled 700 miles and most likely didn’t take the train; This yearbook cost $4,000, but it was worth it; Your mind will simply be blown.


The Sweetest Time of the Year

Fashionably Famous for Fashion Santa

Home for the Holidays with the Obamas

Holiday Charity Opportunities in DC

10 Ways to Experience DC During the Holidays 

Dash, Dance and Prance To Our Holiday Playlist

Famous Five – Kate Andersen Brower


Have you ever wondered why the White House’s hair is so big? It’s because it’s full of secrets. In New York Times bestsellers, The Residence and First WomenKate Andersen Brower unveils the intimate details surrounding the private lives of America’s most public family – the First Family.


Famous birthday wishes to Rachel Solly, Sam Gordon, Amanda Faherty, Paiton Michael, Ashley Russo, Mike John, Colin Desko, Derek McIntyre, Lulu Helliwell, Julie B. Riccio, Meg Little Reilly, Shannon Brushe, Suhail Khan, Amanda Faulkner, Brian Wohlert, Courtney Johnson, Elyse Petroni, Aaron Leibowitz, Kate Brandy, Amy Brown, Laena Fallon Pomeroy, Steve Johnston, The original FamousDC March Madness Champion – Matthew Gagnon, John Patrick Feehery, Heidi Wilson, Julie Mason, Kelly Cohen, Megan Whittemore, Mike Emanuel, Megan Capiak, Katie Wall, Josh Newsome, Stephen Strobel, Erica Carson, Meg Brogan, Hallie Lee, Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner, Patrick Kozak and Mary Parke McEachran.

A special happy birthday to one of our smallest biggest fans, Camden Shultz!


“This is the tweet of the week. #meta”

Ana Asano


We’re missing that sunshine too, Kelly CohenDeb Fiscella is absolutely mind blown; We’ll have a spaghetti date with you, Katherine TimpfAshley C. Ford is a kind soul; James Davis is doing big things!; Congrats to Jen Jett for being a top scheduler, but especially for having the coolest name on Capitol Hill; High fives to Jessica Wakeman for her positivity on social media; Charlie Kirk said it best; Kerry Flanagan keeps it real and is a true Nationals fan; John Lyon has a great sense of humor; We will all panic if the Waffle House closes, Doug Mataconis; Best of luck on your research, Nikki Schwab!; Tell us more about these Unicorn Bars, Marissa MitrovichBen Jenkins and John Stanford are better at holiday parties than everyone else; That lobster looks unreal, Chef Geoff; Ask Katie Harbath where she is. Trust us – you’ll be jealous; Becca Clara Love does dinner parties right; NASA is pretty cool, Todd Harrison; Nothing can defeat coffee, Shoshana WeissmannJonathan Gallegos is on his A-GAME; Look at Elaina Plott on the front cover of Washingtonian; Congratulations to John Arundel and Washington Life on 25 years!; Bess Hughes now gets the FamousDC Friday Round Up; Liana Bishop is feeling invincible; William Beutler may or may not be reading your tweets; Elahe Izadi, how’s your multipurpose rage room coming along?; Be careful with that AR-15, Vincent HarrisAlissa Kelly needs a ride from the gym; Don Seymour’s HOA will never be the same; Get well soon, Ron Lanio!; There are only Saturdays when you’re retired – at least according to Linda Shultz; We’re still very jealous of Chris Herring’s trip to Green Bay; Chris Gindlesperger and Ben Jenkins are on the VIP list at BLT, but we’re not sure they’ll be invited back; Welcome to the Round Up, Shannon Sorensen!; A huge congrats to U.S. Travel Association’s Sarah Erdman and Cait DeBaun on being honored as #PRNews rising stars; We’re not quite sure Cameron Cox is committed to the Hoos; DJ Jamiel loves him a French 75; We’re going to miss Ana Asano!; When can we spot Kate Andersen Brower at Zengo?; You better have a beer in hand at all times this weekend, Sam Gordon; Ask Lisa King about her newest Christmas sweater; Drew Ellis is going to master the hoverboard; You can never go wrong with J.K. Rowling quotes, Chris Abraham; Thank you, Diane Rinaldo, for telling Apple autocorrect what EVERYONE is thinking; Kyle Dropp does holiday parties right; We hope Santa brings you those fabulous accessories, Laura-Emily Dunn!; Stephen Strobel knows toasting bread removes the carbs; Ask Mike Dunkle about his magical Christmas wine glass; We love your Mark Twain reference, Len Edgerly; We hope Watson G’s eye is on the mend; Dylan Vorbach has a solid Bernie Sanders impression; ENORMOUS high five to the Cures communications gurus (past and present): Sean BonyunAlexa MarreroTom WilburJenn ShermanBecky CardMatt InzeoChristine BrennanCole LeiterMacey Sevcik and so many more; Eli Yokley is a man about town this holiday season; Check out Acqua al 2’s newest plate from Team PriceJack Smith might just be the coolest dude in DC; Kyle Zebley drew the loudest applause with his annual update; Congrats to Erin and Ed Mullen on the birth of baby CC; We hope everyone has fun at the Bonjean Holiday Party this weekend. FamousDC tipsters said Doug Heye will be the celebrity guest; Rebecca Spicer’s “research” is strictly for work purposes; We see a lot of coffee and Redbull in Lauren Hagen’s (near) future!; Zac Smith is the new Steven Glansberg; What’s on Don Ripper’s Christmas music playlist?; Andrew KovalcinJared ParksLaura Crist and the entire U.S. Chamber of Commerce organized an amazing holiday party; Is it Kathleen Joyce or Joyce Kathleen?; Tom Simei was right about Billy…er, William!; Welcome to DC, Andy King!; Happy wedding weekend, Tyler Daniel!; Is Whitney Cole surviving the Windy City?; Lanterfish is killing it on iTunes! Nominate them for Best of WashingtonTroy Lyons is not allowed to eat subs; Everyone at the Entertainment Software Association deserves a high five for their holiday party at Rock and Roll Hotel; Kathryn Lyons can chug a beer; When is Mark Borelli gonna come ova’ and decorate the tree?; Congratulations to Jake Braunsdorf and DeNina Gregory on their de-engagement!; Caroline Campbell and Sara McAlpin can sure throw a cookie party; Are you reading this, Jesse von Stein?; Jen Wanandi told us she’d never appear in the Round Up. Whoops.


Congratulations to Lydia Polgreen for being named Huffington Post’s new editor-in-chief. Stephanie Fontenot Marrs is beginning her new role as Blunt Liaison at the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, after three years of dedicated service in Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) personal office. Jennifer Bang, most recently associate staff member to the House Appropriations Committee and deputy chief of staff to Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), is making a move to Capitol Counsel to focus on financial services and telecommunications. Best of luck to Danielle Burr as she moves to become a partner at Peck Madigan Jones. She most recently served as director of external affairs for Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Jonathan Swan, most recently a national political reporter at The Hill, joins Axios as a national political correspondent. POLITICO welcomes two new managing editors this week, Karey Van Hall and Sudeep Reddy. Van Hall most recently was a news editor at POLITICO and Reddy makes the move from his current role at The Wall Street JournalMichael Kirlin has been promoted from legislative director to chief of staff in the office of Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA). Michael Marinaccio, creative director at the NRSC this cycle, will be starting as the senior digital director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce next week. After working on Sen. John Thune’s (R-SD) most recent campaign for reelection, Joshua Shields returns to Black Hills Corporation. Best of luck to Kristin Roberts as she starts her new role as executive editor of McClatchy Washington. Roberts makes the move from her post as national editor at POLITICO. The DCCC has announced Meredith Kelly will be the party committee’s communications director for the 2018 cycle. Kelly most recently served as the DCCC’s national press secretary. GOP veterans Mike Shields and Rob Simms are starting a new firm called Convergence Media. Angelo Carusone is the new president of Media Matters for America. Previously, Carusone served as executive vice president and before that, deputy CEO of finance and administration for the 2016 DNCC. (h/t Corinne Grinapol) And finally, congratulations to Rick Stengel on his new role as the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Stengel was most recently the longest-serving Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in State Department history. He will also serve as an advisor to the parent company of Snapchat, Snap Inc. Best of luck!


Hot toddies on deck.