Sat, October 03, 2015 @ 08:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Organization of American States
200 17th Street, NW
Tonight, at the invitation of His Excellency, the Ambassador from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, step onto foreign soil (actually international soil of many different nations), as we join diplomats from all over the Americas, and embrace the Caribbean in multiple styles with multiple flavors for a very special Caribbean Celebration at the Organization of the American States!
From the Island/Reggae/Calypso sounds of places such as the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Jamaica to the sizzling Latin styles of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and even Cuba, Things To Do offers you a chance to embrace multiple cultures of the Caribbean through music, dance, food, drink, costumes, shows, and much more!
In fact, as we are moving closer towards normalizing relations with Cuba, a special invitation is being sent to diplomats at the Cuban Interest Section. As a result, we are hosting a Cuban style Salsa band with lessons and will have some Cuban style dishes among our menu (TBA)
As you step into this magnificent venue into the grand ballroom of the OAS (usually restricted to diplomats and high ranking government figures) we'll be swept away like royalty into a majestic setting while embracing the multiple countries of the Caribbean. In a special cultural evening, we will recreate a visit to this Cultural Jewel of elegance, charm, music, dance great food, laughter, diplomats, new friends and more!
Proceeds from each ticket will benefit The Bahamas Crisis Centre.
This event is a rare and exclusive events sponsored jointly by ThingstodoDC.com and Embassyexperiences.com. So, do not miss out!
A buffet menu of an array of native dishes representing countries throughout the Caribbean will challenge and delight your palates. Full menu will be announced shortly, but expect at the very least: Caribbean Chicken; Island Fish; Creole Rice - Pigeon Peas and Rice; Rasta Pasta- Vegetarian; Fried Plantains; Caribbean Sweet Delights.
CARIBBEAN OPEN BAR
This evening, we will pair off regional wines, beers, and Rum located throughout the Caribbean! Several Rums and cocktails are also being donated specially by various Caribbean embassies.
LIVE REGGAE/CALYPSO ISLAND BAND
Join us for the live Soca music of one of the hottest and most well-known reggae/calypso/island bands around! Playing multi Caribbean style music, they will take us on a fantastic musical journey as we dance to their special Island music, participate in a limbo contest, and recreate an island atmosphere! A favorite among the Ambassadors and Caribbean Embassies throughout the area, tonight they put on a show you will never forget!
Featuring what we hope will be the largest Limbo Contest in the OAS' and Washington's History.
LIVE CUBAN STYLE SALSA with DANCE LESSONS & DEMONSTRATION
As relations with Cuba become stronger, it might not be long until many of us start vacationing there. So, we need to prepare! Tonight, we will host a live band playing Salsa - with a special Caribbean and Cuban Touch!
Before we begin with the Salsa dancing, local dance experts will be on hand to give a basic or refresher course in exciting Latin dance moves! Impress your friends and family (and other new friends you make tonight) as you practice and challenge your new moves to the music of the hottest Salsa band in the city. In addition, our Salsa masters will put on a special expert dance presentation to embrace the Salsa of the Caribbean Countries!
Various Ambassadors and other high ranking diplomats of Caribbean countries will be invited and are expected to attend. Talk with many representatives of the Caribbean countries and learn about their culture, their economy, history, travel opportunities and you can further develop closer friendships and opportunities with them.
WIN A TRIP TO THE CARIBBEAN
One lucky person will win plane and overnight stay to a Caribbean Country.
Proceeds from each ticket will help to benefit a local children's charity in the Caribbean. More information TBA.
ABOUT THE OAS: The Organization of American States (OAS, or, as it is known in the three other official languages, OEA) is an international organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States. Its members are the thirty-five independent states of the Americas. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization_of_American_States for full info)
Tonight's event will be in the grand ballroom of the HALL OF THE AMERICAS. This venue stands premiere to almost any other embassy ballroom and space with its huge ceilings, large dance floors, multi-cultural paintings and sculptures and much more!
Cocktail Attire Requested. Caribbean Style is Preferred. Jeans, shorts, sneakers or tee shirts will not be permitted.