2009 New Year's Eve Gala with the International Club of DC An International Celebration of American Diversity

We cordially request the pleasure of your company at our 2009 New Year's Eve Gala, an International Celebration of American Diversity!

Washington’s Premiere New Year’s Eve Gala and a celebration of American diversity with international music, food, culture, & dancing

Black tie or cocktail attire requested
Wednesday, December 31 at 7:30 PM/8:00 PM/9:00 PM

Wardman Park Marriott Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC 20008

You do not need a date to attend: we expect the gala to be attended by singles, as well as couples. Whether you attend by yourself or with friends, you will not be alone!

The Majesty Of New York City • The Excitement Of Las Vegas • The Thrills Of 1920s Chicago • The Fiesta Of Miami • The Dreams Of Hollywood • The Southern Charm Of Dallas/Ft. Worth • The Spirit Of Boston • The Stimulation Of The U.S. Virgin Islands/Caribbean • The Paradise Of Oahu, Hawaii •

From the hottest clubs in Manhattan, to the wild scene of Miami, to the action of the Vegas Strip, to the Luaus of Hawaii, to the excitement of Prohibition era Chicago, to Hollywood's Sunset Strip, to the Irish Pubs of Boston, and much more the International Club of DC offers you the chance to experience New Year's Eve in nine different vibrant cities of the United States with international influences!

We have assembled an incomparable evening of dancing, sophistication, and elegance in the heart of Washington DC with the very best selection of live entertainment, including 4 live bands: Bing Band Swing and Ballroom Dance Orchestra, Origem Latin salsa band, A Jazz ensemble, and an Irish band. Festivities for the evening also include two stunning balloon drops at midnight, caricature artist drawings, and mock casino gambling.


Guests will also enjoy free flowing champagne throughout the evening, party favors, a full 5-hour premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, gourmet tea and coffee, and first-class white-glove service provided by the attentive staff at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel. For dinner choose from either a sit down 4-course dinner with champagne and appetizers or a dinner buffet representing food from 6 vibrant cities of America with international influences!

We have also arranged specially discounted rooms for our guests that include parking and breakfast. Join us for a memorable, fun-filled evening of celebration for singles and couples alike - simply Washington's premier New Year's Eve gala!

~ 9 Separate Themed Celebration Areas ~ The Largest and Most Spacious Hotel in Washington, DC ~ Luxurious Hotel: The venue of choice for Presidential inaugural balls ~ Top Shelf Open Bar ~ Midnight Champagne Toast ~ Elaborate Dinner and Dessert Buffets Representing the Cuisine of 6  Vibrant Cities ~ Huge Midnight Balloon Drops ~ 4 Live Bands ~ D.C.'S Best DJs ~ Karaoke ~ A Live Salsa Band ~ A Live Irish Band ~ Mock Casino Gambling ~ Strolling Entertainers ~ Piano Bar ~ Party Favors ~ Caricaturist Drawings ~ Special Hotel Room Rates With Breakfast And Parking ~ White Glove Service ~ And Much More! ~ Over 2,000 Attend Every Year! ~

Do You Like To Dance?
Whether you like to dance to the swing and big-band music, salsa and Latin sounds, world's beloved Viennese Waltzes, or Top 40, modern, hip hop and other dance hits, we have engaged the best live entertainment and DJs in town!

If you love to dance, we are pleased to present the best New Year's Eve celebration in town to dance the night away and welcome the New Year in style and elegance. The highly acclaimed Tuxedo Park Orchestra will perform a wonderful selection of ballroom and swing music including the world's beloved Viennese waltzes for an unforgettable night of dancing. Our spacious dance floor is perfect for a night of ballroom dancing including waltz, swing, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltzes, and other ballroom dances!

Our New Year's Eve celebration also includes dancing to music by the Brazilian/Latin band Origem. From the wild times of 1950's Havana, to the modern hot spots of Argentina and Costa Rica, enjoy salsa, merengue, and samba all night as we bring you the exciting music of a live Salsa Band with the sounds of Miami! The irresistible sound of the band Origem will lead your feet to the dance floor for an exciting night of dancing to Latin sounds!

From the Upper West Side of New York City to the Sunset Strip in Los Angels, the hottest nightclubs from the USA and Canada come alive in our Grand North American Ballroom. Enjoy one of Washington's best DJs as he spins the greatest American Retro, Top 40, modern, hip hop and other dance hits straight into 2009 and beyond!


Nearly a century ago, Prohibition hit the cities of the United States hard. But the fun, debauchery and excitement was kept alive in Chicago! Tonight we take you back in time, where guilty pleasures became the norm. Join us for a memorable night of dancing to the sounds of the Tuxedo Park Orchestra. The Orchestra plays the best Basie, Goodman, , Ellington, and Miller… Whether you’re a Swing enthusiasts or just learning the basics, join us at the dance floor for an unforgettable night of dancing.

To complete your experience on the dance floor and relive the elegance and sophistication of a bygone era, the orchestra will also perform music to dance the waltz, swing, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltzes, and other ballroom dances! Our Chicago room also features a spectacular balloon drop at midnight!

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.


Those who escaped Fidel Castro's Cuba created “Little Havana” in Miami – invoking the wild times of 1950's Havana where Americans vacationed, relaxed and danced! Enjoy salsa and meringue all night as we bring you a taste of the hottest Latin music.

Our Havana celebration will be packed with flavor from the table to the dance floor! The irresistible sound of the live Salsa band Origem will lead your feet to the dance floor for an exciting night of dancing to Latin sounds! Don't forget to try the mouth-watering quesadillas and fajitas served sizzling hot!

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.


From the luxurious Upper West Side Avenues to the bustling streets of downtown, tonight we bring the excitement of Manhattan to our Nation's Capitol. The enthusiasm of Times Square, in the center of New York City, comes alive in our Grand North American Ballroom

Embrace your patriotic spirit with pride and enthusiasm as we transport you to a trendy upscale New York/American nightclub setting with one of Washington’s best DJs spinning the greatest American retro, top 40, hip hop, and other dance hits! A giant midnight balloon drop and light show will dazzle you into 2007. Our American experience takes place in the luxurious Grand Ballroom, the largest luxury ballroom in Washington! …and, of course, one of the largest balloon drops & light shows to dazzle you into 2009.

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.


Sin City comes to Washington…Hit the Strip and try your luck with mock gambling at blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold-em. While gambling, overlook the main ballroom and the incredibly huge midnight ballroom drop. Of course, a visit to Vegas would not be complete without a Vegas style hotel buffet.

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.

BOSTON With Live Irish Band

Forget the royals of England, France, Austria and Vienna. Join the commoners for an unrivaled evening of fun and entertainment at our authentic Dublin Irish Pub. Enjoy a live authentic Irish band featuring some of your favorite Irish tunes. Regenerate the St. Patrick's Day Spirit of Ireland's leading leprechauns!

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.

THE CARIBBEAN (Live Reggae/Island/Calypso Bands)

Want to take a break from the busy streets of a Metropolis? How about a visit to the beach and a live Jamaican band! The Spirit of the Jamaican, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Trinidad/Tobago and of course the U.S. Virgin Islands comes alive as you enter this tropical paradise with a New Year's style island celebration!

Here you will experience one of Washington's most celebrated live Reggae/Island/Calypso bands – Oasis. Do the limbo, dance the Conga line, raise your hands, and dance like crazy all night long!

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.


Tonight, you become a star! Take a walk on Hollywood Boulevard and take in your 15 minutes (or perhaps more) of fame! Take center stage and participate in this treasured Asian style interactive experience. That’s right...it’s karaoke time. Choose your song and perform…live in front of everyone.

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.


Invoking the charm of Texas, feast on an incredible Texan BBQ while overlooking the main ballrooms all night. Take a load off, relax, and even play some mock “Texas Hold’em” poker while embracing that special touch of southern hospitality.

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.

MAUI, HAWAII (Live Luau Band)

How can a Celebration of the American Nation be complete w/o a Luau band from one of America’s favorite holiday destinations – our 50th State! Enjoy an incredible Luau feast while listening to the music and dance from our authentic live Polynesian Band.

Please see below for the detailed dinner buffet menu.


Our celebration includes the BEST MAGICIAN IN WASHINGTON! Recognized by the Washingtonian as perhaps the greatest Magician in the greater Metro Area. Witness the production and disappearance of large silver coins, one by one; visualize the image of a floating playing card only to discover it magically printed on a blank card; experience the wonderful materialization of a beautiful white dove from nowhere; observe up close the expert manipulation of playing cards and of your imagination; and so much more. As Bob Davis of WGMS writes, "the most impressive magician I've ever seen...and I've seen David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and (Las Vegas') Siegfried and Roy

Our Open Bar Includes The Following
Name Brands
Smirnoff Vodka, Beefeater Gin, J & B Scotch, Canadian Club Whiskey, Bacardi Silver Rum, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila

Domestic Beer
Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, O'Douls

Premium Domestic Beer
Samuel Adams, Foggy Bottom

Imported Beer
Heineken, Amstel Light

Chardonnay, BV Coastal Estate Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon,
BV Coastal Estate Vineyard Selection

Sparkling Wine (champagne toast at Midnight) Aria Estate Brut Sparkling Wine

The menus below are tentative and subject to change, as we are presently refining the menu choices even further to make your culinary experience even more memorable!

4-Course Seated Dinner for VIP Ticket Holders (Last seating is at 8:10 PM)

Want to make your New Years Eve experience extra special? Why not indulge yourself with VIP treatment. Enjoy all of the fantastic amenities our New Years Eve Gala has to offer and complement them with our Special VIP Reception and Dinner for PLATINUM VIP ticketholders.

Butler Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
An intimate VIP reception features early champagne and butler passed appetizers:

Dill Blue Crab Salad on Porcelain Spoon
Miniature Beef Wellington Strudel
Boursin and Spinach Filo
Potato with Crème Fraiche Caviar
Chicken Wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto

Seated VIP Dinner
Feast on a delectable sit-down dinner prior to the gala featuring:

~~ Bread Service ~~
French Rolls, Raisin Walnut Rolls, Multi-Grain Rolls and Flatbreads with Butter and Margarine

~~ First Course ~~

Sonoma Field Greens Salad

Sonoma Field Greens, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Poached Pears
Tossed with Sundried Cherries, Fresh Raspberries, Passion Fruit & Chervil Aioli
Served With a Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette

~~ Entrée ~~

Lamb Chops and Roasted Sea Bass

Duo of Lamb Chops and Roasted Sea Bass in a
Sun-Dried Cherry Reduction and Served with
Sweet Potato Puree and Seasonal Baby Vegetables

~~ Dessert ~~

“2009 Caribbean Special Explosive Delight”

Vibrant Layers of Pistachio Cake, Jasmine Mousse and Green Tea Mousse
Served with Mango Sorbet and Passion Fruit Sauce
And Topped with a Candied Rose Petal
Garnished with a 2009 White Chocolate Surprise

Decaffeinated Coffee, and a Selection of Taylors of Harrogate Teas

~~ Wine ~~
BV Coastal Estate Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

Buffet Dinner Menu for General Admission Ticket Holders: A Taste of our Continents

Please note that dinner is served until 10:30 PM with desserts served after that. Experience a different taste of 9 vibrant and iconic American cities! This year, we have arranged for more bars and food stations than ever before to minimize your waiting time in lines. In addition to our premium open bar and midnight champagne toast, the Wardman Park’s award winning chefs have prepared many unique menus for each continent for you to experience and enjoy, including:

:::: The New York Experience

Manhattan Clam Chowder Soup

Roasted Whole Turkey Breast
Served with Miniature Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Honey Mustard and a Chardonnay Reduction

Seasonal Fruit Display with Sliced French Baguettes

Display of Fresh Vegetables
Zucchini, Broccoli, Radishes, Endive, Peppers, Celery,
Cauliflower, Baby Carrots and Cucumbers
Served with Spinach Artichoke Dip and Bleu Cheese Dip

Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry with Mixed Vegetables

:::: The Chicago Experience

Tapas Mezza's Antipasto

Stuffed Cherry Peppers, Manchego Cheese with Tomatoes and Olives, Roasted Peppers and Olive Oil, Sicilian Olives and Olive Tapanade Served with French Bread and Focaccia

Italian Rosemary Ham and Smoked Sausages with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers, Spicy Meatballs with Roasted Garlic, Onions and Green Peppers,

Bruschetta Display To include:
Wild Mushroom Ragout, Tomato Basil and Smoked Salmon with Cucumber Dill. Served with Flatbreads

Assorted Flatbread Chicago Pizzas
To Include Margarita and Meat Pizzas

Pasta Station
Penne Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce, Mushrooms & Asparagus Tips.
Tortellini Tossed in Alfredo Cream,
Sliced Shitake Mushrooms, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Chopped
Spinach. Garlic Bread, Foccacia & Bread Sticks

:::: The Hawaii Luau Experience

Tropical Fresh Fruit
A Sumptuous Array of Pineapples, Mangos, Papaya, Strawberries and Bananas
Served with a Honey Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Grilled Chicken Satay with a Peanut Dipping Sauce

Roasted Whole Hawaiin Luau Pig surrounded by Sliced Pork*

Coconut Rice

:::: The New England Experience

New England Clam Chowder

Sliced Ham served in a Warm Apple Glaze

New England Corn Soufflé

Carved Salmon En Croute*
Served with a Guinness Style Reduction

:::: The Miami/Cuban Experience

Chicken Fajita Station
Choice of Fillings to include Chicken, Grilled Onions & Peppers, Jalapenos,
Diced Tomatoes, Sour Cream and Guacamole

Cuban Salad
Sliced Tomatoes, Avocados, Red Onions on a Bed of Fresh Field Greens

Beef Empanadas
Served with Sour Cream and Salsa

Served with Sour Cream, Olive Oil and Vinegar

:::: The Texas Experience

Chicken Quesadilla Station
Choice of Fillings to include Chicken, Peppers, Jalapenos, Green Onion, Tomatoes, Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheeses
Guacamole, Sour Cream & Salsa

Carved Top Round of Texas Beef
Served with BBQ Sauce

Baby Back Ribs

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya



Miniature French and Viennese Pastries and Tortes

Fancy Cookies and Biscotti

Chocolate Fondue Station
With Assorted Fruits, Truffles & Treats for Dipping

Chocolate Mousse Station
Chocolate, Strawberry and Mango Mousses
With Assorted Sauces and Fruits to Top

… and the Exciting CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN

Coffee and Tea

Freshly Brewed Gourmet Bean Premium
Roast Blend Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee
A Selection of Taylors of Harrogate Teas and Hot Chocolate

All this and more await you on a truly special and memorable evening of elegance, fun, and excitement. We look forward to enjoying your company as we ring in 2009!

Name Sales End Price
10:30 PM Admission Tickets   Ended $105
General Admission Tickets   Ended $176
VIP GOLD Tickets   Ended $199
VIP PLATINUM Tickets   Ended $229

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