Social Club of the Potomac

Cocktails, Cigars, Martinis, and Ska!

We are adding additional space to accommodate extra demand, but we still do not expect to have many tickets available at the door. So be forewarned: If you do not buy in advance you risk missing this event because we will not overcrowd!

    where   University Club
1135 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
    when   After 7:00pm, Friday, November 8th, 2002.
The Players come on at 8:00pm.

This event is jointly sponsored by the SCP and the University Club's Proctor Dougherty Society (PDS), the U Club's young member organization, whose great bashes of old are back! To add to the mix, we have invited the participation of several local charities that host social events around the area (these groups are listed below in parentheses after their representative's names).

Joanne Amos + Dave Asiello + Will Black + John Brasse
Jill Brown (Hands On DC) + Toby Burke + Stuart Burns
Tammy Burns + Jason Cave + Anne Marie DiNardo (Small Friendly Planet) + Fred Dombo (Society Ties)
Tom Donnelly + Sarah Easlick + Courtney Eden
Bob Emmett (2100 Fund) + Marilyn Fancher + Eric Fedewa
John Fedewa + Kirsten Fedewa (St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home) + John Goodwin + Jennifer Hamm + James Head + Laurie Head + Claudia Hrvatin + Rob Forrester + Sue Hensley + Ted Kral + Michael Leurdijk
(DC Cares Social Circle) + Suzanne Lewis + Drew Manning
Stephanie Manning + Aimee Matthews (Party for Life)
Sean McAllister + Bill Murray (Hands On DC)
John Reagan + Joe Reblando + Colleen Rooney
Christina Russell (Hands On DC) + Melissa Sabatine Robin Scullin + Jennifer Sims + Pat Sims + Pete Snyder
Virginia Stevenson + Keith Strubhar + Leanne Strubhar Robert Traynham + Courtney Vaeth + Anita Walker
Tom Walker + Blair Watters + Robb Watters


$22 (includes two drink tickets and $2 processing fee)
Buy online at
Tickets may also be sold at the door (if available).
Event proceeds will benefit the University Club Foundation, which supports a number of charitable projects, including educational scholarships, Christmas toys for needy children, and an annual clothing drive.


For dress code and other details, see
Tel. (703) XXX-XXXX


Ska is American R & B turned "upside down" to put the emphasis on the 2nd and 4th beats in the bar. It is the rollicking, raucous music that perfectly summed up the mood of the [Jamaican] people as they approached Independence at the beginning of the 1960s and wanted to announce their Jamaicanness with as much gusto as possible. [L]ocal musicians were jazz buffs to a man, thus always looking for means to self expression. It was only a matter of time before things got turned around.    . . .

The pivotal ska group was The Skatalites, a horn led collection of musicians, many who were classically trained at the Alpha Boys School (a Catholic orphanage and reform school in Kingston that is still renowned today). They approached their task as if they were big band jazz players, with a tight, disciplined rhythm section allowing virtuoso soloists to show off their brilliance. The idea was to whip the dancers up into a frenzy, but keep the beat so that nobody loses their footing.



"The martini can be simultaneously 'civilized' and 'uncivilized' , 'classic' and 'individual', or 'sensitive' and 'tough', depending on how it is prepared, who is doing the drinking, with whom, and where."

Richard McKewen


While Seville is recognized as the birthplace of the modern cigar, it was probably invented in pre-Columbian Cuba, where natives tightly wrapped tobacco leaves with maize and smoked the rolled product during religious ceremonies. Christopher Columbus' crew quickly became accustomed to smoking these early cigars and brought back samples of the "Golden Leaf" to Spain. Initially, the smoking of cigars was considered a pagan ritual punished by imprisonment. However, after a few years, cigar smoking became widely accepted and eventually Spain would build an entire industry around the cigar. In 1821 Spain allowed Cuba to manufacture cigars locally and the Cuban cigar was born. In appreciation for Spain's kind gesture, the Cubans would deliver a box of  fabled Trinidad cigars to the Spanish king every year.

Montecristo Cigar Company


"The cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a . . . candidate: because, a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else."

Balance and Columbian Repository (1806)

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