After previous gatherings in Vegas and Chicago, this year’s gathering will continue our trajectory Eastward,* landing us in that place of institutional grift and glory: Washington, DC. It will be held the week after Memorial Day weekend, May 30 – June 1.
For a community that first gathered to discuss politics, I think you’d have to agree that meeting in DC just seems right. If you’re an Ordinary Times liberal, you can come and bask in the town that gave Americans the Affordable Care Act. If you’re an OT conservative, with any luck you’ll be here for the House’s 100th vote to repeal it.** And if you’re an OT libertarian, well, know that DC has some really fabulous restaurants.
Although the exact itinerary has yet to be determined, this year will be similar to past Leaguefests: Drinks on Friday evening, a dinner on Saturday evening, and some tourist-y options during the days. Previous year’s daytime activities have included such things as going to an aquarium, a pinball museum, and a Cubs game, shaking Russell’s faith in humanity with a walk down the Las Vegas strip, and, of course, what will no doubt always remain Leaguefest’s crowning jewel: a sailing trip on Lake Michigan captained by our very own Angela.
In the next week or so, we’ll look to reserve a block of rooms at a nice but affordable hotel. So if you live in DC (or know it well), let us know in the comments section if you have any recommendations about hotels or even parts of town we might want to gather. Also, tell us if you have recommendations/wishes regarding restaurants, bars, or activities.
I very much hope to see you all there. It should be a blast.
* Next year we will either need to stop lurching to the East, or have Leaguefest in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Which, now that I think about it, might actually work.
** Little known House of Reps fun fact: Because of an arcane House rule dating back to the 19th century, after you’ve voted on something 100 times, you get your 101st vote free!