The 2005 Inaugural Committee will present George Bush and Dick Cheney each with a pair of hand-cut crystal hurricane lamps. Designed by Mrs. Trent Lott, the lamps feature engravings of the White House and Capital Building. The significance? They're saying it's something to do with the fact that our forefathers wrote by candlelight-symbolism that's not nearly as rich as something like "may you always have oil to light your lamps and a shield to protect your wicks."
While Washingtonians wraps themselves in $40 million worth of balls, security concerns and party dresses, on Friday, Jan. 21, Activist San Diego hosts the CounterInaugural Ball, dubbed "a gala event for progressives"-yes, even progressives enjoy regaling every now and then.
At the Balboa Park Club, off Presidents Way, they'll be offering finger food, not quail, salmon or lobster, and San Diego salsa band Agua Dulce, not saucy Lyle Lovett, will entertain the crowd. No Badgley Mischka gowns allowed. Dress is casual, but costumes are welcome. Queen of the Progressives Donna Frye is the guest of honor.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To RSVP, call 619-528-8383. Party starts at 8 p.m.
With limits on public access to information, we were surprised to find online recipes from the inaugural luncheon menu. How proletariat. You, too, can serve Missouri quail with huckleberry glaze and a lemon steamed pudding. (inaugural.senate.gov/luncheon/index.html)