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2016 Annual Convention – Washington, DC

Date & Time September 25, 2016 - September 28, 2016
Venue Four Seasons Hotel Washington , DC United States

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Saturday, September 24
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Walking Tour
Washington, DC Secrets Revealed…A Walking Tour

Join local CREs from the DC area for a “behind the scenes” tour of the Nation’s Capital. You will start at Union Station, exploring both its distinctive past and ambitious future—an $8 billion in combined public and private sector investment—the largest real estate project in DC since the Federal Triangle in the 1930s.

The group will head to the National Mall, where CRE Chuck Schilke will describe its evolution and its buildings and landscape. Stroll by the Supreme Court Building, designed by the great Minnesota-born architect Cass Gilbert, also the designer of the Woolworth Building in lower Manhattan and of the Chamber of Commerce Building and Treasury Annex in DC.

The modern National Mall and Union Station showcase the extraordinary vision of legendary Chicago/DC architect and planner, Daniel Burnham, who devised Washington DC’s plan for the 20th Century, essentially creating the National Mall as we know it today.

Saturday, September 24
6:00 pm
Happy Hour: The Monocle (cash bar) All CREs and their spouses/guests are invited.Authentic firsts are hard to find, but The Monocle ranks as one of them. The restaurant has earned the enviable reputation as the Capitol Hill neighborhood’s “first table cloth dining establishment.” In fact, it brought “Dining Out,” instead of just “Eating Out,” to the Hill. Join fellow attendees for happy hour!  (If you would like to have dinner at The Monocle, we recommend making a reservation ahead of time.)


Sunday, September 25

House of Sweden
This kickoff to the 2016 Annual Convention will be at House of Sweden in the heart of Georgetown, a 5 minute walk from the Four Seasons Hotel. House of Sweden is a stunning example of contemporary Scandinavian architecture designed by Gert Wingårdh and Tomas Hansen. A physical representation of Swedish values such as openness, transparency, and democracy, it is situated on the Potomac River making for a picturesque view to enjoy your first night of cocktails and appetizers with fellow attendees.


Monday, September 26

Four Seasons Hotel
This special night’s dinner and dance at the Four Seasons, will celebrate 2016 Chair, Jim Lee, and his wife, Monica, and thank them for their year of dedication to The Counselors organization. We will also welcome 2017 Chair, Scott Muldavin, and his wife, Sue, as they prepare to embark in the same roles.

After dinner, rock the night away to CRE’s very own Sound Counsel, a group of CRE musicians who come together to play at national meetings! A real treat!


Tuesday, September 27

Four Seasons Hotel
Take this opportunity to connect one more time with fellow attendees. You will enjoy complimentary pre-dinner cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and excellent company before you embark on your evening plans.

The highlight of the evening is a performance by Capitol Steps, created by a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Today, the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Their motto, “We put the MOCK in democracy!”