Bacchanalia 2024 – Sign up for your parties!

Check out the parties – so far! – and mark your calendars for May 3-5 & 10-12!

Join us for one – or more! – of this year’s Bacchanalia parties, hosted by families at both campuses and open to fellow Washington Latin parents/guardians (and beyond – hosts can invite friends, neighbors, etc.)

These parties are dual purpose: they bring us together as a community and raise money for the Latin Faculty Fund. This fund is essential to one of the most important elements of the Latin model: recruiting, retaining, and rewarding extraordinary teachers who bring the joy of life-long learning to our children. This fund helps us increase compensation without resorting to growing our class sizes, helping us to keep the Latin model personal while meeting individual student needs.

The goal of the Bacchanalia parties is to raise $100,000, which we have been able to meet each year since 2014. Whether or not you can attend a party this year, your contribution is vital! Hosts donate the parties, and guests donate to the Faculty Fund in lieu of a ticket.

So check out the parties for this year (and more coming!) We’ll open sign ups right after spring break!

Party Spotlight

Barbie Brunch - Sunday 5/12 11:00 am

Did you LOVE the Barbie movie? Now’s your chance to bring on your favorite Barbie, best Ken…even Allan! Join us for a totally pink brunch experience with co-hosts Gina Eppolito and Rachel Breitman. On this Mothers’ Day, we’ll toast Barbiehood, Motherhood and even Kenhood! You’re welcome to attend as your Barbie self, with your BFF or Ken, or with your Skipper (aka an offspring) – anything goes in Barbieland. Dress the part! Whether you are President Barbie, Weird Barbie, or just Kenough, wear it well for the Best Dressed Award. If you are not the costume type, wear a dash of pink and some attitude to join the fun! Capitol Hill, 30 guests.

Wine & Jazz - Friday 5/10 7:00 pm

A night of delicious wines, delectable tastes, and enticing tunes – join us for the second annual fest that features our Cooper families’ passions and expertise. Guests for this party come together at the Hill home of River Finlay & Zach Lyman with co-hosts Rania Kiblawi & Aziz Shafi, Lee Ann & Charlie Turner, and Marta & Chris Pilla. Sign up to sample small production wines curated by Aziz (owner of The Tannic Tongue) and perfectly paired with delicious bites, all to the sound of Aura Kanegis and Band Brûlée, known for “singer-songwriter jazz.” 50 guests

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament - Friday 5/10 7:00 pm

Shuffle up and deal!  Adam & Sara Meier will host a No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em* Poker Tournament to declare the 2024 Washington Latin Poker Champion.  Co-tournament directors Todd Watterson and Seth Shapiro will make sure the tournament is run on the up-and-up. Your $50 donation to the Latin Faculty Fund buys you entrance to the tournament, and then $50 (cash) will be collected at the door to buy your seat at the table. There will be a re-buy period of at least an hour in case you bust out early. Winner takes home all of the cash collected at the door. Beginners and experienced players all welcome – we will teach anyone who is new to poker. 30 players
* No word yet on whether Beyonce will make an appearance.

Swedish Feast - Saturday 5/11 7:00 pm

Have you never ever seen the Northern Lights? We can’t guarantee they’ll be visible from Capitol Hill, but we can promise that even without the greatest light show on earth, you’ll have one of the greatest nights of your year! Hosted by Mathilde Salmerg and Jamie Pericola, this party will take you on a journey through Sweden’s food, drink, and musical culture, all while enjoying the company of familiar and new faces. Short of a flight to Scandinavia, what better way to explore Sweden? 25 guests.

Sangria & Tapas - Saturday 5/4 7:00 pm - PARTY FULL

From its Roman origins to modern Spanish cocktail, fruit and wine together are divine!  Enjoy tapas and a variety of sangrias, including your own favorite for a friendly and flavorful competition. Come with your Sangria entry or to be a tester – but definitely don’t miss this party co-hosted by Annie & Mike Wiktowy and Sarah Carr & Yousef Master on Capitol Hill. 50 guests

Latin American Fiesta - Saturday 5/4 5:30 pm

Join co-hosts Damiana Astudillo & Paul Montesano, Geovanna Izurieta & Thomas Gremillion, and Clare & Matt Stevens for a true fiesta! Enjoy margaritas and a variety of dishes from Latin America (especially Damiana and Geovanna’s native Ecuador). Wear your dancing shoes for salsa and merengue dance lessons, too! 16th Street Heights 30 guests

Helping of Hometown - Saturday 5/4 6:30 pm PARTY FULL

Celebrate the spirit of community. Savor flavors from across the country + around the world while you delight in the sounds of the Latin Honors Choir. Join us for a family-style feast hosted by Sarah & Robbie Boone, Chris & Heather Davenport, Ben & Leila Fitzpatrick, Jared & Michelle Cohen, Erin McCartney & Kimberly Miller, and Stacey Fahrner & Andy Wible.Chevy Chase DC 50 guests

Broadway Sing-along - Saturday 5/11 PARTY FULL!

This popular party is back! Join hosts Whitney & Thomas Paxson, Kelly Vielmo & Jack Montgomery, and Anouk Sauvineau & Alex Tiersky on the Hill and sing your heart out! The stage and piano will be at the Paxson home, and they will provide printed lyrics as well as drinks and food – all you need to overcome stage fright. Come ready to sing – no hiding in the wings! 34 guests

Taste of Brazil - Saturday 5/11 5:30 pm - PARTY FULL

With Bossa Nova and classic Samba tunes playing, guests will enjoy Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça liquor and lime, Guarana sodas and sparkling wines, along with a buffet of classic Brazilian tira-gostos (appetizers) . As if that isn’t enough to tempt you, you can learn to dance the Lambada and make a Nossa Senhor do Bonfim wish bracelet like a true Brazilian. Join us at the home of Ruey and Craig Timberg on the Hill. 30 guests

Beer Tasting - Saturday 5/11 6:30 PARTY FULL!

Are you a lager lover? Stand stout for stouts? Still riding the IPA train (it’s okay)? Embracing saison season? No matter your brew of choice, join Emily and Justin Fisher for a pint-sized world tour of beers at the third annual Beer Tasting Fest! You will enjoy a range of brews and Middle Eastern and North African dishes to go along with them. Come learn a bit from the experts, or just enjoy the company of Latin families! 20 guests