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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/15/2012

TV at the Meridian Ball? Social Washington improvises for Nats postseason game

Guests at the Meridian Ball sneak away from the main event to watch the Nationals in Game 5 on Friday night (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post)
2012 may go down in history as the year Washington socialites learned to plan for a postseason. Everyone knows not to schedule a gala for Super Bowl Sunday — but mid-October baseball? Whole new thing around here. We can’t confirm but suspect that a Friday-night reception we got invited to on Friday afternoon had less to do with our sudden popularity and more to do with filling a room emptied out by Game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park that night.

At another party that night, the elite Meridian Ball, organizers were gratified to lose only five of 250 expected guests from a pre-ball dinner and to draw a record crowd of 850 to the glittering affair. Of course, they scrambled earlier in the day to put the word out: There will be a TV! Not the most elegant touch, perhaps — but utterly necessary.

Last year: Gala chairs, at Meridian Ball and other parties: More work than prom queen, 10/16/11

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