Corcoran’s happy hours are still going strong this summer


Jacqueline Bond, left, and Virginia Goode, middle, mingle with guests during the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Artini gala in March. The future of the popular event is in limbo. (Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

The Corcoran’s wildly popular social programs, including its annual cocktail-fueled Artini gala and monthly happy hours, have, over the years, set the museum apart from its Washington peers by catering to a younger crowd.

Case in point: The National Gallery has no programs, social or otherwise, aimed at younger patrons. The Corcoran’s 1869 Society, on the other hand, was formed specifically to target 20- and 30-somethings, luring them into the museum with such events as Artini, the black-tie Fall Fete and “Corcoran Uncorked” happy hours with wine tastings and museum tours.

The museum has also offered monthly “Create at the Corcoran” art classes.

But the pending changeover leaves the future of these outreach programs in limbo. For example, even though a date was set last year for the 2014 Fall Fete (Sept. 26), it’s looking unlikely.

“It’s my expectation that with the planning required for Fall Fete, it would not happen in September,” says Rachel Cothran, Corcoran’s director of public relations. Winter Fete, perhaps?

But there are still a few opportunities to be social at the Corcoran this summer and toast to its future.

‘Corcoran Uncorked’ happy hour

In honor of the Albert Paley “American Metal” exhibition (see story on Page 22), this happy hour will feature DJs spinning rockin’ heavy-metal tunes in the atrium while guests tour the show, watch welding demonstrations and sip wine from the Muse cafe.

July 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. www.corcoran.org/
events
. $12.

‘Create at the Corcoran’ happy hour

This two-hour workshop led by Corcoran interior design instructor Emily Bishop promises design tips and tricks, as well as lessons in framing and hanging art.

July 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. www.corcoran.org/
events
. $35. Supplies, wine and snacks are included in the fee. Register in advance, as space is limited and these events usually sell out.

Wine Down Wednesday

Treat yourself to a midweek art break: On Wednesdays, the Corcoran’s galleries stay open until 9 p.m. Admission is half price after 5 p.m., as is wine from Muse.

Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission $5, $4 for full-time students (with ID) and age 62 and older.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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