By Linton Weeks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 12, 2004; Page C01
The return of the 17-year cicadas has Washington talking.
Local folks are hoping to turn the cicada's 17-year itch into a little scratch.
• Now through June 30, the Cicada A-Buzz Package at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown includes a suite for two, a box of cicada-shaped chocolates and a pair of Audubon binoculars. You can use the binocs to spy on the insects while they are engaged in, um, sex. Also included: two cicada cocktails made of Grey Goose L'Orange vodka, fresh pineapple juice and a touch of blue curacao. Cost for the whole shebang: $600 a night.
• The Afterwords Cafe at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle is pushing several commemorative drinks, including Cicada Juice made with raspberry vodka, amaretto and cranberry juice and served in a shooter, says bar manager Mark Kutcher.
• Jolene Sugarbaker, the alter ego of Washington actor Jason Saffer, is offering Brood X T-shirts, coffee mugs and thongs on her/his Web site, JolenesTrailerPark.com. One icky green tee depicts a cicada and a two-word question: Miss Us?
Stories of the 2004 invasion? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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