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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect date for the Congressional Blues Festival. It will be held on July 27.

Energy Summit

The National Summit on Energy Security kicks off this week with a congressional reception at the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday.


Hosted by Securing America’s Future Energy and the Electrification Coalition, the reception will feature prominent business and military leaders in interactive events. Get ready to witness Oil ShockWave, a fast-paced simulation that was first introduced in 2005. The event will also give members of Congress and their aides a chance to discuss energy policy with members of the host organizations.

The event is by invite only. To RSVP, contact For more information about the reception and the summit, visit

Blues Fest

Whether you’ve got the blues or simply enjoy listening to it, the National Building Museum is the place to be on July 27 for the 8th annual Congressional Blues Festival.


Each year, the festival brings blues artists together to raise money to preserve the music’s history and support the charities that help take care of those who create it. This year’s event will feature artists Sol & Funk Root, Michael (Iron Man) Burks, Christylez Bacon, Mudcat, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Reps. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., are cochairs.

Tickets are $25 and include all you can eat and drink. For more information, visit

Cupcake Competition

It seems like cupcake shows are dominating TV programming these days. If you still can’t get enough, head to the Rayburn House Office Building’s foyer on Thursday evening for the inaugural Congressional Cupcake Wars.

The event, sponsored by Sprinkles Cupcakes, celebrates the chain’s new Georgetown bakery while benefiting military families at Fisher House. Sprinkles will donate $10,000 to the foundation in honor of participants.


The face-off runs from 5-7 p.m. and will feature teams competing in Food Network Cupcake Wars-style to bake stars-and-stripes-themed cupcakes. Judges will include Sprinkles founder and Cupcake Wars judge Candice Nelson, food blogger Amanda McClements, and Politico reporter Patrick Gavin. Hosts are local radio personalities David and Nycci Nellis.

Pinch Hitter

Looking for a reason to head to the ballpark? Each year the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity draws a crowd eager to watch House and Senate members settle their scores and celebrate their friendships on the diamond.

The game rarely disappoints, but watch out for flying objects! In 2008, then-Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., lost control of his bat and injured a fan. Pickering is gone, but the lineup for Thursday’s game includes big hitters such as Reps. Joe Baca, D-Calif., Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

La Fête Nationale

Looking for a way to observe Bastille Day? Celebrate a few days late—July 14 falls on Thursday this year—on Saturday with La Maison Française and the Comité Tricolore.

The Bastille Day fundraiser will be held at the French Embassy and will feature a silent auction; food celebrating both classic French dishes and modern twists; an open bar of French wine, spirits, and champagne; and live music and dancing.

The celebration runs from 7 p.m. to midnight at the embassy, 4101 Reservoir Rd. Tickets are $100 general admission and $150 for benefactors who want their name included in the program. Tickets are available online at For more information about the event, visit

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This article appears in the July 11, 2011 edition of NJ Daily.

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