My Facebook feed is full of signs that the caucus is in full swing here in Des Moines. It’s satellite truck season in the city! If only we had a little snow to make it feel more cozy. And if only I were to randomly run into Brian Williams.
Back when I was a member of the “lamestream” media, I spent a New Year’s Eve with Joe and my friend Meredith who was in from D.C. at the Raucous Before the Caucus, a party for credentialed media members with a hosted bar and a fancy atmosphere. This election season, it will be held at the World Food Prize headquarters, which is in the recently renovated old city library. It’s totally gorgeous. My family toured it this fall when it first opened and I could sit and stare at the stained glass all day — especially because it’s such an awesome foundation.
I hope the media continue to be impressed by the momentum we have here in DM. I remember four years ago how surprised everyone was at the positive changes, and I hope they notice the additional strides the city has taken since the last election. Which brings me to what I’m doing on New Year’s Eve!
This year, I’ll be at THE BASH, the Des Moines Social Club’s annual NYE event. I helped plan an element of this year’s Bash: To capitalize on all of the political excitement, we’re hosting a Faux Caucus with five local young professionals vying for the title of “Social Czar.” (What they’re really vying for is funds for the charity of their choice, although everyone gets the opportunity to introduce a platform of their ideas for the city and a cause close to their hearts.)
Tickets are $25 at the door and I will be there, likely manning button-making/voting station!
The Des Moines Social Club is working to find a new, permanent, home and is hoping to move into the old downtown Des Moines Firehouse. The World Food Prize was able to revitalize a historic landmark in Des Moines, and the DMSC would love to connect the future of the art scene with a building that blends the past with our new energy and creates a hub for the “creative class” to get together and collaborate. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in 2012.
Check out “I want DMSC in the Firehouse” for updates.
UPDATE! I was tickled to see my friend (and WFP communications director) Megan Hawkins Forgrave in these Vanity Fair blog post pictures from this year’s Raucous! (Also glad that the post made my book club selection — which lost to The Submission — look like the better choice!)
Annnd, if you have a good time scrolling through photo booth style photos, here are some Joe Crimmings originals from The Bash.