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National Aviary's Night in the Tropics

| Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Lybbie Lewis with William Kofmehl at the National Aviary during in Night at the Tropics
John Altdorfer
Jennifer Secota and Crystal Trevante at the National Aviary during in Night at the Tropics
John Altdorfer
Michael and event chair Jane Dixon — with Stormy, a blue-bellied roller — at the National Aviary during in Night at the Tropics.

“Well, they don't go crazy, but we do have a lot of people who start dancing at 9:30,” said Night in the Tropics chair Jane Dixon.

What makes 9:30 so special? It gets dark,” she explained.

Despite the predictions, an unusually sedated crowd infiltrated the National Aviary on July 13 for its annual summer soiree, where the evening appeared to be unfolding at a much more leisurely pace than in the past.

With 1,000 guests expected to attend, the event made optimal use of the recently renovated and airy indoor space, as well as tented and open-air areas outside, more than likely a contributing factor in the oddly ironic yearnings for the days of elbow room only.

Having grown from a simple fundraiser to a party that has raised more than $100K in past years, the evening welcomed bold names such as managing director Cheryl Tracy (with Rick), Kenya Boswell, Ralph and Sharon Martin, Tony and Brenda Bridge, Dan Taylor, David Peart, Frank Polito, John Graf and James Lehman.

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