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Social Clubs Plan Leap Day Parties

by ARLnow.com February 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm 5,826 12 Comments

Several local social clubs will be toasting the arrival of “Leap Day” in Arlington tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Feb. 29, a date that comes around only every four years or so during a leap year. Leap Day, as it’s known, might not be an officially recognized holiday, but it does have its fans. At least three Meetup.com groups are planning Leap Day events here in Arlington. Among them:

  • The 20s and 30s Wine Lovers group will be holding a Leap Day happy hour at Cheesetique (4056 Campbell Avenue) in Shirlington, starting at 5:30 p.m. After sipping wine and sampling cheese, the group plans to head to a nearby bar.
  • The Fairlington Social Club is planning a “Leap Day Sadie Hawkins Happy Hour” at Bungalow Billiards (2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive) in Shilrington, starting at 6:00 p.m. The “Sadie Hawkins” part, in case you’re wondering, refers to a pseudo-tradition of women asking men out on dates on Leap Day.
  • An Alexandria social group is planning a “Leap Day Party” at Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille (567 23rd Street S.) in Crystal City, starting at 7:00 p.m.

As for the motivation for having a Leap Day celebration, last week the show 30 Rock (pictured above) explained that February 29 is “a magical extra day… to do the things you normally wouldn’t do.”

For the local Meetup organizers, however, the motivation was more along the lines of: “why not?”

“[It] seemed like a good excuse to have a happy hour,” said Gary, organizer of the Fairlington Social Club event, in an email.

Screen grab via NBC

  • Loofah from Cork

    Oh, I forget about Sadie Hawkins!

    Hmmm, what hetero man 35-55 in DC is (truly) single and not a total smelly weirdo…um…

    • a

      Arlington, not DC. And plenty. Oh wait, I missed the smelly part.

  • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

    The Donaldon Run Social Club will be meeting deep in the woods of Potomac Overlook Regional Park to celebrate the great torrents of rain we have been receiving which will cause our crops to grow tall and be bountiful.

  • speonjosh

    “or so”?

    • Frito Pie

      Years that are evenly divisible by 100 are not leap years, unless they are also evenly divisible by 400, in which case they are leap years.

      • Josh S

        So 2100 won’t be a leap year? And 1900 wasn’t a leap year? Like that? 2200, 2300 but then 2400 will be a leap year.

        I guess this provides room for an “or so” but it’s so obscure and has zero impact on anyone currently alive. I still would have just said every four years myself.

        • drax

          Correct, Josh. It accounts for the fact that a year is 365.2422 days, not simply 365.25 days.

          I for one am glad to be reading a story by a reporter who understands the details of what he’s reporting.

        • Hanging Chad

          Sometimes the “or so” matters. . .

  • DarkHeart

    Wienermobile was parked at Bluemont park this afternoon. Any idea why?

    • Smelly Shoes


  • yequalsy

    As an opera lover I have to point out that today is Rossini’s 55th birthday. if you’re not an opera buff then you can still thank Rossini for Alfalfa’s gloriously off-key Figaro and the theme from the Lone Ranger.

    • PHD

      more than 55th, I would think


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