Heard on the Hill: TOTS Finds a Cooler Home

Posted November 5, 2010 at 6:25pm

Gone are the days of sweating through your tuxedo jacket at everyone’s favorite summertime gala, Taste of the South.

This year, the charity event will move from the D.C. Armory to the more centrally located — and air-conditioned — DAR Constitution Hall. Traditionally held in June, the event will take place this year on April 16 and benefit the Children’s Safety Center in Springdale, Ark.

TOTS has been held at the Armory since 2005. As anyone who has attended the event will tell you, the temperature tends to spike, causing staffers in formal wear to drip with sweat. This year, TOTS spokeswoman Shawna Blair assures HOH that Constitution Hall is fully equipped with a working air-conditioning system.

Since it began in 1982, TOTS has drawn throngs of Hill staffers with Southern roots. Throughout the years, the black-tie event has been held at the Tune Inn (where it got its start as a decidedly more casual event), the National Building Museum and Hangar 7 at Ronald Reagan National Airport.