BOSTON — People with Bay State ties visiting the nation's capital for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration will have chance to rub elbows with their compatriots — and maybe talk about the Patriots — at a Massachusetts inaugural welcome reception Thursday evening.
The celebration is expected to draw political types from both parties, and though Gov. Charlie Baker will be in D.C. on Thursday evening, his schedule calls for him to attend an Indiana-centric celebration. A Baker aide said he did not know if the governor will attend the Massachusetts reception.
The reception, which calls for attendees to don cocktail attire, will serve as a chance for Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats alike to socialize with one another ahead of a weekend full of inaugural balls and bashes.
Vincent DeVito, who was the Massachusetts chair of the Trump presidential campaign, is hosting the reception at Washington D.C.'s Omni Shoreham Hotel, about two miles from the White House. The event will get under way at 8:30 p.m. and is sponsored by law firm Bowditch and Dewey, where DeVito is a partner.
Baker, who did not vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton in November's election, will travel to D.C. on Thursday to attend Trump's inauguration Friday.
Baker will attend the Indiana Inaugural Ball as a guest of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana. The black tie Indiana ball will be "an elegant candlelit evening of dinner and dancing" to celebrate the Hoosier state's bicentennial, and the inauguration of Trump and Pence, according to organizers.
Baker can expect that "some 950 Hoosiers in formal attire will be greeted by strolling strings," a "sumptuous" dinner prepared by the Grand Hyatt Washington's chef and music provided by the Gene Donati Orchestra to "carry the celebration into the late evening hours," organizers said.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark has vowed to avoid the inauguration in protest. Rep. Michael Capuano announced Wednesday that he will not attend the inauguration but instead host an open house at his district office in Cambridge.