- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Nothing like a new piece of jewelry to set hearts aflutter on Valentine's Day a tiny gold heart pin with two flashing rhinestones, in fact. It was designer Ann Hand's gift to guests attending her bash at Georgetown's Cafe Milano Friday.
"Just several hundred of their nearest and dearest," chuckled pink-satin-clad Jayne Ikard, wending her way through one of four rooms crowded with three generations of Washington politicos, journalists , ambassadors (Jordan, Columbia, Spain) and assorted social folk.
"Le tout Washington," mused another guest, adding "or at least everybody who hasn't gone to their second home in the wake of a terror alert."
Code red was the color of the night, and romance was the mood. Invitees were told to "look beautiful" and "look handsome." Hosts Ann and Lloyd Hand were, sub rosa, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary a year late, minus a few days.
So what was Mrs. Hand's greatest gift to her husband in that time? "She gave me five wonderful children," the lawyer and former chief of protocol said diplomatically before a round of check-to-cheek dancing.
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and wife Mary Jo deliberated in the shadow of their impressive security detail over the question of the best thing each had done for the other lately. "That motorcycle ride," they replied. "The last time through the Blue Ridge mountains."
Obviously a solid team, as are former White House social secretary Capricia Marshall and her husband, Dr. Robert Marshall, each of whom praised the other in rapid-fire response. "The dinner she cooked for me last night," he said. "He gave me a wonderful 3-year-old son," she said.
Willie Lewis reversed the credit, saying the nicest thing she ever had done for husband Finlay was produce son Ingersoll, now 30. Mr. Lewis, a journalist, said he wasn't going to reveal publicly his best act.
Lawyer Ed Weidenfeld didn't hesitate. The nicest thing his wife, Sheila, ever did was "marry me," he said.
Ah, romance. Yes, even in Washington.
Ann Geracimos

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