Apr 4, 2008: Flea Market Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Washington, DC --Celebrate Spring and the 25th Anniversary Season of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, Sundays on Capitol Hill, with a free gift certificate!

Twenty-Five $25 gift certificates and seventy-five $5 gift certificates will be mailed to the first 100 easternmarket.net mailing list subscribers to reply to marketflea@aol.com. Write "Free Gift" on the subject line and include your name and address.

"I know it's not a flashy promotion like you'd expect from a multi-national corporation," said Tom Rall, flea market manager and owner of the web site, "but it's truly a sincere thank you to the thousands of exhibitors and millions of customers who've come to the market since we started in the spring of 1984.

"Each and every one has contributed to making The Flea Market at Eastern Market a unique place and I am blessed to work there," Rall concluded. "Thank you all for a very special experience."

Tourists flocked to Eastern Market and the tent stall of Jeweler Larry Gallo in March. They came with a tear sheet from the slick Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, Spirit, in hand, reported Gallo.

The magazine featured DC spots including the Spy Museum and National Cherry Blossom Festival and devoted a feature page to Eastern Market, with a picture of a bustling crowd inside the new East Hall and insert photos of Gallo's "historic coin cufflinks."

"I didn't even know about it until people started turning up with the story," marveled Gallo about the piece, subtitled "Bargain Hunter."

Also touted in Spirit were "impressionistic scenes of D.C. by Zakhar Sasim" and "old stereoviews of the District" sold by Rall.

A dedication of a public art installation on the north walls of the East Hall will be held Noon to 1 p. m. Saturday, April 19 at the East Hall.

According to a press release from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, this project displays twelve large scale digital images produced from original works by ten Eastern Market Artists: Mary Belcher, Michael Berman, Thomas Bucci, Jonathan Blum, Victor Kinza, Matthew Parker, Val Proudkii, Zakhar Sasim, Quest Skinner, and Joseph Snyder.

The event will be hosted by Councilmember Tommy Wells. The African Heritage Dance Center will perform.

An Eastern Market walking tour will take place Sunday, April 27 (10 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 3 pm) and is part of a full weekend of similar tours sponsored by WalkingTown, DC. The tour meets at the Eastern Market metro stop plaza.

Led by Carole Kolker and presented by Cultural Tourism DC, the tour will "trace the evolution of the 135-year-old Eastern Market from the Navy Yard to its present location, a Victorian-style masterpiece designed by political radical and architect Adolph Cluss. Hear stories about market culture and how, despite a ravaging fire in 2007, local efforts have persisted in maintaining this vital neighborhood hub, where shoppers are greeted by the familiar faces of generations of vendors."

This inaugural walk featuring Eastern Market is supported in part by The Capitol Hill Restoration Society, The Flea Market at Eastern Market and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. A full schedule can be found here.