May 2, 2006: A New Look!

May 2, 2006— has updated its newsletter. The changes start today and more are coming soon, according to Michael Berman, director of communications for The Flea Market at Eastern Market and its associated web site. The Flea Market at Eastern Market is held Sundays on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
“Essentially, we’ve switched list service providers,” Berman said. “Constant Contact, the new provider, gives us better utilities which are more user-friendly both for us and our readers.”
“We now have more than 2,500 subscribers for the newsletter,” said Owner Tom Rall. “We plan to publish monthly and the new format will compliment upgrades to the website as well.
“In particular, I like that we can now add pictures to the newsletter at the same time we’re updating images at the site, which drew more than 2.5 million hits last year,” Rall continued.

RECOMMENDED IN WASHINGTON D.C. FOR VISITORS, an online division of The New York Times Company recently published an online guide: “Eastern Market in Washington, DC.”

“A traditional 19th Century Market on Capitol Hill,” the site informed. It called “Eastern Market one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, DC; this historic market is a great place to browse for fresh food items or arts and crafts.”

The guide is illustrated with nearly 21 photos, all captioned, taken in and around the market on a recent Sunday. “I liked that it featured a wide array of products,” Rall commented. “Among those were cheeses from Bowers Dairy and Campbell Studios pottery from my own stand.”

Newsletter subscribers are urged to view the Times guide at its site: Washington D.C. for Visitors


The 43rd Annual Friendship House Market Day festival will be held from 11-6 Sunday, May 7 on 7th Street from South Carolina Avenue SE to North Carolina Avenue SE. The pedestrian-friendly event features food, arts and crafts, children’s games and rides, live music, DJs, health screening and more.

Market Day benefits Friendship House Association, a Capitol Hill organization which highlights “Beginning a 2nd Century of Service to Children, Youth and Families,” as a theme for the day.

“As a graduate of Friendship House programs, I look forward to working with the organization on another event,” enthused William “Rudy” Coates, assistant manager of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, a Market Day sponsor. “The flea market will also be open,” Coates continued, “and the two events really complement each other.”

For more information contact Freda White, 202-675- 9053,, or visit their website. Friendship House


Also coming to the Eastern Market neighborhood is the 49th annual Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13th and 14th. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society sponsors the popular event. For more information and to order tickets visit: Capitol Hill Restoration Society


Plans to renovate, update and enhance the nearly 133-year old Eastern Market building are well under way. Architectural firm Quinn Evans has recently presented preliminary designs for both the interior and exterior of the building, a historic landmark listed on the National Register.

In addition to its historic details such as lentils, moldings, brownstones and brickwork being restored, upgrades are planned to bring the building into the 21st Century, including: ground floor restrooms, ADA access with automatic doors, facility improvements to the North Hall gallery, and utility upgrades.

Also coming soon is a new streetscape of 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to North Carolina Avenue, along the market. Included are sidewalk bricking, curb replacement, period appropriate streetlights, tree replanting, and even some cobblestones!