Jul 1, 2008: New Market, New Hours at Eastern Market

WASHINGTON, DC (July 1, 2008)-- Diverse Markets Management, a spin-off of the Flea Market at Eastern Market, announced today a new fall market in bustling Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Crystal Market will operate every Thursday through Saturday for 6 weeks. It will open Thursday, September 18th, and will run for a total of 18 days ending on Saturday, October 25th. Hours will be from 11:30am-6:30pm each day. Additionally, there will be two special event Sunday markets in coordination with Vintage Crystal, a wine festival, on Sunday, September 21st and the Marine Corps Marathon's leg through Crystal City on Sunday, October 26th.

The market will be located in the park at 2121 Crystal Drive directly across the street from a popular strip of restaurants, retail, and entrances to the Crystal City Shops. The Crystal City Metro is a short walk, 3 blocks away and plenty of public parking (free garage parking on weekdays after 4 PM and all day on weekends) is available nearby.

"This will be an exciting new market experience in a wonderful setting," enthused Michael Berman, Executive Director of Diverse Markets. The market is co-sponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, and will target the approximately 30,000 office workers, 16,000 residents, and nearly 5,000 hotel rooms. "We are breaking ground in a whole new neighborhood. I think the area will really benefit while exhibitors reach new clientele," Berman said.
All exhibitors wishing to participate should respond to this email requesting an application or Click on the link to download it from the website. DiverseMarkets.net

July 1st kicks off expanded hours for the East Hall merchants at Eastern Market. As Michael Bowers, of Bowers Cheese announced, "we are now open longer to serve you better!" The new hours at Eastern Market, effective July 1st are: Tuesday - Friday - 7 am to 7 pm, Saturdays - 7 am to 6 pm, Sundays - 9 am to 5pm. The Market will be closed on Friday July 4th.
July 4th on Capitol Hill has traditionally meant Capitol Hill Cluster Schools' Capitol Hill Community Parade. This year the parade ends at Eastern Market and a post-parade picnic will be held in the Hine School playground, adjacent to the East Hall. The 12pm-4pm event is sponsored by Naval Lodge No.4 and will feature food, entertainers, live music, prizes, vendors, games and more. The event is a family-friendly fundraiser to benefit the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools.

For more information contact Sharon Boesen at sharon@tiberdc.com.
Renovations Continue
Renovations and construction activity abounds at Eastern Market. Despite scaffolding, chain-link fences, and dug up sidewalks surrounding the building; outdoor weekend markets continue. Currently the South Hall roof is nearing completion, the building has new windows and skylights and the North Hall is closed for work to begin inside.

For more information on the schedule of work as well as a peek at the web cam about to move from the roof to the South Hall interior go to: DC Office of Property Management

An international magic lantern festival will be celebrated in the Washington, DC area July 10 through 13 according to Tom Rall, Flea Market at Eastern Market Manager who is also chairing the 13th International Convention of The Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada.

Four continents will be represented in the programs, which recreate and examine the popular 19th and early 20th century medium. Free admission festival venues include the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium, the Historical Society of Washington and the Goethe-Institut.

"Customers who have been introduced to magic lantern slides through my stall at the market will want to attend the presentations, sales room and auction at the convention hotel," said Rall. A single $10 admission fee covers all the activity throughout each day at Crowne Plaza National Airport, 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA on both Friday, July 11 and Sunday, July 13.

Extensive information is available at the society web site: Magic Lantern Society