Sep 16, 2008: Fall Season at Eastern Market

WASHINGTON, DC (September 16, 2008)--The September 2008 fall edition of the popular Walking Town DC tours returns to Capitol Hill and Eastern Market this weekend.

The Saturday, September 20, tour: "Capitol Hill" meets outside the Eastern Market Metro station at 7th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, at 10 a.m. and runs until Noon. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 202-661-7581.

The Sunday, September 21, tour: "Capitol Hill and the Landmark Eastern Market" also meets at Eastern Market Metro at 10 a.m. continuing through 11:30 a.m. Reservations are not required.

As was the inaugural Sunday walk in April, it will be 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."

The inaugural walk featuring Eastern Market was supported in part byThe Capitol Hill Restoration Society, The Flea Market at Eastern Market and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.
More information on Walking Town DC is available here: Cultural Tourism

As noted with a nice feature in Washington Post "Style on the Go" Saturday, September 6, and by visitors to The Flea Market at Eastern Market the next day, the Eastern Market music series sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation has returned Sundays through October 12.

Started in July 2007 "to remind everyone that Eastern Market is alive and open after the fire," the series presents blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz, contemporary and international musicians.

"The music was an instant hit, both with our exhibitors and customers," said Tom Rall, manager of The Flea Market at Eastern Market. "The series was just one of many philanthropic responses to help the market community and we greatly appreciate that the foundation is bringing it back for another season."
More information can be found at: Eastern Market Music.

A daily dose of musical entertainment programmed by Donna Fletcher, who has also conducted the popular Eastern Market series since its inception, will also be presented at Crystal Market beginning Thursday at 2121 Crystal Drive in Arlington's Crystal City. Sponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, the market and the music will be presented Thursdays through Saturdays, through October 25.

"We were really fortunate to get Donna to orchestrate this program," said Michael Berman, president of Diverse Markets Management, a flea market spin off which manages the inaugural Crystal Market. "Booking two or three acts for every day of the market is quite a challenge, but we knew she had contacts with many of the best musicians in the area."

Kicking off the music series will be Cabarat Jazz Musician Maureen Andray and the Bluegrass group Over Under Down Yonder in the Noon to 2 and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. slots respectively.
For a complete list of performances: Crystal Market.

Recently Artist Stevens Jay Carter, who was an Eastern Market exhibitor for many years, sent us a link to a National Public Radio online video of the group studios at 52 O Street, NW. The video presented profiles of seven artists' studios which were entered by clicking on windows of the former warehouse.

"The video was a great example of one aspect, in this instance, artist studios, of brick and mortar businesses incubated by exhibitors at outdoor markets," claimed Rall. "I liked it so much that I wanted to share it."

So here's the contest: find the windows for both Carter and current exhibitor Andrea Haffner and report by email to marketflea@aol .com the correct location for both. The first ten to respond correctly win. View the NPR video.