Nov 29, 2012: Holiday Cheer & Festive Markets!

The festive holiday atmosphere around Capitol Hill's historic Eastern Market will be even more so Sundays through December thanks to a music tent addition provided through a joint collaboration between the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) and The Flea Market at Eastern Market.
The music tent was announced jointly today by DGS Market Manager Barry Margeson and Michael Berman, president of Diverse Markets Management, the D.C. company that operates the popular Sunday flea market.

The tent will be located where a colorful Christmas tree lot opened last week next to the 7th & C Streets SE entrance to the flea market. Both are directly across the street from the historic market, itself surrounded by a sparkling array of Christmas greenery and gift dealers.    

The schedule for Eastern Market Holiday Music 
12/2  Ian Walters & Friends --  Updated Classics;           
12/9  King Street Bluegrass  --Bluegrass;                       
12/16 The Lovejoy Group -- Holiday Jazz;  
12/23 Patty Reese & Dave Chappell --Acoustic Roots;
12/30 The ElectroKoustic Band -- Jazz, R&B;                

>Performances are scheduled between Noon and 3 p.m. each day. Berman lauded DMM Music Coordinator Donna Fletcher for "putting the program together at the last minute" and the Eastern Market Tenants Council for "facilitating the collaboration." 

Berman also praised Fletcher for arranging the music for the Downtown Holiday Market which begins its eighth annual installment tomorrow on the wide sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery along F Street NW between 7th & 9th Sts. NW. More than 50 musical acts of all types will be presented on an 8th Street stage, on a three-a-day schedule through December 23rd.  

"The music schedule, months in the making, is a tribute to the Herculean effort Fletcher orchestrates every year," Berman said. "The breadth of her diverse contacts in the music community is extraordinary." More information and the complete performance list can be found here

More than 180 exhibitors, many familiar faces from Eastern Market, will also participate in the market, Noon to 8 p.m. daily. An exhibitor schedule is here.

John DeFabbio, a long time "Featured Exhibitor" at The Flea Market at Eastern Market, announced recently that he'll also be opening a brick and mortar art gallery at 10007 Kinross Ave. in Silver Spring, MD. "Gallery de Fabbio" grand opening is 1-8 p.m. Saturday. More information