Dec 11, 2009: Shop Local at DC Holiday Markets

Following weekend holiday season gigs outside Eastern Market tomorrow and Sunday, more than a dozen regular exhibitors will join Ginkgo Gardens, a Capitol Hill garden center, for the Second Annual Riverfront Holiday Market, Tuesday, December 15 through Friday, December 18 on the Second St, SE sidewalk adjacent to the future Canal Park at M Street SE.
Sponsored by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (CRBID) and managed by Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a company formed by The Flea Market at Eastern Market management team in 2005, the location is directly across the street from 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, just one block from the Metro Navy Yard-NJ Avenue Exit.
The market will face the popular Subway and Five Guys Restaurants across Second St. and the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters, which houses more than 6,000 of the 35,000 office workers in the CRBID, across M Street. It will also be near the Courtyard Marriott with its 200+ rooms. 
Advertised hours will be Noon to 6 every day except Wednesday, when closing will be extended until 7 p.m. for a special promotion to the more than 2,500 residents who now reside in "The Front" neighborhood. Entertainers, including Runakuna, Rick Franklin, Ian Walters and the SwampKeepers, and Maureen Andary; will perform Noon-2 p.m. each day and 4:45-6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
New this year will be two food tents, featuring Ali Baba's Falafel and Bigg Poppa kettlecorn and funnel cakes. Besides Ginkgo Gardens, which will bring seasonal florals including wreathes and garlands, 14 more tents will feature an array of exceptional Eastern Market exhibitors.
The international contingent will be represented by Emmanuel Babatunde, Covenant African Collections; Lara Jacobi, handmade sari skirts from India; Oswaldo Sinchico, Art Native Inca, Ecuadorian textiles; and Adiante Franszoon, fine Surinamese wood carving.
Artists include Cherie Lester, Quest Skinner, Roberta Knox and Photographer Joe Shymanski. Myra Cones and Yvonne Harris will share duties at Lunaworks, with unique wearable art in the product line.
Crafters include Soap Maker Bernadette Mayo of BAMI and Curtis Baity of First World Kulture. Two jewelry specialists will be Alan Covert of Al Beads and Allen Small, Deco Etc.
Rounding out the exhibitors will be Show Manager Tom Rall, manager of The Flea Market at Eastern Market and a DMM director, who will mix Campbell Studio art pottery among antique maps. Rall, Mayo, Sinchico and Shymanski are all returnees from the 2008 Riverfront Holiday Market.
Noting that overall market offerings have more than doubled since last year, Rall praised the CRBID "for its commitment to continually grow this holiday market as an annual event" in the rapidly-revitalizing neighborhood around the new baseball stadium and along the river front.

If you can't get to Riverfront, there'll still be plenty of shopping opportunities outdoors in DC as The Downtown Holiday Market continues daily through December 23; The Flea Market at Eastern Market continues Sundays year round; and Eastern Market itself remains in the festive spirit. We Love DC, a local blog, has posted a roundup of these local holiday shopping experiences and more.

Antique Photo Show --
For our customers who are interested in antique photographic images, mark your 2010 Calendar for the 27th Annual Spring DC Antique Photo Show, which will again be managed by Rall and DMM. The date is March 14, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209. Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM with a $5 public admission, with a preview admission at 8:30 AM, $20.