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April 30, 2007

Sad news for Capitol Hill... & a chance to show your support

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If you haven't already heard the sad news...The historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, which has been in continuous use since the nineteenth century, suffered major damage in an overnight fire. A huge loss for neighborhood families, the vendors and small farms who make their living at the Market, and for nearby businesses including our fave Dawn Price Baby boutique.

Eastern Market is featured in my book as one of the best family outings in the city. I hope that in time and with the community's support, they will be able to repair/rebuilt/reopen. I really appreciated Mark Fisher's column in today's Washington Post.

In the meantime, you can show your support for the neighborhood by attending the 44th Annual Friendship House Market Day Festival this Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on 7th St. from South Carolina Ave. SE to North Carolina Ave. SE. (Eastern Market is one of the main sponsors of this family-friendly event.)

The pedestrian-oriented street festival will have food, children's games and rides, live music, arts and crafts, health screenings, and community organizations' booths. It benefits the Friendship House Association, a Capitol Hill organization that has provided services to children, youth, and families for over 100 years.

It's heartbreaking that the social hub of the neighborhood, the Market, will be quiet and empty during the Festival... but all the more reason to turn out and show Capitol Hill you care!

For more info about the Festival, contact Freda White at awhite (at) friendshiphouse (dot) net.

Posted by Sarah at 11:19 AM.