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Photos From 150th Anniversary Weekend at Eastern Market

Eastern Market celebrated 150 years of fresh food, fun and community Nov. 11 and 12. Starting with Novemberfest, a party in Eastern Market (with a special Eastern Market brew from Atlas Brewery) the event continued with concerts, special demonstrations and games. Adolf Cluss, the architect who designed the original market building, put in an appearance as did Ms. Tara Hoot, with a special Drag Queen Story hour Sunday morning.

The official anniversary was marked at noon with a ringing of the bell by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D). Traditionally, the ringing of a bell signalled the opening of a market. This ringing, Allen said, heralds the next 150 years for ours.

The ceremony was also attended by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and DC Department of General Services (DGS) Director Delano Hunter; DGS manages the market for the city and Delano read remarks on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).

Check out photos from the weekend below!

Shoppers are chock-a-block in the market’s South Hall Saturday.
The Washington Commanders Commander Force dance team appeared to lend their support, along with the Men in Blue of Ready Willing and Working.
Concerts throughout the weekend featured DC bands like the Too Much Talent Band, pictured here, but also the Stuart Hobson MS Band, the Crush Funk Brass Bank and the Rock Creek Kings.
These Golden Girls (four total!) appeared to celebrate the market Saturday night, kicking it with the Too Much Talent band.
Andrew from Potomac Wheelmen explains the original pennyfarthing bicycle…
…and a child tries one out!
Families enjoyed games from Labyrinth in the North Hall.
It was a great day to start holiday shopping!
..maybe with some 150th Anniversary merchandise??
..and the day was a beautiful one on the streets and in the skies.

Did you miss this weekend’s festivities? Don’t worry, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) assures us there will be more opportunities to celebrate the cornerstone of the Hill! Check their website for future events www.easternmarketmainstreet.org or watch our page for details.

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