Eastern Market: How You Can Help
The cost of rebuilding Eastern Market will fall mostly to the city, but businesses, ad hoc community groups and private citizens are hosting fundraisers and selling commemorative shirts to raise money for the vendors and employees who need to relocate their businesses until the 134-year-old market is restored.
On Tuesday, May 8, a number of bars, restaurants and shops across Capitol Hill and the city are donating a percentage of their profits to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, which has pledged to make sure the butchers, fishmongers and bluebuck pancake-makers return to the community. We mentioned this in the Got Plans? discussion yesterday, but felt we should tell you more about ways you can help.
There's a party in the upstairs "Club Room" of the Hawk and Dove from 6 to 9, where 5 percent of all sales plus all tips go to charity. Organizers are also asking for a $20 donation at the door, though you should feel free to give what you can. Union Pub will donate 5 percent of all proceeds, as will sister bar Lounge 201 (don't forget about the half-price martini deals, which run all night.) Even places off the Hill, like Science Club, are pledging to donate money.
Quizzo, one of the best trivia nights in town, is also getting into the spirit. Five percent of the Pour House's take is going to Eastern Market, and one of the quiz's theme rounds will be "Things that have burned down."
It's not just bars, either. Schneider's of Capitol Hill -- a long time Going Out Gurus favorite -- is donating 10 percent of all wine sales, while French bistro Montmarte has pledged 10 percent of Tuesday's dinner sales from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Murky Coffee is giving 10 percent of the day's total, as is Tunnicliff's Tavern, which sits right across the street from the Market.
See www.easternmarketrescue.com for a complete list of participants.
There are other ways to show your support, too.
Capitol Hill resident Linsey Silver, a graphic design professor at American University, created a T-shirt based on the market's beautiful domed windows. Shirts sell for $20 at nearby stores, such as Maggie and Lola and groovy dc, as well as at Market Day on Sunday, May 6. Fourteen dollars from each purchase goes to vendors and employees displaced by the fire. (If you don't make it to Capitol Hill often, the shirts will soon be available online at rebuildeasternmarket.net.)
Firefighter Justin Brown, who works with Engine Company 18 and Truck 7 two blocks from Eastern Market, designed a T-shirt modeled on the ones worn by firefighters. The $15 shirts will be sold at the firehouse (414 Eighth St. SE) and at Market Day.
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