- The Washington Times - Friday, June 26, 2009

The Eastern Market in the District’s Capitol Hill neighborhood officially reopens Friday morning, three years after being destroyed by a fire.

The reopening begins at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and continues with a series of weekend events.

The market was home to merchants who sold everything from fresh fruit to hand-made jewelry and is considered one of the city’s most popular cultural gathering places.

Displaced vendors remained in business at a temporary facility across the street while the $22 million renovation project was completed.

The market, at Seventh and C Street Southeast, is expected to be open Sunday through Saturday and will again have its outdoor art and farmers’ markets.

Seventh Street will be closed Saturday for a community block party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, children’s activities such as face-painting and magicians and guided tours of the market.

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