Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Flea Market at Eastern Market is....

Best Flea Market in DC 2016 -Readers Poll Washington DC City Paper 



OK so,,, I ain't open minded.    After 30 years After welcoming ten of thousands of customers hundreds of exhibitors many still there and working after being an incubator for businesses in the DMV after surviving several take over and destruction fights with the DC government  after founding and growing the Downtown Holiday Market  after losing half its spaces to construction redevelopment and gentrification an again surviving* again*  after being the life line for many artists we all know it is the Best Flea Market in DC....the country...the world....just saying...I ain't open minded.

                          Founder of The Flea market at Eastern Market : Tom Rall...looking into the future                                                               and the past at the same time....


Sunday, February 7, 2016

On ...Art and supporting it....NOW... at Eastern Market and...everywhere....

" I recently read..."We got to support our artists and celebrate their work, and do our part to ensure that the American creative spirit that has defined us from the very beginning will thrive for generations to come." President Obama


John F. Kennedy-

President John F. Kennedy: Remarks at Amherst College, October 26, 1963 - Transcript

"The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society  and an officious state. The great artist is thus a solitary figure.  He has, as Frost said, a lover's quarrel with the world. In pursuing his perceptions of reality, he must often sail against the currents of his time. this is not a popular role. If Robert Frost was much honored in his lifetime, it was because a good many preferred to ignore his darker truths. Yet in retrospect, we see how the artist's fidelity has strengthened the fibre of our national life.

If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our Nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. And as Mr. MacLeish once remarked of poets, there is nothing worse for our trade than to be in style. In free society art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the spheres of polemic and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul. It may be different elsewhere. But democratic society--in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation. And the nation which disdains the mission of art invites the fate of Robert Frost's hired man, the fate of having "nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope."

I look forward to a great future for America, a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past, and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future.

I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world which will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.

Robert Frost was often skeptical about projects for human improvement, yet I do not think he would disdain this hope. As he wrote during the uncertain days of the Second War:

Take human nature altogether since time began...

And it must be a little more in favor of man,

Say a fraction of one percent at the very least...

Our hold on this planet wouldn't have so increased.

Because of Mr. Frost's life and work, because of the life and work of this college, our hold on this planet has increased."

I concur with both presidents past and present; and I will work hope pray and fight...to make their words flesh...


Sonda T. Allen 
Turtle's Webb