Monday, November 24, 2014

The Hell Raiser's Holiday Shopping Guide: 2014

What... did you think I was gone...

It's time to invest in ...ART, Fine Crafts, in your community, in local producers, in micro enterprises


What it was, What it is, What it always shall be...The Eastern Market Exhibitor community.

When: Saturday and Sunday

The Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday at Eastern Market 


The Historic Flea Market on Eastern Market on Sunday 



with this as the foundation the folk at

The Flea Market at Eastern Market

Diverse Market Management


has grown


Brings you several wonderful local HOLIDAY Shopping opportunities

it goes without saying of course the nations top rated flea market


One of the Best HOLIDAY MARKETS in the country:

according to Travel and Leisure magazine and...the thousands of customers that shop there every year!





and for the second year

yes local, hand made, Art, Fine Craft and - is coming for the Mall...



The Hell Raiser says...

It's time...to shop local for the HOLIDAYS and all year long. 
Remember to get contact information from the exhibitors you buy from,
so when you need another or want to suggest a great gift idea to a friend you know 
whom to send them too!


or...more Hell Raiserish....


Sonda T. Allen

Turtle's Webb 

Friday, October 3, 2014

John Harrods Legacy and Eastern Market

African proverb
"Until the lion  writes its own history the story of the past
will only be told by the hunter"

John Harrod: Founder


Think of the above and below words as metaphors.
Langston Hughes

Note on Commercial Theatre

You’ve taken my blues and gone—

You sing ’em on Broadway

And you sing ’em in Hollywood Bowl,

And you mixed ’em up with symphonies

And you fixed ’em

So they don’t sound like me.

Yep, you done taken my blues and gone.
But someday somebody’ll

Stand up and talk about me,

And write about me—

Black and beautiful—

And sing about me,

And put on plays about me!

I reckon it’ll be

Me myself!


Recently, I told a story of one of my oldest and most cherished memories of my mother. She was taught that folk who looked like her had no history.
 In that remembrance, I  saw my mother watching Congresswomen Barbara Jordon  on T.V. during  the impeachment hearing, for then President of the United States: Richard Nixon. Congresswomen Jordon spoke about faith, in this instance of The Constitution of the United States.  She stated, "My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.  I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution."  And that is how I feel about "History".  I believe that the recording of history has a value far beyond what one can perceive.   I believe in the importance of the history of the common, everyday, ordinary folk.  After all I am one of them.

                                                        {The Danger of a Single Story}

Angie Brunson , (" Blue Iris Flowers" Eastern Market)
kept the Plaque Honoring John Harrod  (Founder of Market 5 Gallery and The Flea Market at Eastern Market) in her stand inside the market for years.  This plaque was payed for by the Exhibitor Community at Eastern Market as well as others.

The Mayor's public schedule

Friday, October 3, 2014

10:00 amJohn W. Harrod Memorial Plaque Dedication at Eastern Market
Eastern Market 225 7th Street SE (Media: Open)
Mayor to Offer Remarks
October 3, 2014...almost ten years after the passing of Mr. Harrod,  The plaque honoring his many contributions to...The World, The Nation, The District of Colombia, The Capital Hill community and his beloved north hall...: was unveiled and dedicated by The Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray and....

Mayor District of Columbia: Vincent Gray 

John Harrods son

Tom Rall (co- founder The Flea Market at Eastern Market )

Camille Mosley-Pasley 

 The Politicos

{The Danger of a single Story}

Former exhibitor and present assistant  ( The Flea Market at Eastern Market)

Mr. Harrods Family and his grandson 

        Grand Dame of the exhibitor "One of the first exhibitors at Market 5                                                               Gallery in the 1970's"

He was one of the original youth in Market 5 Galleries community programs in 1970s

Long time exhibitors Tom Bucci and Mai Ling with newer exhibitor Erika Rubel

Joe Snyder exhibitor ( one of the main forces behind the creating of the memorial plaque) with other exhibitors and community members

Kim Downes long term exhibitor

The unveiling...with John Harrod's daughter and son...

William Coates... he is not John's son, but John did ... and did and through folk like Mr. Coates who 
was part  of John's youth program in the 1970 - John Harrods legacy is assured.

Sonda T. Allen 

Turtle's Webb