Summer Night Market Returns July 22
July 16, 2016
DC'S FIRST NIGHT MARKET SET FOR SUMMER IN SOUTHWEST
A relaxing evening of books, reading and jazz will be featured additions to this month's MarketSW, 4 to 10 pm Friday, July 22, on "The Lot" at 4th an M St. SW.
The literary aspects will be provided among a joint collaboration of the Southwest Neighborhood Library, PEN/Faulkner Award Foundation, and DC Public Library(DCPL). "We'll bring new releases and in demand titles, some adult coloring supplies, and information about our Labs and other DCPL events," promised Kimberly White, librarian for adult information services at DCPL. "We've got a wonderful mobile library unit called the UNI. The Market looks like a lot of fun and the perfect set up for us to reach some new users," White observed. Emma Snyder of PEN/Faulkner exclaimed that, "we are really looking forward to taking part in July!"
Jazz elements will be provided by John G. Lewis & Electrokoustic, who will be strumming with some soul and R&B added to the mix from 5 to 7 pm. Lewis will be followed by Yola-Gand Ancestor. Yola, the Dub Director of the District's first Jamaican-Style Sound System, 'Grand Ancestor," will be spinning everything from "Rub a Dub", Roots, Dancehall, to Digital Dub in a return to the market stage.
In addition to the new features, "expect some surprises to our regular monthly lineup," said Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management, the DC Company that runs the market. "But you can count on an enhanced outdoor bar by Sugar Rim Bar, as well as fine cigars by Cuban master cigar roller Arian Castaneda" promised Berman.
Additional aroma will be provided by the BBQ smoker of The Tender Rib, which will join returning food trucks Nom Nom Gourmet, a Southeast Asian specialist, and DC Crab Cake n Co. The trucks will again be joined by desert specialist The Capital Candy Jar, which will create giant S'mores on site, and by Chocolate Moonshine, which will bring artisan chocolate truffle bars and fudge to the market for the first time.
Among the 30+ small businesses exhibiting at the market will be several popular returnees among an eclectic mix of crafts persons, artists, furniture designers, jewelers and importers from all over the world.
One featured local business, Bailiwick Clothing Co. recently received publicity regarding its t-shirts being worn by Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper. Co-owner J.C Smith was recently interviewed in the Washington Business Journal about their start-up business. Bailiwick means? Says J.C in the article, "it's an old English word for your area of expertise. It's been a word I have always liked and it ties into how we are trying to spotlight people in D.C. and what they love to do."
"We strive for an internationally-connected and eclectic merchandise mix in all our markets," said Berman, "and these exhibitors should fit into this festive setting well."
MarketSW is supported by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Forest City Washington in collaboration with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to present "a festive event every fourth Friday through October."