by Borderstan.com November 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Union Market"

Union Market opens from Wednesday to Sunday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

As of this Saturday, Union Market (1309 5th Street NE) is now open five days a week. Union Market officially opened in September, but has kept limited operating hours, until now.

The indoor market, which runs along Neal Place NE between 5th and 6th Streets, plays host to 40 local vendors that offer everything from fresh vegetables to cheeses, oysters, meats, tacos and home decor.

Union Market celebrated its expanded hours with this weekend’s Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair, a special broadcast of Foodie & The Beast and specials and activities at the Market’s pop-ups.

Union Market is now open Wednesday – Friday from 11 am until 8 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8 am until 8 pm.

by Borderstan.com October 3, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Crafty Bastards, Washington City Paper, cupcakes

Saturday at Crafty Bastards in Adams Morgan: What’s a DC festival without a cupcake competition? (Ashley Lusk)

From Mike Kohn. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Getting Crafty Wth It

Despite being cold and wet, Saturday’s Crafty Bastards Art and Crafts Fair was a well-attended event. The festival, now in its eighth year, featured more than 150 artists, a food court with local vendors and several food trucks. In addition to artisans, this year’s fair also hosted the DC State Fair, with homemade cupcakes and pies, as well as a homegrown “ugly vegetable” contest. Among the vendors was Project Runway season one winner Jay McCarroll, while just down the street at Town Tavern, hopeful hipsters auditioned for the next season of Real World. But, in case the rain deterred you from getting there and you want to buy something from one of the supporters later, here’s a look at all of the vendors from this year.

The Wells Fargo Wagon Is a-Comin’ Down the Street…

In less than stellar news from Washington City Paper, the new Wells Fargo in Adams Morgan at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW was robbed at gunpoint on Friday. It was so subtle that no one in the store (including a City Paper reporter) even knew it had happened until the teller locked the door.

POTUS in Action

President Obama made his second appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner and gave an engaging speech to the 3,000-plus attendees at the Convention Center. He referenced LGBT accomplishments during his presidency and took some jabs at his potential opponents, though he didn’t go so far as to fully endorse same-sex marriage equality, a slight disappointment. His full remarks are available at the MetroWeekly website.

Can’t Find a Spot?

There’s an app for that — but only if you live in Baltimore, at least for the time being. As Greater Greater Washington shared, two clever guys created an iPhone app called Parking Panda that lets people rent out their private spaces for as little as hours at a time, helping to reduce the stress of finding parking. If they can get 30 spaces, they’ll make their way down to DC, so spread the news!

Photographic Proof

Speaking of parking, apparently the District is now photographing the tickets that they leave for parking violations so people can’t claim that they never got the violation, according to DCist. They’re getting sneaky, aren’t they?

50 Nifty United States

I thought this was a fun project. A Greater Greater Washington reader biked all 50 avenues and put them into a video showing their landmarks. Worth a look if you have some time.

by Borderstan.com August 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

DC State Fair, pickles

Pickle competition at the 2010 DC State Fair. (Bryan at foodnewsie.com)

From Ashley Lusk Check out Ashley’s blog Metropoetrylis and find her on Twitter at @arlusk. You can email her at [email protected]

We here in Borderstan recognize a good thing when we see one — even if it happens to be outside our neighborhood.

That’s why we’re recommending you get dig out your dusty home-ec skills this fall and head over to neighboring Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights for two exciting events, Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair and the DC State Fair. Even better, enter one of the categories — can you bake a great pie, preserve peaches, make pickles, take photographs, make really cool bike accessories? There are lots of categories.

Entry deadline for Crafty Food Awards contest is Thursday, September 1… entries for the DC State Fair must be submitted by Thursday, August 25.

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by Borderstan.com June 27, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,057 0

Dupont Festival, Cinema in the Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

Cinema in the Circle showed the 1981 classic, “E.T.” on Friday evening in Dupont Circle. It was part of the Dupont Festival series of events. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

New York Same-Sex Marriage

Alright alright, it’s not about Borderstan, nor is it even about our humble District, but the big news this weekend came from a bit North and it seemed irresponsible to ignore it. After years of debate, New York is finally allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state in the country to do so. All but one Democrat and even four Republicans in the state Senate voted in favor of the bill, which passed by a slim 33 to 29 margin. New York becomes the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont — and of course, the District of Columbia. Check out the The New York Times for more information. Oh… if you live in Rhode Island or Maryland, those states will recognize your same-sex marriage from another state, but you cannot get married in either of them.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm 1 Comment

This is TOMORROW. The Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan on the 18th Street side, north of Florida Avenue. From the Crafty Bastards blog at Washington City Paper:

The 5th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is this Sunday, September 28th from 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Learn about awesome handmade goods and the people that make them on the Crafty Bastards blog or in the vendor gallery and use the festival map, which includes the complete vendor booth listing, to plan your shopping.

The best stuff goes fast, so arrive early. Plus, the first 5,000 shoppers get a FREE limited edition Crafty Bastards tote bag to help carry all their crafty purchases!

Handmade Shopping Frenzy

Learn about awesome handmade goods and the people that make them on the Crafty Bastards blog or in thevendor gallery and use the festival map, which includes the complete vendor booth listing, to plan your shopping.

The best stuff goes fast, so arrive early. Plus, the first 5,000 shoppers get a FREE limited edition Crafty Bastards tote bag to help carry all their crafty purchases!

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