Yesterday was opening day at the Columbia City Market, the first of the seasonal markets to start. Seasonal markets have a different rhythm than the ones that run all year: they tend to start with big celebrations and draw a lot of people early in the season, folks who've missed the market all winter.
Yesterday was different. There were a lot of empty booth spaces so even vendor turnout was light. The first hour was especially dead, in fact it was so slow that I started to get worried. Things did pick up later and it ended up being an almost normal day, which was reassuring. But I wondered whether the organizers hadn't done as much outreach as they had in previous years. Last year the mayor turned out for opening day. Maybe he was busy this year dealing with the fallout from those probable cases of swine flu.