"I'm from Washington State and I just retired. I moved here a week ago to live with my son, who was good enough to take me in. I looooooove Easton. I looooooooooove it. I love the old buildings. My head hurts from always turning it from side to side looking at them. I'm always standing in front of them and Googling the building for its history."
"I live in Williams Township on a small farm."
"What's it like?"
"It's the spring. Things are coming out of the ground, the sheep have to be sheared, and the chickens are laying eggs."
"How did you get into farming?"
"Moved from New York City. I had the land, I never did it, and I decided to try it. That was fourteen years ago."
"I'm a comic book writer visiting Easton from Denver. I've been into comics since I was five when my father bought me a comic because he wanted me to read; he's a journalist. It was The Flash. It was the one where Barry Allen was on trial for murdering Reverse Flash. (Laughs) That's some super geeky shit! It's interesting because The Flash wasn't popular when I was a kid, and now it is. Like, I would go to comic conventions when I was a kid, and I'd be not only the only kid, but the only black person. There were only about two or three hundred people there, and now, there are like 100,000 will go. Denver Comic Con was 120,000 last year."
"So what made you decide to write comic books?"
"I started a couple of years ago. I write one called The Burning Metronome and it's pretty cool. I just decided I wanted to try it."
You can check out his comics at www.theburningmetronome.com.
"I moved here a few years ago with my wife; she's the curator of the Sigal Museum. We were in Philly before, and I followed her up and found a job here. It's a neat little town with a hoppin' downtown area."
"I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest. *laughs* It's where the faeries live--it's enchanted! One of a kind place. I miss home every day, but I'm hanging in there."
"I've been in the restaurant business for about seventeen years. The guys here at River Grille are great. Great family."
"What got you into the business initially?"
"Uhhh, high school. I was a bus boy and I went right into waiting tables. I love the money, I love the instant gratification, and just serving people. You know, how you see the smiles. Having them come back asking for me is very nice as well. Also, I love food. I'm a big food geek, so I love plating food and trying to help people out."
"I used to be a trainer, so I expect that soon I'll get back into training: fighters, boxers. But right now I'm on dialysis, so I'm waiting to be more comfortable with that and then get back to training fighters. Try to be the best trainer in the world, man."
"What does it take to be a good trainer?"
"Dedication! Cuz somebody's always trying harder, somebody's doing more. You gotta do the most you can and nothing's easy if it's worth it."
"Was there any person you trained who you were like, 'This person's a star'?"
"Oh, wow. Well, I started training under my father and we took in a guy (he's a lot older than me). He was on the streets and not doing that well, let's put it that way. My dad took him in and through fighting he learned discipline and responsibility and he really, really changed his life. So, when I saw how much that fighting could give you something to wake up to and how much it changed his life, like, that was it. Like, I wanted to be a trainer forever. And I was like eight years old."
(Him): We met back in 1988...
(Her): Yeah, in Walter's Park Pool (in Phillipsburg). We were going for a walk and that's how we met up.
(Him): July 4, 1988.
(Her): Now we come to Easton to hang out and ride our bikes, and we take Gracie with us. I just love enjoying the scenery, the water...
(Him): ...and the bands they have every week.
(Right): "We moved over to Phillipsburg about a year ago and we love Easton. We come here all the time with our children."
"How did you meet?"
(Left): "We worked in the same town. I was bartending and it was love at first sight. It was incredible."
(Right): "Yep. We thought we knew each other when we first saw each other. Right away."
"I'm a native of Easton. I lived in California for fifteen years and after 9/11 I moved back because I wanted to be closer to family. In fact, everybody I knew from California that was from someplace else began to navigate back to where they came from. So I navigated back, and my wife and I (unfortunately she passed away about five years ago), we wanted to find the oldest house we could and do the 'This Old House' thing. We actually purchased a house on Fifth, right around the corner, and completely gutted it, restored it, and everything, so it's been an adventure. Now my son is back with me, and I have a grandson, and we frequent Downtown on a regular basis: I have a year pass for my grandson with Crayola, and we check out Frozenlandia and all the ice cream shops. We really like the renaissance that Easton has provided for us."
"I'm retired. Worked forty-something years working with kids. I had a great time and a good run and now I'm just looking to enjoy myself."
"What was your job with kids?"
"From A to Z. From three-year-olds to twenty-something-year-olds, providing a safe environment, providing opportunities to grow and learn different ways to go from city life to suburban life. It was a commitment. It's how fathers treat children and how they need to be involved, at least that's what I think."
Ian Schwartz is an artist whose works are on display at IF (International Fusionism) Gallery, 107 North Fourth Street. He uses plastics and other items that have been thrown away for his artwork. He has been in Easton since July.
I grew up in Brooklyn, and I'm walking around, and I'm seeing changing architecture as well as a lot of plastic stuff in the streets, and I started associating milk crates with architecture and the city in general."
"What made you start using found trash as art?"
"Recycling and unnecessary melting down of plastics when they can be reused for other things. It's an environmental statement, but also a decorative statement in terms of reusing patterns that are functional and can be reused for decorative purposes. You can make art with any type of material; that's the fusion aspect."
Terry Wolfson-Tighe is the Gallery Director at Ahlum Gallery, 106 N 4th St. She creates intricate works of art that look like prints, but they are made of little pieces of fabric held together with glue. She told me she uses a pair of tweezers to put the fabric in place. Ahlum Gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays.
"I started working here about a year ago and showing my own work. I do have a studio at home, so I didn't need a place to make my art; I needed a place to showcase my art, and I do showcase other artists at the same time. So, right now I have ceramics in here and some watercolors. And the owner of the gallery shows her own work here, too. I'm originally from New York and I lived in New Jersey and I've been doing art since college--it's been about 40 years! I started doing the fabrics about 37 years ago when I couldn't paint anymore because I was a painter originally. I started doing fabrics because they told me not to paint while I was pregnant, and I started dabbling in the fabric and I kind of took it to another level. I'm very influenced by painters and by quilters. I love the fact that quilting uses lots of little pieces, but they're all sewn, and I was really trained to paint, so I took the two things and molded it together and made my own thing."
"I'm so happy right now, sitting and enjoying the moment for what it is. Soak it all in. It's about the moments for me.
"What keeps you going?"
"So, I'm a UXUI designer: user experience, user interface. It's about digital design, digital experiences, so, you know, designing websites, apps. Translates to different platforms."
"So what are you going to do with your English degree?"
"Actually, I kinda use that already, because you do presentations, you document your work, you communicate all the time so English is important. But I also have my art degree, my graphic design degree, so I do a lot of writing. That's why I sit and soak in moments like this, where I can go and write."
"I came here from Syracuse for my mom. The difference between there and here is that there's no bullets to dodge and cars to hide under. Easton's a calm town.
I'm really active in my church. I love running Bible studies and helping people in their walks and their faith. I also love my cat. His name is Truman, named after my favorite president.
I grew up here in Easton, North Seventh Street. I joined the service at 19 and I was shipped off up in New England. I have not been back here for 40 years. I just got back. My dream was always to move to Colorado, so I moved up there, and then my daughter made me a grandpa so I moved back to Connecticut for a little while. Then I lost my father December 23rd, a year ago and I didn't want to get that same call about my mom from some stranger, so I came back.
Shalom Neuman is a fusion artist. His work is currently on display at the IF Museum and Academy, 107 N. Fourth Street.
"We're mulit-sensory beings. We hear, smell, touch, feel at the same time. So, my question is, 'Why can't art be multi-sensory?' For 50 years, I've been developing a methodology to fuse all art forms and to use what's available: technology, motion detector, projection, lights."
"I'm Muslim and I have three girls that are ten, eight, and two, and this is just not the America I grew up in. I just never saw this kind of hate; I see it online and it's unbelievable. When 9/11 happened, I really didn't think I was one of the terrorists. I married a Muslim man. He's not verbally abusive, he doesn't make me cover my hair. I was racist against the Middle East then, when 9/11 happened, even though my dad's from there. My husband changed my mind and I think that to just generalize and categorize that this one community's bad; I've been proven wrong by my husband and I really support this idea now. This is causing way too much hate than it needs to. It's just too much. Like, I guess the education system is really flawed to spread such hate; I guess when you lack education, maybe? But this really hurts me for my daughters. It's for my daughters, basically, because I didn't grow up in this kind of America. I was Muslim all my life and I played with regular kids. Some guy told me that we behead people. I don't know, I never beheaded anyone, so this really bothers me. There are extremists, yes, there are bad people, but my husband taught me one thing and he always said it: 'There's bad people and good people in every community. Hate is in every community but we have to minimize it as much as possible.'"
"I sing and I'm a young entrepreneur, just trying to let everybody know that it's most important just to love yourself regardless of who you are. My mom saved me from a dangerous situation; I'm adopted so she saved me from what I could've been, the worst side of me. But I'm blessed with this singing talent that's a curse and a gift at the same time--it's so frustrating. I'm a perfectionist and whatever I do, I have to make sure it's perfect. It's a love/hate relationship."
"My daughter is one year old; her name is Aila Rose and she likes to copy everything I do. She likes to sit there and do her makeup with me, she'll do her hair with me and she's on this baby doll kick where she wraps it up in this little blanket and she makes me change her diaper..."
My guitar helps take away scars that I've been going through. My mom passed away in January, so it takes my memory away from that. I play music to get out of my head, really. Keeps my mind off of things and focused on the future.
Watch out folks; he's got a camera...