"I've just recently turned 60 years old, but I'm born and raised in the Phillipsburg/Easton area. So, as a kid, we lived in Phillipsburg and we didn't have a car, so we used to walk across to Easton to come shopping and take part in everything. And at Christmas time, I always remember the Peace Candle in the Circle, although it has changed; mostly I remember the Christmas music blaring out of these big white speakers on the street corners. And throngs of people, having to hold my mom's hand because there were so many people shopping ot Woolworths. Then growing up as a teenager, going to Shoe Scene and Upper Story, and being able to walk from 15th Street to Carmelcorn to get my popcorn to go to the State Theater and watch a movie. Now I'm working at the Easton Public Market; I moved back from California about two years ago where my sons and grandchildren are, but my folks are still here and I was too far away. I'm thrilled that I've been here since day one of the market. I live just a half a block from Spring Garden Street and I'm an Easton person. I love it here."
"The best present I ever got for Christmas was family recipes. Like, Christmas is a lot about being together with family and putting family recipes together, stuff we only make once a year. I have memories of my great grandmother, my mom, my grandmother, my sisters, and my brothers and everyone just being together and making food. Just having a really good meal together."
"What's one recipe that comes to mind, without giving any secrets away?"
"We make something called lababki and mushroom soup. We have it once a year. It's sweet and savory, and it's to remind us of the special times in our life throughout the year and the sad bittersweet moments, and to recognize them both as blessings and to hold them close to our hearts. And we also make a nut roll recipe, which is a family secret..."
Watch out folks; he's got a camera...