(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.
These are the stories of the people of Easton, PA