I've always wondered what the library building is like after hours. According to Anne, who works there, it can get a little spooky:
"Sometimes some staff members have a little bit of an uncomfortable feeling going up into the storage area at night, when everyone's gone. There's no workers up there and you have to go up and get a book and some people don't want to do it. But when I go up there, I do get a little creeped out, and the first thing I have to do is turn every single light on that's in that room, even if I'm not going up to the upper level, the mezzanine. I flip 'em on, and then I walk around, keep my eyes open and listen for sounds. Then when I'm done, I turn those lights out and I go down as quick as I can!"
"Catching a 55 lb. tuna was one of the coolest things that ever happened to me. I was in San Diego; I went there to visit my sister and we went on a fishing trip and it was funny because before that, a guy caught a 45 pounder and it was almost time to leave, you know, and he was bragging and talking a lot of stuff. So I was just letting out my line 'cause we were using sardine as bait. And all of a sudden, something *hit* it and almost flew me off the boat. Thank God it was a tuna. It was a very exciting thing."
"How long did it take to reel it in?"
"About a half an hour. May be longer 'cause my adrenaline was up there, you know?"
"How'd it taste?"
"Delicious! We went home and put it on the barbie. Oh my God."
Stefanie Angstadt (right) of the Valley Milkhouse, talks about why she loves the Easton Farmers' Market:
"The customer base is so devoted. It is my most consistent farmers' market. They come rain or shine. They love the cheese. They *celebrate* the cheese. Everybody has their favorites and it's really nice to build relationships and have such a solid regular base. And there's always new faces, too, which is remarkable. Somehow, Easton has done a really good job at drawing new people in every week."
You can visit them at their website: www.valleymilkhouse.com and they're also on Facebook. And if you haven't yet voted to make Easton Farmers' Market number one in the nation, do it now! Go here: http://markets.farmland.org/market/easton-farmers-market-pennsylvania/
"Sailing off the coast of Maine, I was up on the top of the mast on a schooner from, like, the 1830s. I was about a hundred feet up, climbing from the ratlines to the bars at the top--they're only about two or three inches long--and reached up into the crow's nest and climbed up there. That's one of the coolest things I've ever done."
Patricia Burton and her husband Christopher started the Bachmann Players. Currently, they are working on getting the Bachmann open for tours more consistently on first Saturdays.
"What's something that people probably don't know about the Bachmann House?"
"In 1777, September 22nd, I believe, John Adams actually came her on his way up from Philadelphia on his way to York, when the Continental Congress was fleeing Philadelphia from the British. We have documentation that he actually had dinner here. The piece that we're working on right now is about the French and Indian War and I found it interesting that Ben Franklin was actually friends with William Parsons, who was the founder of Easton and Ben Franklin actually helped during the crisis because the town was actually falling apart at that point--there were so many refugees coming in and threats of attacks coming in from over the mountains."
Outside Bank Street Creamery:
"What flavor is that?"
"Looks like you're almost out..."
(Smiling) "I know--I want more ice cream!"
"When an artist looks at things, he sees them in a light and format and layout. I try and take those things and make them small portions of large things and put them into an emotion that is evoked from that sight, and share it with the viewer of my work."
"What is one of the most emotionally intense moments you've had while creating your art?"
"I can think back to a time when I was fast asleep and a thought came to me in my sleep, a dream, and it prompted me to rise immediately and go to my table and work on the image that was there before it skipped my mind and eluded me once again. There have been several moments, a lot where people look at my work and say, 'Wow...'. In my younger years a lot of my work went free of price to my friendly onlookers who said, 'That's really cool, man! Can I have it?!?' *That* touches me emotionally: that someone looks at my vision and says, 'Wow. I see it too.'"
Easton trolley driver Virginia discusses what she does:
"We do the dinner crowd from 5:00 to 9:00 and we go around town here to take you from place to place. Uptown and back down again. Then, on Saturday mornings, we do the Market and we can take them down to the parking lot, you know, pick them up there and take them back down there with their packages. And then we do a tour of Easton to all the different historic places and the Mayor makes a speech about each place that we go to. They just brought the trolley out around six weeks ago, and they'll even go into the fall months and Christmas because they still have the Market."
And the best part is that it's free!
Cassandra attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and just graduated in May. Her specialties are fine art photography, self-portraiture and musician and concert photography. She has been interning recently at Connexions Gallery.
"I've always been interested in all kinds of art. I started out drawing when I was little, but I couldn't quite make the images I was seeing in my head, and light has always been a key thing to me. Like, even when I was younger, rooms had to be lit a certain way for me to feel comfortable; like, I didn't like yellow lighting. And shadows are my favorite. I love contrasts. So, through photography, I was able to 'draw with light,' which is actually what photography means."
Check out her work at www.cassandrasrager.com/
These are the stories of the people of Easton, PA