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Arts Around Town: Stages of heritage for Easton's historic day

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The City of Easton is playing it up big this Sunday, July 8, with “Heritage Day,” beginning 11 a.m. in historic Centre Square with a noon reading of the Declaration of Independence.

It isn’t every day that you have town criers making their cases for or against independence, encouraging onlookers to voice their opinions. Easton was one of the first sites for public readings of the Declaration on July 8, 1776, as Robert Levers, Chair of the Committee of Safety and Northampton County’s representative to the Provincial Conference of Committees, read the document on the steps of the courthouse then located in Centre Square, with a parade escort of the new flag to the courthouse.

Living History re-enactors will inform the public of this period of time in history and the contributions of its people, such as Benjamin Franklin and George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Participating groups include, on the Revolutionary War, 3rd PA Light Infantry, 1st Pennsylvania Regiment and Lambs Artillery; on the Civil War, 153rd Pennsylvania Regiment, New York Berdans; on World War II, 9th Division, Redball Military Transport, Heaven’s Doves, World War II Chaplin, Rev. John Uhler; on Korea, Northampton County Marine Corps, and the Army Ground Forces Association.

Various stages in Centre Square, Riverside Park and Scott Park will feature performers including the Penn’s Woods Puppet Theatre, School of Rock, Swing Time Dolls and Lucky 7. There also will be a National Guard rock climbing wall, pony rides, strolling performers, face painting and Seeing Eye Puppies.

The Rotary Club of Easton is sponsoring “Be the Bugler,” where kids get a free lesson on the history of the bugler atop the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Centre Square. Kids will be given a free bugle to participate in the event.

History-focused tours will include the Sigal Museum & Historic Houses, Parsons-Taylor House, State Theatre, Trinity Episcopal Church, First United Church of Christ and St. John’s Lutheran Church, plus a College Hill bus tour.

Artisans will include blacksmith Ed Land, glassblower William Pfeffer, redware potter Denise Wilz, master powderhorner Ed Long, traditional fiber artists from Second Saturday Spinners, chair caner Roland Barrall, knitter Judy Jacobs, gunsmith Harry Greenberger and a quill and pen artist.

Of course, Heritage Day wouldn’t be complete without a spectacular end of fireworks along Larry Holmes Drive beginning at 9:30 p.m.

For further info visit heritageday.org.



Northampton Community College Summer Theatre is presenting the musical, “1776,” opening tonight through July 15 on campus at Kopecek Hall, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. Music and lyrics are by Sherman Edwards with book by Peter Stone. It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence, if only our founding fathers can agree to do it.

It follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

For further info visit nccsummertheatre.org.



Comedian Josh Blue, who uses his own affliction with cerebral palsy as part of his routine, will perform July 12 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem, as part of the “Champions of Inclusion” trade fair sponsored by the Disability Friendly Community and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

Blue is recognized for his ability to improvise and encourage his audience to overcome preconceived notions about people who are labeled as “disabled.” He was the grand prize winner at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is a favorite on the college comedy circuit.

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