Artist About Town: John Forgione’s Plein Air Paintings Return to Greiser’s

Opening Reception Thursday, February 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The “old” Greiser’s, painted by John Forgione in 2018, two months before the “new” Greiser’s opened Nov. 1.

Easton is and has been home to many a famous artist.

Louise Bourgeois so loved her country home here that she sculpted a marble replica of it. Another globally known sculptor, Frederick Shrady, lived in Edna Ferber’s former estate on Maple Road. Naturalist painter and writer James Prosek developed an intense interest in fish as a child here and has since made a home in Easton with his own family. And now, NYC street artist Paul Richard rides around town on a vintage bicycle.

Yet part-time plein air painter John Forgione is arguably the most visible artist in Easton.

Weekdays, Forgione runs a digital marketing agency. But on weekends when the weather cooperates, he is a fixture of Easton’s open spaces. With his easel, oils, brushes, and canvas, you might find him in the orchard at Trout Brook Valley, amid the sunflowers on Adams Road, or capturing scenes at one of Easton’s bucolic farms; Gilbertie’s, Maple Row, Sabia’s, and Sport Hill Farm are among his beloved subjects. And he has been commissioned to capture on canvas several historic local homes.

Forgione also enjoys setting up his easel in other scenic Fairfield County spots, as well as on the water in Rhode Island, Barbados, Hawaii, and Positano. He’s even painted standing in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Easton painter John Forgione on the Brooklyn Bridge

But Easton is his home, and, contrary to the stereotype of the solitary, reclusive painter, Forgione is notably social. He and his wife Cara, parents of three JBHS grads, rarely miss an event at Greiser’s. They both participate in Easton Arts Council shows. And he’s been known to arrive at local parties and bars with his latest painting in tow for show and tell. He loves to talk about art and process.

On a recent Sunday afternoon at Greiser’s, Forgione engaged fellow painter Paul Richard in an animated conversation about canvas stretching techniques and employing the golden ratio in landscape painting. Richard said he thought he recognized Forgione from an Instagram post that pictured a painter on the street in NYC. Indeed, Forgione had attracted attention from passersby in October when he painted a scene at the corner of 21st Street and 9th Avenue in Chelsea.

On the day he bumped into Richard, Forgione was at Greiser’s to take some measurements. He’s getting ready to install a new exhibit here in February. It’s been nearly four years since he hung his paintings on the walls of the “new” Greiser’s, during our first year in business.

Back then, when space was even more limited than it is today, he hung his art on a wall in the kitchen — our “Galley Gallery” — and we invited guests to squeeze past the chest freezer and hand sink to view it. This time, we’re thrilled to be able to offer him professional hooks on art moulding in our dining room.

Come see how much we and the artist have grown over the years!

Opening reception Thursday, February 9, 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, with musical entertainment by Mike Miles. Free admission. All artwork will be for sale. Overflow parking will be available across the intersection at the Congregational Church.

A Galentine’s Gathering at Greiser’s

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Join us at Greiser’s on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day for an afternoon celebration of the female friendships that sustain us.

Get out of the house while others are absorbed in Super Bowl pre-game TV! Bring girlfriends or come alone to connect with other women and enjoy a few hours of soulful music, love poems, sweet and savory treats, and bubbles from 2pm – 4pm. You’ll be home in time for kickoff!

Singer and keyboardist Maggie Ferrari of the Newtown band Iris Lies will entertain at the piano in our back room.

And Easton resident Samantha Sleeper, Chief Marketing Officer of Rosebud Woman, will provide us all with some self-love goodies. Her business is renowned nationally for a luxurious line of intimate wellness skincare products made with impeccable plant-derived ingredients. We have a few of her self-love products and books in stock, and Samantha will bring samples to share.

It’s also a chance to pick up a card or gift for your Valentine or your lovable self!

Advanced registration is requested. Signup in store before February 10, or register online here.

Easton History Chats with Frank: Winter Series

Beat the winter blues with this fascinating educational lecture series at Greiser’s 

Learn something new about your surroundings this winter! Sign up to join any one or all four of our Easton History Chats with Frank.

Frank Pagliaro is a 27-year Easton resident with a passion for history and what he calls a “wikipedic” knowledge of all things local; that is, “constantly evolving and sometimes wrong.” Frank is a member of the Easton Cemetery Committee and was co-author of the definitive study of the 1807 Weston Meteorite fall sites. He’s a former Historical Society of Easton board member and presently works part-time at Greiser’s as a barista.

Frank will present each topic with pictures and maps, lead a casual discussion, and answer all your questions about Easton history.

Each 90-minute event will take place in our art gallery/back room on from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. The $12-per-event ticket price includes a light breakfast buffet of coffee, tea, and juice, plus fresh baked croissants and scones, donut muffins, and yogurt. Seating is limited. Advanced registration is required.

Register now online or at our register in the store for all 4 events at once and save $10! $12 per event or $38 for all four.

Tuesday, December 13: The Weston Meteorite

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the first recorded fall of a meteorite in North America, who saw it, where they found it, and how it affected the nascent American science community. We’d like its name changed to the Easton Meteorite!

Tuesday, January 17: A General History of Easton

Once considered the northern wilderness of the town of Fairfield, Easton is now known as the Jewel of Fairfield County. We’ll talk about the Native Peoples who first lived here, the mapping of the Long Lots, the first colonial settlers, the parish of North Fairfield, the Revolution, the town of Weston (including a meteorite tease), the establishment of town of Easton, the creation of the reservoirs, and Easton’s decline and rebirth.

Tuesday, February 14: Easton’s Old Burial Grounds

Our cemeteries tell the stories of life and death in 18th and 19th century Easton and give clues about the practices and rituals of people who lived here. We’ll also talk about gravestone styles over time and the places where some of our notable residents lived and now rest.

Tuesday, March 14: Lost (and Found) Easton

It’s still winter, so Frank will treat you to a virtual walk about town from the comfort of our coffeeshop, visiting the locations of former mills, houses, schools, farms, and more.

Signup to attend one or all events in the series here today!

Humble Beauty: Hand-Colored Prints by Marcy Juran

Opening Reception Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm

Live Music by Hey Honeybabe

Marcy Juran’s lifelong fascination with the botanical kingdom began in her parents’ suburban Connecticut vegetable gardens. She fondly recalls her mother’s asparagus beds and a tomato garden her father planted for her to tend at age 6. The images she has hung at Greiser’s this autumn are “ripe with memories,” she says.

Juran, a Greiser’s regular, is visual artist with a practice that includes photography, encaustic painting, and handmade paper. Her focus combines personal narratives with the natural environs of her native New England.

She began her work in photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she concentrated in graphic design. Throughout her design career, Juran collaborated with photographers to create award-winning work grounded in photographic storytelling.

Her own photographs have been exhibited throughout the U.S., including at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Davis Orton Gallery, the SOHO Gallery, Sohn Fine Art, the SE Center for Photography, and the A Smith Gallery.

In Connecticut, her work has been shown at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, the Rowayton Arts Center, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, The Westport Arts Center, The Bendheim Gallery, The Ely Center, and the Kershner gallery. Her photography has also been published in the online publications Fraction, Lenscratch, and Don’t Take Pictures. 

Juran holds an A.B. in Studio Art from Brown University. She pursued additional studies in graphic design, printmaking, and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cranbrook, and the Maine Media Workshops. A native of Connecticut, Juran works from her studio in Westport, and is an exhibiting member of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, the Rowayton Arts Center, and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

All works in this exhibit are Hand-Colored Archival Pigment Prints, copyright 2022 Marcy Juran, and are either 13 x 19-inch prints framed to 16 x 22 inches or 6 x 9-inch prints framed to 12 x 15 inches. Prices are for framed works. Larger works are 1 of 7; smaller works are 1 of 10. 

Greiser’s will feature Juran’s “Humble Beauty” exhibit through Thanksgiving. Friends and customers are invited to a free opening reception with live musical accompaniment by Hey Honeybabe on Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

View individual pieces and prices here.

Hot Swing and Harvest Fare: Last Concert-Cookout of 2022

The Hot Club of Black Rock Plays Greiser’s mini Oktoberfest, Thursday, September 15

The Hot Club of Black Rock plays the Gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhardt that was popular in cafes at the time Dick Greiser’s grandfather established the Easton Tea and Coffee House here in 1926. We’re delighted to bring the ensemble to our parking lot for a mini Oktoberfest celebration on the evening of Thursday, September 15.

Showtime is 6:30pm.

Cookout + Concert tickets are $24 for adults, $12 kids under twelve. We’ll be serving an Oktoberfest menu of grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage & apples, and hot Bavarian soft pretzels. Plus a seasonal sweet treat. (Vegan option to brats available).

Concert-only tickets are $10 for adults and may be purchased online in advance or at the gate. Kids get in for music free.

ALSO: enter a raffle to win a $100 store credit at Greiser’s, courtesy of our sponsor, Easton resident Marlene Goldstein, of Team AFA at William Raveis Real Estate.

And: Enjoy a gin tasting, courtesy of Tuck Gin of Weston.

Parking available in the Congregational Church lot across the intersection.

Catch Easton’s Biggest Bluegrass Stars at Greiser’s

Dan Carlucci & Dan Tressler will play our Cookout August 25

Easton’s finest and Greiser’s favorite two bluegrass musicians team up for a special performance in our parking lot on Thursday, August 25, starting at 6:30 pm.

Dan Carlucci and Dan Tressler, both of Easton and formerly partners in the band String Fingers, are getting together for a cookout & concert at Greiser’s. The incredibly talented duo, aka Dan Squared, play original music as well as Americana, folk, and bluegrass covers. Anyone who has seen them perform knows that we’re in for a special treat tonight.

Cookout + Concert tickets are $24 adults, $12 kids, and must be purchased in advance in-store or online. The cookout menu will include grilled meats and veggies, a cold salad, chips, and dessert.

Music-only tickets will be available at the show for $10.

Beer will be available for purchase at this event, courtesy of Roadie, the Redding Roadhouse Beer Truck.

Want to preview their sound? We carry several CDs by both musicians at Greiser’s.

An Evening of Folk, Rock and Pop with Moxanne

Live music Thursday August 18 on Greiser’s front porch

Join us at Greiser’s on the front porch on Thursday August 18 for an evening of acoustic classic rock, pop, and folk with Moxanne and her trio. Music starts at 6:00 pm. Book a seat here for $5, or pay when you arrive. Sandwiches, snacks and softdrinks will be available for purchase in the store.

With a soulful voice, cheerful mood, and interesting stories, Moxanne has entertained us at Greiser’s and at the Easton Public Library before and we’re delighted for her return to Greiser’s, when we will request that someone capture a few sharp photos of her group!

Newtown Americana Cover Band Will Entertain at Greiser’s Aug. 11

Enjoy good weather and great music on our front porch with friends Thursday evening!

Newtown cover band Iris Lies – featuring Maggie Ferrari, Andrew Sirois and Chris Des Biens – will perform Americana, folk, and B-side harmonies outdoors at Greiser’s Thursday evening, August 11. Advance purchase for cheeseboards ($24 includes seating) is requested by noon day of show. $5 show-only tickets may be purchased on site or in advance online here.

Event is BYOB and ends at 7:30pm. Store will be open for additional food and drink. Overflow parking is available at the Congregational Church across the intersection.

Pre-Carnival Fun at Greiser’s Thursday Night!

Join us for a cookout with cover band Fake ID from 6:30 – 8:30 on August 4.

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Greiser’s first parking lot cookout of summer 2022 on Thursday, August 4, will feature the acclaimed Fairfield County cover band Fake ID. Come at 6:30 to dance and dine on grilled sausages & sliders plus corn on the cob, macaroni salad, pickles and chips. Tickets for dinner + show are $24 for adults, $12 for kids.

In more than a decade of performing across Fairfield County, Fake ID has built up a following at hot spots including The Gray Goose, The Spotted Horse, Old Post Tavern, and more. The band is loved for its amazing range of cover tunes and high energy performances that get the crowd moving. 

Advance online ticket purchase is recommended, but on-site purchase will available while supplies last. Seating is limited to 60.

NOTE: BYOB is permitted. BYO water is recommended! Soft drinks available for purchase in the store. Other snacks and sweets will also be available for purchase. Please park in the Congregational Church lot across the intersection.

The Easton Firemen’s Carnival stays open till 11:00 pm on August 4.

Shannon McMahon to Sing Her Original Folk Songs

Free BYOB Happy Hour at Greiser’s Thursday, July 28, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Join us on the front porch this Thursday evening, July 28, from 5:30 – 7:00 for the folk songs of Shannon McMahon.

Admission is free though seating is limited. Guests are welcome to byob. Snacks, sandwiches, and softdrinks will be available for purchase.

Shannon is a singer/songwriter from Stratford, also known as the Easton Public Library Assistant, who creates contemporary folk music with rich vocals and songs that resonate with a strong sense of the human experience. Shannon got her first guitar at the age of nine, and wrote her first song when she was ten years old. She started performing publicly when she was 12, at church, coffeehouses and other functions. At the age of 17, Shannon auditioned for and was accepted into a vocal performance class at the New School, in New York City, taught by Brown Bradley.