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.
Working at Greiser’s on the weekend is a fun and entertaining way to earn income and make new friends. Our weekend shifts require 6 hours at a time on your feet serving customers, washing dishes, bussing tables, sweeping floors, and stocking groceries. Our starting hourly rate is $14, plus tips, but we will pay more for experience. Our employees must be 18 or older, and we are looking for staff who can start by October 1. To apply, please email Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greisers is appreciated throughout Easton for its delicious treats and homey atmosphere, but one of its most intriguing aspects is the mix of special events it offers throughout the year.
On Dec. 14, Greiser’s owner Adrienne Burke hosted a talk regarding the first recorded meteorite to land in North America. It landed in Easton in 1807. But at the time, Easton was called Weston, so the meteorite is known world-wide as the Weston meteorite.
Frank Pagliaro, a local historian, spoke about the story of the Weston meteorite and his role in researching it. Pagliaro worked for months to locate the meteorite’s impact point to correct poorly done documentation of the impact point.
“This is more than just a meteorite,” Pagliaro said. “It was an exciting local event. People talked about it all over the world.”
About 25 people or so were able to hang out and sip sparkling wine while listening to his insightful talk. And Burke, although she’d heard the story many times over, was just as interested as the enthusiasts and eager listeners in the room. Burke has always loved science.
In fact, she moved to Easton in 2010, shortly after leaving a job at the New York Academy of Science. Because of her passion for history, the first thing on her list was to go to the library and learn all she could about her new home.
Digging into Easton’s history proved extremely entertaining, and when she heard about the meteorite, she was ecstatic. Burke was fascinated by it. It also happened to land on her birthday — Dec. 14.
“It made me feel like I belong in Easton,” Burke said.
After continuing her research of the meteorite, she came across a fellow Eastonite who was intrigued by it as much as she was: Frank Pagliaro. So on Dec. 14, the 212th anniversary of the meteorite’s landing in Easton, she organized an amazing event.
There was gorgeous sparkling wine with edible crystals (stardust) around the top, and delicious meteorite-themed snacks.
Burke said she was happy to host events such as this one, and she is proud to live in Easton. Not only because it is her home, she said, but because “it’s a place where a moment attributed to the birth of astronomy in the United States happened!”
Easton Newspaper to Relaunch via Citizen-SHU Partnership
By Adrienne Jane Burke, photos Gregory Golda
The Easton Courier and its former chief editor Nancy Doniger are coming back to town.
Easton’s 7,500 residents have lacked a dedicated news source for nearly two years. Hersham Acorn Newspapers ceased publication of the 38-year-old weekly broadsheet, The Easton Courier, in January 2018. Since then, townspeople have widely lamented the loss of journalistic coverage of town hall, community, and school activities. And during 2019, when candidates campaigned for a local election and the Planning & Zoning Board implemented a controversial new Plan of Conservation and Development, the absence of a trusted source of information was especially noticeable.
If all goes according to a recently unveiled draft plan, however, a spring 2020 Easton Courier relaunch will provide Eastonites once again with fair, balanced, and informative local news.
In late 2018, Doniger and Easton resident and Sacred Heart University instructor Jane Paley began exploring with Jim Castonguay, Director of Sacred Heart’s School of Communications and Media Studies, a way for students and faculty there to partner with the people of Easton to create a citizen-led local news publication. The three formed an Easton Courier Editors’ Group with the coordinator of SHU’s digital journalism master’s degree program Rick Falco, student newspaper faculty advisor Joanne Kabak, and media studies clinical instructor Gregory Golda. Together they hatched a plan for what Paley dubbed “Easton Courier 2.0.”
Last Friday in the Martire Business and Communications Center at Sacred Heart, Castonguay and Doniger presented the Editors’ Group’s vision to an audience of more than 40 Easton residents. Representatives of a range of town departments and committees, clubs, organizations, and businesses as well as private citizens showed up for the event. Among them: Easton’s First Selectman David Bindelglass, Selectmen Kristi Sogofsky and Bob Lessler, Town Treasurer Christine Calvert, Board of Education Chairman Jeff Parker, Police Chief Tim Shaw, Fire Chief Steve Waugh, Easton EMT Board Member Lorraine Mercede, Library Director Lynn Zaffino, and Aspetuck Land Trust Board Member Nancy Moon.
Castonguay sees the ambitious project as a potential national model for community journalism in the age of corporate-monopolized news media and disappearing town newspapers. It is also, he said, a perfect fit for his school’s mission to serve the surrounding community and train students to produce high-quality journalism. But he emphasized that citizen participation is crucial to its success. Falco said, “We’re going to create the structure for you, but it has to be a community effort with a goal to serve the community.”
The Editors’ Group will seek grant funding to support the initiative, and Doniger and Paley will vet and edit all content submissions for factual accuracy and fairness. A mockup Easton Courier website the group demonstrated, included content categories like the original Easton Courier: town news, police news, community voices, education, sports, and events.
To be sure, a few things will be different about the new publication.
For one, the Editor’s Group does not expect to have a budget to print a newspaper. Castonguay said the Easton Courier will be an online publication, and, as a non-profit, it will not be driven by or pursue advertising. There might, however, be simple ways for residents or organizations to print pages or articles from the website, and some in the audience suggested exploring ways to provide access to less digital-savvy citizens.
Doniger noted that a benefit of an online newspaper is freedom from weekly or monthly print deadlines. “We want to cover breaking news and we will be nimble enough to post content as it comes in,” she said. Corrections can be made more expediently online, too. “If you let us know something is wrong, we will correct it,” she said.
Another difference is that a paid staff of professional journalists will not produce the new Courier’s content. Instead, students, community organizations, and other unpaid contributors, including, perhaps, several Easton residents with professional journalism experience, will write the content. Nevertheless, Castonguay and Doniger (pictured below) confirmed a commitment to uphold high journalistic standards and said they will require all contributors to follow submission guidelines. “Most articles will be vetted by Jane or me, and we’ll be training students about how important it is to make sure sources are accurate,” Doniger said.
Falco added that Sacred Heart students who work for the paper will be “doing real journalism,” getting out into the community and covering town events. Castonguay said it will be up to the businesses and organizations in town to do their own public relations–or recruit student interns to do it for them–by pitching student journalists on stories. He acknowledged that the group will face a unique challenge: How to maintain continuity of coverage of town government and ongoing issues when students assigned to those beats graduate and move on.
Overall, the Editors’ Group’s plan was met by enthusiastic support and several rounds of applause from town leaders. SHU professor Joanne Kabak noted that the group’s unanimous “desire to have [the Courier] back tells me that Nancy did an amazing job.”
The Reverend Ellen Huber of Christ Church in Easton noted that it often takes losing something to realize how important it is to us.
Castonguay said the next step will be a Town Hall-type meeting early in 2020 to provide a preview of the new Easton Courier for the entire Easton community. In the meantime, he said to the audience, “you are ambassadors to spread the word.”
“Inclusiveness is critical,” said First Selectman Bindelglass. But how to get the word out without a current newspaper? The Editors’ Group offered to foot the bill for a town-wide postcard mailing to invite all residents to the next meeting.