Meteorite’s Birthday Celebration at Greisers

By Anya Gorder

Adrienne Burke serves up sparkling cocktails rimmed with edible stardust and chocolate meteorite cupcakes topped with homemade rock candy provided by Easton baker Liz Rizik-Plastina. —
Anya Gorder Photo

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.”

Historian Frank Pagliaro celebrates the Meteorite’s birthday at Greiser’s Coffee & Market.  It’s know as the Weston Meteorite because Easton was part of Weston when the meteorite landed in 1807, prior to
Easton’s incorporation. — Anya Gorder Photo

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!”


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