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.

Frank Pagliaro Plays Greiser’s: From Old Timey to Indie

On Thursday July 14, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, our Acoustic Solos & Small Bites summer music series continues

Easton renaissance man Frank Pagliaro will play Greiser’s front porch July 14

He’s known as an historian of all things Easton – especially the 1807 meteorite landing, he makes a meticulous latte behind the counter at Greiser’s, he leads tours as a member of the Easton Cemetery Committee, he’s retired from the board of the Historical Society of Easton and a career in financial risk analysis, he has officiated several weddings, he’s one of the world’s greatest grandpas, and he’s a choir member and guitarist for Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in Easton.

This Thursday, Frank Pagliaro will bring his talents to Greiser’s front porch as the third act in our Acoustic Solos & Small Bites summer music series.

Frank chose Bastille Day for his show date, and though his songlist is an eclectic mix of all-English old-timey, 1920s, folk, soft rock, country, and Beatles tunes, he promises there will be something in store for the Francophiles among us!

Our Acoustic Solos & Small Bites events are byob happy hours. Events are open to all, but seating is reserved first for ticket holders. Our $24 ticket price covers your seat, a cheeseboard, and glassware/ice setup for beverages you bring. Non-alcoholic drinks, mixers, and other snacks will be available for sale. When booking, please specify any dietary restriction as well as your preference for indoor or outdoor seating. Guests will be welcome to browse the store, mingle, and, if seated indoors, step outside for the music.

To book your seat with lite gourmet fare, stop into the store before noon on Thursday or reserve online here.

History Chat & Coffee Klatch with Frank

Join Greiser’s barista and Easton historian Frank Pagliaro for a fun monthly lecture series at Greiser’s

Learn something new about your surroundings this summer! Sign up to join one, two, or all three of our Coffee Klatch & 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 the second Tuesday of the month 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 for all 3 events at once and save $6! $12 per event or $30 for all three.

Seniors may park at the Senior Center and ride the bus to and from Greiser’s.

Tuesday, June 14: 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, July 12: 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, August 9: 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!

Click here to purchase tickets today!

To register by phone with a credit card, call 203-220-9424 during business hours. Greiser’s is open Tue – Fri 7am – 5pm and from 7am – 3pm on weekends. The store is closed Mondays.

POSTPONED Pete Bergeron: Timeless Tiny Oil Paintings

Snows Farm, by Pete Bergeron

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Meet Redding fine artist Pete Bergeron at the opening of our exhibit of a dozen of his smallest (5″x7″) oil paintings.

Pete has been painting ever since being inspired in early childhood by the classic television instruction series “You Are an Artist” hosted by Jon Gnagy.

His formal art training began at Paier School of Art in Hamden, Conn., where he studied illustration. Eventually he turned to large scale painting and, like artist James Rosenquist before him, he worked as a billboard painter creating giant images of hamburgers, beer bottles, cars and other colorful oversized advertisements.

In 1990 he studied with Frank Covino of Waitsfield, Vermont, to learn the Classical Academic approach to painting: a systematic method that begins with a detailed monochromatic under-painting superimposed with many layers of thinly applied colored glazes. The resulting effect gives an overall luminous quality to the finished painting. His commitment to fine art was a natural direction that led to a consuming full-time passion for creating lasting and timeless works of art.

Pete’s current landscape paintings are reminiscent of the late nineteenth century American landscape painters of the Hudson River School — including John Frederick Kensett, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and William Trost Richards — and of the Tonalist painters of that period. His work hangs in many collections throughout New England and other areas of the U.S.

An Evening with Local Historians Bruce & Brent

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Join us at Greiser’s for a book launch and exhibit opening. Local historian and Historical Society of Easton research director Bruce Nelson (pictured, right) will read from and discuss the new book he coauthored with Redding native Brent Colley (left), The Revolution Comes to Redding. Brent designed the History of Redding website and Bruce is also the curator of our new exhibit of historic local photography and architectural reprints.

Based on the 1778 journal of a fourteen-year-old boy named Jonas Fairchild, The Revolution Comes to Redding is a fictional account of actual Revolutionary War events that took place during the fall and winter of 1778-1779 when the troops under General Israel Putnam’s command were stationed in Redding. This is not an account of the battles that led to the ultimate victory of the Continental Army, but rather an account of the sacrifices made by the ordinary citizens of a small town where the number of inhabitants more than tripled in size in a matter of weeks, giving Redding one of the largest populations in the entire state in January of 1779!