By Rebecca Price Janney, Jul 6 2017 06:02PM
You can imagine my excitement as this weekend approaches, and I prepare for the formal launch of my new novel, Easton in the Valley. On Saturday morning I’ll be appearing at the 265th birthday celebration of Easton’s Farmers’ Market, which is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in the country. Just think, this market started the same year Easton was founded under the supervision of the Penn brothers and their agent, William Parsons, in 1752. The market is a place in which my ancestors shopped and visited with one another from the very dawning of this winsome city. What an honor for me to represent them this Saturday when I share my new book with the public and give a brief presentation in the Great Square at 11:30!
In the evening, the Sigal Museum/Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society will host a literary tea featuring three authors, myself and my friends Jeff Finegan and Richard Hope. Jeff will be discussing his children’s books about George Washington, and Richard will share from his several volumes about Easton history. Of course I will be talking about my new novel, the second in my Easton Series with Elk Lake Publishing. Built in 1753 by Jacob Bachmann and his wife, the stone tavern is located at the corner of Northampton and Second Streets and was a place where business and politics intersected for many early Easton residents. It often served as a venue for the courts before the courthouse itself was built in 1766, and some of the most famous people who stayed there included four signers of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, William Ellery, William Whipple, and Easton’s own George Taylor, who once owned the tavern. The Bachmann is open to the public for tours, including Heritage Day, and there’s a museum located inside dedicated to the culture of the Lenni Lenape. Many of my friends who make up the Bachmann Public Players do engaging colonial dinner theater productions in which Easton’s history and people come to life. You can be sure the Bachmann makes a few appearances in my Easton books!
On Sunday, the ninth, Easton’s biggest festival of the year commences with Heritage Day, which was first celebrated during the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976. Easton is one of three places in which the Declaration of Independence was first read publicly, on July 8, 1776, and every year now, the city commemorates this rich legacy on the Sunday closest to July 8th with an interfaith service, town crier competition, a historic parade to the Great Square, the reading of the Declaration, music, pageants, activities for kids, tours, reenactors, lots of vendors, and fireworks at the Forks of the Delaware. I understand the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be coming this year. Oh, and let’s not forget an appearance by Colonel Kichline, one of the two main characters in my Easton series. I’ll have the honor of marching with him to the Great Square for the Declaration of Independence.
I look forward to sharing the joy of this festive weekend with many of you! For more information go to http://heritageday.org/music-event-schedule/.