EASTON, Pa. – A new Community Day at Easton Cemetery is set to bring residents of the city together on September 17 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for a day of fun, relaxation, history, food and community bonding.
The free event (thehistoriceastoncemetery.org/upcoming-events), organized by Friends of the Easton Cemetery and the West Ward Community Initiative, will be held at the historic, park-like, 100-acre cemetery at 401 N. 7th Street. Parking in the cemetery is not permitted on Community Day; Parking nearby is recommended.
Docent-led tours of the cemetery are offered every hour throughout the day, as well as a scavenger hunt for all ages. Walk with a Doc (10:00 – 11:00) invites walkers and scooters of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds to promote wellness through nature – and offers the opportunity to ask a doctor health-related questions. From 11am – 12pm, Easton Yoga’s Brent Mackzo will be offering a yoga and movement session.
For those who prefer to tour the cemetery in style, horse and carriage rides are available every half hour between 11am and 2:30pm (tickets available on the website). Attendees can also tour embellished French tombs and hear talks about native plants by master gardeners.
Those interested in genealogy can bring their family history and consult with staff at Lafayette College and Easton Area Public Library to discover family roots and provide answers.
Representatives from the Center for Animal Health and Welfare will meet furry friends. The Nature Nurture Center will offer family-centric outdoor activities. And food from La Frikitona and Sunnie’s Bake Shop will be available.
Event partners include West Ward Community Initiative, Friends of the Easton Cemetery, Easton Cemetery Master Gardeners and Grave Gardeners, Brent Mackzo / Easton Yoga, Saucon Valley Carriage, Nature Nurture Center, Center for Animal Health & Welfare, La Frikitona, Sunnie’s Bake Shoppe, Walk with a Doc, PA Dept of Conversation and Natural Resources, Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania, Skillman Library/Lafayette College and Easton Area Public Library.
About Easton Cemetery
Established in 1849, Easton Cemetery is the earliest and best preserved example of a romantic park-like cemetery in the greater Lehigh Valley area. Its park-like cemetery landscape is based on the picturesque romanticism of the early and late 19th century. The landscape is studded with thousands of examples of funerary artwork in a variety of decorative styles ranging from Graeco-Roman Revival to Victorian Gothic and Art Deco. Easton Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Unlike many historic cemeteries, Historic Easton Cemetery is still an active cemetery and burials still take place regularly.
Many cemeteries today face the problem of changing patterns in burial of the dead as many families reject traditional customs, and Easton Cemetery is no exception. The main source of income was burials, but that is no longer the case. The cemetery today faces serious financial problems just to keep the site open and in good condition, not to mention the need to restore buildings and tombstones. It is very important that we can increase the endowment fund to not only provide the funds needed each year to cover cemetery expenses, but also to allow for necessary repairs and improvements. The cemetery maintenance team of two full-time employees is responsible for over 100 acres, 9 miles of roads, thousands of memorials, and foliage and snow removal.
Monetary donations received at public events help us continue the program, such as:
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About the West Ward Community Initiative
The West Ward Community Initiative was launched in 2019 by the Greater Easton Development Partnership. It is an initiative made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP). It is a program of the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP). GEDP is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit organization focused on Easton’s economic well-being, historical integrity, vibrant culture and hospitality. GEDP consists of Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Public Market, PA Bacon Fest, Easton Ambassadors and many other programs. More: eastonpartnership.org.
Information provided to TVL by:
Michael Drabenstott (for GEDP)
Drabenstott Communications Group