The Easton Public Library Presents Easton Geocaching

The Easton Public Library, in collaboration with the Pollinator Pathway (a conservation project of the Easton Garden Club), is very excited to offer this town-wide program for all ages. The challenge: find eight Easton destinations that encourage being active and outdoors.

Check the Library’s website for GPS coordinates and hints that will bring you to the destination. Each destination will have a small marker with a QR code and some information on local plant life. Scan the QR code with your phone and fill out the short form, which will tell the Library how many people visited each destination. Now, on to the next destination!

This is a fun and active way to discover some beautiful Easton destinations. Check the Easton Public Library’s website for all the coordinates and hints. The QR code will take you to the Easton Public Library’s Easton Geocaching webpage. Check it out!

Easton Geocaching will run for the entirety of the Easton Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure, June 17 through Aug. 13. Special thanks to the Easton Park & Recreation Department, the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Easton Garden Club.

Park & Recreation ‘Sunshine Day Camp’

Easton Sunshine Day Camp is now enrolling kids in kindergarten through entering sixth grade. If you’re looking for an inexpensive but fun camp, check out the Easton Park and Recreation summer camp. Sign up at eastonrec.com.

Play Ball! Easton Baseball League Upgrades Field

The Easton Baseball League has rounded third and crossed home plate on its newly renovated 50/70 Majors field for eligible fifth, sixth and seventh graders playing in the Cal Ripken youth baseball league. Located at 650 Morehouse Road, the field—which measures 70 feet from home plate to first base, and 50 feet from home plate to the pitcher’s mound—is an exciting new addition to Easton’s youth baseball community.

Although Covid-19 extended the timeline of the project, planning for the field renovation started long before the pandemic. “The Easton Baseball Board began planning for a new 50/70 baseball field five to six years ago,” said Rob McDermott, president of the Easton Baseball League. “We began to fundraise for this project a year and a half ago and decided as a group that we would utilize the field that was in existence behind Easton Country Day school and greatly enhance it.”

Danielle Alves, Easton Park and Recreation Department director, worked closely with Easton Baseball on the renovations, and is excited to share all of the upgrades the new field has to offer.

“Easton Baseball recently did a huge fencing upgrade at the 50/70 field, including a double-sided batting cage, solar-powered scoreboard, and  final touches of bleachers as well as turf,” said Alves.

New scoreboard at Easton Baseball’s renovated 50/70 field.Photo Easton Courier Staff

Although the renovation was several years in the making, McDermott says the results were definitely worth the wait for Easton baseball families. “As a baseball community, we feel that this field is going to be so important to our players,” said McDermott. “As our children come up through our league, they will look forward not only to playing at our great Field of Dreams field at Staples, but to our new 50/70 baseball facility as well.”

Although the new and improved field has been open for several weeks, Covid protocols and guidelines have still remained in the forefront as the Easton youth baseball program continues to emphasize safety so that everyone can enjoy the new field together. “We have continued to follow the Connecticut Youth Sports Covid Guidelines, and at the start of the season dugouts and spectator stands remained closed,” said McDermott.

Initially, the new 50/70 field was available only for practices but was able to schedule games by mid-May as Covid conditions have improved and the guidelines have been adjusted, according to McDermott. 

“The process for putting this plan in motion had many moving parts, on our end, many board members past and current were involved in seeing this through as well as we have collaborated with town agencies, particularly our great Easton Park and Recreation partner,” McDermott said. “Danielle Alves and her team were very helpful in this process and their importance in this field getting built should be noted, as well as their importance to our town.”

New dugout at renovated 50/70 baseball field at 650 Morehouse Road.–Photo Easton Courier Staff

It was “all hands on deck” throughout the renovation process, and McDermott expressed his gratitude for all the support he received from his fellow volunteers. “All past and present Easton Baseball League board members should be congratulated on their hard work and in particular past President Kerry Caylor,” McDermott said. “Kerry has been instrumental in this process and even after stepping down from his role as president has seen this through and taken this to the goal line.”

McDermott is most impressed by the overwhelming support the project received from the Easton families during renovations and is hopeful that the community enjoys the new addition. “The baseball community has been very supportive of this project and now that we have the field complete, and our community reads this article, we hope folks come and enjoy the new field this summer,” said McDermott. For now, “games will be played on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the spring.”

New batting cage at renovated 50/70 baseball field.–Photo Easton Courier Staff

Now that the improved 50/70 field project is completed, the Park and Recreation Department will focus on its next field renovation project, Alves said.

“Our department will be renovating the infield at Easton Country Day’s [46/60 Minors] field in June most likely, and that is part of Easton Park and Recreation’s five-year baseball infield renovation plan,” said Alves. “We rotate the work on the ball fields each year so we can make sure they are safe for play and looking great.”

Easton parents and players enjoying the renovated 50/70 field at 650 Morehouse Road.–Photo Courtesy of Easton Baseball League

For more information regarding Easton Baseball visit http://eastonbaseballleague.website.sportssignup.com/.

Super Spelling Smackdown at Easton Public Library

Get out your dictionaries, it’s time for the Super Spelling Smackdown! Join the Easton Public Library, Easton Park and Recreation, and the Easton Community Center for this Zoom event on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m.  Created for spellers from elementary school age to adult, this community-wide event is fun for the whole family. We have words for every grade level, as well as adults.

“We can’t wait to see all the ‘unbeelievable’ spellers for our Super Spelling Smackdown!” It will be great fun for all ages,” said Kristine Oulman, Youth Services Librarian.

 Registration is required at https://eastonlibrary.org/calendar-list, or call 203-261-0134Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the program.

Park & Recreation Offers Spring Classes

Spring is in the air! The Easton Park & Recreation Department is delighted to offer a variety of exceptional pre-school and youth programs.

No matter what your child loves to do, there is something for everyone. Sign up at: www.eastonrec.com.

Meeting the Bunny at Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’

Easton Park and Rec Easter Egg Hunt

The Easton Park and Recreation Department held its annual Easter egg hunt on a beautiful spring day. Last year’s hunt had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. Children gathered eggs scattered across the New Friends Playground and tennis courts on the morning of April 3. They could also meet and take photos with the bunny.

  • Easton Park and Rec Easter Bunny greets children.
  • Easton Park and Rec: Photos with the Easter Bunny.
  • Easton Park and Rec Easter bunny.
  • Easton Park and Rec Egg Hunt: Waiting to meet the Easter bunny.
  • Easton Park and Rec Easter egg hunt.

‘Laughs for Easton’ Comedy ‘Funraiser’

Easton Public Library, Easton Park & Recreation, and Easton Community Center will host a Comedy Night Fundraiser on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. The event, which will be held via Zoom, will be presented by Team Greenlight Comedy, LLC, with all proceeds benefitting the three Easton organizations.

Tickets are available at https://christineolearyteamgreenlight.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1070427. The link costs $25 if purchased by Feb. 28 (using promo code ILOVEEASTON). Starting March 1, the link will cost $30. This event is for adults 18 and over. Support Easton and have some laughs at the same time! It’s a win – win!

Easton Family Lip Sync Challenge

Get your air guitar and hairbrush ready. It’s time to show off your lip sync expertise! Join the Easton Family Lip Sync Challenge on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.. This event is sponsored by Easton Public Library, Easton Park & Recreation, and Easton Community Center.

“This should be a fun event that all ages can enjoy,” said Lynn Zaffino, Library Director. “We’ve never done anything like this before.”

Participants are encouraged to get creative by using costumes, props, or backgrounds, if they wish. Registration is required at Eastonlibrary.org to receive the Zoom link.

Year in Review 2020: Easton’s 175th Anniversary

Eastonites were determined to celebrate the town’s 175th anniversary with pride despite a deadly pandemic. An Easton 175th Committee was set up and partnered with various organizations to offer activities celebrating the town’s founding. 

Bob Lessler, a longtime selectman and Easton resident, chairs the ongoing committee. It welcomes the participation of residents and local organizations.

“Light Up Easton” asked households in town to decorate their home for the holidays. There was a walk through the 252-year-old historic Gilbertown Cemetery hosted by a local historian. A virtual 5k or 10K walk or run, sponsored by the Park and Recreation Department and Easton 175th Committee, was one of many activities that honored the milestone while encouraging residents to stay fit and active.

The Easton Arts Council put together a 2021 calendar of 12 beautiful photographs of Easton. T-shirts were made. Citizens for Easton produced a compendium of treasured recipes featuring locally sourced products from Easton’s farms.

Collage of Submissions for Easton 175th Anniversary Logo Contest — Image Courtesy of Allison Taylor

The festivities kicked off with a logo contest and drive-in screening of ET at Samuel Staples Elementary School. Activities followed throughout the summer, including a family trivia night. 

The Oral History Project, sponsored by the 175th Committee and the Easton Public Library, is an ongoing 175th-anniversary celebration highlight.

A socially distanced town party hosted by the Ashler-Aspetuck Masonic Lodge No. 142, complete with a fireworks display presented by the Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, capped off a whirlwind of celebrations.

A virtual photography show highlighting Easton, sponsored by the Easton Arts Council and supported by the Easton Public Library, followed.

The 175th celebration will continue with more festive events planned in 2021.

Easton Celebrates 175th with Town Party and Fireworks.–Tomas Koeck Photo

Light Up Easton

Easton Cookbook Heating Up

Easton Agencies Collaborate on Winter Event Series

To celebrate the Town’s 175th anniversary, the Easton Public Library, Easton Park & Recreation Department, and the Easton Community Center have pooled their resources to plan a winter event series for all ages, beginning in January. All programs will be virtual.

The first event will be Jukebox Bingo on Thursday, Jan. 14 in the evening (time TBD). It will be hosted by Keith Allen.

“Who doesn’t love Bingo?” said Lisa Farasciano, Easton Park & Recreation programmer. Instead of using letters and numbers, Jukebox Bingo is played with song titles.  Listen to the song, see the title scrambled on the screen, and see if you have it on your cards (that will be emailed to you).

 “It’s a great night for the entire family! Between the Library, Park & Rec, and the ECC, we are hoping to have a crowd,” Farasciano added.

The fun continues with Kahoot! on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. “Kahoot! is so much fun and it is a perfect platform for a virtual program!” said Kristine Oulman, Youth Services Librarian. “We can’t wait to play and we are working hard on our own Kahoot! quiz. Working with the ECC and Park & Rec makes it even better.”

Looking ahead to February, there will be a Family Lip Sync Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. “A Lip Sync Battle is a fun way for families to bond, have fun, and just get silly!” said Joel Silkoff, Easton Community Center Director.” Grab a spoon, hair brush, or anything else around your house and use it as a microphone. Pick a song that the whole family knows and enjoys, then rock out in your living room. “If you have a voice like mine, everyone will be happy it’s lip sync and not karaoke!” Silkoff added.

The three groups are also planning a Comedy Night fundraiser for sometime in February, which would be for adults only. Other ideas for future events include Trivia Night, Name That Tune, and Household Scavenger Hunt.

“Joel and Lisa have been great to work with,” said Lynn Zaffino, Library Director. Since the three of us sometimes offer similar programs, collaboration just makes a lot of sense.”