The throngs of visitors that crowded Easton’s downtown streets during Heritage Day 2014 were pleased that they no longer had to wait in line to trade dollars for tokens to purchase everything from balloons to beer. Tokens were out; cash was in.
“Eliminating the tokens was a huge success and a welcome change for both visitors and vendors,” said Diane Bower, chair of Easton’s Heritage Day.
Token-less Heritage Days are here to stay, Bower said, but “we were unsure about what to do with the leftover tokens, which numbered about 200,000.” The gold-colored, quarter-size tokens feature the bugler that sits atop the Civil War monument in Easton’s Centre Square.
Bower turned to her friend, Sue Beyer, an Express-Times photographer and a jewelry artist in Bower’s Bank Street gallery, Just Around The Corner, with the idea of making jewelry from the tokens. “Sue designed a variety of elegant pieces – necklaces, bracelets, earrings, lapel pins, and key chains – to sell as historical items and to raise funds for Heritage Day expenses,” Bower said.
The Heritage Day festivities, she said, receive only services, not financial support, from the City of Easton. “Heritage Day is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, and our hard-working committee is always looking for ways to raise money,” Bower added.
The jewelry pieces are on sale each Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at “Artists in the Alley” on Bank Street and at Just Around the Corner on Bank Street all year round. They also will also be available for purchase on Heritage Day, July 10, and at the Sigal Museum.