Every September, Downtown Easton invites Lafayette College students, staff, and faculty to Lafayette Day in the Square. Lafayette Day in the Square is Downtown Easton’s way of introducing the Lafayette College community to the amazing stores and restaurants that exist Downtown. The first Lafayette Day in the Square was during my sophomore year, in September 2007.
Lafayette Day in the Square is sponsored by the Easton Main Street Initiative, a group in Easton’s Downtown who provide Lafayette students with events including the Easton Farmers’ Market, Dancing on the Thirds, and Live in the Square. I covered the Easton Farmers’ Market in last week’s blog post, but Dancing on the Thirds and Live in the Square are just as exciting for the Lafayette community. Dancing on the Thirds is a three hour dancing event held every third and fifth Friday of the month at the Third Street Alliance in Downtown Easton. From 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, there is an introductory dance lesson, with open dancing from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. We have learned Salsa, Merengue, the Fox Trot, the Hustle, Country 2-Step, East Coast Swing, and many others. This event is FREE with a Lafayette ID. Live in the Square is a FREE concert in Centre Square held the last Friday of May, June, July, August, and September.
The great part about Lafayette Day in the Square is that a lot of the restaurants and stores in Easton have specials for the Lafayette community. This is a time for the Lafayette community to visit the various stores within Downtown Easton and get a sample of what is unique about each place. Easton’s business community is very diverse. We have stores with retro-style clothing, with party supplies, with crafts, and with artwork. The restaurants in Downtown Easton are very diverse as well. Downtown Easton has Japanese, Thai, Italian, American, Seafood, and deli restaurants. Downtown Easton also has an ice cream shop (the Purple Cow) and a candy store (Carmelcorn Shop). Members of the Lafayette community can sample the food, receive gift certificates, and receive free giveaways from a lot of the stores Downtown at Lafayette Day in the Square. In addition, a variety of places in Downtown Easton provide free concerts during weekends.
Lafayette Day in the Square also provides events for Lafayette community members to enjoy. Some of the past events included bicycle races, corn husking competitions, and pie eating contests. These events provide a great bonding experience for first-year students who have just arrived at Lafayette College and allow sophomores, juniors, and seniors to enjoy a nice welcome back celebration. Lafayette Day in the Square also falls during the Easton Farmers’ Market, so students, faculty, and staff can enjoy the Farmers’ Market and purchase some fresh produce and crafts from the vendors that morning.
You’ll receive information regarding Lafayette Day in the Square in your mailboxes soon after you arrive to campus. This is an event that you do not want to miss!