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just to let others know July 10, 2005 is Heritage Day in Easton, PA.

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American Indian Pow Wow set
The Express-Times

In an effort to spice up this weekend's traditional Heritage Day events in and around Historic Downtown Easton, organizers have added a benefit dinner/show and have moved the location of the reenactment of the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Activities have been expanded to also include an American Indian Pow Wow at Hugh Moore Park beginning 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. American Indian entertainment with foods, crafts, music and dance will begin 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

"We're trying to make (Heritage Day) more user-friendly," says Adam Howard, Heritage Day committee member. He explains that the Sunday Heritage Day reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon will be held at a new location this year -- on the steps of the Bachmann Publick House. He says the site was changed to clear up city traffic and give the reader less background noise.

As a former reader himself, Howard says it's hard to present the reading over the fountain in Centre Square, which was the practice for many years.

"It's an experiment. We'll give it a shot and see how it goes," he says.

Among Sunday's day-long activities will be crafters along Larry Holmes Drive, and an antique car show along the first block of Northampton Street. Visitors may vote for their favorite car.

The Living History encampment will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Riverside Park and will feature demonstrations by the Pennsylvania Navy, Craig's Artillery, Proctor's Artillery and Outwater Militia.

Also at 10:30 a.m. will be an interfaith worship service set in the manner of 1776 at First United Methodist Church, 34 S. Second St.

The Historic District Trolley Tour will run from 1 to 5 p.m., originating at North Second Street, near the Bachmann Publick House.

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At 2 p.m., the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society will present Ned Heindel, author of "Hexenkopf: History, Healing and Hexerei."

At the Riverside Park Amphitheater at Spring Garden Street and Larry Holmes Drive, area bands will perform from 1 to 9 p.m., featuring King Henry and the Showmen, Sarah Ayers, Joyous, and Redz Vision.

From 1 to 9 p.m., the City Bandwagon at Sitgreaves Street and Larry Holmes Drive will host Truth and Soul/ Jeff Bellfy Band, Lucky Seven, The Joes, Bowl-A-Soul and the Funky Horns.Kids' activities will run from 1 to 8:45 p.m. at Scott Park and Larry Holmes Drive, with Air Calliope, The Players, ventriloquist Scott Wagstaff, magician Tom Yurasits, Broadway Rhythm & Dance, Red Dragon Karate, magician George Reiger, and One Candle. Roaming clowns will include Dapper Dan, Clancy D. Clown & Lolli.

At the Bank Street Annex, local comic Pickles Reese will be part of a cabaret-style dinner benefit at 7 p.m. for the Bachmann Publick House. Known for comedy with an adult twist, Reese will perform a one-man show, "FLAGGED!" for mature audiences. Tickets for the benefit and show are $45. Reese says if there are seats available at show time, tickets may be purchased without dinner for $25.

Slated for the period of time he refers to as "down time," Howard says he hopes the benefit will attract folks who might not patronize local restaurants for dinner before the scheduled fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

If this year's added benefit dinner and change of venue go well, Howard says, the change could become the tradition -- just like the College Hill trolley tour hosted by the Easton Heritage Alliance, Living History encampment and fireworks display.

( For information, visit Heritage Day)
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