Springs in General

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There will be a cappella music at Ashawagh Hall on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. Gus Horwith, son of Bruce and Jane Horwith, brother of Danny Horwith, will be performing with the Mendicants. They are an a cappella group from Stanford University. The Mendicants are 13 guys devoted to performing the best songs of today and yesterday, going back several decades. They pride themselves on a wide range of songs and styles. From gospel to barbershop, jazz and original compositions.

The Mendicants started at the university in 1963, allegedly by a Yale transfer student. Over the years, as new students joined and others graduated, they experimented with different looks and musical styles. They started out in tuxes and suits. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, they went through a phase involving shorts, sandals and a couple of guitars. Present members don’t like to talk about this era. They just call it “the awkward growing-up years.” Since then, they have been “heaping spoonfuls of boyish charm” (Stanford Daily 2002), winning the hearts of women and men. Gus is a lifelong Springs resident and I am looking forward to hearing him and his fellow cappellas. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Another interesting event is coming this weekend to the hall. Laszlo and Lisa Kiss will be hosting a presentation of the making of a net zero energy pre-fab house. Laszlo is the architect and Lisa is the designer. On March 29 from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m., Lisa and Laszlo will be on hand, along with the solar and geothermal installers to explain what a net zero pre-fab house is, and answer any of the inevitable questions. They will also be there Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., minus the solar and geothermal installers. For more information contact www.asaphouse.con or call 917-535-6223.

There will be a memorial service for Brett Kaye at noon at the Maidstone Park softball field on Sunday April 6. All Maidstoners, past and present, are invited to attend. There will be a celebration of Brett’s life at 7 p.m. at the StephenTalkhouse.

As for the nature of Springs, no ducks were harmed this week, the ospreys should start returning to the area, and the deer are eating every emerging flower they can get to. This is my favorite time of year.

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