There were lots of lights and lots of love at the 18th annual “Lights of Love” celebration at Ashawagh Hall last Sunday. The event is a fund-raiser for the Springs Improvement Society’s scholarship fund. The Springs School PTA sells lights for $5 a pop and that night, the tree at the end of the property is lit. There was music and refreshments and a good time was had by all. Donations to the fund are accepted year round. Send a check, payable to the SIS Scholarship Fund, to P.O. Box 537, East Hampton, NY 11937.
Coming to the hall this weekend is the annual “By Hand” holiday art and artisans fair on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some of the selections are fish prints by Anne Sessler; Lazy Point pottery by Linda Badkin, stained glass by Tom Sirianni, woodworks, watercolors and cards by Bob Budd, handwoven apparel by Barbara Ringewald, scarves by Elaine Epstein, jams by Karin Persan, handmade quilts by Carlie Feldman, Art Deco pins by Sue Eros, fine jewelry by Jill Lynn, pearls by Peg Joyce, and homemade cookies by Luv to Bake Cookies. Refreshments will be served and a raffle held to benefit the animal rescue group, Elsa’s Ark. For more information, call 631-987-6312.
Right down the street at the Surface Library, the “Gift of Art Show” will be closing on Sunday, December 14. So if you need a few more gifts, I suggest checking it out. There are some fine pottery pieces by resident potter Bob Bachler and co-owner James Kennedy displays his painting talents. The gallery is at 845 Springs-Fireplace Road and the phone number is 291-9061.
Springs artists Grant Haffner and Lynn Matsuoka will be having a small works show at the Sen Spice Lounge at 29 Main Street in Sag Harbor. They will be there December 12-14. It’s another holiday gift idea. For more information, call the restaurant at 725-0101.
There will be a Springs Advisory Committee meeting this Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m., at Ashawagh Hall. Last month’s topics included the town’s deficit, the possible $25 beach permit fee, the property tax increase, and other depressing things.
I would like to mention once again that the Springs Improvement Society will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009. It was formed on February 6, 1909, with the mission of maintaining and preserving Ashawagh Hall. I and other friends of the hall have been going through an amazing bunch of documents stored upstairs. The SIS would like to do a book with this information and anyone interested in helping with the project should please call me.