This will be my final column for the year 2008. I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and to thank the readers of this column, all five of you, for your support.
A few quick announcements: Kristi at the Springs General Store has cooked up a General Store Gingerbread House. She will be raffling it off on December 30. Tickets are $1 and the proceeds will go to the Springs Improvement Society’s scholarship fund.
Congratulations to Erik Engstrom, who is the 2008 65cc dirt bike champion in the 7-to-11-year-old class. He’s 10.
Saint Peter’s Chapel will be holding services on Christmas Eve, today, Wednesday, December 24, at 6 p.m. Allen Edminton will be the pastor and the organist will be Robert Peterson. Terri Hickey asked me to let everyone know that the congregation has been hard at work since the fall to get the chapel ready. The floors were polished, the pews cleaned up and there are new rugs. All are welcome.
The Group for the East End is looking for volunteers to help evaluate the conditions of osprey nests in East Hampton and Southampton. The survey will be conducted in January. Anyone who likes being outside in the winter and would like to help should contact Kate Schertel at (631) 765-6450, ext. 208. Once they determine which poles need repairing, they will be looking for additional volunteers.
Writing this column is something I enjoy doing. I have gotten to know some very interesting people and have written about all the cool community events that happen in Springs. The biggest event is the Fisherman’s Fair, which takes place the second Saturday in August. The fair has been happening since the 1940s and is a true community event, with everyone volunteering to help, from the clam shuckers to the pot washers.
A few years ago, Springs Day was started by some of the local businesses. Local bands, supplied by Crossroads Music, play at Ashawagh Hall. At the General Store and down by Springs Pizza, food is served, and the art galleries, the Parsons Blacksmith Shop, and the Pollock-Krasner House, are open to all. It is a day of food, music, art and fun.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone of the needs of the community. The Springs Fire Department needs volunteers, especially for the ambulance corps. The Springs Presbyterian Church needs volunteers and donations for its food pantry, which is open every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. The Springs Improvement Society needs help paying off its construction loan. Send donations to P.O. Box 537, East Hampton, NY 11937.
And don’t run over the ducks. And stay away from the turkeys. They are mean. Adopt a pet from Elsa’s Ark.