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This week The Press powers have promised me a photo will appear that we lacked room for last week, showing Kristi Hood with the gingerbread version of the Springs General Store she made with her kids and raffled off to raise money for the Springs Improvement Society’s scholarship fund. I wrote about it last week but the photo got pulled for space reasons.

The art galleries Surface Library and The Fireplace Project are closed, as is the Parsons Blacksmith Shop and the Pollock-Krasner House. So what’s going on in Springs? Not much that’s public, anyway. Even Ashawagh Hall has been dark except for the occasional meeting. I haven’t seen a wild turkey in quite a while and the ducks seem to be laying low, but there are still a ton of deer out and about.

Thankfully, there are a few upcoming events at Ashawagh Hall. On Saturday, January 31, there will be an opening reception for a show called “Body of Work.” The show features figurative works by nine local artists showcasing the human form in a variety of mediums. The artists are Mary Antezak, Scott Artman, Linda Capello, Michael Cardacino, Ruth Nasca, David Slater, Frank Sofo, Molly Morgan Weiss and Margaret Weissbach. At the opening, there will be a winner’s choice raffle. The winner gets to pick any piece of art in the show. The artists will also be demonstrating their various techniques on both days from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (516) 398-6964.

The Group for the East End is looking for volunteers who enjoy the outdoors to help them conduct a survey of osprey nest poles in Southampton and East Hampton towns. The group needs to determine which poles should be repaired or replaced. The survey will take place throughout January. Any repairs will require more volunteering, including heavy lifting and other physically demanding work in a cold, outdoor environment. Anyone interested should contact Kate Schertel at (631) 765-6450, ext 208 or e-mail kschertel@eastendenviroment.org.

“Love and Passion” will be coming to Ashawagh Hall on Saturday, February 21. It is a show featuring art with that as the theme. The reason I am mentioning it so early is that the show will also be a fund-raiser for the hall’s building fund, so we want to get as many artists involved as possible. There is a $30 hanging fee and, if a piece is sold, 25 percent of the proceeds goes to the hall. We will also be having a 50-50 raffle that night. Tickets for that are $10. For more information, contact me or Karyn Mannix at 329-2811.

The Springs Advisory Committee will be meeting Monday, January 19, at 7 p.m., at the Springs School. Topics for discussion include safe routes to school, a report on Pussy’s Pond by Pam Focarino and Bob Davis, and other issues.

I want to remind readers to send me any Springs news they may have that should be included in this column. Births, deaths, deployments, graduations, vacations, indictments, marriages—gay or straight, and anything else of interest. You know where to reach me.

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