Springs Community Notes, March 28

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Just a couple of days into spring, and we have had a light dusting of snow. Even as I begin the column, there is a whistling of wintery, blustery winds for backdrop noise outside. It’s okay with me. Happily, we are into Passover and Easter Sunday is only five days away.

Religion aside, these are the celebrations that coincide with nature’s promise of rebirth and renewal. Before we know it, everything will begin coming vibrantly alive again, which should give most of us a feeling of a clean slate and fresh start, whatever our personal belief system. I’ll admit that I’m crazy about the Easter Bunny and those sweet baskets filled with treats. Let me tell you, you don’t have to be a child to be in favor with the Easter Bunny. I know of at least one 20-year-old boy around here who can definitely expect a visit. I can’t wait!

There are several Easter related services offered by the Springs Community Presbyterian Church. Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. is the Maundy Thursday Communion service. Friday, March 29, at 12 p.m. is the Good Friday prayer service. Saturday, March 30, at 5 p.m. is the Great Vigil of Easter Communion. Then on Easter Sunday, for those early-risers who want to start the day on a moving spiritual note, there will be a special “Easter Sunday Sunrise Communion Service” at Gerard Drive Point at 6 a.m. How lovely! Finally, back at the church at 10 a.m. will be the midmorning worship followed by a brunch. All of these services will be presided over by the Reverend Tony Larson.

This weekend at Ashawagh Hall, the Wednesday Group presents “Points of View Large and small on March 30 and 31. This is a group of talented East End plein air artists who meet in various picturesque locations and paint together. This art show that celebrates the beauty of our area from individual vantage points will feel like a celebration of the warmer season, and it’s exciting to think about all the work this special group will produce together in the months ahead. The artists are Anna Franklin, Peter Gumpel, Cynthia Loewen, Deb Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Gene Samuelson, Christine Chew Smith, Frank Sofo, Cynthia Sobel and Pam Vossen. A reception will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.

News from the school: three opera companies are collaborating to record a CD of the best hits of past operas created by students at the Springs School. The CD will become available for purchase this spring. The title song “Days in Bonac” is arranged and accompanied by our paper’s photographer, Kyril Bromley, and John Gibbons. The project is coordinated by Sue Ellen O’Conner with Margaret Thompson as musical director and 50 of our students participating. Wow. All I can say is, I’m totally impressed with our school these days. The teachers and students are having an impact on our Bonac culture in a way that will have lasting positive effects for many generations to come. My Bonacker fisherman dad who loves classical music and the arts will be happy to hear about it.

Well, I hope this week will be sunny and bright for everyone. Happy springtime all!

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