Springs Community Notes, April 4

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April is such a cheerful sounding month. It’s made me smile just by typing it out. Once again, I don’t have a bunch of news to report on, but thinking of how we made it through the winter into April makes me feel happily inspired.

Giving in to my tendency to get spring fever, I left my office after doing only what was immediately necessary, to go admire all the colorful spring plants displayed outside a local florist. For anyone who might feel slightly down, I recommend this simple excursion. Taking in all that vibrant gorgeousness that nature produces is like getting a shot in the arm of instant “feel goodness.”

Of course, I had a hard time deciding what to get and wanted nothing more than to fill a huge wagonload of assorted potted beauties like I noticed some other lucky people doing. However, after a lot of admiring and indecision, I decided that I was most drawn to a large potted bowl brimming with bright yellow and purple pansies. Now, glancing at them above my computer screen, I am reminded that my life is good. I, for one, will welcome those April showers!

This weekend at Ashawagh Hall is “Mostly Abstract,” a show curated by Cynthia Sobel. Featuring the paintings, drawings, and sculpture of nine artists, this exhibit was originally slated for February, but Nemo got in the way. It is definitely a worthwhile show to check out. It includes two artists whose studios I visited during last summer’s studio tour and was quite taken with—Beth Barry and Phyllis Hammond. The other seven artists are Barbara Bilotta, Jana Hayden, Jim Hayden, Stephanie Reit, Sheila Rotner, Lieve Thiers and Ms. Sobel. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cynthia Loewen of the Community Arts Project reports lots of great events on the horizon. To kick things off, a conversation with Town Crier Hugh King is slated for April 13 which is bound to be entertaining and interesting. Details to follow next week. Then in May, a book signing with Bill Henderson, another “get to know you” tea opportunity for creative locals to spin ideas off each other, a big barbecue bash for people who live on Springs Fireplace Road … (Hmm… that makes me jealous), and a whole lot more, promises Cynthia who founded this group to promote local artists. All events organized by CAP benefit the Springs Community Presbyterian Church. I look forward to reporting details on all, as they unfold.

Thank you to Springs School teacher Sue Ellen O’Connor for sending me news each week, as reported by the Journalism Club. It’s always nice to know what our young people are up to, and by now I’m not surprised to hear about ongoing projects that encourage the creative talents of our student body. On Monday, April 8, a film festival is scheduled during Spirit Meet. From animation to documentaries, 27 different films have been created by the students. That’s nice. Then looking ahead to April 12, “Springs Idol” will feature 11 performances in the gymnasium at 7 p.m. to be judged once again by Principal Eric Casale and Tatiana Tucci. That sounds like fun!

Dog owners take note: volunteers are being sought to help with a Springs Dog Park clean-up this Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own poop bags, trash bags, clippers and drinking water. For more information, email lorijmarsden@aol.com.

Well, that’s all I have this week. As always, I would appreciate any and all news tidbits from Springs folks. Until next time, happy week everyone!

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