Life is always full of ups and downs, and there are those times when we feel like we are stuck in a rut of mostly down. If I catch myself in one of those uncomfortable periods, the first step in bouncing back to feeling the good in my life is to renew my sense of thankfulness. Even when times are mostly great, a daily acknowledgement of gratitude is such a powerful tool in ensuring that this nice feeling of joie de vivre will continue and endure.
Springtime, above all seasons, is the easiest time of year to really embrace, feel, and demonstrate our appreciation of the gifts bestowed on us on a daily basis. A blue sky, warm sun, green grass, soft sand, sparkling sea…. On and on goes the list of ingredients for living in gratitude which are at everybody’s disposal… Surely, at least, for those who reside in our pretty corner of the world. Our earth’s appreciation of the healing sun and long, welcome drinks from the sky enfolds through its visual magic each day we progress through the rainy, warmer season. Each bobbing daffodil and patch of buttercups seems to exude happiness and sunshine directly at us. It seems natural that after a long winter’s hibernation of sorts that people also want to come out and come together again in this spirit of joyful recognition of the miraculous wonder of simply being alive.
In that vein, Hampton Photo Arts and Framing presents “The Thank You Art Show of 2013” this weekend at Ashawagh Hall. “Please join us as we say “thank you” to all of our talented friends and customers with a night filled with music, food, art, and fun,” promises the emailed invite. The show will feature the paintings, sculpture, photography, and much more of more than 100 local artists. All of the proceeds will go to a select group of charities including a scholarship fund, research into Huntington’s disease, and “A Miracle for Mia,” an ongoing effort to raise funds for 6-year-old Mia Buffo-Zingarelli who continues to thrive despite a rare congenital mitochondrial disorder. Her parents, who reside in Springs, could use assistance for daily living.
A big raffle of donated prizes, an artful and yummy cupcake sale, tables with local vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, and music from Tali “Icepack” Jackson and Friends and the Jet Set Renegades, will all be part of the fun. They are still accepting donations for raffle prizes or even cupcakes. The reception is Saturday, April 27, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Gallery hours continue on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It sounds like a lot of fun with a giving back theme, definitely a good choice for spending a Saturday night. Hope to see you there!
For many of us locals, it’s the start of the busy season. Luckily, real estate has been booming, and the summer rental market has been stronger than ever. From all the leases being processed every day from my office alone, I predict a busier than usual summer. For local businesses and workers that’s bound to be good news: increased prosperity. Of course, all this business can come with the down side of being extra tired at the end of the day, particularly by the end of the week. Many people don’t have the time, let alone the inclination, to think about dinner. Sometimes, people are just too tired to even go out for a bite.
Good news: The Springs Community Presbyterian Church will be experimenting with an end of the workweek reprieve, the “Friday Night Take-Out” series, which, if well received, just may continue periodically throughout the busier time. This Friday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. a take-home meal of chili, cornbread, and brownies will be available by stopping in at the church located at 5 Old Stone Highway. It’s simple, delicious and affordable, another sure-fire recipe to bolster one’s spirits. The price is only $7 for a pint of homemade chili with accompaniments or $12 for a quart that serves two. For those who feel beat after a long week and can’t face the kitchen, but want something homey and comforting, it sounds like the perfect solution.
Meanwhile, thanks to those who keep me abreast of Springs happenings. I really appreciate the heads-up, and encourage all Springs folks with any bit of news to please drop me a line. Until next time, happy week all!