While driving down Old Stone Highway to its intersection with Springs-Fireplace Road, I often pull over spur of the moment to browse through the boxes of books laid out on tables under the tents. The grounds of the Springs Library are so serenely spectacular, and with an honor system of 25 cents a book to drop into the door slot during off hours, you really can’t go wrong. If you like books and pretty settings, I urge you to check it out.
Last year, I collected a ton of books there to have about to pick up at my leisure. Last week, I came across one titled “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach that I am enjoying now, just a few passages a day in the quiet, early part of the morning. Writing in a daily journal-like format, the author chronicles her spiritual journey and inner discovery of attaining joy through recognizing and experiencing the beauty and pleasure of the endless simple things available to all of us who lead wonderfully ordinary lives.
So May, being the time for spring cleaning, the focus is on the spirituality of home-caring. Clearing the clutter to make space for new and happy things to enter one’s life is a basic concept of Feng-shei that makes so much sense in theory to me, but can be difficult to put into practice. Still, the daily quotes and Breathnach’s writing have inspired and spurred me into action. One junk drawer and chaotic closet at a time, my home is beginning to feel serene again. Recycling our stuff and giving things away to those who might actually use them or to needy causes lightens our load (in more ways than one) and encourages prosperity to flow into our lives.
The older I grow, the more hats I seem to wear. My friend and I sometimes dabble in running estate and yard sales, which is turning out to be a rewarding experience. Last Saturday, we were in Bridgehampton selling the contents of an entire home that was recently put into contract. We were completely taken by the owner’s gracious attitude of acceptance and willingness in letting go… a home, and its contents… So many dear memories connected to things and places, she expressed to us. Still, she was lifted to see the delight in people’s eyes as they walked away with armloads of new treasures bought for bargain prices. While sad that her beloved home for many years will be demolished, she bravely looks forward to an unknown, yet-to-be-written chapter in her life. The whole experience made me reflect that parting with possessions that no longer serve us and sending them on with our blessing to where they will be valued, is a way of giving back to a universe that continuously provides for us. Again, you can’t go wrong. I am inspired to start giving back in this way myself.
Our hamlet would not be the special place it is today without the many decades of dedication of the members of The Springs Improvement Society. In keeping with our heritage, it seems fitting that many of its members are talented artists. Coming up this weekend, is the 29th Annual Members Show. It’s always a worthwhile event and well attended. The opening reception is Friday, May 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. There is $5 admission with wine and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will go to the ongoing maintenance of Ashawagh Hall. Gallery Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Springs Community Presbyterian Church is offering another Friday Night Take-Out, this week, May 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. This Friday’s theme is soup, and diners will be offered a choice of gazpacho (a pint for $5 or a quart for $9) and New England clam chowder (pint, $7; quart, $12) with crackers, croutons, and cookies. The soup will be delicious, as these folks can cook. So, stopping by the church located at 5 Old Stone Highway on your way home is a no- brainer, affordable way to start off the holiday weekend right.
My friend Francine Muller of Springs popped into my office the other day to remind me that St. Peter’s Chapel will resume Saturday evening worship presided over by the Reverend Denis Brunelle at 6 p.m. beginning this Saturday, May 25, through Labor Day weekend. This adorable, tiny chapel located at 463 Old Stone Highway is affiliated with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton Village and was first dedicated as a mission chapel in 1881. In keeping with small town, old-fashioned goodness, a friendly potluck supper always follows the service. I’ve promised Francine that I would attend the first one myself. All are welcome. So please, come join us this Saturday. Stay tuned for follow-up details. For more info call 329-0990.
Wow, Memorial Day weekend is already here! Deep breath everybody, and imagine peace … enjoy!