Springs Community Notes, May 30


The first big weekend of our busiest season started out with us having to run for cover from the rain … and it was cold! The village was predictably mobbed, which was great for businesses with our visitors turning to shopping and food for rainy day comfort. Only a 5-to 10-minute car drive away, I have no doubt that all the well-seasoned, savvy folks of Springs were well prepared and most likely relaxed, having stocked up on their provisions during the week.
To all of our new-to-the-area summer tenants settling into a rental here, you did well. Not only did you probably get more bang for your buck, but you are about to experience true tranquility away from all the madness of the more costly village rentals. With good planning, Springs people can know peace in the busiest of times while taking in some of the most breathtaking vistas that the Hamptons have to offer.

The Springs Farmers Market, organized by Paul Hamilton, has resumed on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., continuing through the late fall. For a pleasant Saturday shopping experience, this market is definitely the place to go. Friendly greetings and smiles all around, the offerings include indescribably gorgeous locally grown vegetables and fruits, artisan breads, pastries, pies, fabulous pickles, and much more. It was raining when I dropped in, so I’ll stop by again this weekend and get back to everybody with this summer’s updated details. Better yet, go ahead and check it out yourself. You’ll be happy you did!

Jane Martin, a successful multi-media artist in photography, painting, and filmmaking for the past 35 years is offering once again her informative four part seminar, “Business of Art” beginning this Saturday, June 1, and the following three consecutive Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church located at 5 Old Stone Highway. This comprehensive series covers the entire range of informative instruction and advice for any artist who would like to turn their talent into a viable career. This Saturday’s seminar, “The Professional Artist,” will focus on the practical tools needed to sell art on a professional level such as consignments and contracts. Each two- hour seminar is $40 at the door, or $35 if a check is mailed and received by the Wednesday before the class. They should be made out to Jane Martin, P.O. Box 471, East Hampton, NY 11937. Like all offerings through the Community Arts Project, 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the church. For more information, email Jane at janemartin@mac.com or call 324-7179.

On the horizon, on June 15, at 6 p.m. is the i-tri girls’ biggest fundraiser of the year at the pavilion at Maidstone Park Beach, the Turbo-Tri. For those who don’t know, i-tri is comprised of at-risk adolescent girls from Springs and Montauk who learn positive self-esteem through lessons of nutrition and fitness. The Turbo-Tri invites everyone who registers to participate in the exact same triathlon that the girls have been training for in July. It’s a 300-yard open swim, 7-mile bike ride, and 1.5-mile run. At this year’s event, DARE Officer Kim Notel will be honored for “her tireless commitment to the health and well-being of our kids,” as described by founder Theresa Roden in a letter that was read aloud by sixth-grader Marissa to an audience that included Officer Notel at a gathering at Ashawagh Hall last week. Dinner, drinks, music, and a whole lot of fun will follow this event. To register or purchase dinner tickets please visit www.itri.org.

As promised, I attended last Saturday’s worship service at St. Peter’s Chapel located at 463 Old Stone Highway. Affiliated with East Hampton’s impressively beautiful stone landmark church, St. Luke’s Episcopal, this chapel off the beaten path is both small in stature and modest in appearance. Still, having passed it many times on foot, I’ve always been compelled to halt my exercise a moment or two to linger there and gaze at its facade and reflect on its history. I didn’t wonder why I was drawn to it, as sweet, old buildings have always been a particular love of mine.

Then the first time I looked into it on St. Luke’s website, I was completely taken by surprise to learn that the land was donated by a Jonathon Miller to build the chapel in 1881. Years ago, when I traced my father’s family’s lineage, I thought (for years) the Millers had donated the land for St. Peter’s in Amagansett! It further fascinated me to read that the first service held in this chapel was the funeral of Miller’s 11-year-old daughter, Katie. It’s too long a story for the space of this column, but this deep felt connection to the past is becoming an ever bigger part of my journey forward.

So, I was happy to be invited to join my friend Francine Muller (who has apparently become quite a church VIP) and her mom, Mona, for Saturday evening worship at 5:30 p.m. The chapel’s interior is restful to the eye in its simplicity. Obviously well cared for and clean as a whistle with unadorned walls, polished wooden pews, and clear glass windows, this snug chapel captured the essence of Godliness and peace in a way that its grander counterparts sometimes fail to do … at least, for someone of my sensibility.

Presided over by the Reverend Denis Brunelle, these services of the Holy Eucharist will be held through the summer every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. A family friendly potluck supper always follows and all are welcome. Sometimes, I’m shy—truly—but everyone made me feel so comfortable, I’ll be sure to visit again.

Happy week all!

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