Springs Community Notes, June 6

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Out of all of the months in the year, June is the one that comes closest to perfection. It makes sense that it is by far the favorite choice of new brides. While I can barely think of one negative, the attributes of June seem endless. For space constraints, I‘ll spare a list … Surely, the obvious ones spring to mind for everybody. Well, just in case … how about local strawberries!

Last Saturday, I woke up feeling blessed with not too much pressing on my agenda, just the sweet luxury of welcoming the day and seeing how it would unfold. So, I decided to start out by driving through the Springs and visiting just a few yard sales to see if anything special might find me. Driving down Old Stone Highway, a man I had met the previous Saturday at St. Peter’s Chapel, Jerry Keeler, came into my mind. Jerry knows a lot of my Miller relatives, and had approached me to see if I might look into how to get a building donated to eventually become a Springs museum. While I like the idea, I’m uncertain about how to go about it. Still, I was thinking I should give him a call to let him know that I’m at least mulling it over.

Although it doesn’t surprise me anymore, it never fails to delight me when the universe repeatedly delivers the very thing that’s in my thoughts. (Really, I’ve had to learn to be careful about the thoughts I allow in!) I pulled over for the first yard sale sign I came upon, and as I walked up the drive, I met two men chatting in the yard. They turned out to be my father’s cousin Cal and Jerry. “We were just talking about you!” exclaimed Cal, as Jerry smiled. It was his yard sale! So, there was the chance to explore the possibility some more, rehash family history and mutual acquaintance connections. Plus, I scored a lovely antique glass lamp painted with pretty flowers kindly offered to me at a steal. When the summer madness sets in, these encounters are wonderful reminders of the specialness of small town living that is easily found in the heart of Bonac all year long.

Old Stone Highway eventually leads to an intersection with Springs-Fireplace Road, where the Springs Farmers Market is set up on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall every Saturday from 9.a.m to 1 p.m. Of course, I pulled over. It’s nearly impossible to resist the sight of the white tented booths laden with vegetables and homemade treats set on the picturesque grounds. I said hello to Paul Hamilton who runs the market, and he’s promised to let me know about upcoming live musical offerings as they are scheduled.

Lately, I’ve been focused on changing the way I eat to reflect a healthy, disease- preventive promoting diet. So, I was happy to encounter a nice young man that I know, Matt Laspia, a recent college graduate and now the proud owner of Bonac Farms, manning his own stand. He handed me his card, which reads across the top, “Eat Locally. Heal Locally.” Wow… that universe really pays attention! At the EECO Farm on Long Lane, Bonac Farms grows fruits, vegetables and micro-greens. They also produce 35 varieties of herbs for both culinary and medicinal use. “We promote the idea that food is medicine, and that our quality products seek to expand the boundaries of buying local” writes Matt on his website, www.bonacfarms.com. Balsam Farms and Amber Waves are also fabulous and boast gorgeous displays of produce at the market, too. I was just particularly taken that day with encountering Matt again and marveled that his career path was in keeping with my latest obsession.

Paddle boarding has become hugely popular in recent years. Watching groups of paddlers glide by from the shore, I always think how marvelous and inviting it looks. I would love to give it a try. If you feel the same, this Saturday, June 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. is your chance. An “Intro to Paddle Boarding” instruction will be offered at Landing Lane off of Old Stone Highway. Paddle boards will be available for rent at $50. Sounds fun! For reservations, rentals, and more information contact Juliana Duryea at 631-745-3165 or email hulums@gmail.com.

Part II of Jane Martin’s four-part series “Business of Art” will be offered at the Springs Presbyterian Church at 5 Old Stone Highway this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Ins and Outs” will cover pricing and cataloging art, as well as organizing it on websites and databases. The cost is $40 at the door and $35 in advance. Call 631-324-7179 or email janewmartin@mac.com for more information.

The Pollock-Krasner House at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road is now open for general admission, as well as a guided tour on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $5 at the door and includes a new state-of-the art audio guide. Docent guided tours are available at noon for $10 for adults and $5 for children with reservations required. Call 631-324-4929 to reserve.

Congratulations to Peyton Kelley and his parents, Nancy and Christopher Kelley of Springs. Peyton just graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. In 2011, he was named a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, and has enjoyed great success as captain of the men’s volleyball team. In fact, he was part of the New England Playoff All-Tournament Team in 2012. This July, he will begin his new career at a corporate forensics firm in New York. Good luck, Peyton!

Have a good week everyone!

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