Springs Community Notes, June 13

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The summer months are full of events, celebrations, and just good old-fashioned barbecue get-togethers. Not everyone living here has a sweeping backyard large enough to accommodate a big group, nor a budget that allows for renting a fancy space. Luckily, often times the nicest things that life has to offer are free, even in the Hamptons.

The Springs and Amagansett have wonderful public picnic grounds with tables, barbecue grills, bathrooms, and paths to the beach … perfect venues for reunions and celebrations of all kinds. A permit and reservation are required, but easy enough to obtain by stopping into the Parks and Recreation Department located behind the Town Hall building at 159 Pantigo Road or visit www.town.east-hampton.ny.us for more information.

Next Saturday, June 15, will be a super busy day for my favorite spot, Maidstone Park Beach. Beginning at 4 p.m. at the ballfield picnic grounds, the deacons of my church, the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, are hosting a barbecue potluck picnic that promises to be extra special this year with our friends from the Springs Community Presbyterian Church joining us. Since our congregation still awaits the reconstruction of our fellowship hall, we are especially grateful for the warmer season and the opportunity it affords for us to relax and enjoy fellowship together again, regardless of not having a building. For any Springs or Amagansett church members who may have fallen out of the loop, don’t be shy, we would be happy to see you. Just drop me a line for details.

Later on down the road, under the pavilion, will be more exciting festivities, as the i-tri girls celebrate their successes and honor DARE Officer Kim Notel whose dedication has had a hugely positive impact on the girls. Following the Turbo-Tri, which begins at 6 p.m. and is a triathalon that mimics the one the girls are gearing up for in July, a barbecue will take place. “If you aren’t racing, come eat!” exclaims the email invite. Dinner tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 17. All proceeds benefit the i-tri girls, a group of teens from Springs and Montauk who learn about healthy lifestyles, self-esteem and empowerment through fitness training. Without a doubt, it’s a worthy event that promises to be a lot of fun. For more info, please visit www.itrigirls.org.

Earlier on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 15 will be Part III of Jane Martin’s four-part series, “Business of Art” at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, located at 5 Old Stone Highway. “Promoting Yourself” will offer invaluable instruction to artists who would like to turn their talent into a career on the various ways to invest in their art and control their image. I’ve heard great feedback from friends who attended this seminar last year. At a cost of $40 at the door or $35 in advance, it’s an affordable first step towards investing in your dreams. For details email janewmartin@mac.com or call 631-324-7179.

Congratulations to Peyton Kelley, son of Nancy and Christopher Kelley of Springs. Peyton just graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor’s 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 City. Good luck, Peyton!

Congratulations to all of our graduates and their proud families. It doesn’t feel like so long ago when I was up on the stage at Springs School with the 28 members of the Class of 1980, wearing braces and sporting a beaded, multi- braided hairdo (a la Bo Derek of “10” fame), and reciting a Lord Byron poem as part of the commencement ceremony. As much as things have grown and changed at our school, the feelings of excitement tinged with sadness, but mostly anticipation amongst our graduating eighth graders are so easy to imagine. All I have to do is close my eyes, and remember. It feels like yesterday. Congratulations to graduates everywhere.

Happy week all!

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