Springs Community Notes, July 11

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The double holiday weekend this year seemed to bring with it double the crowds and an extra hot sun to remind us that this is summertime in the Hamptons, after all. Not only was I exercising extra caution on the roads, I tried to avoid being on the road as much as possible, at least the major ones. Like any smart local, anything that I found I needed or wanted that I didn’t already have, I either decided to forgo it until Monday or went to get it locally in the Springs.We are lucky here in the Springs to have a handful of places to find super yummy, good eats. Barnes Country Market is famous for its especially delicious egg sandwiches. If you have a bunch of hungry kids and don’t want to break the bank, they have a great station with help-yourself hot dogs with all the fixings that is a particularly great deal. Then there is the lovely Springs General Store with its covered front porch that invites hanging out with newspapers and coffee or an ice cream. They happen to have a couple of fantastic bakers on the premises, so there’s no need to be stuck on what to produce for a dessert.

Further south on Old Stone Highway is Old Stone Market where one can find delicious home cooked meals and a wide variety of specialty sandwiches, confections, and otherwise impossible to find condiments and gourmet pantry items. The Springs Pizza Place keeps up with the best of the Hamptons pizza parlors with its selection of specialty slices, and best of all, they deliver. Right beside them is Springs Liquor … So again, no hassle to pick up your spirits for the weekend. On the other end is the Maidstone Market which has everything that you expect to find in a deli, plus hot Latino cuisine meals to go.

Of course, there is the wonderful Springs Farmers Market set up on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last week, I was completely captivated by the stunning abundance on display at the Balsam Farm tables. The sweetest, most eye-catching bouquets of flowers, featuring gorgeous yarrow drew me over. Ellen Watson of Balsam whose enthusiasm transfers easily to her customers, happily gave me some cooking tips when I inquired about the most gorgeous squash blossoms I have ever seen in my life. Fava beans, snap peas, baby potatoes, baby lettuces, on and on…everything you would need for a wholesome, healthful meal can be had right at this table. And by the way, next week’s music accompaniment, which begins at 11 a.m. will be Job Potter and friend.

Sometimes, I’m a procrastinator. Last weekend’s heat wave was all the excuse I needed to put off all my obligations and chores. After my routine stop at the farmers market, I ended up spending the entire day floating in the bay at Maidstone Park Beach. There is nothing that ails me that isn’t instantly relieved by immersing myself in the sparkling water. It’s instant heaven.

Still, I began Sunday morning feeling a bit worried that I hadn’t yet come up with anything new for the column. So, in church that morning I was thrilled to hear an announcement about a unique art piece closely connected to my church (Amagansett Presbyterian) on display at Ashawagh Hall. After church, I introduced myself to the artist-writer Ellen White, who emailed me the interesting details of how our sawhorse sign that reserves a parking space for our organist every Sunday evolved into a work of art.

Ellen met our pastor, the Reverend Steven Howarth, a few months ago to discuss a memorial service she was organizing for her ex-husband, and the sign that reads “Reserved for the Organist” captured her attention. “Right away I wanted to do something with it as an art piece, because I think it’s kind of cool looking and cryptic,” explained Ellen. A professional writer, she decided to create an alternate reality for the sign based on the idea of a shared organist. So she wrote a text to accompany the piece which tells a “story” that is meant to invoke humor, although it seems rather serious in nature. I agree, it was a cool idea! Part of the members’ exhibition of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton, it will be on view at Ashawagh Hall through Monday, July 14. If sold, the money will go entirely toward a fund to help rebuild Scoville Hall.

This summer’s “Sundays at 5” Lichtenstein Lecture series held every Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Fireplace Project located at 851 Springs-Fireplace Road are made possible by a generous donation by Dorothy Lichenstein. This Sunday features Lewis Lachur of Kean University, “Exhibiting Duchamp, from the Armory Show to the Enchanter’s Domain.” Visit www.stonybrook/pkhouse.edu for more details on this lecture and upcoming ones.

Happy week all!

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