Springs Community Notes, August 15

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Yikes! It seems like the summer is just zipping by! I hope that everyone is taking the time to enjoy all the extra events that this time of year brings. After a bout of rainy weather, we were blessed with a perfect day for the Fisherman’s Fair. There was such a cheery, warm vibe everywhere I went that stayed with me the entire day. A big thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to pull together another successful and happy fair day for our community. Nice job all!What could be nicer than a family evening alfresco under the stars kicking back and taking in a movie? Citizens for Access Rights and Hamptons Drive-in are hosting the annual “Family Outdoor Movie Night” this Thursday, August 15, at the Maidstone Park ball field. This year’s movie, the 2010 comedy “Despicable Me,” will begin at 8:30 p.m. with the gates of the field opening at 7:30 p.m. Bring beach chairs and blankets. The cost is $5 and refreshments will be available to purchase. Bringing your own snacks is not allowed, as this event’s proceeds go entirely toward CfAR, which works to protect our right to access East End beaches and will also help fund the defense of the ongoing lawsuit concerning a section of beach at Napeague stretch. To learn more about this group, visit www.citizensforaccessrights.com. A rain date is slated for August 30.

If you haven’t already caught the 46th annual Artists of the Springs Invitational art show at Ashawagh Hall, featuring the works of over 125 East End artists, there is still time. It will be up through Monday, August 18. Gallery hours on weekdays and Sunday are from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Saturday, August 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. is “Curator’s Tour,” an opportunity to talk and visit with this year’s curator, Jennifer Cross, a well known local painter.

Also at Ashawagh Hall, on Sunday, August 18, at 7 p.m. is a chance to visit and chat with Arnold Leo, secretary for the East Hampton Baymen’s Association for more than 35 years. He will deliver a lecture titled “The Baymen: The Heart of East Hampton.” It’s a good opportunity for locals and visitors alike to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of this important and, sadly, decreasing segment of our population.

The Lichtenstein Lectures “Sundays at 5” series held at the Fireplace Project continues this Sunday at 5 p.m. with writer and curator Debra Bricker Balken’s lecture “Harold Rosenberg and the Twilight of the Intellectuals.” Mr. Rosenberg was the most vocal and influential critic and supporter of Abstract Expressionism. A close friend of the de Koonings, he is best known for his famous essay, “The American Action Painters,” which appeared in “ARTnews” in 1952 and in which he coined the term “action painter.” It promises to be an interesting lecture. The Fireplace Project is located at 851 Springs-Fireplace Road. Admission is just $5 and light refreshments will be served.

The Springs Community Presbyterian Church needs the help of the community. Apparently, this sweet little chapel is in desperate need of an exterior paint job and funds are low. Since 1882, this chapel has been an important landmark for our community right in the center of our picturesque historic hub. Preserving its simple beauty is a matter of community pride that should concern all the citizens of Springs, whether religiously affiliated with it or not. Besides worship, it is the venue for the Springs Food Pantry, recovery group meetings, yoga classes, all types of events through the Community Arts Project, and countless special dinners offered throughout the year. If the baymen are the heart of East Hampton, then this church is the heart of Springs. Checks made out to the Springs Church Building Fund can be mailed to: Springs Community Presbyterian Church, 5 Old Stone Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Realizing how quickly the summer really is speeding by, I’m wrapping it up now to go out into the sunshine! Hope you will do the same. Enjoy all!

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