With clear skies, cool breezes, and gentle sunlight, this September is feeling full of perfectly idyllic days. A welcome lull after the summertime intensity, there’s a calm, quiet vibe nearly everywhere I go. It’s this time of year that locals really cherish. Whether walking, biking, fishing, or catching up over the help-yourself coffee counters, most of the faces I see now are familiar ones, all sharing the same relaxed expression. Even those who are super busy (like me) benefit from the tranquility that seems to permeate the air, if we slow down long enough to take notice. This special time is fleeting, so please enjoy it while it’s here.
Last Saturday, all was pleasantly laid back at the Springs Farmers Market. While there was still a decent sized crowd, the vendors were setting out their wares in an unhurried, easy-going fashion when I stopped by late morning. The produce looked just lovely, especially the ripe, red tomatoes. If you have the time for jarring or sauce making to freeze, many farm stands are now offering these beauties at a discount per big box rate. Paul Hamilton, who runs the market, says it will continue every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall through the end of the month. It will be decided then if it makes sense to continue. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Coming up at Ashawagh Hall are two interesting shows and events. September 14 and 15, is “Of Mees and Mim…” This art show features the work of two talented women, abstract artist Adrienne Mim, and the stunning mosaic work and paintings by Marcie Honerkamp. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Beginning on Monday, September 16, and continuing through the 19th is a benefit event that sounds so fascinating, it’s sure to be a real treat for those who attend. “Oceans Matter” is a presentation program to promote conservation that exhibits the breathtaking photography of Stephanie Whiston, who founded the Marine Education Foundation.
Stephanie, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, and currently resides in Montauk, has explored, witnessed and photographed the mysterious underwater world of the seas all over the globe to share with everyone. Close-up shots of sharks and numerous other exotic marine creatures will be on view. A presentation and discussion is offered on Monday and Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. A benefit reception will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. To schedule a private group discussion, one can call (917) 721-5283 or email Swhiston@msn.com. For more information on this program, visit www.marineeducation.com.
To take in more beautiful art at a special setting, don’t forget to visit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, located at 830 Springs Fireplace Road, to catch the Charlotte Park exhibit while it’s still up through the end of October. A longtime resident of our area and a close friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, her body of work reflects the development of her own style of abstract expressionism. The home and studio is open for guided tours by appointment only, every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through the end of October. For more information, please visit www.pkhouse.org or call (631) 324-4929 for an appointment. You will be delighted that you did!
It’s that time of year again where I need the community to keep me abreast of interesting people and happenings in the Springs. I’m always thrilled to hear from everybody. Happy back to school to our children, and happy week all.