Springs Community Notes, October 2

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Moving right along into October, it continues, happily, to be a splendid fall, especially for those of us tucked into this serenely beautiful section of our town. This season is dominated by the colors of happiness and passion, the full spectrum of yellows and reds. To me, every day seems prettier than the last. The sight of the pumpkin displays at the roadside farm stands and nurseries and the always cheery mums on the doorsteps of friends never fail to make me smile.

I will miss the Springs Farmers Market on Saturday mornings until next year. So, I was delighted to hear that we won’t, at least, be missing Matt Laspia’s Bonac Farms stand. He has moved it down the road to the Springs General Store. According to his proud mom, Mary Laspia, “Matt will offer his locally grown organic produce, dried herbs, and famous summer tomato sauce among other locally grown fare.” A few weeks ago, I had a reader call me anxious to get in touch with Matt for his healing, medicinal herbs. This hard-working young man has developed quite a following, and will definitely add to the ambiance of this charming country store. Matt’s stand will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As our evenings turn crisp, home cooks begin to tweak the menu in favor of warmer more comforting dishes. Luckily, there’s an abundance of seasonal produce to inspire. A big hug of thanks to my newfound friends, Amelia and Manny Vilar of Clearwater Beach. Amelia invited me over once again, and generously supplied me with an astounding load of their harvest of vegetables and fruits: the sweetest, ripest figs, bosc pears, tons of green beans, a giant zucchini, and their bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes. Last week, my son and I felt more than comforted with delicious meals of roasted tomato soup and stuffed zucchini. If you’re not friends with the Vilars, many of the local farm stands are still open.

For those who are not home cooks or just don’t have the time, this Saturday, October 5, starting at 9 a.m. be sure to stop by One-Stop Market on Springs-Fireplace Road where a bake and beautiful home-jarred goods sale by the folks from St. Peter’s Chapel will be set up. St. Peter’s is an adorable, historic chapel off the beaten path at 463 Old Stone Highway, which is open for services during the summer. This small congregation volunteers its time and efforts (all year round) toward maintaining its charm, and have organized this sale to raise funds toward that end. If anyone would like to help out or donate, please contact Terry Hickey at 324-6024. They would greatly appreciate it, and so would your family if you stop by this Saturday to support their sale.

Ashawagh Hall presents “Plein Air Peconic VIII,” an annual art exhibition and sale, this October 4 through 6. On view will be paintings and photographs celebrating the beauty of the East End landscapes, highlighting our farm fields, wetlands, dunes and meadows. This exhibit’s focus is to raise public consciousness of the vast importance of the ongoing mission of the Peconic Land Trust to protect and conserve our natural beauty and resources from development. A wine reception will be held Saturday, October 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artists of Plein Air Peconic are Casey Chalem Anderson, Susan D’Alessio, Aubrey Grainger, Anita Kusick, Michele Margit, Gordon Matheson, Joanne Rosko, Tom Steele, Kathryn Szoka and Keith Mantell. A percentage of the sale proceeds will benefit the Peconic Land Trust. For all who love our area, it’s a worthy cause and will be a treat to the eyes.

It’s been a successful Fall Film Series at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center located at 830 Springs Fireplace Road. Hosted by cinema historian Marion Wolberg Weiss, “Artists on Film: The Power of Connection” has offered a compelling series of films followed by discussions with the last one this Friday at 7 p.m. “The Visual Language of Herbert Matter” is Reto Caduff’s documentary featuring the Swiss graphic artist Matter and reveals how his art often conveyed his connection to such friends as Pollock, Krasner and Charles Eames.

I went to last Friday’s film, and getting a glimpse of the sunset over the gorgeous grounds overlooking Accabonac Harbor before settling into the cozy setting inside alone is worth it. Everyone is warm and welcoming, and beverages are offered. It’s also a good opportunity to view the powerful abstract work of Charlotte Park, which I found to be impressive. Both museum curator Helen Harrison, and Marion Wolberg Weiss lead a compelling commentary from Pollock’s big round table that makes the audience feel connected to them and the artists under discussion and so encourages a comfortable repartee. So, if you haven’t experienced this special film series and setting, you’ll be happy if you make the effort to go this Friday. Only $5 at the door and members are free.

As I’m finishing up this column and looking out the window at the bright sunlight and blue sky, I’m convinced to delay Sunday indoor chores until later, so I can enjoy the beautiful day. Hope you all make similar choices, sometimes, too. Until next time, happy week all!

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