A close friend of mine shared that she feels a pang of sadness whenever she flips her calendar to November. She says she starts to dread the coming gray starkness of the landscape, as the treetops begin to lose their magnificence and the dropping temperatures make long, leisurely walks less pleasurable, if not impossible…at least, for us less hardy ladies. I guess my friend feels happiest when the season corresponds to her sunnier disposition, and I wonder if the same will happen to me.
So November rolled around, and I did feel a pang that happily wasn’t really sadness, and I realized I feel it every year around this time, and perhaps others do, too. November, I suddenly recognize, seems to awaken the sweet ache of nostalgia. Now as I drive along admiring the last vestiges of resplendent foliage, I reflect how wisely nature mimics our human process. The swaying treetops with the last vestiges of glorious color remind us of beautiful times past, as it prepares us for a starker landscape and the journey inward of the last season of the year.
A sporadic journal keeper throughout my life, I notice the urge to record my reflections occur more frequently during the fall and winter months. For those who don’t journal, I recommend giving it a try. It’s never too late. Diary keeping is probably one of the easiest and best propellants towards self-discovery.
Ultimately, they offer an invaluable, unedited perspective and understanding of how things really were to future generations. For instance, how many history text books convey the sheer tragedy of the Holocaust and touch a necessary nerve as well as “The Diary of Anne Frank”? Certainly, our knowledge of the English Restoration period in the 1600s would be nearly nil without the discovery of the diary of Samuel Pepys, a member of Parliament and Secretary to the Admiralty. So much of our knowledge of the past comes from personal journals.
The Springs Historical Society presents this Sunday, November 10 at 1 p.m. at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church at 5 Old Stone Hwy, the next segment of their ongoing “Springs Memories” series, “The Diary of a Bayman.” Bernice Miller Bennett will share segments from her father’s 1945 journal. I was excited when Mary Ann Seigfried, the dedicated Springs Library volunteer who wrote most of the wonderful booklets on our hamlet’s history that are available for purchase there, let me know about this event. It’s an astonishing, unique opportunity for our community to gain personal insight into a major slice of life from which our hamlet was originally comprised, the baymen. A fisherman’s daughter from Springs, I was instantly intrigued, as was my dad. I am hoping that next Sunday will find me available to attend this free event. Hope you can, too!
To help us ease into the chilly darkness of day’s end, the wonderful cooks of the Springs Presbyterian Church are offering another “Friday Night Take-Out” in the form of comforting soups. This Friday, November 8th, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., steaming pints of either delicious seafood chowder for $9 or homey split-pea for $7 accompanied with crackers and cookies, can be brought home to either warm your spirits right away or freeze for a later date. Sounds like a no-brainer to me!
Ashawagh Hall presents a terrific art show, “Land and Sea,” featuring the paintings and photography of five talented, East End artists from November 9 to 10. On view will be abstract reductions, photo realism, and collage assemblages that highlight the loveliness of our area. The artists are Anne Segar, Stephanie Reit, Lynn Martell, Lew Zacks, and Mary Stern Grossman. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It will be a stunning, but brief show, so please stop by while it’s up!
For those missing the yard sale season, there is a big community one going on in Amagansett this Saturday on the side lawn of the Manse of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett located on the corner of Main Street and Meeting House Lane. All proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of Scoville Hall. It will be the first of a series of ongoing fundraisers that will be needed to close the gap of the insurance settlement and what it will take to rebuild this much missed building. Although not in Springs, Scoville Hall of the past and the future is a venue that serves our larger community’s needs at so many levels that helping to ensure the rebuilding of it as soon as possible is everyone’s concern. With baked goods for sale and refreshments including hamburgers, it’s coming together to be a nice small town event for a good cause. Hope to see you there!
Lastly, Happy Birthday to my Aunt Lori Miller Carr and her grand-daughter Kailey DeMai, both of Springs. Happy week to everyone!