Springs Community Notes, August 21


August is by far the most intense month to experience in the Hamptons with barely a lull in the frenzy of traffic and throngs of people everywhere. It’s a time when extreme caution as drivers, pedestrians, and bikers must be exercised. Please cross the streets responsibly, using the cross walks only, by pushing the button and waiting for the walk signal … and then, look in all directions before crossing … please! Alertness and awareness of harried motorists can save your life. Last week, as I stepped into the crosswalk the moment the signal gave permission to cross, I was nearly taken out by a speeding truck whose driver clearly blamed me by shouting obscenities out the window, as I jumped back shaken by the near miss. I should have been more careful and not in such a hurry. Forgive me for beginning on a negative note. I just want us all to make it through safely to the next season! My gratitude for the lovely serenity that shelters us here in our hamlet as it soars to new heights during this month. I look forward to an intriguing new art exhibit starting tomorrow whose title I find especially appealing.The John Little Society presents “Quiet Riot” at Duck Creek Farm located at 367 Three Mile Harbor Road, featuring an “immersive site specific projection installation,” or light show by acclaimed artist Christine Sciulli in the John Little Barn. Using projected light as her primary medium, Ms. Sciulli has exhibited her work in many venues locally and around the world. Janet Goleas, curator of the Islip Art Museum, described her installation there as “a quiet riot of controlled chaos.” As a recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant, she created a roving outdoor video installation in Duane Park in Tribeca. She was also commissioned by the Global Poverty Project in 2013 to create and project “expanding circles” unto 2500 people at the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park. To learn more about this fascinating artist and her work, please visit http://soundandvision.cc and http://vimeo.com/xine. Meanwhile, experiencing the show at Duck Creek is definitely a must-see. Running through September 20, the opening reception is tomorrow, August 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Please enter and park at the north access to Squaw Road off of Three Mile Harbor Road. The exhibit will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. or by appointment. Visit http://duckcreekfarmarts.blogspot.com/ for more information.

Does the suggestion of taking your entire family to see a movie tomorrow night sound ludicrous, not to mention expensive? What if you could spread out on an expansive, grassy field under a starry night sky while breathing in fresh sea air, at a cost of $5 a person? Well, tomorrow night, Thursday August 21, is “Family Outdoor Movie Night” sponsored by the Citizens for Access Rights and Hamptons Drive-In, with the gates opening at 7:30 p.m. at the Maidstone Park Ball Field. “The Croods,” a computer animated adventure comedy film, starring the voices of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keemer, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman will begin at 8:30 p.m. Bring beach chairs, blankets, and the kids, but refreshments must be purchased on site. All proceeds will benefit CfAR, whose primary goal is to protect beach access rights on the East End and to defend a lawsuit in progress affecting a stretch of beach in Napeague. Admission is free to members of CfAR.

This Sunday’s Lichtenstein Lecture Series at The Fireplace Project located at 851 Springs Fireplace Road, presents art historian Gail Levin delivering a lecture titled “The Influence of Spanish Art and Politics on Abstract Expressionist Painting in North America” at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 with Pollock-Krasner House members getting in for free. As always, light refreshments will be served, and it’s a relaxing, informative way to wrap up the weekend.

For those who haven’t heard about or haven’t yet purchased tickets, the exciting first annual “Heart of Springs” summer gala fundraiser is taking place this Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. under a grand tent on the green of Ashawagh Hall. Made possible by the generous donations of local sponsors and the dedication of a newly formed gala committee. All proceeds will go to the maintenance of our precious historic buildings that form the “heart” of our historic district, Ashawagh Hall, the Springs Library, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, and the Parsons Blacksmith Shop. The evening features wine from Wölffer Estates, hors d’oeuvres by Graze Culinary, craft beer by Montauk Brewery, breads and cheeses by Amagansett Farmer’s Market and Eli’s Breads, and live music by Josh Brussell. Best of all is the chance to be a part of the great energy that surely will pervade when the numerous folks who love and support our community come together to ensure the endurance of our most sacred buildings. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling (631) 604-1163 or visiting www.heartofsprings.org. Attire is “fisherman’s formal” which makes me smile. Hope to see you there!

Planning ahead, possibly considering doing something special to celebrate making it beyond Labor Day reasonably intact and unscathed, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church is now taking reservations for its famous Lobster Dinner! To be held on their scenic grounds which overlook Accabonac Harbor at 5 Old Stone Hwy on September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. This low-key and delicious dinner consists of a one-and-a-half pound lobster, new potatoes, corn on the cob, tomato salad, beverages, and dessert for $40 a ticket. It’s a hugely popular event for obvious reasons, so it’s wise to reserve now by calling (631) 324-4791 or emailing springs church@optonline.net Take-out is also available.

Art in all forms, music, food, family feature films, and endlessly, achingly beautiful venues for events, relaxation, and recreation, not to mention some of the nicest people on earth … the Springs offers it all this August and beyond, in a fashion that refreshingly never feels chaotic or overwhelming. Enjoy!

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