As we anticipate the fall foliage in all its resplendent glory to transform our landscapes with magical, vibrant hues in the full spectrum of yellows, oranges, and reds, it’s a boost to the spirit to see all the pumpkins, gourds, and cheery mums along the roadsides at stands, nurseries, and doorsteps. I usually choose Town Lane for my daily trips back and forth to the village just for the sheer inspiration of taking in the farm field vista on either side of the road and to see the Balsam Farm Stand that boasts a particularly bounteous and beautiful autumn display. Indeed, our area has no shortage of scenic roadways, making driving for pleasure during this significantly less trafficked season exactly that, a delight!October nights can offer magical sightings, as well. Who doesn’t love the harvest moon? For early risers, this Friday, October 17, gazing upward at pre-dawn, one may be rewarded with the sight of the waning crescent moon at its closest to a visible Jupiter, and the brightest star in the Leo constellation shining underneath. On October 20-21, my star-gazing friends are anticipating the next meteor shower, the Orionids (named for the constellation Orion, the hunter), expected at dawn. I thought it worth mentioning as an added incentive to anyone out there wanting to change up their pace by getting an earlier start to the day!
Planning ahead toward the end of the month, I was excited to see a flyer posted around the Springs announcing, “The Springs Community Celebrates Halloween Family Night Into the Woods,” sponsored by the Springs P.T.A. A guided Halloween Walk across Pussy Pond’s Bridge is slated for Saturday, October 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All should park on the Springs School campus, and not along School Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and remember to bring along a flashlight. A rain date is scheduled for October 26. Visit the school’s website for details at www.springsschool.org. Sounds like a fun night!
Good news for folks who can’t face the kitchen at the end of a hard work week: The Springs Community Presbyterian Church is kicking off the next series of those easy-peasy and delicious Friday Night Take-Out dinners this Friday, October 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a classic comfort meal. Their deacon’s famous meatloaf will be packed up with creamy mashed potatoes, salad, and apple crisp for just $10 a meal. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
Those who like to start the day with a hearty breakfast and good company need only head over to the Springs Fire Department on Fort Pond Blvd every Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. through November 30. These friendly volunteers are serving up the best, most affordable breakfast in the Hamptons that includes a choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, and hot and cold beverages. It couldn’t be more affordable at $8 adults, $7 seniors, and $5 for children under 10 and under. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this breakfast which makes me think it might be worth breaking my diet … after all, we only live once!
The terrific bargain books (only .25 each!) that are under the tents on the grounds of the Springs Library will be there a while longer, I am told, but the sale will be winding down soon. While the weather is still warm, and you notice the boxes of books still there, it’s definitely worth a browse. During library off hours, just put your money in the book drop. As we move into colder days, this snug, little library has a volunteer staff so welcoming that a visit here always warms my spirit, and they have a great selection of books to borrow and buy at super affordable prices! For library hours, visit www.springslibrary.org.
I will end with a reminder to artists with upcoming shows at Ashawagh Hall. Please don’t keep it a secret. Just email me a week ahead, and I’m happy to let everyone know about it. Also, the deadline for our annual Community First Award nomination is quickly approaching … If you know someone deserving, please send a detailed email about this giving person to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 24. The winner will be featured in our special Hamptons Holiday Handbook, and a donation will be made to the organization of this person’s choice.
Until next time, happy week all!