Often, I appeal to readers to please send me news tidbits of anything concerning the Springs. Last Saturday, a concerned citizen, who also grew up here, approached me in a coffee shop, and asked me to bring to everyone’s attention a site in our hamlet that is turning into what she is convinced is a public health hazard. At first, I wasn’t sure of the appropriateness, as a community columnist who mainly informs on events and tries to stay upbeat, to delve into an obviously controversial local issue. However, I do ask to be kept abreast of anything that a reader might deem to be important to our community, and after talking to others and seeing it for myself, determined it was indeed worth mentioning to bring a public awareness and let everyone decide for themselves.At the end of Boat Yard Drive, an ever increasing section of Trustee owned land has become a designated dumping ground for scallop shells and other shellfish debris. According to her, it was originally meant to be a small, contained area, but has since grown “out of control.” As a result, the marina green that borders the road is now heavily populated by seagulls and the surrounding docks are covered by what they leave behind. There is a noticeable stench, and the fear is that inevitably this pile of shells will attract all types of unwanted vermin like rats. I want to make it clear that I am not sitting in judgment, nor pointing any fingers. I think it was an unfortunate result from an originally good intention. For anyone else who may be upset about this situation, I would suggest appealing to the Trustees to please clean it up.
It always seems that before we have a chance to digest the turkey, the pressure is on to prepare for the next round of holiday festivities! I am one who gets quickly overwhelmed by crowds, especially in department stores. So, Black Friday shopping and trips to the strip malls for discounts are not for me. Happily, for those of my sensibility, the 4th annual Friends Bazaar will be set up at Ashawagh Hall this Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s the perfect place to find lovely handmade gifts in every price range for the special people on your list. Everything from original artwork and crafts “within reach” that includes ceramics, jewelry, woodcrafts, hats, scarves, pillows, soaps, and chocolates will on display for sale within a laid-back, warm, and cheery atmosphere conducive to pleasurable holiday browsing and purchasing.
A beautiful way to stir the true spirit of the season from within is to participate in the Springs Improvement Society’s 24th annual Lights of Love celebration, as they light the tree on the green and the menorah at Ashawagh Hall this Sunday at 7 p.m. For those of us who feel the pang of a lost loved one most sharply this time of year, it’s a healing experience to light a light on the tree or menorah in honor of this dearly missed person. Donation forms may also be picked up at Springs School located at 48 School Street. For each $5 donation the name of your special person will displayed on the Lights of Love Wall of Names at the hall. All proceeds benefit the Springs Improvement Society Scholarship fund. Donations may also be sent to Lights of Love, c/o Springs School, 48 School Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. This heartwarming community event includes music by our students and holiday refreshments. It sounds like a surefire way to ignite a holiday glow from within!
For those who love clams, you better hurry to reserve your seat at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church’s “Clams Every Which Way” dinner this Saturday at 6 p.m. Hearty appetites will definitely be appeased with the menu of crunchy clam salad, baked stuffed clams, New England clam chowder, linguini with clam sauce, bread, beverages, and dessert at $28 each. It’s reservation only with no take-out and one prompt seating. Please call 324-4791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. Sounds yummy!
Pamela Bicket, a dedicated Springs Food Pantry volunteer, reported that they served eighty families at Thanksgiving. Thanks to our community’s generous donations there were enough turkeys and trimmings for everyone. Our local farmers kindly donated lots of fresh produce, which made it all extra nice for our families in need. The pantry volunteers (and I am sure those who benefited) would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who gave. Soon, they will be seeking donations for the end of the month celebrations, details to follow in the next two columns. As Ms. Bicket aptly expressed, “It is truly a community effort and one which needs to be sustained through the winter months.” Thank goodness, the spirit of giving and generosity continues to thrive here in Springs!
I will end with a big kiss and “Happy Birthday” to my handsome and kind son Brendan, and all December babies here in the Springs. Happy week all!