Springs Community Notes, May 7

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One sunny afternoon, from the porch of the Springs General Store, I spied a single file of male ducks crossing over from Pussy’s Pond to the other side of School Street. It occurred to me that perhaps it’s not only our species that exhibits the need for male or female bonding time, like a “boys’ or girls’ night out.” So, I chuckled to read the report from The Springs School Journalism Club, that the mallards making their way over to hang out in the school’s courtyard has been an annual occurrence over the last five years. Apparently, the nesting females need some space from their male counterparts! No doubt, these were happy ducks to be fed cracked corn by seconder graders that was supplied by the Courtyard Club. Along with these mallards, I am sure that many of us wait in anticipation of the first sighting of baby ducks. For me, it’s a pleasure that has never lessened from childhood.Reflecting back on my childhood growing up in Springs, it occurs to me that many of my dearest memories revolve around the tables of my mom and grandma. As both of their husbands—my father and grandfather—were fishermen, our meals were often dictated by the catch of the day. The wonderful memories of family and friends gathered around enjoying my mom’s spicy Korean-style fish fillets accompanied by sticky rice or my grandma’s simple, but so delicious scallop soup, have me longing to taste them again … if only they had recorded those recipes! Those were only two examples of the Miller family’s repertoire of delectable dishes that not only nourished us body and soul, but might have collectively and effectively told our story as a family and individuals.

So I was happy to receive an email from Ethel Henn of the Springs Library who wrote “The major topic at our annual Springs Library Volunteer Luncheon was that we like to cook and eat. This led to the idea of creating a Springs Library Cookbook.” What a lovely idea! They are seeking recipes in all categories to share with readers with the goal of creating “The Springs Library Cookbook” in time for the Fisherman’s Fair in August. Along with the recipe, please submit a blurb that tells about it, and a photograph of the dish, if possible. Submissions may be emailed to ethelhenn@yahoo.com or dropped into the library located at 1 Parson Place, opposite Ashawagh Hall. Our hamlet is full of so many wonderful cooks whose recipes should most certainly be preserved. If one of them is you, please take the time to share your dish and commentary on it with all of us.

The Pollock-Krasner Home and Study Center located at 830 Springs Fireplace Road is open during this month by appointment only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a guided one-hour tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s featured exhibit is “Neil Noland: Sculpture of the 1980s” on view through August 1. This memorial exhibition of colorful clay wall pieces and steel sculptures honors the revered artist who resided for many years in Amagansett. Among the select ceramic plaques and welded steel pieces on borrow from private collectors and family will be a 1986 Corten steel sculpture that was recently on view at LongHouse Reserve. A reception is planned toward the end of the month on May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. To make a reservation to visit the home and studio of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, call (631) 324-4929.

Foodies and Pollock fans alike who visit the renowned artists’ property will want to visit the gift shop. A new book “Dinner with Jackson Pollock” by Robyn Lea is available for sale. Much more than a collection of more than 50 recipes, this book is illustrated by Lea’s stunning photographs of the property and each featured dish. Like the soon to be “Springs Library Cookbook,” this book is filled with stories in connection to the food Pollock enjoyed with friends and offers a new glimpse into the famous artist’s personal domestic life. For more information, visit www.pkhouse.org.

On the school front, Springs School teacher Sue Ellen O’Conner, who works tirelessly with enthusiasm all year long to support all of the artistic events and endeavors of our children, recently traveled to Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, to participate in an equestrian event there. She had the honor of delivering a speech to induct a riding coach into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame, as well as participated in as a judge in the alumnae horse shows.

Last weekend’s Springs Mystery Art Sale ended on a high note of good energy and huge success. It was a pleasant experience basking in the sunshine on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall waiting to be admitted inside. I was not surprised to encounter so many familiar faces, all taking the time out to come support our children and our school. All of the hard work of our dedicated teachers, parent volunteers, and students combined with the generosity of our vastly talented artists community has helped to ensure that the arts will continue to thrive as an integral part of the quality education offered at our school.

Until next time, happy week all!

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