Springs Community Notes, December 17

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Who could have wished for a nicer gift this holiday season than the one bestowed on us by the unseasonably warm, gorgeous weather this month! Last weekend’s balmy days really boosted our cheer, as my son, Brendan, and I set off on a mission: to work through his holiday list within a budget, but to gather presents he would be happy to give. Naturally, we headed to our historic district of Ashawagh Hall and the Springs Community Presbyterian Church for the “By Hand” artisan gift show and the 10th Annual Craft Sale, at each venue respectively. We couldn’t have made a better choice! All was so lovely, the vendors pleasant to chat with, and Brendan was happily successful in finding some extra special gifts within his budget. I wish I could tell the details of the items he chose (so nice!) but, to do so would spoil his recipients’ surprise.As we walked over to the General Store for refreshment, we were moved, once again, by the completely spell-binding scenery that surrounds that whole area. For all those who dread getting into the last minute frenzy of department store shopping, I whole-heartedly recommend staying local. There are beautiful bargains everywhere, and the scenery along the way is so pretty, as you seek those bargains!

Another opportunity to find that elusive special gift will present itself at Ashawagh Hall this Sunday, December 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The Holiday Spectacular Gift of Art Show” features fourteen local artists and photographers presenting small works and unique “gift priced” art. The participating artists are Carol Saxe, Frank Sofo, John Todero, Phillip Dobler, Annie Sessler, Pam Vossen, Debbie Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Dave Buda, Ursula Thomas, Lieve Thiers, Gene Samuelson, Rosa Scott, Dell Cullum and Peter Gumpel. That’s an impressive list of extraordinary talent, so I can imagine how beautiful the small works of art will be!

The Springs Food Pantry would love to add some holiday foods to the bags they give out every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church at 5 Old Stone Highway. Please drop off your non-perishable food items to the church most mornings, and anytime on Wednesday afternoons. Giving in this fashion always boosts your own spirits!

To help manage stress, and to keep those extra holiday pounds at bay, there are terrific yoga and fitness training classes nearly every day of the week for $15 a session at the Springs Church. Please visit www.springscommunitypc.org for a schedule of classes.

Supporting the endeavors of our young people has always been one of our community’s great strengths. As reported by the Springs School Journalism Club, the Springs Fire Department Breakfast to raise money toward the eighth-graders’ trip to Boston was hugely successful, bringing in $2,000. Thanks to Springs Fire Department and to the Springs Ladies Auxiliary!

Will end on an early note, reminding you all that I love to hear from readers … So, please don’t be shy! Until next time, happy week all!

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