Sitting down to write the column, the early holiday deadline loomed near. It’s the next day! After making my rounds to check the usual community bulletins, and having checked all the websites, I wasn’t able to come up with any events to report on here in Springs through the end of December! Now, possibly that’s true, given the holidays, but if not, please drop me a line next time! Anyway, it is nearly Christmas day itself, and for those who celebrate, that should be more than enough to do!I am grateful for the group of regular folks who do email or text me with news. One such amiable informant is Dru Raley of the Springs Community Presbyterian Church and Springs Food Pantry who confirmed that the Candlelight Service, presided over by the Reverend Steven Howarth, will begin this Thursday, December 24 at 9 p.m. at the church located at 5 Old Stone Highway. Even if you are not a regular churchgoer, the atmosphere created by a gathering of folks singing familiar Christmas hymns and the look of excited anticipation in the children’s faces will lift you into a holiday spirit.
Last minute shoppers can avoid the madness of the department store, and find some cute gifts here in our hamlet. The Springs General Store has a wonderful selection of bird and aquatic wood carvings by local artisan, David Bennett. I first saw these at the “By Hand” gift show at Ashawagh Hall, and thought they were wonderful gifts. Browsing along the edges of this country market, one will find many varieties of local, gourmet food items and even some interesting books.
Of course, the best and most affordable place to look for books is at the Springs Library. While here, you will be surprised at the number of gifts items you can find, including a deck of local historic playing cards for $10. In the past, I’ve found brand new jigsaw puzzles and games at a nominal price. Whenever I step inside this little library, a feeling of small-town coziness always pervades. Volunteer librarian, Heather Anderson, just emailed to thank our town parks department for repairing the brick walkway and making the entrance safe once again. Thanks Heather! Please visit www.springslibrary.org for the library winter hours.
Many people gain weight during the holidays or have trouble managing stress. Luckily the Springs Community Presbyterian Church offers great classes by Yoga Alliance Certified instructors nearly every day of the week for $15 a class. As well, fitness trainer Jamie Lerner offers Core Plus/Stretch classes at the same venue. Please visit www.springscommunitypc.org for the schedule.
Until next year, I am sending out a wish of peace and happy times to everyone!