Springs Community Notes, July 21

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As I sit down to write this column to the drone of my air-conditioning unit, I am imagining cool, soft breezes offering all of us a bit of relief from the dreadful heat and humidity of last week! I realize it’s summertime, but for me and many, it’s been awfully challenging to spend any time outside. For people who must exercise their dogs, despite the heat, it can be difficult to decide where to take them where you won’t feel entirely faint! The morning walk is easy enough to resolve by simply starting out early. But, what do you do at midday, when the sun is at its most glaring?Last Saturday, returning home after a morning appointment, my little dog was eager to get outside again, and I hate to disappoint. For us, the perfect solution has been to drive over to our historic district, and park beside Pussy’s Pond on School Street. Tons of cars are parked up and down Old Stone Highway, Parsons Place, and in front of the Springs General Store as all is abuzz at the popular Springs Farmers Market, set up on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unless there is a special event, I never have trouble parking beside the pond. My dog, Lorena, is always excited to pull up here. Best of all, there is tons of shaded areas for a dog on a leash to explore. They can then cross the wooden bridge, and eagerly go up and down the wooded trails behind the pond and all around the grounds of Parsons Blacksmith Shop, and the Springs Library, before crossing over to the farmer’s market. I admit, it was rather sweltering on these grounds last Saturday, so we only were able to do a quick tour. However, the ice cold bottle of lemonade from the Sweet Tauk booth (delicious!) was the perfect elixir to boost my energy enough to do the walk back, sticking to the many shaded areas only.

Also, at both the East Hampton and Springs farmers markets, can be found the mobile trailer of Sharp Hamptons whose proprietor, Greg Holloman, was kind enough to check in with me in an email to tell me a bit of the background of his unique business. A Springs resident for over 20 years, Greg was originally a photographer living in New York City. Greg has enjoyed many years fine-tuning his sharpening skills on his own wood-working tools. Two years ago, he decided to launch his own mobile business that makes house calls. He also works the local farmers’ market circuit with his wife, Kelly. Although he specializes in high-end Japanese and German knives, he will sharpen any dull blade that needs sharpening. “If you use the knife, then its good enough to be sharpened” is Greg’s philosophy. All of his work is powered 100 percent by a solar powered generator that is not only eco-friendly, but allows for a noise-free work environment. Whether cooking, gardening, or chopping wood, a sharp blade makes work easier and safer. For more information, please visit his website, sharphamptons.com.

The eleven sculptures by Springs’ artists that have been on display all around our historic district since mid-May have certainly added an abundance of charm and character to our already pretty landscapes, as well as prompting public appreciation of art in the environment. This Friday, July 22 through July 31, this outdoor exhibit joins an indoor sculpture show at Ashawagh Hall. Sponsored by the Springs Improvement Society, in conjunction with Guild Hall Museum Director Christina Strassfield, this indoor exhibition features the large and small sculptures of 30 local artists. A reception will take place this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ashawagh Hall with guided tours offered of the eleven outdoor sculptures, as well. Gallery hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday and Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Without a doubt, this show is a must-see!

This “Sundays at 5” Lichtenstein Lecture Series at The Fireplace Project, located at 851 Springs Fireplace Road, features art historian Phyllis Braff, delivering a lecture titled “Philip Pavia as Editor, ‘It Is’ and Mid-Century Sculpture.” These lectures are always interesting and free to the public. Pavia’s sculptures and drawings have been the featured exhibit at the Pollock-Krasner Home and Study Center (830 Springs Fireplace Road) since it reopened in May, and will remain up until the end of this month. Please visit pkhouse.org for more information and for visiting hours and events for this special Springs venue.

Until next time, happy week all!

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